Daily Archives: August 31, 2014

Oregon Guvs Race: Richardson Labor Day ad hits Kitzhaber for paying women less

Dennis Richardson releases ad knocking John Kitzhaber for paying female employees only 79 cents on the dollar compared to men.

Screen Shot 2014-08-31 at 10.29.02 PM Consider this latest ad in the Oregon Governor’s race a little pay back for the Democrats phony “War on Women.” Dennis Richardson, a Republican and one of the most decent and skilled public servants in Oregon, has hit out at Kitzhaber for paying women who work for him less money than men. The younger but seasoned state lawmaker from Central Point uses just 15 seconds to call out the Democrat’s hypocrisy.

Women in Governor Kitzhaber’s office earn just 79 cents for every dollar a man earns. Dennis Richardson believes in equal pay for equal work and experience.It’s about fairness and equality.Dennis Richardson for Governor.


The basis for the commercial is this survey of wages done by the Salem Statesmen Journal.

Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office is less equitable that state government generally.

The governor has asked Department of Administrative Services Director Michael Jordan to study the state’s disparity in how men and women are paid and find a way to fix it.

But Kitzhaber is not leading by example.

His office employs 27 women and 16 men. The average monthly salary for women is $6,507 — about 79 percent of what the men are making. ($8,203 per month.) That pay gap isn’t enormous; it’s about the same as the statewide average. It is, however, quite a bit wider than the gap for state employees overall, where women make about 88 percent of what men do.

Note: Kitzhaber’s staff includes several policy advisers who are actually paid by other departments and listed on their payrolls even though they work for Kitzhaber. I don’t have a full list of who all those people are, so the numbers above reflect only the people listed as working in his office.

Screen Shot 2014-08-31 at 10.28.55 PM This reminds me of when ACORN refused to pay their signature gatherers a minimum wage and overtime to gather signatures for a minimum wage initiative. They told detractors it wasn’t fair! If they had to pay their people minimum wage they couldn’t hire as many.

How DARE you, Lars Larson! Blowback from complaint filed over union PSA with Kitzhaber.

At issue is the Portland fire fighters’ public service announcement featuring Democrat John Kitzhaber within 90 days of election

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 11.45.37 PM Lars Larson! How DARE you pick on Governor John Kitzhaber for only doing what was best for the people! How dare you upbraid St. John and our first responders for doing a GOOD thing! How cynical must a person be to see political posturing in a public service announcement. You’re filing a complaint over a PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT, for crying out loud. And YOU, Lars Larson, are personally responsible for cheapening what was only meant to be outreach to people to SAVE LIVES! You must be AGAINST SAVING LIVES, Lars Larson! You are in favor of LETTING PEOPLE DIE, Lars Larson. 

From the comments in Willamette Week on the elections complaint filed by Larson over the video PSA featuring Democrat gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber (See my previous post here), Ed in Portland writes,

So, let me understand. Are all elected officials to refrain from doing something good, or doing something that might get them seen during an election season? Heaven forbid our elected officials participate in a PSA message that could save lives!

I don’t see anything overtly political here from the fire dept. They don’t discuss the campaign or issues at all. The only way there is a direct connection to Kitzhaber is if you already know that he did CPR recently. So anyone who makes the connection already knew the connection. Lars Larson stupidly gives Kitzhaber more publicity with this complaint.

Yawn.

Hey, “Ed in Portland”, are you done flapping your jaws yet?

It is especially rich from the likes of Ed that he’s concerned Kitzhaber would “refrain from doing something good” because of the talk show host’s complaint the union PSA gave Kitzhaber a nice, possibly illegal, spiff 90 days before an election.

Geez, Ed, where were you for hand off when Kitzhaber spent BILLIONS on Common Core, OrBamaCare, Columbia River Crossing and screwed everything up due to his spectacularly vacant management? Were you concerned that his screw ups would cause him to “refrain from doing something good”? I don’t think Dr Do Over has refrained in the least from doing what the far left thinks is “doing something good.” Unfortunately, “doing something good”, Ed, is hella expensive! Especially so when it’s a spectacular failure! Remember Rocky King and Rudy Crews, Ed? 

Ed, you’re so willing to think the worst of Lars’s motivations. Do you think Democrats incapable of using their base to further their political ambitions? What are you, Ed, 8 years old? Do you think your inbox is full of MoveOn.org, DCCC and Obama emails because they just want to know if you’re over your case of the sniffles or because all those groups works together to tell you what to think? Plus, it’s OREGON for crying out loud, Ed. One party rule. Incompetence and cover up are constants. And it’s you knuckle heads who keep covering for Dr. Do Over. 

Ed, you claim the PSA, “[doesn’t] discuss the campaign or issues at all.” Calvin Klein, Coke, Pepsi, Nike, Milk, Microsoft and Apple don’t say, “vote for me”, Ed. They sell an idea and an image. They sell prestige. They sell the idea that their product is associated with cool. Like, ya know, an old rhinestone cowboy with a mullet standing next to the people who, oh, I dunno, have the reputation for saving lives on 9/11 for instance. Do you think that might give people a generally favorable impression of the Governor, Ed? A governor who’s doing poorly in the polls and who has misspent billions of tax dollars in an ever impoverished state–thanks in large part to his programs, killed jobs and put Oregon in the crapper in economic growth? 

Do you think it might have an impact, Ed? 

Of course you don’t. 

How DARE you, Lars Larson!