One fact remains unquestioned in Oregon’s 4th district Congressional race. Progressive Democrat U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio does not like Conservative Republican Dr. Arthur Robinson. By most accounts, that feeling’s mutual! This political confrontation has become state and national political news.
The record will indicate that the candidates’ claim foul as to their opponent’s undermining campaign tactics. Robinson is currently suing DeFazio for defamation of character, claiming that the DeFazio campaign erected misleading billboards along Oregon’s roadways.
Congressman DeFazio is currently endorsing a harsh radio ad that ties Art Robinson to Wall Street interest. The spot claims that Robinson is in the pocket of hedge funder Robert Mercer. 2010 political campaign contribution records show that Mercer funded Art Robinson’s effort to unseat incumbent Peter DeFazio in 2010; by running a negative media campaign that would effectively hold DeFazio to a modest 2 % win.
While many voters will consider these tactics to be politics as usual, what’s going on here may have little to do with Oregon politics, and more to do with DeFazio’s effectiveness as a legislator in Washington D.C.
Candidtate Robinson, and previous politically undermining tactics indicate that Wall Street traders do not like Peter, nor do Conservative Oregon farmers and timber-land owners.
In 2009 DeFazio sponsored the Financial Transaction Tax Act. The act proposed a 1/10th of 1% tax paid on all stock or bond transactions traded in the United States. Wall Street doesn’t like the idea, nor does Art Robinson. According to today’s Atlantic Journal Constitutional, Mercer and others’ spent $360,000 defaming the congressman. While the initiative didn’t make it out of commitee, there is new interest in the proposed tax as we near 2013.
For Oregon voters, the choice may not be as simple as Conservative verses Progressive Liberal.
Aside from a shared interest in Oregon and Lane County politics, the candidates share little in common.
Dr. Art Robinson, a noted Biochemist and entrepreneur; is an extreme Conservative. His political view makes that of the Tea Party look liberal. He believes in minimizing regulation, reducing federal and state tax, and downsizing the federal government. Robinson wants to return power to the states by revisiting the intent of the 10th amendment of the Bill of Rights.
Robinson’s stand on abortion is pro-life. His political position is as far right as one can go without returning to the left. He, without reservation, opposes the Obama administration on most if not all issues. His campaign signage blitz can be viewed in front of many small businesses in Eugene, Lane County. Robinson endorces Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Congressman Peter DeFazio is a Liberal Progressive Democrat that often votes against his own party. DeFazio claims to be as “Independent as Oregon.” Oregon’s 4th district Representative since 1987, DeFazio is known in Eugene as a man of the people.
Peter believes in fair, affordable access to education, improving Oregon’s infrastructure, growing Oregon enterprise through trade with China, and the redevelopment of his district through the utilization of federal stimulus funds. He is a pro-choice Catholic that resides in Springfield Oregon.
It may be noted that the congressman voted against Obama’s stimulus package, but has been implemental in securing stimulus funds for his district, including $148 million for Eugene.
DeFazio, a life-time politician that ran unopposed in the state primary, narrowly defeated Art Robinson in 2010. There is every indication that this year’s contest will be a close one; as we approach election day November 6th.