Gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler's car broken into in Portland

Rep. Knute Buehler's campaign spokesman Jonathan Lockwood tweeted this photo Friday of the rear window of Buehler's car smash in.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler had his car broken into Friday morning downtown near the Portland Art Museum.

A member of his staff tweeted the below photo.

Buehler says the thieves took a suitcase with some clothes, but nothing else.

The doctor and state representative from Bend, who's expected to be his party's nominee to challenge Gov. Kate Brown next year, says the incident is emblematic of a widespread crime problem in Portland.

"This is becoming, certainly, a big issue for Portland. So I’ll be speaking about it. It really is a quality of life issue for the people of Portland,” said Buehler. “We have to have safe streets. We have to have a livable city where people feel comfortable coming downtown and going shopping, especially during the holiday season – meeting friends for dinner and not have them worry about crime and your windshield being smashed. Unfortunately, the governor has been silent on this issue."

Brown's campaign released a statement to KATU saying in part, "Knute Buehler had an unfortunate experience with vandalism that many Oregonians have been through, but it's clear from his reaction that he doesn't understand the experience of everyday Oregonians.”

The statement goes on to say, "Next time he's in Portland, presumably visiting the Arlington Club, we certainly hope he doesn't experience such a traumatizing inconvenience."

Brown campaign’s full statement:

Knute Buehler had an unfortunate experience with vandalism that many Oregonians have been through. But apparently, a broken car window has shaken him to his core. It's clear from his reaction that Knute Buehler doesn't understand the experiences of everyday Oregonians.
Let's remember that he voted against the minimum wage because he doesn't get that people live paycheck to paycheck.
He voted against paid sick leave knowing that every cold and flu season, there are parents all across the state who are deciding whether or not to stay home with a sick kid and miss out on a day's pay.
And when all is said and done, Knute Buehler will go home to his million dollar mansion with a river view in Bend, while thousands of Oregonians are left out in the cold.
Next time he's in Portland, presumably visiting the Arlington Club, we certainly hope he doesn't experience such a traumatizing inconvenience.
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