Congressional candidate Art Robinson, who has four campaign meetings scheduled in Linn County Saturday, has published a 404-page paperback spelling out his views.
On the back cover, he has done something unusual. Following six endorsements of him by scientists, astronauts and publisher Steve Forbes, Robinson also printed this blurb from his opponent:
“‘Robinson is a pathological nut job’ — Peter DeFazio, career politician and Art’s opponent.”
Robinson, a Republican, is making his second run to try to unseat DeFazio, who is seeking his 14th two-year term in the House from Oregon’s 4th District, which includes Linn and most of Benton County.
“Common Sense in 2012” is the title of Robinson’s work.
He recounts how his father, an engineer who built chemical plants all over the world, died in an airliner explosion over the Alps in 1966, and how his wife, with whom he has six children, died of a sudden illness in November 1988 after the family moved to a farm in Josephine County and started a research institute.
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The author devotes a special section of the book to refuting things DeFazio said about him in the 2010 campaign, including that he wants to close public schools and put nuclear waste into Oregon drinking water.
The book says such statements distort what he actually had said or written.
“I have pointed out that in some cases, radiation dangers were being exaggerated, since the radiation levels in question did not exceed the Environmental Protection Agency’s very strict standards for drinking water,” the book says.
“I definitely do not want to close the schools,” Robinson wrote. He added that DeFazio had voted against a number of school-related changes such as merit pay for teachers, teacher testing, tenure reform, vouchers, charter schools, education savings accounts, state waivers from federal rules and curriculum reform.
“I support these measures,” Robinson wrote.
His campaign said copies of the book would be available at campaign stops Robinson is making this week, including at noon Thursday, July 5, at Brownsville City Hall; at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Jim Riggs Center in Sweet Home; at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center in Albany; and at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Lebanon Community Center.