January 8th, 2011 5:33 pm | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics

Kulongoski "Fed Up" With Politics; Wonders Whether Senate D's Have "No Shame"

Gov. Kulongoski in a safety vest

Gov. Ted Kulongoski has received plenty of sharp elbows during his 40 years in public life, and he's thrown a few himself.

But in this video clip below from his recent interview with WW, Kulongoski explains why he's had enough with all that—and why he was largely invisible during the 2010 election cycle.

The victim of the negative campaigning he cites is State Sen. Frank Morse (R-Corvallis), who briefly considered a gubernatorial run in 2010 and against whom the Democrats threw a lot of resources, including some highly questionable campaign literature. (The woman who crosses behind him in the video is Kulongoski's spokeswoman, Anna Richter Taylor.) A fuller version of the Kulongoski interview appears in this week's print version of WW.

Here are links to earlier video excerpts—one where the governor talks about prisons, another where he discusses Iraq, a third where he talks about how the Goldschmidt scandal affected Kulongoski's plans for higher education, another in which he discusses losing his mentor, one in which he discusses the outsized power in this state of public employee unions, another in which he discusses why the Goldshmidt scandal made him think twice about running for reelection in 2006, another in which he talks about the Oregon and the absence of a defense economy, and one in which he discusses John Kitzhaber.
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