After months of very public exploration, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has taken his most meaningful step to date toward running for Oregon governor.
On Tuesday, Oct. 12, Kristof officially formed a political action committee, a move that will allow him to raise money and hire staff ahead of a likely official announcement of his candidacy.
"Nick has been exploring for the past few months," said Carol Butler, a political consultant who has been working with Kristof in a volunteer capacity as he considers a race. Butler somewhat downplayed the significance of the filing, calling it "another step toward a potential run for governor."
"It allows us to continue exploration," she said.
Beyond his fame as a Times columnist and author, Kristof in recent years has moved back to the Yamhill farm on which he grew up, and he's been working to reshape it into a vineyard and cider orchard.
The specifics of that move could come into play as Kristof, 62, gets more serious about the governor's race; there is speculation that he might not meet the state's three-year residency requirement for governor, especially because he voted as a resident of New York state last year. Kristof's campaign believes he will meet that threshold if his residency status is challenged legally.
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