Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) wants the Oregon Legislature to give him a special deal — allow him to run for president and the U.S. Senate at the same time in 2020. Right now that’s against the law in Oregon.
There’s a certain “The rules shouldn’t apply to me” arrogance about Merkley’s move.
Democrats in the Legislature may want to bolster their guy, but the Legislature should just say no!
If Merkley wants to run for president, he needs to relinquish his $174,000 annual Senate salary, his fancy digs in the Hart Senate Office Building, and his subsidized health care, sycophantic staff, and free and reserved parking spots at DC-area airports.
As the saying goes, Merkley shouldn’t be able to have his cake and eat it, too. He should respect the law, not try to bend it to satisfy a self-centered agenda and encourage even more public disillusionment with politics.