Wyden versus Smith: The office aura

As many of you know, I spent this week in Washington DC with Oregonian legislators and I thought it might be interesting to contrast the offices of our Senators, Ron Wyden and Gordon Smith.

Smith’s office is opulent, in an almost caricatured rich guy sort of way. Bronze statues, fireplace, high ceilings, huge mirrors, cloying cut flowers in vases, patterned wall paper that reminds you of a funeral home. A word of advice: Don’t eat the Senator’s taffy that’s sitting out. It tastes like it has been sitting out on that table for several terms. I managed to take all of this in while waiting nearly an hour to talk to Smith’s assistant, Cort Bush, who blew us off after learning we were there to talk about global warming.

On the other hand, Wyden’s office looks more like a high school science teacher’s. Satellite maps of Oregon, posters for Oregon Beach clean up, young faced U of O kids [none of which seemed to claim lineage to the Bush dynasty] working the desk, answering phone calls from Eugene and Portland nut jobs with crazy requests. It’s open and comfortable.

Also, Wyden’s staffers spent more time with us than any other representative, talked our ears off. In fact, my buddy Rob Kirschner almost missed his flight. They listened to everything we had to say and addressed unpopular issues like the pending LNG terminals in Oregon (more on that later). I have to say I was impressed with Wyden’s staff.

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Matt Stansberry currently lives in Eugene, Oregon with his wife and son.
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5 Responses to Wyden versus Smith: The office aura

  1. Guy says:

    Too funny. I’ll tell you a funny story about Wyden next week.

  2. Bpaul says:

    I think details like those you present are telling, and relevant.

    Thanks for having the foresight to post it… go go blog paparazzi.

  3. Erin says:

    I had the opposite experience when I met the senators in 2001 as a part of a semester in Washington type program. Wyden didn’t even bother to show his face–we just met with a scruffy aide–while Smith had an aide sit and talk to me for about an hour and then talked with me personally for a few minutes.

  4. Mmmarvel says:

    I don’t blame Smith’s folks, if I knew you wanted to spread the lies about global warming, I’d have dismissed you too. Sorry, I know the facts and they are not the lies that global warming fanatics spread as ‘facts’. Want facts, what “Global Swindle” and see how inconsistent your ‘facts’ really are.

  5. mstansberry says:

    HA ha ha ha!!! Ok though… seriously. If Smith’s argument against dealing with global warming was so compelling, why not meet with me and change my mind? By the way, I’m sure he doesn’t think it’s some kind of swindle, it just doesn’t benefit him in any way to deal with it.

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