Oregon Congress Candidate Drops GOP Ballot Label
August 29, 2008
By BRAD CAIN
The Associated Press
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Congressional contender Joel Haugen, who angered Republicans by endorsing Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama, is withdrawing as a GOP candidate and will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot under the label of the Independent Party.
Haugen won the Republican nomination in the May primary in northwest Oregon's 1st Congressional District.
But since then party members have shunned him because of his support for Obama and his endorsement of Democrat Jeff Merkley in Oregon's U.S. Senate race.
At a news conference Friday, Haugen said it makes sense for him to run as the Independent Party candidate, since that party earlier backed him.
"My message in this is: Let's get away from this partisan silliness and partisan nonsense and make decisions based on what's best for your country and your state," the 58-year-old Scappoose businessman said.