On a day when former Gov. John Kitzhaber is hoovering
up most of the state's political oxygen with the impending announcement that he will seek a third term, here's an announcement from the campaign of his longtime political ally and likely Democratic primary opponent, former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury
From: Jeremy Wright
Date: September 1, 2009 1:25:18 PM PDT
To: Jeremy Wright
Subject: Exciting News!
Dear Friends, Family and Colleagues,
I am pleased to announce that I have accepted the position as campaign manager for Bill Bradbury for Governor.
I am very excited about the opportunity to join the prospective campaign of a man who I both personally and professionally feel is the right choice to help Oregon move forward through difficult times and advance an agenda that will improve the lives of working families in Oregon over the long run..
I first began working with Bill Bradbury in 2000 when I managed his successful campaign for Secretary of State. Our relationship continued when I served as the political director of his U.S. Senate bid in 2002. Since then I have had the opportunity to work with Bill on a number of issues ranging from protecting the Oregon coast from off-shore drilling to standing up for the rights of hospital workers to organize a union free of harassment and intimidation. In that time I have gotten to know a man of uncommon energy, compassion, humor, commitment and passion.
On the personal front, the past 3 years running my own business as a communications and public affairs consultant has been a wonderful ride full of challenges and triumphs. I am proud of my work to help communities get involved with their government as well as founding a grassroots organization dedicated to bringing a higher quality of life to our community and helping organizations harness the potential of online social media outlets.
While I have certainly enjoyed my work, when Bill offered me the opportunity to join his campaign I leapt at the opportunity.
I'm looking forward to the campaign to come and working with many of you. More information on Bill's work and plans for Oregon can be found at www.oregonspriorities.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BradburyforOregon.
More recently, Wright, a big soccer fan and member of the Portland Timbers Army, has made a name for himself on local blogs
and message boards for his unstinting support
for Merritt Paulson's proposal to bring Major League Soccer to Oregon.
A line in the bio Wright circulated with his announcement today raises questions about what he has called a "grassroots effort" to bring MLS to Portland.
In that bio, Wright says, "since 2007 Wright has run his own communications and public affairs business work [sic] with clients ranging from government agencies to professional sports franchises."
Wright says he did some work for the Washington Department of Transportation in 2007 but more to the point, has recently done paid consulting work for a group called Portland MLS 2011
Wright says that work was a "small contract" relating to communications and new media and was separate from his earlier advocacy for MLS, which he says he did for free and out of his own passion for soccer.
Wright would not disclose the terms of the contract with the 2011 group and says he is not aware whether Paulson is part of the group that is paying his contract.
As for his new gig, Wright, who ran Bradbury's 200
0 campaign for secretary of state, says his new boss is definitely in the race but Wright's hiring does not constitute an official announcement of Bradbury's candidacy.