NYT columnist Nick Kristof forms PAC for potential Oregon governor run

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New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof on Tuesday formed a political action committee called “Nick for Oregon” ahead of a possible race for governor of Oregon.

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why it matters: The move would allow two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Kristof to raise funds and hire staff for a potential gubernatorial campaign.

big picture: In July, Christoph told two Oregon newspapers that he was considering running for governor in 2022.

  • The current Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) is for a limited period after this year.
  • Kristoff decided to take a break from the Times in July, while he weighed in on his decision, The New York Times reported.
  • “I’m sure we need someone with leadership and vision so that people across the state can come together to get us back on track,” Christoph said in July.

of note: Christoph may not be able to meet Oregon’s three-year residency requirement for governor, as he recently voted last year as a New York resident, Oregon Public Broadcasting Report.

  • He moved back to his hometown farm in Yamhill, Oregon in 2019 Oregonian.

What are they saying: Carol Butler, a political consultant working with Christoph in a volunteer capacity, said that the committee “[allows] Exploration to continue,” according to OPB.

  • “I think he will be a very attractive candidate, I think he will attract the resources he needs to run a very competitive race.” Butler said according to the OPB.
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