A local news website has now filed a complaint with the Oregon AG office over Retread's failure to comply with state open records law.
“For more than two weeks the Governor’s press office and legal counsel have been running the clock on requests for information about whether or not the Governor has been receiving income from the consult contracts of Cylvia Hayes, as well as a number of other issues,” said Josh Fenton, Co-Founder and CEO of GoLocalPDX.
The GoLocalPDX complaint asserts the Governor’s office has intentionally delayed responses. Secondly, the complaint says that the GoLocalPDX requests could all be easily complied with simply by asking the Governor a few questions. Thirdly, it asserts that the staff is politically motivated to delay responding in order to assure that citizens of Oregon do not receive the information until after the election.
“This is perverse. Regardless of your politics, this manipulation is an affront to Oregon’s public information laws and to government transparency,” Fenton said. “It’s sad that the Governor and his staff are so dismissive of the public’s right to know.”
Yes, that sums the situation pretty well: Retread is indeed running the clock by intentionally delaying responses. Moreover, it's pretty obvious that Retread is himself dirty, as he stated in writing that his houshold received money from his First Squeeze's contracts; GoLocalPDX obtained that document several days ago. No wonder he's trying to run the clock out.