NYT Columnist Leaves to Mull Bid for Oregon Governor

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New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof is leaving the publication after 37 to consider launching a bid for Oregon governor.

The Hill reports:

Kristof has been on leave from the paper since June while he explored a new career in politics. On Tuesday, he filed papers to form a committee that will allow him to raise money and hire staff for a potential campaign, though an advisor insisted he had not made a final decision.

In a statement to staff attached to the announcement of his departure, Kristof saluted what he called a “dream job” that has let him travel the globe reporting, in spite of a bout with malaria, a plane crash in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the occasional arrest.

“[P]recisely because I have a great job, outstanding editors and the best readers, I may be an idiot to leave. But you all know how much I love Oregon, and how much I’ve been seared by the suffering of old friends there. So I’ve reluctantly concluded that I should try not only to expose problems but also see if I can fix them directly,” Kristof said in the statement.

“It’s hard to overstate how much I’ll miss him as a reader and as a colleague,” publisher A.G. Sulzberger said in a note to Times staff.

If Kristof does decide to launch a campaign for governor he will be entering an already crowded primary field as politicians work to fill the shoes left by outgoing Governor Kate Brown.

  1. How can you ruin Oregon further beyond its current far left proclivities, put in a neophyte governor who used to be a NYT’s reporter who has never run anything and BINGO, you just made Oregon even worse. I would love to see this happen, liberals burning down their own states, of course that is because I don’t live in Oregon!

  2. I grew up in Oregon when the state still had two political parties and it was a great place to live. Nowadays, not so much, though I now live in California, which is a sadder basket case than almost any other state in the union. It’s hard to get excited about a NYT columnist trying to run any state, much less than one whose major city is an anarchic mess in its own right.

  3. ANYWHERE that leftists rule become ****holes. Look at once uber-rich Venezuela!
    CA had so much going for it that it took longer but still happened. IL is bankrupt due to Chicago corrupted pols and NY state is a shadow of its former self!


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