Lockwood returns, prompting a parody
A former legislative staffer and campaign consultant known for stirring the pot is returning to the state Capitol for the upcoming session.
Jonathan Lockwood came to Oregon to work in the Senate Republican Caucus office, then — in quick succession — for Republican gubernatorial candidates Knute Buehler and Greg Wooldridge.
During his first foray into Oregon politics, the former Colorado politico gained notoriety for his prolific Twitter activity, frequent use of the word "lawless," and provocative press releases.
After the Republican gubernatorial primary, he left for Dallas, Texas.
Lockwood will be working for two senators and a state representative, according to a page-long press release he posted on Twitter Wednesday.
"I am so thrilled to welcome Jonathan Lockwood back to the Oregon Capitol, where he can do what he does best, forcing the supermajority to tell the truth," State Rep. Bill Post, R-Keizer, said in a statement. "There will be no hiding behind mainstream media with Jonathan Lockwood back in town."
Lockwood will also work for Sen. Kim Thatcher, R-Keizer, and Sen. Dennis Linthicum, R-Klamath Falls.
In late 2017, a tweet he sent to state Sen. Sara Gelser, D-Corvallis, in a way, ended up playing a part in catalyzing the public disclosure of sexual harassment complaints against former State Sen. Jeff Kruse, Republican of Roseburg.
Logan Gilles, chief policy adviser to Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland, appeared to poke fun at Lockwood's announcement Thursday, posting a mock press release on Twitter with the heading "Gilles: 'I'm Still Here.'"
The joke continued:
"Gilles, who has served as an informal advisor to dozens of legislators over the last decade, also held leadership roles at a handful of nonprofit organizations and once volunteered for a Friends of Trees planting and then didn't show up.
"Gilles graduated summa cum laude from Portland State University and worked his way through college pushing shopping carts at the Fred Meyer on 39th and Hawthorne in Portland."