We've got a primary election coming up soon and candidates are doing what they can to appeal to their perceived constituencies. One of the very important issues in the Republican primary (and the general election) is the problem of Oregon being friendly to illegal aliens.
All three gubernatorial candidates have called in to Lars Larson's show to denounce illegal immigration and call for tough measures to combat the invasion.
One caller in paticular stands out for me though. Kevin Mannix has been calling in to Lars' show with increasing frequency lately. You can here his "tough" position on illegal aliens at Lars' site HERE.
That audio is a statement from Candidate Mannix. But what did head-of-the-GOP Mannix say in December of 2003 about Lars?
"I'm not a regular listener, and when I listen, I'm looking for the news. I don't follow the commentary stuff."
But more importantly, what did he say about an email that contained some suggestions from KXL listeners for humorous alternatives to the state motto such as:
Oregon: Se Habla Espanol
Oregon: Welcome to Little Mexico
"I choked when I looked at the stuff."
"I wasn't even aware we had circulated it. As soon as I heard about it, I was upset."
"These caustic remarks are inappropriate. I think you could tell from my presentation today that I'm trying to get us to present a broader vision of what's good for the people of this state, and not engage in this personalized nastiness."
These comments were made to Oregonian columnist Steve Duin whose column stated that "Mannix couldn't backpedal away from the e-mail fast enough."
Fast forward to 2005 and we have Oregonian articles that describe Woodburn like this:
Most of the signs are in Spanish, but don't let that intimidate you as you enter the color-splashed, six-block grid affectionately known as "Little Mexico," sandwiched between Front and First streets downtown.
But Mannix was "very upset" that anybody would refer to Oregon as "little Mexico" or that someone would say that we speak Spanish here.
There are two possibilities for the inconsistencies by Mannix.
One, he folded under pressure. Mannix couldn't take a principled stand on this issue to Steve Duin because he wants approval from the liberal establishment. This indicates to me that he would do the same thing if he were elected governor. He can talk a good game now but what happens when the liberals or an important Republican constituency wants the illegal aliens to be left alone?
Two, he is two-faced. Mr. "I don't listen to Lars" now calls him to get free air time. Mr. "broader vision" now wants to take on immigration because it's a huge issue with almost every voting Republican in Oregon.
Either way, I'm going to vote for a candidate with some integrity: Senator Jason Atkinson!