January 4th, 2011 | by MARK ZUSMAN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics

Kulongoski: Yes, Public Employee Unions Have Too Much Power, But Don't Blame Them!

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In this fascinating clip, a piece of the interview we did with Ted Kulongoski, the soon-to-be-departing governor talks about public employees unions' outsized power and the business community's reaction to that state of affairs.

The Democratic governor offers a bit of history on how the unions tried to knock him out of the race when he ran for Attorney General in 1992 and how they attempted to recruit someone to run against him during his reelection campaign for governor in 2006. And he looks back on how the unions supported John Kroger over Greg Macpherson in the 2008 Democratic primary for Attorney General because of Macpherson's role in reform of the state pension system.

The fuller interview with Kulongoski will appear in the print version of WW tomorrow.



Here are previous clips of our interview in which Kulongoski discusses prisons, how the Iraq War changed him, the effect of the Neil Goldschmidt scandal on Kulongoski's higher-ed plans and on Kulongoski personally.
 
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