February 17th, 2010 5:33 pm | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, Legislature

Emails Detail House Speaker Hunt's "Hard-Ball" Tactics

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The Bend Bulletin today added to its earlier reporting on the fall-out from Measures 66 and 67 for groups that work with lobbyists such as Mark Nelson — who opposed the two tax-increasing measures.

Among other details, Bulletin reporter Nick Budnick's latest piece recounts an email Oregon Head Start Executive Director Judy Miller sent her colleagues about a conversation she'd had with Hunt.

Hunt "indicated that we had ‘drawn a big bull's-eye' around ourselves in the event that (the tax measures) don't pass,' Miller said in her e-mail. “He said we have isolated ourselves by not taking a position (on the measures) and that others did step up. He said that 2011 will be a real challenge for us.”

Hunt told the Bulletin's Budnick (a former WW reporter) that rehashing what may have happened around the tax measures is a diversion from more important considerations.

“We're not going to be distracted from our work creating jobs and helping struggling families just because of the rantings of a lobbyist who's mad that he lost the campaign,” Hunt told the Bulletin.
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