Telfer Responds to Knopp Charge

From Fundraising letters have gone out in the heated State Senate race between Incumbent Chris Telfer and Challenger Tim Knopp. The second paragraph on Knopp's letter mentions that Telfer used to be a Democrat and switched to the Republican Party. Telfer takes exception: “Well , just like Ronald Reagan, I saw the light and because of that, the Republican Party is a better party because of that switch. I think the same goes for my becoming a Republican.” Tim Knopp claims he's a life long Reagan conservative: “Central Oregonians and Republicans want to vote for a solid Republican candidate that shared their values. And when you switch parties at deadline to run for office the public is somewhat skeptical.” Knopp claims he would work with Democrats, but on issues in agreement with his values like limited government.