On Monday, October 18, 2010 I received a campaign flier in the mail that was paid for by FuturePac, a big political action committee headquartered in Portland. The flier attacked Jason Conger who is running against Judy Stiegler for Oregon’s 54th House District. It claimed that Mr. Conger was against public schools and would take many different actions to damage them. The Bend Bulletin, 10/10/10, was cited as the source of Mr. Conger’s alleged statements.
The filer did not mention Judy Stiegeler’s name but FuturePac is and has been going full-bore to re-elect Judy to the Oregon House. The FuturePac has no choice but to do so. In the last two years it has invested over $350,000 in Judy’s campaigns. If she is not re-elected on November 2, 2010, that money is down the drain and that’s a lot of money, even for big Portland political activists.
The flier stated in bold RED TYPE that Jason Conger would give millions of our tax dollars to private schools and that he wants to teach creationism in our public schools but I saw no such statements in that Bulletin 10/10/10 article. That is the same blatant misrepresentation tactic used by Rep. Stiegler in the two campaign fliers that I received from her on October 15, 2010. (See my prior “There She Goes Again” posts regarding the October 15 fliers.) They attributed statements to Jason Conger and cited a Bend Bulletin article as authority for those statements. The cited Bulletin article though did not contain any such statements.
Judy and her political pals in Portland are not telling the truth. But under Oregon law, they don’t have to tell the truth. When a person is running for the State legislature, that person has a license to lie and that is one license they appear to be taking full advantage of.
There was one true statement in the 10/18/10 FuturePac political flier for Judy, however. That statement correctly pointed out that our public schools are struggling to keep their doors open for a full school year. That statement is true because PERS payments are going up, way up and PERS payments must be paid first. Schools may not be able to stay open all year but you can rest assured that PERS retirement benefits will be funded all year. Judy and the other PERS members in the legislature will make sure that happens.
If you like the current system, Judy Stiegler is a good choice for State Representative. If you do not like the current system, you should consider the alternatives.