March 1st, 2010 | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, Multnomah County

Wheeler Draws a Conservative Challenger for MultCo Chair

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Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler today drew a second challenger in his re-election bid.

Mike Darger, whose somewhat-vague candidate filing (PDF) identifies him as a Gresham resident in the insurance business, claims to have been affiliated with the national conservative group Americans for Prosperity.

AFP, founded by billionaire David Koch (whose holdings include Georgia-Pacific) was recently seen in Portland organizing Tea Party types in opposition to a talk by former Vice President Al Gore.

Darger — who joins retired physicist James Lee in challenging Wheeler — also identifies himself as a former truck driver. He has not yet returned email and phone messages seeking comment, but we'll update this post when he does.
 
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