Of course, he's a fairly ignorant guy, as evidenced by his statement yesterday:
“I think this is clearly a symptom of climate change,” Kitzhaber said at the fire camp at Howard Prairie Resort. “This is just an explosive situation.”
As was pointed out here a few days ago, the wildfires have less to do with climate change than with years of poor management practices driven largely by the environmeddlist agenda.
In any case, he's running for a fourth term as retread governor, and the unions aren't giving him any love (yet). OEA has flatly stated that they won't endorse or support either candidate in that race, and others aren't exactly leaping to offer support.
The state's largest union, Service Employees International Union Local 503, has contributed $8,000 in small amounts to a variety of Democratic candidates since the primary election in May.
Absent from the list is Kitzhaber, Senate President Peter Courtney and Speaker of the House Tina Kotek—the three Democrats who worked together on legislation to cut public pensions in 2013.
And AFSCME isn't there for him, either:
State government's second-largest union gave Kitzhaber $30,000 during his primary race in 2010. Later, the national headquarters gave him $100,000 in August and $25,000 in October.
The union gave nearly $159,000 to candidates during the primary election this year, and none of that went to Kitzhaber.
Lest we read too much into all of this, however, it's worth remembering that SEIU ran with the same tactic back in 2010, when they came to Kids-hobbler's aid only in October - and only after he'd done some serious wheedling and cajoling, which included hiring SEIU's Patty Wenz onto his crack Salem team. They're probably just waiting in the weeds to see what more concessions he's willing to toss their way.
We're still a long way from November's elections.