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Governor's race shaping up.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Those waiting to see whether Rep. Peter DeFazio Peter Anthony DeFazio (born May 27, 1947) is an American politician. He serves as a Democratic U.S. Representative from Oregon, representing the 4th Congressional District and is currently serving his 11th term.  would jump into the governor's race Noun 1. governor's race - a race for election to the governorship
campaign for governor

campaign, political campaign, run - a race between candidates for elective office; "I managed his campaign for governor"; "he is raising money for a Senate run"
 were given a big clue Wednesday when most of Oregon's top Democrats publicly lined up behind former Gov. John Kitzhaber John Albert Kitzhaber (born March 5 1947 in Colfax, Washington) is a physician, member of the Democratic Party and former two term Governor of Oregon. He graduated from South Eugene High School in 1965, Dartmouth College in 1969, and then Oregon Health & Science University with a . It's likely that Attorney General John Kroger John Kroger is a professor at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland and candidate for Attorney General of the U.S. state of Oregon in 2008.

Kroger is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School and served in the United States Marine Corps.
, Treasurer Ben Westlund, Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo and others would still be on the sidelines On the sidelines

An investor who decides not to invest due to market uncertainty.

on the sidelines

Of or relating to investors who, having assessed the market, have decided to avoid committing their funds.
 if they believed a Kitzhaber-DeFazio contest was in the cards.

Wednesday's endorsement-fest cast a pall over former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury's formal announcement of his candidacy for the Democratic nomination the next day. Bradbury's only top-drawer supporter was former Gov. Barbara Roberts, who hasn't forgotten that Kitzhaber was willing to run against her in 1994. Roberts did not seek re-election.

Kitzhaber's main vulnerability is that he already had eight years, from 1995 to 2003, to show what he could do as governor. But Bradbury is not ideally suited to portray Kitzhaber as a retread re·tread  
tr.v. re·tread·ed, re·tread·ing, re·treads
1. To fit (a worn automotive tire) with a new tread.

, because he's been a fixture of Oregon politics for more than a quarter of a century. Bradbury will also have to contend with people on the left of the Democratic Party who haven't forgiven him for his role in keeping Ralph Nader off Oregon's presidential ballot in 2004.

On the Republican side, news that former U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith will become head of the National Association of Broadcasters ends the GOP's long-shot hopes for a big-name gubernatorial candidate. The Republican field consists of state Sen. Jason Atkinson of Grants Pass, 2008 treasurer candidate Allen Alley and former legislator John Lim of Gresham. There may be others, but all in all, it was a good week for Kitzhaber.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
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Date:Sep 19, 2009
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