Today’s Statesman-Journal continues the trend of outscooping the Boundary with the article explaining that Allen Alley, CEO of Pixelworks and Deputy Chief of Staff to Gov. Ted Kulongoski, and registered Republican, will not run for state Treasurer.
Steve Law, the man, beat us to it again:
‘I love the public service that I’m doing,’ Alley said Wednesday, explaining his decision to stay on the governor’s staff. In an internal e-mail Alley penned to inform colleagues of his decision, he said it was one of his ‘most difficult professional and personal decisions.’
Alley is former chief executive officer of Pixelworks, a Tualatin computer-chip maker, and a former venture capitalist with Battery Ventures of Boston. His business credentials and post on a Democratic governor’s staff made him a top prospect for Republicans.
The Boundary is indeed surprised that Alley would even give a run for Treasurer a serious thought such that it would become one of his ‘most difficult professional and personal decisions’. After all, Alley serves Gov. Kulongoski, who was the earliest endorser of state Sen. Ben Westlund (D-Tumalo) for the position. Westlund remains the only candidate in the total field at this juncture.
Vance Day made it seem like the Oregon GOP is already conceding the race by offering Alley’s future elective pursuits as a consolation prize for Republicans. Law had this to say about Day:
[. . .] he said there are two other potential GOP candidates considering the treasurer’s race. [. . . H]e’s not worried that Westlund is getting a healthy head-start in the treasurer’s race. He expects Alley to seek elective office in the future.
He seems to accept that Westlund is indeed getting a healthy head start by admitting that he’s not worried about it. And of course, he wouldn’t worry at all if he were writing off the GOP’s chance at winning the Treasurer post, which has been in Democratic hands for over a decade.
With Alley’s refusal to run coming just one day after union leader Alice Dale ruling out a bid for Attorney General, could it be that would-be candidates just don’t think they have a shot?