Kulongoski frequently has proclaimed his commitment to equal opportunity for all Oregonians. But when it came to appointing people to state positions, his actions didn't match his words. He initially appointed a preponderance of white men, as if they were the only ones who could handle state jobs.
I can see it now...
Kulongoski: We need to fill these positions, get me a list of white males.
Uh huh. Being realistic it probably went more like this:
Kulongoski: We need to fill these positions, get me a list of people I owe favors to.
But last year, one-fifth of his new appointments to state boards and commissions were people of color, and two-fifths were women. Those numbers represent a big improvement over his previous record. They are important not as a quota but as a way of bringing a broader spectrum of Oregonians into state service and building a state government that reflects, understands and serves its entire population.
It's not a quota and it's not about the numbers, their just counting for fun.
I don't care if my state workers reflect a "broad spectrum" of Oregonians, I just want the most qualified people for the job to get the position.