Former New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof is attempting to run for Governor of Oregon.
He has lived in New York for over 20 years – plus he cast a ballot in New York during the 2020 election.
Due to this, Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan ruled that he was ineligible to run for Governor.
Secretary of State Shemia Fagan, a Democrat, said it was obvious Kristof had been a New Yorker until just over one year ago, citing in particular his having voted in New York in the 2020 election.
“Oregon statute provides directly that … if a person casts a ballot in another state, they are no longer a resident of Oregon. It’s very, very simple,” Fagan told reporters.
“For 20 years living, working, raising his kids, holding a driver’s license, filing taxes and voting as a New York resident until a year ago just doesn’t pass the smell test,” she added…
Fagan said she endorsed the decision by the elections officials, who work for her, and didn’t consider overruling it, adding: “It wasn’t even a close call.”
Kristof responded by announcing he would challenge the ruling calling it “politically motivated.”
Here are my remarks on today’s decision by the Secretary of State. We will challenge this politically motivated ruling in court, and our campaign is moving forward so I can serve the people of Oregon as governor. pic.twitter.com/7eYa4ZSy1s
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) January 6, 2022