New Project Vote Smart findings congratulate Oregon for placing third among the 50 states on a ranking of Congressional candidates' willingness to take the group's Political Courage Test. Apparently, 63 percent of our state's contenders were amenable to sharing with voters their stances on key issues.
But hold that self-satisfied pat on the back.
Among the AWOL: all four incumbent House members seeking re-election (Democrats David Wu, Earl Blumenauer and Peter DeFazio as well as Republican Greg Walden), and the major-party contenders (Democrat Kurt Schrader and Republican Mike Erickson) vying to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Darlene Hooley (D-Ore.)
While we realize Oregon's third-party candidates are more willing to "risk" the hazards of answering questions about their views than major-party candidates freaking out that their answers could be twisted like pretzels, kudos to the third-party folks for getting the state up to third place.