Vacations are overrated. A person travels to California for a few days, and when they get back, their favorite candidate for governor is no longer a candidate for governor.
Obviously, we've all heard about Westlund's exit from the race for governor. It was picked up yesterday by BlueOregon and LoadedOrygun and the more substantive discussions will no doubt be found there.
Westlund spent plenty of money on signature-gathering. Dozens of green-shirted canvassers on the streets... that's not just persuasion. When they're paid and got clipboards, I count that towards signature-gathering costs. Seems like money was a factor... and HB 2614 simply made that process more expensive.
But then there's been a lot of speculation about Westlund's ulterior motives... suggestions that he's made a deal with Kulongoski or that he aims to springboard to another position. But here's the facts that we all know:
1. Westlund got into the race promising Oregon that he was "in it to win it" and that he would not be a spoiler.
2. Westlund exited the race, saying that he was headed for a spoiler role and had promised not to play that role.
Perhaps amidst all of the innuendo, conspiracy theories, random guesses, conjecture, and accusations... something more simple and more amazing happened: A politician kept his word.
Is it possible?