At a press conference today in advance of the expected announcement of Democratic Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, State Senate Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) had some pointed words along with some breaking news.
According to the Oregonian, Ted Ferrioli says he has been invited to Kate Brown’s swearing in ceremony as Governor, but refused:
11:38 a.m.: Senate Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day, outlined his agenda while speaking to a gathering of the Oregon
Wheat Growers League.
“What should be a day of celebration for is turning into a day of reflection and mourning,” Ferrioli told the crowd gathered in the Capitol. “We appear to be nearing the resignation of our governor and the investiture of a new governor.”
He said he had been asked to attend Brown’s swearing in as a sign of solidarity butwould not.
Instead, Ferrioli said he planned to return home “to grieve for the departure in disgrace of one governor and to hope for the healing that can only come if the next governor turns away from policies that put symbolic gestures ahead of the real needs of our citizens.”
Ferrioli said he would call on Brown to declare an economic emergency to deal with the shipping company Hanjin’s withdrawal from the Port of Portland and the ongoing longshoreman’s strike. He called Kitzhaber’s push for a clean fuels standard a “failed and corrupt energy policy” and said he would ask Brown to abandon it.