Klamath commissioner, Dennis Linthicum, considers Walden challenge

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) - A Klamath County commissioner says he's considering challenging U.S. Rep. Greg Walden in the Republican primary.

Dennis Linthicum says he hopes to decide soon whether to take on the only Republican in Oregon's congressional delegation. Linthicum describes himself as a "constitutional conservative" and tagged Walden as a "professional politician."

As chairman of the House GOP's campaign committee, Walden is one of the most senior Republicans on Capitol Hill. He's had to walk a tight rope between the party's moderates and tea-party conservatives.

In a statement, Walden says he works hard every day for the Oregonians who elected him. Walden reported having $1.3 million in the bank on his most recent campaign finance disclosure.

Walden represents the sprawling 2nd Congressional District, which encompasses all of Eastern Oregon.

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