The Shakedown

What's the Deal with Knute Buehler?

We size up the Republican challenger in the Oregon governor's race.

By Marty Patail September 11, 2018 Published in the October 2018 issue of Portland Monthly

↑ Upside

  • The first Republican governor in over 30 years would count as a diversity hire
  • Pro-choice, pro-birth control, and pro-gun control views balance out more abhorrent ones
  • Orthopedic surgery skills could come in handy at any time
  • All the Ferris Bueller jokes
  • Sweet retro goatee
  • We can pretend the “K” isn’t silent

↓ Downside

  • Attended Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, because apparently Oregon schools weren’t good enough for him
  • Name means “knot” in Norse, which is pretty boring
  • Desire to cap state pensions could cause us all to rethink plans to run for same job in the future
  • Lives in Bend, among the Californians
  • Experience on Ross Perot’s 1992 presidential campaign must’ve had some effect
  • Generally grammatical and rational Twitter feed—out of step!
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