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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.