Thursday, November 02, 2006

Governor to Send Off Paul Evans, Soldier-Candidate

Saturday promises to be one of the more poignant and 'real' campaign events of the season, as Governor Kulongoski, Congresswoman Darlene Hooley and other local Portland politicians hold a sendoff for State Senate candidate Paul Evans, deployed to Afghanistan but promised home before the session begins next year. The Evans story is one that has gotten national attention for its novelty and underlining of the problem facing our overstretched military. Here are the details for that appearance:
Democratic State Senate Candidate Paul Evans
Governor Ted Kulongoski
Congresswoman Darlene Hooley

“Send-Off Rally” Honoring Paul Evans
Ted Kulongoski Campaign Headquarters
128 NE 7th St., Portland, OR 97232

Saturday, November 4 at 6:00PM
In the morning, the goobernor will appear with Ron Wyden and Eugene activists, encouraging the turnout effort and basically giving a short pep rally before the final weekend GOTV begins in earnest. If you don't want to be bothered at your home by political people, leave town this weekend for sure--or be part of the crowd doing the bothering! Here are the details for the morning appearance:
Governor Ted Kulongoski & Senator Ron Wyden

Rally With Democratic Canvassers and Volunteers
Democratic Party of Lane County Headquarters
1020 Green Acres
Eugene Oregon 97408

Saturday, November 4th at 10:00AM
If you went to one of these smaller events, you'd be surprised to see Ted shouting and exhorting the troops along. The people near him claim that's more like the real Ted than what most people see--which is interesting. But he's definitely animated and pumped up out on the stump, and in Portland you have a rare opportunity to cheer on an American hero as he goes off to defend us, hopefully to return and defend us from Salem as well.

Very quietly, Kulongoski has walked the walk when it came to recognizing and paying homage to the sacrifice of Oregon military personnel, and I'm sure he made special time for the Evans rally. Cravenly it's a smashing image for the media to carry, but based on his record Ted would do this if they held the rally in a cave without electricity.

Check one or both out if you can, and do whatever you're able to, in order to turn things around for the state and nation. Ironically, for Oregon it means stay the course.

Update, 3pm--
Hey, I totally forgot to mention the other notable news surrounding Evans--yesterday he received the endorsement of General Wesley Clark, who had this to say:
Today American families face many difficult challenges at home and abroad. There has never been a time when foreign affairs were as closely linked to our daily lives as they are now. We are fighting the causes of terrorism that threaten our homes and we must prepare for a changing global economy that demands America train our people to compete for the highest paying jobs. That is exactly why we need state and local leaders like Paul Evans, and I am pleased to endorse him today.

A candidate of the strong moral values and invaluable expertise such as Paul Evans comes along once in a lifetime. He will bring to Oregon the intelligence, experience and passion that will serve our country well in the days we face ahead. Paul’s life experiences as a solider, public servant, teacher and man of faith give Paul a perspective that is very much needed today in government.