Gov. Kate Brown (D) has chosen “a veteran LGBT campaigner,” Thomas Wheatley, as her new campaign manager.
“Wheatley has replaced Michael Kolenc, who was suddenly fired earlier this month. Chris Pair, a campaign spokesman said Wheatley started last week.” (OPB)
“Kolenc says he was fired after clashing with Brown’s staff over his desire that the governor be more proactive on major issues facing the state—including the proposed $3 billion corporate tax increase known as Measure 97. And while polls show Brown with a comfortable lead over” oncologist Bud Pierce (R), “the staffing turmoil is significant because she’s already preparing for more formidable challenges in 2018.” (Willamette Week)