In one of two campaign fliers I received from Representative Judy Stiegler on October 15, 2010, she says that she voted to protect 24/7 trooper coverage. She cited www.oregon.gov/transparency as a source that would backup her claim. Unfortunately, you can not find support for Judy on that website without more information as to where to find it. That is like citing the congressional record without giving any more information.
Representative Stiegler does know how to give sources that are easier to find. In the flier she goes on the say that one of her opponents, Jason Conger, said he would have voted against the trooper bill. She quoted the Bend Bulletin, 9/30/10, as the source of this statement. That is a source that anyone can locate. I looked at the interview with Jason Conger in the 9/30/10 Bulletin article, however, and I could find no such statement.
In that Bulletin article Mr. Conger said that he supports a statewide hiring freeze except for “critical public safety positions.” Conger said Oregon State Troopers fall into that category but did not provide any other specific positions that would be exempt from the freeze. Judy’s characterization of what Mr. Conger said is just plain false but at least she cited a source where information could be found. It would be helpful if she did that when citing sources that allegedly support her position.
The reality is that every politician in Oregon knows that 24/7 trooper coverage is mandatory after Judy single-handedly passed a bill that granted early release from the state penitentiary to hundreds of Oregon prisoners. We need every trooper we have on the job 24/7. Everyone can agree on that.