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'Make Oregon Great Again' Candidate Faces Pushback At Hermiston Campaign Stop


Sam Carpenter speaks to the Hispanic Advisory Committee Monday, March 19, 2018, while members Manual Gutierrez and Hector Ramirez look on.

Sam Carpenter speaks to the Hispanic Advisory Committee Monday, March 19, 2018, while members Manual Gutierrez and Hector Ramirez look on.

Jade McDowell/East Oregonian

Gubernatorial candidate Sam Carpenter ran into some stiff criticism for his views on public employee unions, immigration and President Donald Trump when he visited Hermiston’s Hispanic Advisory Committee on Monday.

Carpenter, a Bend-area Republican who owns a telephone answering service called Centratel, is one of 17 people running for Oregon governor. On Monday he touted his business capabilities, promised to get Oregon’s economy growing at a faster pace and criticized Oregon’s “out of control” bureaucracy and government spending.

The group at Hermiston City Hall was more interested in talking about his views on immigration, particularly a line in the brochure he handed out promising to end Oregon’s sanctuary status for “illegal aliens.”

Carpenter stated that he was only talking about removing people who had committed other crimes besides immigration-related ones.

Read the whole story at the East Oregonian.

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