Phil Knight, a co-founder of the sports brand Nike, has had it with far-left Democrat rule in Oregon, and he’s decided to try and make a change in the state, politically.
“With the state no longer even remotely resembling the once-pristine Pacific Northwest locale that it once was, and with crime, drug addiction, homelessness, and Antifa having transformed its largest city – Portland – into the equivalent of a third-world hellhole, Knight has donated millions of dollars to prevent Democrat candidate Tina Kotek from winning the governorship,” BizPac Review reported on Tuesday.
“Now that Gov. Kate Brown’s reign of terror has come to an end due to term limits, Knight is determined to use his financial clout in a bid to restore sanity to state government, donating $1 million to GOP candidate Christine Drazan this month. Knight has also given $3.75 million to Independent candidate Betsy Johnson,” the outlet continued.
Knight, 84, one of Oregon’s most notable billionaires, told The New York Times that Kotek’s progressive policies would only make things worse in Oregon, including the decriminalization of hard drugs, describing himself as an “anti-Tina person” and admitted he’s never actually spoken to Drazen.
In the interview, Knight shook his head at the Dem-run state’s decision to decriminalize cocaine, heroin, and meth while banning plastic grocery bags.
“One of the political cartoons after our legislative session had a person snorting cocaine out of a mountain of white,” Knight told the Times. “It said, ‘Which of these is illegal in Oregon?’ And the answer was the plastic straw.”
Knight said he decided to shift his support away from an Independent candidate and towards the Republican in the race because the former couldn’t “get enough undecided voters to make up the difference.” And because of current Democratic Gov. Kate Brown’s enormous unpopularity following lengthy pandemic lockdowns, among the most restrictive in the country, it is rubbing off on Kotek.
Adding to the current wave of lunacy, Kotek actually argued during a recent debate that not only should meth remain legal, but that a “meth stabilization center” — especially in Portland — should be opened.
Joe Biden is campaigning with Oregon Democrat Tina Kotek today, who not only wants to keep meth decriminalized in Oregon, but also wants to put a “meth stabilization center” in Portland. pic.twitter.com/svmcv6a3qQ
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 15, 2022
It’s not hard to see why there is a shift in support for the Democratic Party in Oregon, but will it be enough to save the state from total cultural and societal collapse? That question can only be answered by Oregonians, and they have an opportunity to decide it during next month’s elections.