January 2nd, 2011 5:33 pm | by MARK ZUSMAN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics

Kulongoski: How the Neil Goldschmidt Scandal Shattered his Higher Ed Goals


One of Ted Kulongoski's campaign pledges when he ran for governor in 2002 was to reform higher education in Oregon.

After Kulongoski took office in 2003, he nominated former Gov. Neil Goldschmidt-a friend,mentor and fellow Democrat-to chair the State Board of Higher Ed and lead the reform effort.

Within six months, Goldschmidt resigned from the position in the wake of revelations by Willamette Week that he had sexually abused a girl for three years beginning when she was 14 back and he was mayor of Portland. The development rocked the state's political establishment and derailed Kulongoski's higher ed plans, which he discusses in this clip, taken from an interview with him that will appear in the print version of WW this Wednesday.

Here are links to two earlier video excerpts—one where the governor talks about prisons, the other where he discusses Iraq.
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