November 1, 2011

The Race for Mayor: Strimling gets endorsement from fellow candidate Eder

Eder says they represent a 'new guard' fighting the status quo. Some other candidates are skeptical.

By Jason Singer
Assistant City Editor / Online

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Mayoral candidates John Eder, right, and Ethan Strimling appear at a joint news conference Monday in Portland.

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"Quite frankly, it's logical for candidates - if they really care for the city - to promote candidates who are politically and ideologically like them," Bouricius said.

"These joint press events, where they say 'If you like me, rank me first and him second, and if you like him, rank him first and me second,' makes perfect sense."

Fellow candidate Michael Brennan said he'd heard about discussions between Eder and Strimling last week, and wouldn't be surprised if more candidates began endorsing each other. But he predicted their effects on the race would be "minimal." Brennan said he hasn't had discussions with other candidates about them endorsing him.

Mavodones said "these are the back-room type deals that turn people off about politics." "But the voters are smart," he added. "I think they are paying attention."

Other candidates, including Jed Rathband, praised Eder for the specific ideas he brought to the race, but Rathband said Eder's endorsement was misguided. "John has brought a lot to this race," he said.

"But if it's new leadership he's looking for, (he and others) might want to consider what I bring to the race: a fresh perspective not beholden to anyone at City Hall, a plan with real economic development opportunities, and that's why I've gotten the support of Portland Community Chamber's political action committee." 

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