UPDATED AT 4:15 P.M. EASTERN ON THURSDAY — Gov. Kate Brown has made good on a threat to dispatch State Police for forcibly drag Republican lawmakers back to the state capitol in Salem and hold them there until they cast a vote for or against a massive climate bill, according to The Oregonian.
The 11 Republicans who serve in the Oregon Senate are reportedly in hiding. Some have indicated that they have fled the state. Republicans have indicated that the Democrats’ climate bill would seriously hurt industries in the state.
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In what observers say is a clear case of tyranny, a liberal governor is reportedly threatening to use the state police to physically drag Republican legislators into the Senate so they can cast a vote on a massive climate plan.
According to local NBC affiliate KGW8, Democrat Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon is trying to prevent a second walkout by Republicans, who have been threatening to not take part in the bill.
Oregon Public Broadcasting reported that Brown’s “close communication with the Oregon State Police” is a “sign that she could use them to physically bring Republicans back to the upper chamber — and said she will ensure lawmakers stay in the building until their “jobs are done.’” They later reported that she did make that threat.
Yikes. That sounds a lot like imprisonment on a day when Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are claiming that the Trump administration runs concentration camps.
KGW8 also definitively reported that Brown declared she will “send the state police to physically bring members back to the Senate if they don't show.”
"We ask for, and take on responsibility, as elected representatives of the people of Oregon to show up and speak up on their behalf,” the governor wrote in a statement. “I’m disappointed in the Senate Republicans’ indications of a walkout, which would silence their constituents while stifling democracy. It’s not only dishonest, it violates the oaths they took to speak for their constituents as well as the word they gave to their colleagues and to me.”
Republicans were not cowering to her threat.
Senate Minority Leader Herman E. Baertschiger Jr. said he’d take Brown to federal court if she tried to hold him and other Republicans captive in the building.
“If you send the state police to get me, Hell is coming to visit you personally,” added Republican Sen. Brian Boquist.
Numerous commenters called her out as a fascist for her threat.