With the man from Cave Junction no longer leading Oregon’s Republican Party, one would assume state politicos all atwitter with anticipation of the new blood. But instead it’s been crickets—radio silence on a non-event scale not seen since the comeback of Mel Gibson.
There does seem to be a sense that Oregon’s GOP cannot reach beyond its base, but popular political sentiments are more malleable than those applied to such as the shunned Gibson, so it does seem someone could at least query Oregon’s new R-Party chair. By way of introduction, meet Bill Currier, a former police officer, current IT pro, and also currently the mayor of a small burg to the north, Adair Village, also in Benton County.
Currier was responsive to The Advocate, but not detailed. Here’s the Q&A:
Advocate: What are your hopes for the party? How do you plan to achieve those goals?
Currier: It is vital for Oregon to have a strong Republican Party. It is not in Oregon’s best interest to have one-party rule. One of my goals is to rebuild the Republican Party so that it is once again a powerful voice advocating for the most basic and pressing needs of the average Oregonian: better jobs, a growing economy, and educational opportunity. We will achieve this goal by: 1) organizing the Party to work cooperatively with other groups who share these values; 2) focusing the Party on the issues that impact Oregonians in a direct and tangible way; and 3) transitioning the Party to results-oriented programs.
Advocate: What are your views on the following topics?
Currier: The right of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves must be preserved. Criminals do not abide by gun laws. Crime increases when attempts are made to regulate or restrict gun possession by law-abiding citizens.
Currier: All persons are welcome in the Republican Party, regardless of sexual orientation. About half of all Americans oppose redefining marriage. Without the Republican Party these Americans would not be represented.
-Common Core, and other types of education
Currier: While standards in education are important, removing local control over those standards and teaching for test outcomes rather than teaching to solve problems weakens students.
Currier: We all have a right to know what is in our food. However, laws that raise costs for our farmers and food producers, without providing useful information for the consumer are causing our food prices to rise unnecessarily.
-Oregon’s ‘Motor Voter’ law
Currier: It is desirable that all Oregonians vote in elections. However, some people choose not to vote, for a variety of reasons, including personal privacy. Their right to NOT vote should be respected.
Currier: The Republican Party encourages the legal immigration of all persons wishing to come to the United States. The rights, privileges, and benefits of citizenship should be reserved for those who are here legally.
Advocate: What are your opinions on climate change? Is it happening, and if so, are humans the direct cause?
Currier: Climate change has been happening since the dawn of time. The degree to which it is human-caused is in dispute. There are many factors involved in climate change. To spend billions of dollars attempting to influence factors that man does not control to achieve results that are highly uncertain would be both unproductive and costly beyond comprehension.