Portland Tribune endorses Bud Pierce for governor

Both Brown and Pierce interviewed with the Portland Tribune last week

Oregon gubernatorial candidates Kate Brown and Bud Pierce.
Oregon gubernatorial candidates Kate Brown and Bud Pierce.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Portland Tribune endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Bud Pierce on Tuesday.

This comes after both Democratic Gov. Kate Brown and Pierce sat down for interviews last week with the Portland Tribune editorial board.

In an editorial, the newspaper said Brown has had 20 months as an unelected governor to try out for the permanent job, but she has “failed during that time to demonstrate the leadership qualities that Oregon must have if it is to overcome many of the perplexing issues it faces.”

The editorial states Pierce “fits nicely into the tradition of moderate Republicanism in Oregon.” Although he’s had some missteps in the campaign, the editorial continued mentioning his comments about sexual assault at a gubernatorial debate, he has owned his mistake and apologized for it.

“On other issues, the Salem oncologist has displayed an impressive understanding of state government,” the editorial states. “We have talked with him during three editorial board meetings and observed him in multiple forums and debates, and he has been consistent in his positions about state spending, economic development, education, transportation and health care.”

To read the Portland Tribune’s full endorsement, click here.