Stan Pulliam, the Republican candidate in Oregon’s gubernatorial race, has some big plans to restore order in the state, as well as its reputation.
Pulliam’s campaign event in Portland, ground zero for Oregon’s crisis of lawlessness, was disrupted by Antifa members who attacked Pulliam and his supporters with virtual impunity. But now, in an interview with Fox News, Pulliam has outlined his plans to revive Oregon’s waning fortunes and set Portland to rights after years of soaring crime rates and an ongoing police exodus.
Pulliam is currently serving his second term as mayor of Sandy, Oregon, a small town of about 10,000 located less than 30 miles east of Portland. It also happens to be Pulliam’s hometown, and he takes the plight of his state under Democratic misrule and mismanagement very seriously. That’s probably why he’s one of the leading candidates in the crowded field of 19 people who are trying to become the state’s first Republican governor in 35 years.
Pulliam observed that Portland used to be a family-friendly city, a place that he enjoyed visiting for baseball games and weekend activities. Now, he’s afraid to take his daughters there.
“Portland always had this slogan: ‘Keep Portland Weird,'” Pulliam explained. “And that was kind of funny, and people thought it was kind of fun. But it’s not funny anymore. It’s now dangerous.”
Pulliam learned all about that first hand on April 30, when his campaign event was allegedly assaulted by black-clad and fully masked Antifa operatives—only a few blocks from the Portland police department’s downtown headquarters. Nevertheless, it took the police more than 20 minutes to respond. By that time, the leftist enforcers had fled the scene, after using smoke grenades, fireworks, and paint-filled balloons to break up Pulliam’s event.
According to Fox News, police stated that two were injured by “mortars” during the attack.
(Video: Fox News)
Pulliam noted that Portland’s problems started long before COVID-19, and the attendant lockdowns and unrest. Homelessness and crime had been steadily rising, and these problems are getting worse.
“The homeless crisis has only grown,” he observed, “and of course, we had the 100 nights of riots after the murder of George Floyd. And it’s just really been chaos and mayhem ever since.”
“I’m mayor of my hometown of Sandy, and business owners asked me to come and meet with them,” Pulliam said, explaining his decision to enter the gubernatorial race. “And when I looked those folks in the eyes, those were people that I’d grown up with. Those were my classmates. Those are people whose kids go to school with mine.”
That’s what led to Pulliam’s epiphany: “So we made a decision that day, and we fought back.”
So what are Pulliam’s plans to rein in the chaos and disorder in his state?
To begin with, if he’s elected governor, Pulliam intends to fully refund the police, and make a start of things by tripling the amount of state law enforcement officers. Moreover, he wants to call up the National Guard to quell any unrest—something Democratic governor Kate Brown would not do during the chaos of 2020. He would also deputize a portion of the Oregon State Police to act as U.S. marshals, thereby allowing them to dispatch criminals to federal courts, rather than retain them in the extremist, left-wing local courts, which are little more than a revolving door for Antifa and other leftist chaos agents. Finally, Pulliam would appoint a special prosecutor for state crimes—another way to circumvent leftist district attorneys.
“What I hope you hear I’m saying is that we’re going to do whatever is at our disposal to address the culture of criminality in the City of Portland and throughout the state,” Pulliam explained. He also observed that Oregonians are “sick and tired of what’s going on,” with many businesses abandoning Portland, and residents and young families fleeing in droves. The Democratic-abetted chaos and criminality have derailed the hopes of a city that was once poised to become one of the country’s top destinations.
“People are tired of it,” Pulliam said, “and they’re ready for a new direction and leadership.”
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