Good for him.
Turmoil between the Oregon governor and the state’s legislature has officially reached shocking new heights.
In order to prevent the passage of a far-left climate change bill, Republicans have said that they are “prepared to take actions” if Democratic Gov. Kate Brown gets law enforcement involved, who will supposedly force, — via arresting — conservative members to the state legislature to vote.
Republican Sen. Brian Boquist implied in a shocking video captured by Pat Dooris from KGW8 news that he’s willing to take drastic action should state troopers come to arrest him.
“This is what I told the superintendent,” Boquist said, referring to OSP Superintendent Travis Hampton. “Send bachelors and come heavily armed. I’m not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon. It’s just that simple.”
Some reporters apparently didn’t believe Boquist’s implied threat, as they claimed in their news coverage that the threat was “thinly veiled.” However, the fiery senator stuck by his guns in an emailed statement to The Oregonian.
“Nothing thinly veiled,” Boquist, a U.S. Army veteran, wrote. “I have been in political coup attempts. I have been held hostage overseas. I have been jailed politically overseas … Not going to be arrested as a political prisoner in Oregon period.”
Boquist said that state troopers can only enforce criminal violations and arrest warrants, not force absent lawmakers to vote on an issue.
……The legislation in question is a greenhouse gas emissions cap-and-invest bill. Republicans have insisted that they do not want the legislature to vote on such a bill, but rather have the people of Oregon decide in the voting booth whether they want the climate change law or not.
Remember the Dem Wisconsin Fleebaggers? They literally fled the state of Wisconsin to avoid voting on collective bargaining bill. Indiana Fleebaggers did the dame thing. Texas Dems fled to avoid voting on redistricting.
So did the Oregon Dems. Via the AP:
Oregon House Democrats once fled the capitol to the Warms Springs Reservation in 2001 over a redistricting proposal. At the time, Brown, then-Senate President, called the walkout “appropriate under the circumstances.”
They have a short, selective memory.