Rep. Gary Leif, R-Roseburg, was one of 12 state legislators who wrote to Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum Friday, asking her to join a federal lawsuit that sought to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

Leif and the other legislators hoped the lawsuit, brought by the state of Texas, would toss out the vote in four states narrowly won by President-elect Joe Biden. Those states are Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin.

The point is now moot since the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Texas’s lawsuit on Friday. The court said Texas did not have standing to seek to overturn the votes in other states.

Every state has now certified its votes and sent electors to the Electoral College, which voted 306 to 232 Monday for Biden.

President Donald Trump and some Republicans continue to question the votes, asserting that fraud affected the results.

The Oregon letter questions mail-in voting in the four states.

“We the undersigned urge you to join the growing list of states joining the lawsuit filed by the State of Texas in which they have argued that electors from Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin should not be allowed to cast their votes in part because those states unconstitutionally changed their voting procedures during the coronavirus pandemic to allow for increased mail-in ballots,” they wrote.

Leif said in an email to The News-Review that while Oregon and Douglas County elections officials do an outstanding job with mail-in voting, he doesn’t think other states had any idea what they needed to do to guarantee voter integrity.

“I think that with a close election, all fair-minded people should at least support a good hearing of a case based on the conduct of elections in very close states. Even if the Supreme Court decided against President Trump, at least people like me would feel like we had our day in court,” he said.

He compared this court case to the Supreme Court case that Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore brought, and lost, in 2000 against Republican George W. Bush.

“Remember, Al Gore got his day in the US Supreme Court (Bush v. Gore). I would be standing up for any Democrat or Republican who witnessed any voter fraud or election integrity,” he said.

Charges of fraud have not been proven, and have been denied by elections officials in all four states. U.S. Attorney General William Barr, a Trump appointee who announced his impending resignation this week, has said there is no evidence of widespread fraud that would have impacted the election.

Other notable signatories to the Oregon letter included Rep. David Brock-Smith, R-Port Orford, and Sen. Kim Thatcher, R-Keizer, who made an unsuccessful run for Oregon Secretary of State in November.

Sens. Chuck Thomsen, Dennis Lithicum and Alan Olsen, along with Reps. Bill Post, Vikki Breese-Iverson, Greg Barreto, Mike Nearman, E. Werner Reschke and Representative-elect Bobby Levy also signed the letter.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at or 541-957-4213.

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Cartoon of all the republican rats who attempted to subvert the US Constitution.


As I understand it the Bigly Petty Grifter is demanding a list of the Republican Reps and Senators who have acknowledged that Biden was elected:


I have written to Oregon Speaker, Rep. Tina Kotek, in support of sanctions against Gary Leif and 11 other legislators who asked our Attorney General to join a suit seeking to overturn the 2020 election. Such anti-democratic actions, and the effort to disenfranchise millions of legal voters in swing states, deserves punishment.

NJ was good enough to post contact info for Rep. Kotek. I emailed.





This is exactly what I would expect of Gary Leif, so I really have nothing to say about him, except he's behaving true to form. My concern is with the two-thirds majority of people in Douglas County who support and seem to believe in a complete universe of "alternative facts." Two-thirds of voters are willing to support actions that undermine our democracy and they feel patriotic doing so. How did we get here?


His performance as an Oregon representative is identical to his career in professional photography as that they are both pure and utter cockapoo. Sure sounds like another non mask wearing ignorant crybaby female dog to me. Props to nr's filter, ya queefs.


Can't wait to sign the recall petition.



George Weston

He needs to resign!


@CitizenJoe - Do the voters really want competent, reality-based public servants?! Not enough, it seems. People are falling for rabble-rousers and fearmongering preachers and other demagogues. People are fearful - economic instability, social fears, climate fears...


Rockyboy: in too many places, and far too often, voters do choose as you indicate; and yes: fear is a huge factor, as it impairs reason and judgment.


Since Rep. Leif compares this election to Gore v. Bush, will he call for Trump to concede now that the Supreme Court has ruled and the Electoral College ha voted as Gore did?


It's questionable since Congressional Trumpulicans keep moving their goal post:


May Rep. Leif forever wear a badge of sedition and shame!


Gary Leif is as dumb as a rock and the only reason he gets elected in Douglas County is because he meets the only qualifications required: 1) Be a privileged white male; 2) Be a registered Repuglican;


Republican Senator Gary Peters of Michigan has forcefully called out Senate Republicans for giving a "platform to conspiracy theories and lies." A few Republicans are finally embracing reality. Not so Gary Leif! He is very much into lies.


Well, the Republican's have lost me, for forever. Leif has guareenteed the loss of my vote for the rest of his career, which I hope doesn't last much longer now.


Brock Smith also represents people in parts of Douglas County including Melrose, Winston and Tenmile. I encourage the people in both State rep districts 1 (Brock Smith) and 2 (Leif) to contact these seditionists.


I might add, you may contact Speaker Tina Kotek and suggest that she refuse to seat Leif, Brock-Smith and the other seditionists as per Section 3 of the 14th amendment.

Section 3 No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.


Here's Tina Kotek's contact information:

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1200 District Phone: 503-286-0558

Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, Rm. 269 Salem, Oregon 97301



I too, feel that these "alleged" leaders need reminding that even they are not above the laws of our Federal and State Constitutions.


Thank you for the info, NJ. It saves time.


It appears as though Gary is doing just as good a job with the State Legislature as he did in our County Commission. His poorly-timed attempt to succeed at an even more poorly timed attempt by a Texas AG to gain favor with the criminal in our White House makes one wonder whether he's astute enough to do the job he was elected to do. It's an abnormal brainwashing of dumbing down that will no doubt plague the Republican Party for years to come.

Perhaps it's time for more intelligent, decent, conservatives to step up and run for county and state leadership roles.


Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting.


What a joke our government has become....


" Even if the Supreme Court decided against President Trump, at least people like me would feel like we had our day in court," he said." Uh, Gary, you have. About 60 times. And lost. You'd think you'd be used to it by now.

Leif is what we have representing us in Salem. Ditto Heard. We really, really, rally need competent, reality-based public servants.


First Dog on the Moon:


Just a drugstore cowboy pandering to the low mentality voters that elected him. It's a good strategy that will keep him in office for years to come. Same with Heard. Always trying to turn the clock backwards, promising to bring back the good old days, and sticking it to the libs. Oh yeah, and guns. Always with the guns.


Another antic by a Republican representative that is not in the interest of Americans. I am proud to have changed my political standing to Independent and nothing would get me back to the GOP. Republicans are proving over and over again how despicable the party is from walking out on government meetings, trying to tamper with election results, supporting the most inept man that has ever been in our White House and constantly churning up chaos with lies, racism & bullying. It has got to stop and this means voting these repugnant troublemakers out. Democracy is what has made America the country where people have hope but it has suffered greatly under the dictatorship of an evil man and his spineless lackeys.


Sedition. If republicans were capable of shame, I would expect all of them to feel some. Gary the bootlicker has no compunction accepting all of the Oregon mail in ballots that elected him, but wants to overturn the duly elected winner in another state's election. What a shame.


Republicans (most) are not capable of shame but only lies & blame.

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