Nicholas Kristof, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, is reportedly planning to launch a bid for governor in Oregon.
If he runs, Kristof would join state House Speaker Tina Kotek as the second high-profile candidate in the field. As Oregon’s current governor, Kate Brown, is term-limited, whoever wins the Democratic primary would enter the general election as a heavy favorite for next November’s general election. President Joe Biden won Oregon in the 2020 presidential election by 16 points.
Carol Butler, a prominent Democratic consultant in the state, told Politico that Kristof could be a force in the primary despite never having held political office.
“There is a real hunger for someone like Nick, who voters see as having a fresh way of thinking about problems the state is facing — and is an outsider,” she said. “I think he would have the resources to run a very competitive race.”
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Andrew Trunsky on September 3, 2021
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