According to the latest reports, “A company hired to persuade Gov. John Kitzhaber to block a massive coal export terminal had a year earlier retained First Lady Cylvia Hayes as a consultant.” The Oregonian,
Resource Media Inc., a Seattle-based environmental PR firm, helped coordinate a media campaign last spring aimed at convincing Kitzhaber that a proposed coal export terminal at the Port of Morrow was a bad idea.
That was a year after the company hired Hayes as a paid consultant through her Bend-based company, 3E Strategies. In February 2013, Resource Media inked 3E Strategies to a 10-week, $20,611 contract
Coal terminal opponents reached out to Hayes in early 2014 to discuss the coal issues and keep her updated on their anti-export terminal campaign. Kitzhaber has long voiced concern about the environmental impact of coal. But soon after the environmentalists’ campaign, he came out forcefully against the coal terminal.
According to a new poll released today by KATU television, a large number of Oregon voters have indicated that they may shift their vote from incumbent Democrat Gov. John Kitzhaber to his Republican challenger, State Rep. Dennis Richardson. The potential vote shift comes at the heels of recent scandals surrounding Kitzhaber. The Willamette Week,
Earlier this week, SurveyUSA and KATU-TV reported that incumbent Democrat Kitzhaber led Republican challenger Richardson by 13 points, 51% to 38%. Will 18% of Oregon voters in fact defect from Kitzhaber over the Hayes news stories? Or, are these voters just saying they will switch to Richardson when in fact they will return Kitzhaber to office for a 4th term? Some of each, of course. In 13 days, we’ll know for sure how many defectors there actually were.
Yesterday, “when she would not give a clear answer on whether she approved of the job President Obama is doing,” Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) was laughed at by the audience at the New Hampshire Senate Debate. Breitbart,
When asked to give a simple, yes or no response to a hypothetical pollster asking, “do you approve of the job President Obama is doing?” Shaheen responded, “in some ways I approve, and some things I don’t approve,” a line that caused the audience to start laughing. She continued “like most questions that we deal with as policymakers there aren’t simple answers, yes or no.”
The already strained relationship between the White House and Senate Democrats reached a breaking point over a faulty press release yesterday. The Obama administration “released a transcript of first lady Michelle Obama’s appearance in Iowa on behalf of Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley. The problem: The subject line of the e-mail referred to Braley as the ‘Democratic candidate for governor.’” The National Journal,
The botch came after the first lady repeatedly referred to the Democratic Senate nominee as “Bruce Bailey” in a campaign appearance earlier this month—and it took an attendee in the crowd to correct her mistake. On Tuesday, she made light of the incident, reminding the audience she messed up his name last time and joking that she sometimes calls Barack Obama “Bo.” But the self-inflicted errors continued after her speech with the White House press shop’s email. At midnight, two hours after the initial press release, the White House issued a corrected e-mail that reflected his accurate title.
Indicating the sensitivity of the mistake, top Senate Democratic officials wasted no time lashing out at the Obama administration’s political team in response, suggesting it was acting like a junior varsity operation two weeks before the midterms. The slipup comes one day after President Obama told Rev. Al Sharpton on his radio show that Senate Democrats keeping their distance from him are still “folks who vote with me. They have supported my agenda in Congress.” That alarmed Senate Democrats up for reelection this November, most of whom are working hard to distance themselves from an unpopular president.
“The ineptitude of the White House political operation has sunk from annoying to embarrassing,” one senior Senate Democratic aide told National Journal.