Well, we may have lost a good congressional candidate, but we gained a good county commissioner candidate.
I think this is a smart move for Leiken. I just don't think Defazio is vulnerable enough right now. Don't get me wrong - I think Leiken is a great guy and the best potential challenger for the seat. And Defazio has to go! But right now, it looks like Defazio is still too entrenched.
This move allows Leiken to expand his political experience outside of Springfield and sets him up for a number of 2012 and 2014 options. I'd like to see him run for treasurer in 2012 and help turn Oregon's finances around.