Jan 6, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Kristof ineligible to run for Oregon governor, secretary of state says

Former New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof during an annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York in September 2011.
Former New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof during an annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York in September 2011. Photo: Ramin Talaie/Corbis via Getty Images

Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan ruled Thursday that former New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof is ineligible to run for governor because the state's constitution requires candidates to be a resident for at least three years prior to the election in which they are running.

Why it matters: The decision essentially scuttles Kristof's campaign after months of planning and buildup, though he is allowed to file an appeal.

What they're saying: "A failing political establishment in Oregon has chosen to protect itself, rather than give voters a choice. We will challenge this decision in court, and we are confident we will prevail, because the law is on our side," Kristof said on Twitter Thursday.

  • "The rules are the rules and they apply equally to all candidates for office in Oregon. I stand by the determination of the experts in the Oregon Elections Division that Mr. Kristof does not currently meet the Constitutional requirements to run or serve as Oregon Governor," Fagan, a Democrat, said in a statement.
  • "As Oregon’s chief elections official, it is my responsibility to make sure all candidates on the statewide ballot are qualified to serve if elected," Fagan said.
  • "If Mr. Kristof chooses to appeal, the Oregon Elections Division is committed to doing everything possible to allow Oregon courts to decide promptly," said Deborah Scroggin, Oregon's elections director.
  • Kristof did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.

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