I'm writing in response tovLarry Baivley of the Multnomah County Farm Bureau, who called on me to withdraw my recall petition against Sen. Chuck Thomsen.
The recall campaign has thousands of supporters and hundreds of volunteers from all corners of our district. We believe that when Sen. Thomsen and his Republican colleagues in Salem abandoned their duties and blocked all the important work of the legislative session, it hurt and will continue to hurt all Oregonians.
Volunteers like me (not "Portland-paid") will continue the recall effort by working to promote a "sign at home" option during the "stay at home" order. I invite voters in our district who want your representatives to work for you to download a signature form at RecallThomsen.com/thank-you.
There is no reason we cannot continue to hold our government officials accountable for failing in their duties while at the same time working together as a community to respond to the coronavirus crisis.
If anything, this is an even more important time to do both. Good government, as we've seen as this pandemic has unfolded, is actually more important during times of crisis.
What's been "expensive, ugly, toxic and inappropriate," as Mr. Bailey wrote, is Sen. Thomsen's choice to take a vacation in Arizona on state taxpayers' dime when he was supposed to be doing his job.
This behavior by an elected official violates many fundamental values of our democracy: majority rule, civic responsibility, good-faith governance, tolerance, cooperation and compromise. In every other line of work, Sen. Thomsen would be terminated. In this case, he deserves to be recalled and replaced with someone who will go to work for us.
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