Feb 17, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Oregon Supreme Court says Nicholas Kristof can't run for governor


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The Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday said that former New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof can't run for governor.

What it matters: The decision scuttles Kristof's campaign after months of planning and buildup. He left the Times last year as he explored the political bid.

Driving the news: Kristof had challenged Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan's determination that he was ineligible to run for governor because the state's constitution requires candidates to be a resident for at least three years before the election in which they are running.

  • Fagan pointed to what she described as "objective evidence" including that Kristof voted in New York as recently as 2020, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting.
  • The Kristof campaign did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.

What he's saying: "While we are disappointed in the decision, we respect its ruling and thank the justices for their thoughtful consideration on this matter," Kristof said in a statement.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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