Democrat policies have gotten so crazy in Oregon that Nike co-founder Phil Knight is fed up and is now supporting the Republican candidate and spending millions to keep the Democratic candidate from winning.
Via the New York Post:
Nike co-founder Phil Knight has thrown his largess behind the Republican candidate in Oregon’s race for governor because he’s fed up with his state’s left-leaning policies, the reticent billionaire said.
In a rare interview, the richest resident in the liberal Pacific Northwest bastion panned Oregon’s lenient drug laws — which decriminalized the possession for personal use of small amounts of all drugs, including cocaine, heroin, LSD — and its misguided priorities such as the 2019 ban on plastic straws.
With current Democratic Oregon Gov. Kate Brown unable to run because of term limits, Knight has donated $1 million to Republican candidate Christine Drazan this month. He had also given $3.75 million to Independent candidate Betsy Johnson.
Knight’s donations — which represent the single largest financial support for both Johnson and Drazan — are an attempt to make sure Democratic candidate Tina Kotek does not win the statehouse, where a Democrat has held power since 1987.
“[I’m an] anti-Tina person,” he said, according to the Times.
The 84-year-old sneaker mogul switched his allegiance to Drazan because Johnson was lagging in recent polls, Knight told the outlet.
Knight’s infusion of cash has helped even the race. Kotek went from being the frontrunner to the Nov. 6 contest being declared a tossup, with Drazan pulling even or ahead in some polls.
As the Post suggests, Knight’s plan appears to be working. Here’s the latest polls via RCP:
The Oregon legislature is heavily controlled by Democrats, so having a Republican mayor will stop them from continuing their assault on the state. And who knows, maybe they’ll end up with a Republican legislature soon and can start undoing some of this crap.