Sam Carpenter faces Never Trumper in Oregon Governor Race

The man who recently closed a 13 point deficit in four weeks to become front runner for Governor in the Republican primary reminds voters that his opponent did not support President Donald J. Trump.

“I’ll give power back to the forgotten men and women” said Sam Carpenter, author, businessman and Candidate for Governor of Oregon. “Our Government is not serving the people, it’s high time to bring back common sense to the management of our Natural Resources.”

As a hat tip to Trump’s agenda, Carpenter’s campaign is

His Republican opponent however, Knute Buehler, is not a fan of Trump’s and posted so on Facebook:

“The latest revelations about Donald Trump are disgusting and deeply offensive. There is no excuse for his language and behavior. Trump is a disgrace to the Republican Party and to our democracy. Last year, I condemned Donald Trump because I felt he was a sexist, narcissist and intolerant of people of color and ethnic minorities. The past year he has proven himself all that and more. It’s time for national Republican leaders to take action to replace Donald Trump as the nominee of the Republican Party. In the meantime, I will continue to lead with an open mind, a tolerant heart and a thoughtful voice. And I’ll put principle ahead of political Party,” Buehler wrote.

According to the latest state polling:

“Oregon Republican voters share our conservative values,” Carpenter said. “They want a nominee who is pro-life, pro free-enterprise, tough on immigration, supports the Second Amendment, and who stands with our Republican President, Donald Trump.”

Voters may also be showing displeasure with Buehler, who has recently come under fire for skipping debates and candidate forums with Republican groups.

President Trump, who is constantly at odds with Democrats and more establishment Republicans, has an aggressive agenda of more jobs and less taxes.

Trump has frequently turned to his own Social Media to communicate his need for the voters sending him more support.

Trump enjoys high approval

Carpenter feels confident that his support of the President’s agenda will play in his favor in the Republican Primary.


Carpenter has placed an emphasis on getting out to meet people, over fundraising, however Buehler does have a larger war chest.

“From the beginning of the campaign, back in September, our strategy was to ramp up to a modest and growing lead by early April. We did not want to peak too early. And our aim from the start has been to spend less than $100,000 of our total $250,000 primary race budget in the first six months of the campaign – and then aggressively pump the remaining $150,000 into the last two months, when voters will be paying serious attention to individual candidates. We began that assertive effort March 19th,” Carpenter’s manager, David Gulliver, said.

“There is another part of our strategy that has also worked out as-planned. Instead of focusing on fund-raising over these past six months, Sam has spent his time talking with voters – individually and in groups – sharing a consistent message of principled, pragmatic conservatism,” he said.

Buehler is not going to work with Trump

According to his Facebook Page, Buehler, Carpenter’s rival wrote:

“It’s no secret that while President Trump ran as a Republican, he was never this Republican’s choice for President (I wrote-in Ohio Governor John Kasich). Shortly after Mr. Trump announced his candidacy, and on several subsequent occasions during last year’s campaign, I publicly expressed my opposition to his candidacy. My primary concern was his character, temperament, fitness and his lack of experience to perform the duties of President and Commander in Chief.

After the election, like many Americans, I hoped our new President would surround himself with good people, take their counsel and grow into the office. I had low expectations but I wanted our new President to succeed. Unfortunately, his actions during the past six months have made me more concerned, not less. As a candidate, only an election is at stake. As a President, the future of our nation is at stake.”

Sanctuary Cities is a big issue:

Sam Carpenter is a turn around specialist and will work with Trump

“Keep in mind I am a business turn-around specialist and have started numerous businesses from scratch. I can’t wait to get inside the state government machine to work with our red legislature to clean things up. Believe me: the dust will fly.
This is our plan. We will win because we have the winning message of limited government and increased efficiency that will Make Oregon Great Again, and we know how to get that message out. And we will do it for a fraction of the cost of our competition, because that’s how I do things…and I will do this for you too, when I get to Salem. The dust will fly,” Carpenter said.
Big League Politics will be following this race.

The Republican primary is May 15.

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