A wealthy landowner and businessman from Eastern Oregon has decided he's going to run for Governor:
Jon Justesen, a Sherman County rancher and businessman, has formed a committee to seek the Republican nomination for governor next year.
Justesen, 61, is the first potential opponent to Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber, who hasn't said yet whether he would seek a record fourth term in office.
The guy wants a sales tax and is pro-abortion, pro-illegals, and pro-same-sex marriage. But a lot of Independents in the Willamette Valley are already expressing interest, though some have reservations about the sales tax idea.
Actually, as so many seem hell-bent on turning the state into the largest park on the planet, it seems fairly clear that in the coming years, the dominant industry will be tourisim (likely "ecotourism"). That being the case, we might as well enact a sales tax so that the tourists can pay in.
The downside, of course, is that sales taxes would never be able to generate the revenue that government believes it needs to have in order to expand the welfare state, and so once implemented, it would obviously be subject to incremental increases. But if Kitz decides to run again, it could be an interesting showdown: a guy who wears sharply creased blue jeans, a cowboy hat, and boots vs. a rancher who doesn't iron his jeans, polish his boots, and wears a cowboy hat when he's out riding.
A real cowboy vs. a drugstore cowboy - that could be interesting.