LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Sen. Chuck Thomsen should be fired
I am outraged that Sen. Chuck Thomsen, R-Hood River, didn't show up for work (again) to deny the fairly elected Democratic majority the ability to conduct any business.
If Sen. Thomsen thought the best way to represent our district was to oppose the proposed bill on fighting climate change, he could have offered amendments or ultimately cast a "No" vote.
Instead, he and the rest of the Republican minority are grossly abusing the intent of the quorum rule and attempting to impose de facto minority rule on the state.
Their absence also caused other common sense legislation that is critical to our district to be tabled, including funding for wildfire management and community mental health treatment.
Like most people, I would be fired if I didn't show up to my job.
If Sen. Thomsen isn't willing to perform the basic task of showing up in Salem to represent us, then he needs to be removed and replaced by someone who will.
Please join me in supporting a recall of Sen. Thomsen as a step toward restoring basic democracy in Oregon.
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