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Christine Drazan’s Walkout Killed Solutions to Address Homelessness, Affordable Housing, Public Safety

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New reporting once again exposes how Christine Drazan’s 2020 walkout killed key legislation that addressed some of the biggest challenges facing Oregonians, including solutions to address the homeslessness and the housing crisis.

The Oregonian is highlighting that when Drazan sided with the far-right and walked off her job, she essentially killed plans to tackle homelessness, “including $120 million for homeless shelters and affordable housing project that then-Speaker Tina Kotek, now the Democratic candidate for governor, had proposed,” along with plans to “expand mental health.”

The report also notes that Drazan has continued to side with extremists throughout her campaign, “notably declining to disavow QAnon conspiracy adherent and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jo Rae Perkins,” and she even “stumped at an event for Republican candidates at which B.J. Soper, who participated in the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and is now a leader of People’s Rights, a far-right group launched by anti-government activist Ammon Bundy.” Additionally, one of Drazan’s top donors is “David Gore, a major funder of Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund, which helped pay for the Jan. 6 ‘Stop the Steal’ rally.”

“When Oregonians needed leadership, Christine Drazan sided with the far-right by shutting the door and walking away from her taxpayer-funded job to kill plans to address homelessness and mental health challenges. ,” said DGA Deputy Communications Director Sam Newton. “While Tina Kotek has called for a state of emergency to address homelesses and released a comprehensive plan, Drazan’s record of opposing real solutions shows she simply can’t be trusted.”