Republican activists in Oregon became aware that the president’s campaign team has been watching the state when they learned that Lara Trump and Campaign Manager Brad Parscale were coming to Eugene in November. Since then, there have been three overt signs of the campaign’s interest in Oregon. The latest heads up was just last weekend when the campaign sent Women For Trump Advisor Jessie Jane Duff to speak at the Lincoln Day Dinner in Oregon City.
The Trump 2020 Campaign has now made it official: They have chosen three state representatives to help lead re-election efforts in Oregon, the president’s campaign announced last week.
Oregon State Representatives Greg Barreto, Vikki Breese-Iverson and Werner Reschke will serve as honorary state chairs for Trump’s re-election campaign.
TRUMP IN OREGON: INCREASING SUPPORT AMONG OREGONIANS
Prineville resident Breese-Iverson represents a big swath of Central Oregon: large parts of Crook, Deschutes, Jackson, Klamath, Lake & Harney Counties. Barreto resides in Cove and represents three counties in the northeast corner bordering Idaho and Washington: Union, Umatilla & Wallowa. Reschke, of Klamath Falls, represents parts of Klamath & Lake Counties on the California border.
The three lawmakers together represent about one-third of Oregon’s land mass where voters overwhelmingly backed Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016. Indeed, 28 of Oregon’s 36 counties voted for Trump in 2016. Even in hot beds of Liberalism, Trump made a respectable showing in all but one county. The 2020 election will see many heretofore non-voters casting ballots for Trump, as well as many Democrats crossing over.
The Trump 2020 Campaign committee has so far reported receiving $466,000 from Oregonians, according to federal campaign filings. The figures only include donations through 12/31/2019 as campaigns haven’t yet had to report 2020 contributions. The Oregonian, no friend of President Trump, reported the names of the top four donors, thus risking their safety.
TRUMP PRESIDENCY HAS DONE MUCH FOR OREGONIANS
Trump’s policies have added 103,500 new jobs to Oregon’s economy, including 13,700 of the manufacturing jobs that President Obama said would never return. Indeed, they were so far gone he claimed it would take a magic wand to make them return. During the Era of Trump, Oregon’s unemployment rate fell to 4%, following Obama’s peak of 11.9%.
The Bush/Obama Recession caused a lot of pain in Oregon; but, Trump’s economy has lifted 103,656 off Food Stamps. Moreover, the average Oregonian is keeping $1,308 more of his/her earnings each year via the Tax Cut & Jobs Act signed in December 2017.
TRUMP IN OREGON: WILL THE PRESIDENT COME TO OREGON?
The last time Donald J. Trump was in Oregon was a May 2016 trip to Eugene, during the GOP primaries. As the enthusiasm builds for his re-election, Oregonians will be able to line up overnight outside an Oregon venue to see and hear our president in person, as so many others have done across the nation. Flipping Oregon red is a real possibility in 2020.