With ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber weighing
a campaign to reclaim his former office, it's only fair that ex-Gov. Barbara Roberts
— the woman he unceremoniously replaced in the governor's mansion by big-footing her out of the 1994 Democratic gubernatorial primary — should also be considering a comeback.
Roberts, 72, has never forgiven Kitzhaber for breaking an unwritten political rule—that you don't challenge an incumbent in your own party. Since leaving office after one term, she spent a stint at Harvard. And Roberts, who is remembered fondly by many Democrats, remains perhaps the most sought-after endorsement for local Democrats at election time.
Roberts has previously said that if Kitzhaber were to run again, she would consider challenging him. Now, according to blogger and former WW
scribe Byron Beck
, those musings are becoming more public.
Roberts did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Kitzhaber served from 1995 to 2003 but is eligible to run again to replace incumbent Gov. Ted Kulongoski, who will be term-limited out after 2010.