Politicians often think they’re above the law. Maybe that’s why one would-be governor thought he’d launch his political career despite one glaring, disqualifying fact.
Nicholas Kristof, who was running as a Democrat for governor of Oregon, has been disqualified due to failure to meet residency requirements, the Daily Wire reported. The former New York Times Columnist has a home both in Oregon and New York, but voted in the 2020 presidential election in the Empire State.
On Thursday, the Oregon Elections Division deemed Kristof ineligible based on the requirement that candidates reside “within this state” for a minimum of three years before the election. That New York ballot he cast meant that Kristof fell well short.
“The rules are the rules and they apply equally to all candidates for office in Oregon,” Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan said of the matter in a statement. “I stand by the determination of the experts in the Oregon Elections Division that Mr. Kristof does not currently meet the Constitutional requirements to run or serve as Oregon Governor,” she added.
“As Oregon’s chief elections official, it is my responsibility to make sure all candidates on the statewide ballot are qualified to serve if elected,” Fagan noted. “The Oregon Elections Division and local election officials use the same standards to determine qualifications for hundreds of candidates in dozens of offices every year. In this instance, the candidate clearly does not meet the constitutional requirement to run or serve as governor of Oregon,” she concluded.
Kristof, who also served as a CNN contributor, gave up his gig at the Times in order to run for office. He had announced his candidacy in October in a tweeted video message.
A quarter of the kids on my old No. 6 school bus in rural Oregon are dead from drugs, alcohol, suicide, and there are No. 6 buses all over the state and country. So I’ve made the leap. I’m running for governor and here’s why. More at https://t.co/MkRcl5s9fY. Please share! Thanks! pic.twitter.com/R4iEYHDYZM
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) October 27, 2021
Though Kristof has never run for office, he said he felt compelled to do so after “a lifetime shining a light in the darkest corners of the globe” and finding “crises here at home” when he returned to his original home state. Kristof has won two Pulitzer Prizes for his work in journalism.
His regard for Oregon and desire to run may be sincere. However, the fact that Kristof can’t meet the minimum residency requirement and tried to run anyway gives a terrible first impression to voters — even for a Democrat.