John Ludlow and State Rep. Dennis Richardson, R-Central Point, have several things in common:
Both are rock-ribbed tea partyers; both consider land use planning key to the demise of the American way of life; both think the only budget that shouldn’t be cut is their own; both think government is a huge waste of time and money, and both are beneficiaries of seriously large sums from Stimson Lumber Company’s Andrew Miller, the Portland lumber/timberland baron, and (before too long), the arch-right wing Koch Brothers. The latter are multi-billionaire Wichita, Kansas-based generals of industry who embrace most things regular folks abhor.
And, while Clackamas County Chair Ludlow is not up for re-election until 2016, if he makes it that far, Richardson’s announcement this week that he wants to be the next Governor of Oregon in 2014 should have Ludlow doing his happy dance in the streets of Wilsonville or Oregon City, depending on whether he’s working his real estate business or taking care of the public’s business for which he is paid $81,000 per year (plus benefits). Continue reading