Legislators serving Douglas County at the state and national level voiced opposition Tuesday to an Oregon Republican Party statement that condemned 10 U.S. House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump and claimed the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol was a “false flag” event.

The ORP garnered national attention this week for a resolution it passed Jan. 19 likening the 10 Republicans who voted in favor of impeachment to traitors. The resolution said they had conspired to “surrender our nation to Leftist forces seeking to establish a dictatorship.”

It went on to claim, inaccurately, that the storming of the Capitol was a “false flag” event designed to “advance the Democrat goal of seizing total power, in a frightening parallel to the February 1933 burning of the German Reichstag.”

The reference is to an event that Adolf Hitler used to seize power over Germany prior to World War II.

In a letter accompanying the resolution, the ORP said it demands “a full and transparent public investigation of the actual instigators of the violence” and calls the impeachment process a “sham.”

While no credible evidence has been advanced to support the idea that the storming of the Capitol was led by liberals or antifa, as some conspiracy theorists would have it, many who participated have been identified — some by themselves — as supporters of Trump and of right-wing conspiracy groups such as QAnon.

State and federal legislators serving the Douglas County area voiced opposition to the ORP statement this week.

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio said in an email Tuesday it is not in dispute that President Joe Biden was the winner of November’s election. He also said it’s undisputed that the “rioters who stormed the Capitol on January 6 were pro-Trump supporters — incited by the president himself — seeking to subvert the will of the people and keep Donald Trump in power.

“Nearly all of the insurrectionists have been identified as Trump supporters. Many are long-time QAnon adherents or members of the white nationalist Proud Boys. The attack on the Capitol was no false flag, and for the Oregon Republican leadership to say otherwise shows that they pledge allegiance to Donald Trump rather than the Constitution,” DeFazio said.

He said Trump must be held accountable to the Constitution he swore to uphold.

“We learn something new every week about to his efforts to overturn November’s free and fair election. He must be held responsible for his role in inciting the violence that left six people dead, and he must never be able to hold public office again. We cannot have unity without accountability,” DeFazio said.

State Rep. Gary Leif, R-Roseburg, said in an email Tuesday he was not aware of the ORP’s statement prior to its release. But he said it is “unfortunate and not in the best interest of our country.”

“I would encourage my fellow Oregon Republican lawmakers to focus on the many needs of our state and stop issuing proclamations that are outside of Oregon. We have been through a very challenging election and it is time to bring forward much needed bipartisan legislation that will help so many struggling Oregonians,” Leif said.

The Oregon Republican Party is a separate entity from the Republicans in the state legislature.

The Democratic Party of Oregon Tuesday issued a press release saying the ORP resolution was “shocking, but it is not surprising.”

“In the era of Trump, the Oregon GOP has seemingly given up on any effort to appeal to a majority of Oregonians,” the Democratic Party said.

It drew comparisons to Republican legislators’ walkouts that have blocked progress on Democratic legislative proposals.

The Democrats said the Republican “party leadership has increasingly aligned themselves with far-right conspiracy theories.”

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213.

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KGW reported comments from state reps and senators about the state GOPs leap onto the crazy train, including this -- Sen. Dallas Heard: "Unfortunately Senator Heard is not available for comment at this time."

I would still like to hear a comment from our local GOP.

You can read what others had to say here:



Heard never replies to anyone but "his" constituents.


From the link to KGW:

And on Jan. 6, 2021, as hundreds of armed protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol, Rep. Dallas Heard appeared at a protest outside the Oregon Capitol. He was seen not wearing a mask and rousing a crowd against the "enemy."

KGW has repeatedly reached out to Rep. Heard for comment about this incident but has never heard back.

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Ponder this about the New GOP. I.E - Called the Patriot Party. ****If 25 million people agreed to pay Trump $100 a year, that’s $2.5 billion free and clear, far more money than he would need to pay off his creditors. Oh, that’s insane, you say. No way that many people would ever pay for the incoherent thoughts of a deranged would-be demagogue. Arguendo, then, let’s solve for what he would need next year to pay his creditors and his legal bills. Say he needs $200 million to pay off the debt on Trump Tower in 2022 and for his perks and incidentals, then he would need 2 million people to pay him $100 each to get his newsletter. That’s less than 3% of the people who voted for him in November—after watching his four-year reign of terror. My bet is that he can easily do that. “We’re going to be stunned by how much money he makes and how he uses it,” the Wall Street banker says.


