In response to the April 15 article “Joe Biden endorses Kurt Schrader in contested Oregon primary for Congress”: As a 2020 Biden delegate representing Oregon at-large, I learned a few things about party politics, including how way too often the “experts” from afar get things wrong because they are not in touch with voters. That’s what happened here.
Oregonians know that for the newly drawn 5th Congressional District, there is no “incumbent.” Redistricting made the district an open seat with an old number: Only 47% of constituents overlap with the old 5th District; 53% of constituents never had Kurt Schrader represent them. I’ve been canvassing across the new district over the past few weeks, and I’ve heard the same thing over and over from those old 5th District voters who are in the new district: their deep disdain toward Schrader for his corporate servitude while he throws his constituents overboard. I’ve also heard from voters new to the district who already know, and trust, Jamie McLeod-Skinner. From my on-the-ground conversations with voters, I am convinced Schrader would lose and McLeod-Skinner would win in November.
It is clear the president got bad information. I trust Joe Biden’s intentions, but given how this endorsement has just angered many Oregon voters, especially those struggling with high prescription costs due to Schrader’s obstruction of Biden’s promise, I wonder if the “experts” around the president will do some clean-up because, according to his own criteria, Biden should have remained neutral in this open race.
Monica Tomosy, Sisters