His column was canceled by the Oregonian.
IMAGE: William Corwin
While a bill to revive the Columbia River Crossing clings to life in the Legislature, Brendan Monaghan’s brief career as an editorial columnist for The Oregonian is over—and it’s hard to escape the conclusion that his opposition to the CRC is the reason.The first thing we would like to say is, that Brendan's opinion--as well as any conservative political opinion--is welcome at The Governed. We will publish just about anything as long as it's safe for work, and we definitely won't fire you for criticizing the left.
The Willamette Week story leaves you wondering why exactly was Monaghan fired? Was it because of his opposition to the CRC project, or was it because he was working for Lindsay Berschauer of Leona Consulting? There was one line in the story that caught our eye:
Berschauer’s firm began working against the CRC, placing highway billboards and hiring a lobbyist to work the 2013 legislative session.And that got us wondering. Who did she hire to lobby against the CRC, and for how much? So we did some digging.
Lobbies for liberal causes.
So there are two schools of thought here: The first possibility is that Berschauer hired him to gain access to the Democrat legislators and stop the CRC project. That certainly didn't work out well because the bill that was under consideration HB2800 passed with only a few Democrats voting against it.
The other school of thought is that Berschauer is getting cozy with liberals in hopes that she can make friends and--in some bizarre, twisted thought--that she can gain influence and power with them. Psst ... that strategy never works. The liberals don't like you, nor will they ever. Liberals will just take your money and laugh all the way to the bank.
Hiring a liberal lobbyist to fight against the CRC is like hiring George Soros to help Republicans win elections. It's just not going to work.
How much did Berschauer pay Justin to lobby her cause? A whopping $10,000. Since Berschauer is funded primarily by Andrew Miller of Stimson Lumber, why didn't she just hire either Barrie Fawn or Michael Dewy who already lobby for Stimson Lumber? They are known, competent business lobbyists.
Or better yet, why didn't Miller simply pay for the lobbying himself?
Looks like Miller has Berschauer running around making nice, nice with the Democrats as he can keep some air of plausible deniability around her actions.
Ore Government Ethics Commission Public Records
Client Exenditures 2013
Lobbyist Expenditures 2013
HB2800 CRC Bill
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