Oregon Republicans peddle swag at state fair
SALEM — The Oregon Republican Party is prolific in peddling partisan swag, compared with its Democratic counterparts.
The GOP's booth at the Oregon State Fair in Salem features a plethora of pins, apparel and mugs.
For $20, you can buy a "Making America Great Again" hat and for $2, a "Stop the Oregon Tax Factory" button. Our personal favorite was the "Tune Out Fake News" mug.
In contrast, the Democrats' booth looked starkly austere: free water and some non-committal Kate Brown signs. Is she running for reelection? The sign might deceive the eye into thinking it's a campaign sign, but there's no "for" in between "Kate Brown" and "Oregon governor.
State Republicans have developed a reputation for offering a bounty of clever merchandise to the GOP faithful, party sympathizers and collectors of political memorabilia.
During the Republicans' Dorchester Conference March 2-3 at the Salem Convention Center, attendees could purchase "Make Dorchester Great Again" hats or bid on a Trump winery gift set and a memoir about Ronald Reagan's personal assistant during the former president's retirement days. Raffle prizes included Greg Walden law chairs, growler and backpack.
The fair concludes Sept. 4.