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Wednesday, May 09, 2007


That's when Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden's current term expires (OK, it's really 2011, but the election is in 2010). With the news that Wyden and his bride are expecting twins later this year, that means the kids will just be getting out of diapers in time for that election.

With two toddlers running around his feet, will anyone be surprised if Wyden (who will be 61 by that point) decides that three decades of congressional service is enough? And if he does, who will the Republicans choose to run for that seat? It's not too early to start thinking about it.

Greg Walden's name is periodically thrown around for governor, but would he consider switching chambers? Is there anyone in the Oregon Senate or House who is ready for prime time? I don't see anyone who really jumps out at me, and that worries me. If the Republicans can't produce a viable candidate for that race, it will likely be lost to Democratic hands for decades.

Who would you like to see in the race for Wyden's seat?



  • At 5/09/2007 9:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    And besides it sounds like the youthful, energetic, virile, Wyden is gonna have his hands full with the twins.

  • At 5/09/2007 7:49 PM, Anonymous rightOregon.org said…

    After having observed the "Stop Smith 08" campaign ramping up over at BlueOregon I couldn't help but think about when Wyden's term expires. I think he's in a pretty safe spot, if anything the twins only makes it more so. I wouldn't be counting on him to retire.


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