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Hate group endorses Republican Knute Buehler, candidate stays silent

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 17:49

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Oregonians for Immigration Reform (OFIR), the most prominent anti-immigrant hate group in Oregon, endorsed Republican Knute Buehler on Thursday. Buehler has yet to comment on the hate group’s praise of his candidacy and legislative record.

Today Governor Kate Brown’s campaign called on Buehler to renounce OFIR and refuse their endorsement.

“Silently accepting the endorsement of a hate group is exactly what a politician like Knute Buehler, with a right-wing legislative record, would do.” said Christian Gaston, communications director for the Brown campaign. “Buehler said he supports Donald Trump's immigration policies at a time when Trump wants to spend $25 billion taxpayer dollars to build a border wall, and separated hundreds of children from their parents.”

According to the non-partisan Southern Poverty Law Center, OFIR "has demonized immigrants while working closely with nationally recognized anti-immigrant groups and figures" for around two decades.

In comments to Oregon Public Broadcasting, OFIR's president Cynthia Kendoll endorsed not only Buehler's bid for Governor, but his entire record as a legislator, saying that Buehler "has always supported" the hate group's issues in the Legislature.

Rep. Knute Buehler consistently voted against bipartisan legislation that OFIR opposed:

In 2017, Buehler voted against Cover All Kids. On 7/7/2017 Buehler voted no on SB 558, the Cover All Kids bill. SB 558 passed the House 37-23 and was signed into law.  [Oregon House Health Care Committee vote on SB 558, 3/8/17]

In 2018 Buehler voted to make Oregon Dreamers pay out-of-state tuition at public universities, and to deny them scholarships and financial aid. On 3/3/2018, Buehler voted no on SB 1563. The bill passed the House, 36-22.[Oregon House Floor Vote, SB 1563, 3/3/18]

In 2017, Buehler voted against stopping racial profiling and reducing possession charges. On 7/5/17 Buehler voted no on HB 2355. The bill passed 36-23 and was signed into law. [Oregon House HB 2355 Floor Vote, 2/21/18]