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Richardson Defends Votes He Made In Favor Of Kitzhaber Priorities

Oregon gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson
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Oregon gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson

Oregon gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson is defending votes he made in the legislature in favor of his opponent's political priorities. 

Oregon gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson
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Oregon gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson

The Republican state representative made his comments Wednesday during an interview on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Richardson acknowledged that he did vote for major health care and education bills backed by incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber. He said the problem is that the governor failed to put the right people in place after the bills passed.

"He had ideas. The problem is in the implementation,” Richardson said. “And so the challenge that he's had is that he hasn't been able to implement. He hasn't been able to bring about the results that he promised."

Richardson and Republicans are turning up the heat on Kitzhaber, who's seeking an unprecedented fourth term in office.

The Democrat has faced questions about the role of Kitzhaber's fiancée, Cylvia Hayes. Republicans plan to file a complaint with the Oregon Ethics Commission asking for a formal investigation of the first lady.

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Chris Lehman covers the Oregon state capitol for JPR as part of the Northwest News Network, a group of 12 Northwest public radio organizations which collaborate on regional news coverage. Chris graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He began his career producing arts features for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana and has been a reporter/announcer for NPR station WNIJ in DeKalb, Illinois. Chris has also reported from overseas, filing stories from Iraq, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Uganda.
Chris Lehman
Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.