May 18th, 2011 11:04 pm | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: Politics, Business

Wyden Cancels Plans To Attend Kardon's Party

Ron WydenSen. Ron Wyden

Earlier on Wednesday, WW reported that U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden would be the featured guest at a May 31st reception in Portland held to celebrate the opening of the Portland law firm Tonkon Torp's federal lobbying and government relations practice. Tonkon's federal practice is led by Josh Kardon, who stepped down last year after 18 years as Wyden's chief of staff. 

But late this afternoon, Wyden's deputy chief of staff, Jennifer Hoelzer, notified WW via email that Wyden had decided to cancel. 

Here is Hoezler's statement:

“While our office had scheduled the Senator to attend a party in honor of his 18-year Chief of Staff, an article in Willamette Week today made apparent that prospective clients were also being invited to the event," Hoezler wrote.
"Because Senator Wyden has a longstanding policy of not attending or lending his name to events that promote lobbying firms or individual lobbyists, we regret that the senator will not be able to attend Josh’s launch party. We apologize for the confusion, and regret that anyone would suggest that Josh Kardon’s current and future success have anything to do with his friendship with Ron Wyden. Not only is that not true, it severely underestimates Josh Kardon.”
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