After a failed attempt last year, the Oregon Republican Party will attempt this year to force a recall election against Gov. Kate Brown, according to a recent OPB report.
For this year’s attempt, the party hopes to harness the pushback Gov. Brown has faced for emergency orders implemented in order to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Forcing a recall election requires collecting 280,050 valid signatures from registered Oregon voters within a span of 90 days. The OPB article notes that the lingering effects of the recently eased stay-at-home order could make this massive canvassing effort all the more difficult.
Another obstacle to the recall effort: Alternative recall efforts have been initiated in recent weeks by Oregon citizens not affiliated with the Republican Party.
Party Chairman Bill Currier blamed alternative efforts as a reason for last year’s failure to force a recall election. But it appears Currier is not concerned about the redundancy this year. In a Facebook post from earlier this month he claims, “While it is unfortunate that there will now be more than one recall petition, because it causes confusion for voters, it also has the benefit of helping raise awareness with voters.”
OPB asked the organizer of one of these alternative campaigns—Kelsey Massey of Phoenix Oregon—whether she would consider abandoning her effort in order to join forces with the Republican Party. Her response: “I don’t even know what’s going on with the Oregon Republican Party right now. I almost feel like that would be a slap in the face to everybody who has signed my petition.”
By JD Brookbank