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Alice Dale Considers AG Bid September 25, 2007

Filed under: Executive 2008,Primary 2008 — taoiseach @ 5:45 pm

The Oregonian’s Politics Blog reported today that SEIU 49 leader Alice Dale, former leader of the Oregon Public Employees Union (OPEU), is considering a run to be Oregon’s next Attorney General:

“I’m actively considering it,” Dale said.

Dale would join state Rep. Greg Macpherson, D-Lake Oswego, and John Kroger, a former federal prosecutor who teaches at Lewis & Clark Law School.

Dale is the former head of the Oregon Public Employees Union — the state’s largest. She led the union on a strike in 1995 over a pay raise.

“I think I bring a very deep understanding of issues that resonate with the average Oregonian,” she said.

Dale has a range of experience in Oregon policymaking. She sits on the Oregon Health Policy Commission, which recommends evidence-based policy changes to the Governor’s office. She also lobbied the Legislature this last year for passage of a bill that would have capped hospital profit margins and applied fairer billing rates to uninsured patients.

In addition to these policy-based roles, Dale has also worked to weed out ballot fraud. In 2004, she called out the Nader campaign’s widespread use of forgery in their attempt to gain access to the Oregon ballot.

If she runs, does Dale have a good shot at the nomination? What effect would her campaign have on Greg Macpherson’s campaign? Macpherson was key in the 2003 effort to revise PERS–the state’s public employee retirement system (literally)–by trimming benefits and payouts, a move that angered many public employees. Will Dale’s candidacy give these public employees a voice and presence in the race, or will it siphon votes that might have otherwise gone to John Kroger?

These are the initial questions that come to mind. Primary season is in full swing.

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5 Responses to “Alice Dale Considers AG Bid”

  1. Liz Says:

    Dale makes Kroger’s life interesting. She knows Oregon union politics, and the ballot fraud story shows she knows something about election law. Alice and Greg might get into a fight over PERS. OR, they might say “OK, John, we’re going to talk about real life Oregon situations and then you can tell us how you as a crusading prosecutor would have handled them”.

    It would be interesting to see Greg, Alice, John on a debate stage, esp. if there was part of the format allowing questions from the audience.

  2. MCR Says:

    I hope she doesn’t run. SEIU had a major role in creating the supposed “fraud” by the Nader campaign…they were only exposing what they had done.

    A friend of mine was working for ACT at the time, and overheard SEIU employees telling ACT canvassers that if they saw a Nader petitioner, they should “accidentally” sign the petition in the spot reserved for the signature of the circulator, which would invalidate the entire sheet. Then, Bradbury threw out tons of sheets for just that type of reason. Put 2 and 2 together.

    http://www.counterpunch.org/meek09282004.html

    …Not that I’m bitter or anything.

  3. Pdxskip Says:

    Is Ms. Dale a legal heavyweight who won’t be handicapped by a lack of strong litigation experience and indepth constitutional knowledge? We don’t need a union hack dumbing up the AG’s office. I’ll rest easy if she is indeed a stong legal mind.

    Does anyone know?

  4. Macpherson was key in the 2003 effort to revise PERS–the state’s public employee retirement system (literally)–by trimming benefits and payouts, a move that angered many public employees.

    Yeah, it’s probably true that some public employees are still angry. And, like Kulongoski, Macpherson will take a few lumps. It was a tough problem with no easy solutions: Do you blindly drive off the cliff and bankrupt the state – or do you find a way to adjust pension payments while keeping faith with public employees?

    Like Kulongoski, Macpherson’s been a great advocate for unions – both public and private – on a whole host of other issues. And ultimately, like Kulongoski, I expect Macpherson to earn the support of organized labor.

    [Full disclosure: I built Greg Macpherson’s website, but I speak only for myself.]

  5. […] stated earlier at the Boundary, Dale’s candidacy seemed like a reaction to Rep. Greg Macpherson’s entry into the race. […]


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