Knute Buehler

Knute Buehler, file photo.

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Former State Republican Knute Buehler announced Tuesday that he would seek Republican nomination for Congress.

Buehler in a video to supporters said he plans to run in 2020 to represent Oregon’s second District to replace Congressman Greg Walden.

Walden announced his retirement from Congress earlier this year. Walden was a key player in GOP efforts to replace President Barack Obama's health care law and led House GOP election efforts in 2014 and 2016.

In his announcement Tuesday, Buehler said he would fight for Oregon's traditional jobs in farming, ranching and timber.

“Many Oregonians are tired of being disrespected or ignored by Portland liberals and elite D.C. politicians. In Congress, I will defend the values, rights and jobs threatened by the powerful arm of big government. I will be a conservative voice for the people and place I call home," Buehler said.

Buehler was the Republican nominee for secretary of state in 2012 and governor in 2018. He was elected to the Oregon House in 2014 and re-elected in 2016.

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mairez

Fat Chance. We need a less moderate Republican for that slot. A ball of fire, if you will, who won't worry about being polite and/or eloquent.

racecar57

No way would I vote for this RINO Republican. Glad to know that Senator Cliff Bentz will be running to get Waldens job. It is just too bad that Buehler thinks he represents the conservative people of Oregon because he does NOT. He only represents some of the elite RINO state Republicans controlling the party apparatus. All he is going to do is cause the Republicans to burn up extra money. Go back to Cal where you fit in better

Lawlessness Brings Destruction

I have my doubts about Bentz. He was ready to take the Dems assurances the Republicans who walked out on HB 2020 wouldn't be arrested. This leads me to think Bentz would be a liability and easily co-opted but he might be less of a RINO than Buehler. It sucks that Oregon has to choose between the lesser of two evils.

racecar57

I think you hear something that was not true. Why would Democrats assure a Republican that they would not be arrested for walking out. Makes no sense. Besides they were not arrested. Bentz is a great Republican and I would be willing to take a dozen of him in the Senate or House !! I differently do not think of him as the lesser of two evils. In fact I think he will make a much better rep then Walden was. Walden had a habit of siding with RINO's in the house at times.

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