Senator close to making independent bid for governor
State Sen. Ben Westlund is getting himself and his luncheon audience wound up with a withering attack on a partisan political system that he says has failed Oregon’s children, leaving thousands of them hungry and lacking basic health care.
And in fact, the 56-year-old Bend Republican appears to be on the brink of shedding his party label and launching an independent bid for governor — a move that could make the potentially crowded 2006 governor’s race even more unpredictable.
Since first being elected to the Legislature in 1996, Westlund has gained a reputation as a moderate Republican. In recent years he’s become a champion for children’s health programs, schools and civil unions for same-sex couples.
Normally I try to say something constructive and not just call names but in this case I only have two things to say: Thank goodness Westlund may "shed his party label" because it certainly doesn't fit him and second, he is an idiot.