Last weekend I attended a fund raiser for Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Steve Novick in Eugene. I saw an article in the Register-Guard saying that Novick is pro-beer, and I thought finally, a candidate I can support. I’d actually planned to show up at the event, ask Steve a few questions on conservation issues I care about, maybe volunteer to help out with the campaign, buy a bunch of fundraiser junk, and blog on the event, pumping up Novick as the sure successor to Gordon Smith.
Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way. I patiently waited to talk to Novick, and finally got to meet him. “Hi Mr. Novick, my name is Matt Stansberry and I’d like to pick your brain on some conservation issues,” I said. And he replied by mumbling something about not being able to look into policy issues until after 10 o’clock at night because he’s so busy (whatever that means) and that this event was about fund raising, not getting into policy. I could look at his Website for more info.
Thanks Steve! Um… you can look at my site too.
Probably even worse than being blown off, the beer wasn’t great. Local Eugene brewer superstar Ninkasi was commissioned to make a beer for the campaign “Left Hook Lager”. It tastes a little like Coors Light. I could be overly harsh because I like their other beers so much.
Nonetheless, Novick thinks he can beat Gordon Smith — and putting pressure on Smith would be a good thing in my opinion. Also, I probably would agree with Novick on most of his positions. Take this money quote: “I’ve spent the last eight years suing polluters. Smith has spent the past eight years voting for them.”
I wanted to know about four things: What is Novick’s position on the Lower Snake River Dams? What is his position on the Western Oregon Plan Revision? What is his position on Oregon Widlerness designations? And what is his take on global warming legislation? I’ll probably find out at some point, but I’d have liked to have heard it from him.
Now instead of volunteering for his campaign, I’m writing snarky blog posts.