From David Gomberg, Democratic/Independent candidate for Oregon House District 10
Halloween Came Early to the Oregon Coast as Mailing Masquerades as Serious Women’s Endorsement
Hundreds of mailboxes in Lincoln County received the “Women’s Voter’s Guide” this weekend. Wondering who it’s from? No, it’s not the League of Women Voters, nor is it from any group that works on women’s issues. It’s actually from a
Republican-aligned organization called the Oregon Transformation Project.
Not surprisingly, the Guide endorsed primarily Republicans including Mitt Romney, Knute Buehler, and Bruce Starr, along with a handful of token Democratic in seats which are safe or unopposed.
Here on the Coast, endorsements went to Republican Scott Roberts over Democrat Arnie Roblan, and Republican Jerome Grant over Democrat David Gomberg.
“Candidly, I was a bit surprised” said David Gomberg. “I’ve been endorsed by all the leading women’s groups. They sent lengthy questionnaires and held interviews. But this ‘guide’ gave no explanation of their criteria or issues. It seems to simply be the opinions of five hand-picked voters who happen to be women.”
Representative and Democratic Co-Speaker of the House Arnie Roblan said “This attempt to mislead voters while playing on the serious issues of women’s rights and health is in poor taste and disappointing. I believe this says much more about my opponent and his supporters than it does about me.”
Both David Gomberg and Arnie Roblan have been endorsed by Planned Parenthood, Mother PAC, Violence Against Women, NARAL, Basic Rights, and Stand for Children. They did not endorse Republican Scott Roberts or Republican Jerome Grant.
“This publication is free to endorse anyone they wish,” said Gomberg. “But I think the presentation and lack of issue specifics is awkwardly misleading.”
How closely aligned are Oregon Transformation Project and the Oregon Republican Party? It’s co-chaired by Allen Alley, chair of the Oregon Republican Party and Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point). Its political action committee
is run by Rob Kremer, the treasurer of the Oregon Republican Party. None of them are well known as champions on women’s issues.
Also in reaction to the so-called “Women’s Voters Guide,” the Oregon League of Women Voters were quick to respond as well. Here is a news released from the League sent out this morning to the news media:
The Real Voters’ Guide
League of Women Voters
Don’t be misled by imitation voters’ guides. The Voters’ Guide produced by the League of Women Voters of Oregon Education Fund is the trusted resource that voters have counted on for decades and is available at libraries and online at VoteOregon.org. The League does not favor or oppose any candidate or ballot measure and works diligently to ensure that its reports are balanced, accurate, and fair.
The Voters’ Guide includes nonpartisan information about both candidates and ballot measures. Ballot measures are carefully researched. League volunteers request feedback from supporters and opponents, obtain information from state agencies and economists, and verify all relevant information. Financial impacts of measures are taken in whole or in part from the Financial Impacts and Explanatory Statements provided by the Secretary of State.
By producing Voters’ Guides for each election, the League of Women Voters of Oregon Education Fund seeks to empower citizens to understand governmental issues and to participate in the political process.
For more information, please contact the League’s office at 503-581-5722. Also visit their website for access to Voters’ Guides at www.VoteOregon.org.