Knute shames Brown for missing Pride Parade
Rep. Knute Buehler, GOP nominee for governor, publicly shamed Gov. Kate Brown, the nation's first-openly bisexual governor, on Twitter earlier this week (Monday, June 18) for missing this year's Portland Pride Parade.
"I was hoping to see you yesterday at the annual Portland Pride Parade," Buehler wrote Monday, June 18. "I heard you were out of town fundraising. Nice throwback photos from last year on your social accounts."
Brown missed the parade because she was giving a commencement address at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls.
One Democratic political operative said the post seemed "pretty audacious for a guy who has never participated in Portland Pride before now to go after our nation's only (sitting) LGBTQ governor."
The Bend lawmaker and orthopedic surgeon attended the parade and posted photos of himself on social media.
Buehler and Brown are preparing for their second showdown over a statewide office Nov. 6 when they'll vie for the Governor's Office. He previously attempted to unseat Brown in 2012 from her then position as secretary of state.
Since winning the Republican primary May 15, Buehler has sought to highlight his support for civil rights and pro-choice positions. He has made a bid to appeal to Oregon's vast population of nonaffiliated and independent voters, whose support could swing the election to either side, if they actually were to cast ballots.
A longtime politician in Oregon, Brown was outed as bisexual in the early 1990s by The Oregonian. She has been married to Dan Little since 1997.