The Republican candidate running for Oregon Attorney General in November says the state needs a better watchdog on scandals and reckless spending done by government officials.
Candidate James Buchal says one recent example of waste is The Columbia River Bridge Crossing project. Buchal is an attorney who lives in the Portland area.
He gave 1110 KBND news an extensive interview on Friday.
"they spent either 108 or 140 million to plan a bridge and then they realized that it was 50 feet shorter than all the other bridges - SO STUFF CAN'T GET UNDER IT SO MAYBE WE SHOULD START ALL OVER- AND THEN THEY STARTED LOOKING AT HOW THIS THING WAS FUNDED- AND THEN THEY FOUND THAT SOMEONE HAD ARBITRARILY PADDED IN AN EXTRA 4 PERCENT FOR SUBCONTRACTORS- AND THEN THE STATE SAID MAYBE WE SHOULD JUST AMMEND THE CONTRACT AND GIVE THEM THE MONEY."
Buchal is speaking at the Redmond Patriots meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the HIghland Baptish Church. Buchal says two other strategies in his 3 point approach includes simplifying government and reducing the control that the Federal Government has in Oregon.
"there's another whole area that the attorney general can work on - in terms of simplifying things- we've got a whole rash of rules and laws that are choking off business and the attorney general has the power to enforce the state statute that says the rules have to be as simple and clear as possible and work on simplifying things.
As for too much Federal control and mis-management, he says people in Central Oregon are living through an example of that right now with the Pole Creek Fire near Sisters.
"we have got to claw back some power from the federal government- the federal government controls more than half of oregon and it's burning it to the ground and it's impoverishing the state."
Buchal's opponent is Democrat, Ellen Rosenblum, who just won in the May primary.
Republican Secretary of State candidate Dr. Knute Buehler is also scheduled to speak on Monday. He is running against incumbent Kate Brown, a Democrat. Buehler plans to spend a lot of time talking about PERS reform. The meeting is free and open to the public.