May 5th, 2009 | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics

Republicans Find A Candidate For Peter DeFazio's Congressional Seat (UPDATED with DeFazio reaction)

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U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio — the Lane County Democrat who's the senior member of Oregon's House delegation — doesn't know yet if he'll run for governor next year.

But regardless of whether he runs for governor or a 13th term in Congress, the Republicans have somebody ready to go for the congressional seat, Springfield Mayor Sid Leiken — according to this report in Capitol Hill's Roll Call.

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Apparently, Leiken knows about Twitter.

And here's a glance at what some Republicans think about him.

Let the fund-raising begin.

UPDATE: DeFazio, a Springfield resident, doesn't seem to be quaking at news of Leiken's candidacy. In a news release, he said, “Sid is a nice guy and a step up from the Republican's last highly touted recruit. I look forward to him continuing his good service as my hometown mayor for the next four years.”
 
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