I doubt he'll be able to harvest the suckers at that level; but hey: I bought Enron at $100, and I got talked out of Starbucks' IPO; so: what do I know?

But Trump has well over $400,000,000 coming due soon, hemorrhaging commercial properties and golf courses, and the prospect f multiple states and the feds coming at him. If he still has deep pockets, we can expect Dominion to ask him for that 1.3 billion-with-a-B bucks.

So I'm less sanguine than you are for his economic future. He may be able to buy sufficient Diet Cokes from the prison canteen, though. I do hope so.


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Where is Dallas? Where is a statement from the DC Republican Central Committee? Where is Valynn Currie?



Absolutely we need to hear from these people. Why are they silent?


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Great news story, Carisa. Thank you.

I would still like to hear from the leadership of the local GOP. They have been silent ever since their window breaking vandal was discovered to be a registered Republican. They had a lot to say about hateful Dems before that.

Looking back at all that .... people get emotional and emotional outburst can be easily forgiven (speaking for myself there.) The statement from the Oregon Republican Party is not an emotional outburst. It was a crafted response to the most shocking attack on Democracy that I've seen in my lifetime. It's disturbing. It's not in contact with reality. It's delusional to the point of being a criteria for diagnosis.

Most of the Republicans I know were furious when GOP extremists called Sandy Hook a leftist false flag event to eliminate the second amendment. They disdained so-called Truthers who denied 9/11 was a terrorist attack on the USA.

This is the most important political crisis of our lifetime. Far more important than 9/11. After 9/11, we stood united as a nation. Now we are divided. Will the GOP leadership divide us even more?

It's important to know if the Republican leadership in Douglas County supports or denounces the state GOP leadership's departure from reality.

Or will they remain silent enablers?

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I was wondering why Wayne and Todd were bringing up some bizarre talks about Germany recently, now I know why. Apparently, they have been brainwashed to believe this. Why should we believe anything they say in the future?


Carisa, thank you!

Individual Republicans and Republican politicians need to decide: are they going to continue to be the Party of Trump, the GQP*--or are they going to eject the crazies, as Goldwater, Buckley, et al. ejected the Birchers sixty years ago.


If the GOP is to be the GQP Party of Trump, then people who were sane Republicans must find a new home.

*GQP: the Q is for QAnon. Dallas Heard is clearly among them.


ORP, here's your public investigation: https://news.yahoo.com/video-shows-crowd-reaction-trump-172206556.html -- nice try though and not really a surprise. Your dear and fluffy uses the Charles Manson tactic of brainwashing, then orchestrating crime against our government while he stays well out of the frame of focus of the insurrectionist he is. The ORP, using the dictator playbook, have to now insist "it wasn't us, it was all YOUR actions, YOUR fault, YOU did this, not us".

It also shouldn't surprise anyone that Gary Leif, who supported Texas' attempt to overturn election results in 4 states not named Texas, and wanted all Oregonians to sign onto that lawsuit, now states that ORP's resolution is unfortunate. Wow, still in denial with that tepid response? That, Gary, is the epitome of a slimy politician. It begs the question, are you and the ORP Stupid or Nefarious? Oregonians deserve better than to have to put up with this ilk who are far from what I call Leaders.

Finally, nothing from State Legislation on the actions of Douglas County's pet seditionist who stunningly felt inciting insurrection was part of his elected job description when in fact his terroristic actions should land him on the sidewalk outside of our State Capitol. Dallas Heard needs to be removed as he's abdicated his responsibility to those he never really intended to represent.




Thank you Carissa.

What is missing is a comment from Sen. Heard, and also comments from the leaders of the Douglas County Republican Party. The OR-GOP resolution was adopted by its executive committee which includes a delegation from Douglas County. We citizens of Douglas County need to know if these local GOP leaders voted for this resolution.



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