Your Intrepid Reporter arrived at the August 2014 State Convention of the Pacific Green Party of Oregon more than an hour before the door was unlocked.
In that time a I met the nondescript Richard Burke, no descriptor of whose clothing or coloring represents itself to me within a day of the event. He told me he was from a wing of the Libertarian Party and was interested in maximizing opposition to Measure 90.
This shifty character said he knew Christina Lugo. When she arrived (around 12:30; she and her partner Neenee were as was I early by more than half an hour) she introduced herself to him.
Little was Your Intrepid Reporter aware that this convention was to be threaded with references to the celebrated (if previously unknown) “Richard”. Christina Lugo was nominated upon the motion of the co-founder of Our Party, Blair Bobier, dispensing with commentary at one of his not frequent appearances before the Party Assembled; Your Intrepid Reporter provided the Second.
Then we heard from Jason Levin, whom I can remember quite well: young, clean-cut, with a kind of a ‘V” in his haircut. Mr Levin did not have a catch in his voice, as did Ms Lugo, describing the decision to run for elective office; rather, it appears, Mr Levin first raised the issue of running for the office of Governor of Oregon for its comedic value.
Mr Levin described a platform composed of health care, education, and marijuana reform [by which is intended “legalization” — MM], but did not forget to add, although it destroyed the level of the intended message, We Must Defeat the Top Two. During Q-&-A Mr Levin denied he advocated a so-called “Flat Tax” — he said he ‘was not wedded to the position’, to be specific.
Mr Levin was opportunistic in his candidacy. He was fired from his job as a Middle-School teacher for engaging a plan to I quote infiltrate unquote the Tea Party. So he is now asking benediction from what might be described as Parties of the Left.
We Must Defeat the Top Two. Ah, that was the presence of “Richard”, was it not?
And next we had Art Krueger, who if he had not repeatedly but obligingly thrice spelled out his name for the veteran Party members present and taking notes, I might have misspelled. This was the guy who kept sayin’ “Richard this” ‘n’ “Richard that“. In fact he called him “Rich” — which was what I began to wonder as soon as I’d set down my stuff, Who the Hell IS Rich. As Blair Bobier was explicit about explaining to the convention, Richard Burke is paying for the filing of a Voter’s Pamphlet statement for Mr Krueger, whose candidacy is sure to surprise the Jackson County Greens [our mediator and convener, George Hutchinson, spoke of the surprise as being “pleasant” — MM].
And now for a statement from the Secretary of the Cascadia Chapter.
The Voter’s Pamphlet fee will not incommode me, lieber Genossen. It will be drawn from my checking account. The IRA Account Number KBQ-001562 in my name went from 258, 824 . 58 at the beginning of the current period and retains 258, 824.58 I believe it is dollars, at the end of the period. Well, you know how big numbers are (they have an inherent fuzziness). So for the IRA account, it’s a rounding error.