Wait a minute Daniel, I thought that you dropped your support for that candidate when he came out for a guest worker program?
I did, but after many long days of pondering all three candidates, all their positions, all their flaws and all their positives I have concluded (again) that Jason Atkinson is the best man to be governor for Oregon.
Let me get this part out of the way: I am a "purist" or an "idealogue" or possibly a "whackjob" when it comes to my position on illegal immigration. For those of you who know me or read my blog often you have probably heard me threaten to go "single issue voter" on this many times.
My current state senator, Charles Starr, has lost all my support for his vote to let a bill allowing illegal aliens to get in-state tuition out of committee. (Vote Larry George by the way)
The problem is that while the issue of illegal immigration is [almost] all encompassing I do need to take other things into account.
The other problem (and this is a huge problem for me) is that all three GOP candidates have come out for a guest worker program.
So I don't want the comments of "your guy supports this" because I know what he supports and I strongly disagree with him on this issue. No such thing as a perfect candidate. I will also not excuse positions that I disagree with. Don't ask me too.
I realize that this doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement as of yet but I'm just explaining my reasoning.
Yesterday, or maybe the day before I was on Gullyborg's site and I saw hunting pictures that Atkinson had sent him. My first thought was "this guy really is one of us." I just couldn't picture him giving a press conference at a MAX station or any of that other nonsense that comes out of Portland.
Illegal immigration issues aside (it's... so... hard... for... me...) Jason is the hands down best conservative choice. If you include the immigration stuff it only brings all three candidates down so Jason is still standing taller than the rest of the pack.
Jason is a good Christian man and he has not wavered on any of what would be considered "core" Republican values such as taxes, government, abortion, guns, etc.
That's why we elect Republicans. We do not have direct control of our government (and don't tell me initiative because the courts took that from us) so we need to elect the candidate that we have the most in common with. For me that is Jason Atkinson. I think that if you look at his history and look at what he is proposing to do with state government then you would think that he shares your values as well.
Thanks to all the Atkinson bloggers who didn't explode on me when I pulled back my support. I look forward to working together to elect a good Republican governor in Oregon.