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October 10, 2018
Wallowa County Chieftain
The Greg Walden of 1998 wouldn’t vote for Walden today
Updated Sep 17 2018;
Published in The Oregonian Sep 17, 2018
By John Lamoreau
ed as an elected Republican
I live in Oregon’s Second Congressional District. I have serv
s of dollars for U.S. Rep. Greg
County Commissioner and in the past, have raised thousand
Walden. My oldest son interned for him in Washington D.C.
I like Greg, but I can no longer vote for him.
den of 2018, either, base
I doubt that the Greg Walden of 1998 would vote for the Wal
his recent voting record.
ten its belt and balance its
Six years ago, Walden wrote “It’s time for government to tigh
We can’t afford more of the
budget just like families and small businesses do every month.
Today it is more than
When Walden took office, the national debt was $5.5 trillion.
$833 billion deficit. Our
$20 trillion. He voted for a 2018 budget that has a projected
bills that Walden
children and grandchildren will spend lifetimes paying off the
Social Security and Medicare.
has helped accumulate while endangering programs such as
favor of increasing
Walden also voted against senior citizens and families, and in
of four has skyrocketed.
medical costs. Since 2010, the cost of healthcare for a family
expensive medications from
Walden voted against giving seniors the option of buying less
ans who had pre-existing
Canada. He wrote the legislation that would penalize Oregoni
n committee money from
conditions. No member of Congress received more political actio
ng the current
the pharmaceutical/health products industry than Walden duri
tituents. The opioid crisis
He has voted for those political action committees, not his cons
ey from the companies that
also happened under Walden’s watch, while he was taking mon
the healthcare industry.
make the drugs. He chairs the House Committee that oversees
has delivered. He watched
That’s why they have generously donated to him. And Walden
deaths became the
drug companies get wealthy selling opioids as drug overdose
leading cause of death of Americans under the age of 50.
ict. The 1998 Walden was
And Walden is no longer accessible to the citizens in his distr
lic. The 2018 Walden no longer
accessible. There were meetings and forums open to the pub
ate meetings the day after
holds public forums. We now read about him appearing at priv
advertised in advance was a
those meetings took place. The only recent meeting that was
fundraiser held outside of his district. The cost to attend this
s paid for by out of state
at $2,500 a person. I now only see my congressman on billboard
political action committees.
national debt has grown.
Oregon needs a change. Walden has had 20 years in office. The
opioid crisis has affected
America has the most expensive health care in the world. The
no longer happen.
all of our communities. Open meetings withour congressman
the phone. That
I just recently called Jamie McLeod-Skinner. She answered
is something Greg Walden doesn’t do anymore.
Jamie has my vote.
John Lamoreau is a former Union County Commissioner
who lives in LaGrande.
PUBLISHED WITH THE PERMISSION OF JOHN LAMOREAU
Paid for by the Wallowa County Committee to Elect Jamie McLeod-Skinner to Congress.