If appearances hold and Democrat John Kitzhaber resigns as Oregon Governor, what will the next administration look like under Democrat Kate Brown?
Despite his repeated refusal to comment, embattled Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber appears poised to resign soon (although the Oregonian is reporting otherwise). Should this resignation occur, what can we expect from Democrat Kate Brown, current Secretary of State and next in line to assume the role of Governor?
Kate Brown is a darling of the Progressive Left, and reviled by Conservatives. Brown served several terms in the Oregon House of Representatives and Oregon Senate before running for Secretary of State in 2008. Kate Brown bills herself as America’s first bisexual Secretary of State, and had the support of George Soros’ Secretary of State Project.
Like many of Oregon’s most activist Democrat office holders, Brown is not a native born Oregonian. She grew up in Minnesota, earned degrees in Environmental Conservation and Women’s Studies from the University of Colorado before attending Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland.
Brown’s most prominent role has been as Oregon’s Secretary of State, where she has pushed a radically progressive agenda and has found some controversy of her own.
Oregon is poised to rid itself of one very crooked governor in John Kitzhaber. Unfortunately, the next in the line of succession will not be much better.
Kate Brown went largely under the radar until the 2012 race for Director of the Bureau of Labor and Industries. Incumbent Democrat Brad Avakian was running for reelection, opposed by Republican Bruce Starr. Starr, a multiple term state senator with high name recognition, proved a formidable opponent. The election was set for May 2012, and polls had Starr within striking distance.
That’s when Kate Brown stepped in. #KorruptKate, as she became known to conservative pundits in Oregon, made a legal ruling at the last minute – March 2012, mere weeks before the election – to switch the election from the May primary to the November general ballot. Most observers concluded that this switch heavily favored the incumbent Democrat Avakian, as the Presidential election usually grants Democratic candidates an added boost in Oregon. Starr sued for an emergency injunction to hold the election as planned, but did not prevail. Avakian was reelected in November.
Far from an isolated incident, Kate Brown has run into fresh controversy this year. At the end of January 2015, it was discovered that the Democrat Secretary of State had submitted a letter to the FCC in support of a massive merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable – a letter that was almost completely written by Comcast. Naturally, Comcast was one of Brown’s largest campaign contributors, calling into question her neutrality and ability to avoid conflicts of interest.
Election integrity activists have been watching Kate Brown for many years over her actions overseeing state elections. Brown has continually advocated for a state Motor Voter Law that would automatically register to vote everyone who applies for or renews their driver’s license.
Brown has additionally lobbied for a bill that allows county elections offices to ignore a state law that requires all unused, blank ballots to be destroyed at 8pm on election night.
In her 2012 reelection campaign, incumbent Democrat Kate Brown faced spirited opposition from upstart Republican Knute Buehler. Throughout the campaign, Buehler repeatedly charged Brown with dereliction of duty, pointing out that Brown had routinely underperformed in her role as state auditor. These issues include missing an enormous tax scam by a woman, totaling $2.1 million, who had never claimed income in Oregon.
If we are truly done with John Kitzhaber, it appears that we are in store for more of the same – ultra leftist policies and a cloud of corruption.