Independent Party of Ore. gubernatorial candidate suspends campaign, endorses Kate Brown

Independent Party of Oregon gubernatorial candidate Patrick Starnes says he’s suspending his campaign for governor and endorsing Democratic incumbent Kate Brown.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Independent Party of Oregon gubernatorial candidate Patrick Starnes says he’s suspending his campaign for governor and endorsing Democratic incumbent Kate Brown.

Starnes joined Gov. Brown in the KATU News studio to make the announcement Tuesday.

Brown said she’s honored.

“I’m deeply appreciative of his willingness to endorse me. It certainly means a lot,” Brown said.

Brown said she and Starnes share the same values when it comes to healthcare and campaign finance reform.

Starnes says he is choosing Brown over Republican gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler because of the multi-million-dollar donations Buehler has received from one individual.

Starnes’ key campaign issue was campaign finance reform. He’s asked Brown to pass a constitutional amendment that would make elections fair in the future and get big money out of politics.

Brown said she’s committed to making changes to campaign finance reform after the most expensive governor race in Oregon history.

Brown said she did not ask Starnes to endorse her. He reached out to her campaign Monday and said he wants to endorse her.

Brown said she looks forward to reaching out to Starnes’ supporters.

Starnes addressed his supporters in the interview saying, “I hope they recognize that one has to be realistic about how to get things across the finish line.”

Starnes hopes his supporters will rally behind the current governor.

Brown encourages everyone to get their votes in before election day.

Buehler's campaign spokesperson sent a statement saying, "One tax and spend liberal endorsing another tax and spend liberal should come as no surprise."

Statement from the Independent Party of Oregon:

The leadership of the Independent Party of Oregon (IPO) was surprised to learn that the party's candidate for Governor, Patrick Starnes, is today suspending his campaign.

We commend Patrick for the enormous time and effort he put into his campaign and to making the need for limits on political contributions in Oregon its centerpiece. He took that message to every corner of the state.

Oregon is one of only 5 states without limits on contributions. The Brown and Buehler campaigns have already spent over $30 million, smashing the old record of $20 million for all candidates in a race for Oregon Governor. Candidates for the Oregon Legislature now spend up to $1 million or more to win a seat that requires only around 12,000 votes.

IPO does not endorse another candidate for Governor.

As of 7 days ago, the Kate Brown campaign has reported raising $13.9 million, while the Knute Buehler campaign has raised $16.7 million. Both campaigns have raised only 10% of its funds from contributions of under $200. Buehler has raised 13% of his funds from contributions of under $500, while Brown has raised 15% from such contributions.

  • Brown has received 82% of her funds in contributions of $1,000 or more.
  • Buehler has received 84% of his funds in contributions of $1,000 or more.
  • Brown has received 68% of her funds in contributions of $5,000 or more.
  • Buehler has received 75% of his funds in contributions of $5,000 or more.
  • Brown has received 58% of her funds in contributions of $10,000 or more.
  • Buehler has received 68% of his funds in contributions of $10,000 or more.
  • Brown has received 31% of her funds in contributions of $50,000 or more.
  • Buehler has received 47% of his funds in contributions of $50,000 or more.
  • Brown has received 23% of her funds in contributions of $100,000 or more.
  • Buehler has received 40% of his funds in contributions of $100,000 or more.
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