TAMPA -- The Oregon delegation includes two candidates who are running for the House of Representatives in November. Art Robinson is challenging Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, in the 4th Congressional District, while Fred Thompson is running against Rep. Kurt Schrader in the 5th District.
*While visiting the Oregon delegates at their hotel in Clearwater, Rep. Greg Walden ran into Luis Fortuno, governor of Puerto Rico and former colleague in the House of Representatives. The two friends greeted each other warmly, and after chatting for a few minutes, Walden paused to record a campaign soundbite: “Vote Fortuno!” Fortuno was a featured speaker during Wednesday night’s program.
*Speaking in front of the Oregon and Illinois delegations, Walden noted that the two states shared a storied history going back to Abraham Lincoln. Before he was elected president, Lincoln was offered the governorship but turned it down, not wanting to risk his fortunes in the wilderness, Walden said. But Lincoln’s friend, Edward Dickinson Baker (who won the nomination for a seat in Congress over the great emancipator in 1844) did move West and was elected to represent Oregon in the U.S. Senate in 1860. Baker later became the only active member of Congress to be killed in combat while serving in the Union Army in the Civil War. “Leave it to an Oregonian to give us a lesson on Illinois history!” joked Illinois GOP chair Pat Brady.
*Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan will visit Oregon shortly after the convention with a trip to Portland on Sept. 10. Walden said he plans to join his friend and House colleague for lunch.