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Eli Bliss of Gresham says Sen. Chuck Thomsen deserves to be recalled for his failure to perform his duties as a public servant.

Plutarch wrote, "He who cheats on an oath acknowledges that he is afraid of his enemy, and he thinks little of God."

The framers of the Oregon Constitution wrote into law that any public servant of Oregon who does not abide by their oath of office operates outside the law.

Chuck Thomsen broke his oath to faithfully discharge his duties. We sent him to Salem to advocate for us and to bolster our democratic process. He chose, instead, to skip town when legislation he didn't like came to the Senate floor. He turned his back on his responsibilities, and let his community down.

Because of his actions, we're delaying resolution to the climate crisis. Thomsen also blocked critical legislation to protect healthcare, grow small businesses, strengthen schools and provide emergency housing funding.

We simply cannot afford to pay politicians who obstruct crucial legislation and who put publicity over public good. We cannot hope for our democratic institutions to thrive if our elected officials choose not to uphold the duty of their office.

I urge Senate District 26 voters in Gresham and elsewhere to sign the petition for recall at and let Thomsen's voters decide whether we deserve better.

Eli Bliss


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