Sen. Tim Knopp dismayed by Oregon Democrats’ ‘deeply partisan’ choice for Senate president

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SALEM, Ore. – On Friday, Senate Democrats met at Salishan Resort to choose their nominee for Senate president, in the wake of Peter Courtney's retirement. The choice of Senator Rob Wagner, D-Lake Oswego, "suggests a concerning new direction," according to Senate Republican Leader Tim Knopp, R-Bend, who issued this statement:

“Oregonians are facing a number of crises that require action from the Oregon Legislature. With close results in several key Senate elections, and the end of the supermajority, voters indicated they want their elected officials to work together in a bipartisan fashion now more than ever.

"I am disappointed that Democrats first step in preparation for the 2023 Session is to designate a new nominee for Senate President without seeking any input from Republicans. Senator Wagner has shown he is untrustworthy, deeply partisan, and doesn’t have the necessary skills to run the Senate in a bipartisan fashion. There are no votes in the Senate Republican caucus for Senator Wagner.

"If Democrats are intent on uniting Oregon to fix our problems, Republicans are all in. If Democrats want to run a progressive agenda to pay back their supporters, they can expect total opposition," Knopp concluded

While certification will not occur until December, Democrats appear on track to lose their supermajority and hold their Senate majority by a small margin, the Republican lawmaker said. The combined total margins in Senate District 3 and Senate District 20 are approximately 2,850 votes.

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I really hate the fact that it's always either democrats against Republicans or vice-versa. I would like to see the house and senate divided into 3rds. Republicans get x amount of seats, democrats get x amount of seats and bring in Independent for the remaining x amount of seats. Then maybe we might end up with people that will actually work together for what Oregonians deam to be best for our state.

Chris Andersen

people ought to start paying attention Republicans are sick of your outrageous antics every time we turn around there's something new that you want to call racist or somebody else you want to call a gun toting violent Criminal when it's actually people that you've let slip to to cracks mentally that are doing all the killing or I know a lot of you can't fathom this I wonder how many ever paid by the DNC to actually commit these audacious crimes against people you know like gun violence

Cara Tapken

well if knopp...or any other Senator that o emailed in July 2020 had any balls then they may ha e actually looked into the screenshot proof that I submitted showing anyone could access the majority of anyone's myvote, and vote for them, if they had not already sorry, quit the damn whining and actually do something...oh wait the fed suit you guys all refused to give, someone else is and with my info. ps every single dem and repub in Oregon turned a blind eye to this voting/my vote issue. Senator Riley told me it was impossible, until I showed him and then crickets.


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