Mark Meek Campaign Volunteer Caught Secretly Recording
"I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it." -Voltaire
Yes my friends our Democratic Overlords here in Oregon are at it again, this time with a planted volunteer, a fake medical wrap, and a hidden recording device. As a fan of old spy movies I could almost appreciate the failed attempt at espionage if it weren't so damn silly.
Here is the story:
Republican candidate for House District 40 Evon Tekorius, our very own "Mom on a Mission", was holding a Super Saturday event canvassing the community with her volunteers. After most of the volunteers had already formed groups and headed out to hit doors a gentleman came into the Tekorius campaign office asking to help volunteer. No one at the office recognized the man, so they gave him the option of joining one of the walk groups already in the field.
The man, who would later be identified as Ethan Tatum, claimed to be new to the area. Tatum shadowed the group for a time and even hit a few doors himself. At one point Tatum began asking really specific questions around Measure 97, which struck the Tekorius campaign as odd since he seemed to be quite knowledgeable about the issue for someone who had just moved here.
During a lunch break back at the office Ethan Tatum proceeded to grill the candidate Evon Tekorius with questions. At that point someone noticed Mr. Tatum recording with a device concealed by a medical wrap.
Tatum promptly left after this was discovered and his conversation with Tekorius had ended. The Tekorius campaign then chose to contact the police and file a formal report for recording with a concealed device and/or without informing people of the recording.
Allegedly after the police contacted Tatum he confessed to recording the campaign for around 45 minutes, taking phone scripts and talking points from the campaign office, and that he was brought on by someone named Marty from the Mark Meek campaign, Tekorious' Democratic opponent.
Mark Meek's campaign did not respond to The Oregonian when asked to comment on the incident, so Tatum's official connection to the campaign cannot be established. Since the Oregonian has actual journalists and I am just a guy who likes to use him computer to complain about the state of politics in Oregon, I will leave digging further to them.
Having been involved with politics I fully understand that tracking your opponent is just part of the process. Candidates for office are fair game for recording when they are appearing in public, and I don't think anyone would dispute that. But a campaign bringing on someone to infiltrate another campaign with a hidden recording device just seems a little beyond the pale to me. This is a campaign for the Oregon House, not the infiltration of the Mafia following the passage RICO Act, lets leave the Cold War style subterfuge in the movies where it belongs.
On a side note, I CANNOT believe the Tekorius campaign had a hard time picking this guy out as someone who might be slightly hostile to Republican politics or that he thought his clever "medical wrap" disguise was going to work.