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Frohnmayer running for U.S. Senate!

That is, John Frohnmayer – brother of UO President Dave Frohny. Frohnmayer, who was appointed as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts by President George H.W. Bush in 1989, only to be fired soon after for funding “obscene” art, will run in the 2008 election for U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith’s seat. But get this, he is running as an independant.

“We who have been Republicans should be weeping about the state of the Republican party,” he said. “Because the Republicans have always stood for fiscal responsibility and we have a president who has taken a $3 trillion surplus and turned it into an $8 trillion defecit in seven years.

Frohnmayer, who left the Republican Party in 2005, is a former student of the UO Law School. He currently lives in Corvallis where he is an affiliate professor of liberal arts at Oregon State, “where he teaches First Amendment issues and ethics in the history department.”

“The order of the day ought to be that partisanship ends when a person is elected, and for every minute the person is in office after that, the person ought to be doing the public’s business.”

  1. Jan says:

    I think it involves heavy drinking and something sharp to cram into my frontal lobe.

  2. Hanson says:

    Jan Says: Oh Christ, that poem about four entries down is Awful. Yes, capital

  3. Timothy says:

    Apparently Das Frohnenhausen Junior co-founded garage games…hmmmm…

  4. Vincent. says:

    Oh yeah, in an INSTANT they’re gone.

    Oh yeah!

  5. Jan says:

    Oh Christ, that poem about four entries down is Awful. Yes, capital “A.” I’m currently on my way to drown myself in the nearest river. Goodbye cruel world.

  6. T says:

    Oh. My. God.

  7. OC Alum says:

    Don’t say I never gave you kids anything:

  8. T says:

    Still, it’s not like Frohnmayer was oblivious to Eugene’s batshit politics; he’s lived in Eugene for years and years and I think represented southern Eugene as a state rep 30 years back.

  9. Ossie says:

    I’ll drink to that.

  10. Timothy says:


    That’s probably pretty reasonable.

  11. T says:

    Dude, who is good at the whole prez of the UO gig? Was Myles Brand universally well liked? Seriously, Eugene is a weird political and social vortex, in which time and space cease to exist and tangible results cannot take place. People get sucked into its shitty wormhole and never return. That place is a fucking disaster. A bumfuck hick town masked as hippieville U.S.A. There is no pleasing anybody. If the UO were in any other town the Frohn would be sitting on cloud nine. I blame Eugene.

  12. niedermeyer says:

    Having only ever heard good things of him, and having seen him “do the President thing” with donors, exchange students, parents, etc while working for UO catering, and he plays the part well. Which is why some of the new recently has been so disappointing. One hopes that he still occasionally gets the “what are we doing” moments that he had during Employment v. Smith, because lately he’s deserved them.

  13. Timothy says:

    The Frohn is a brilliant, brilliant lawyer and unarguably a really smart guy, it’s just that he’s not very good at the whole President of the UO gig. Mainly on account of “not giving a fuck what students think.”

  14. Wubba Wubba says:

    It’s not that people don’t like Dave Frohnmayer. He’s a great guy. It’s just that the Frohnmayer name, in many Oregon political circles, signifies a kiss of death for any candidate. See Ron Saxton and Kevin Mannix for more info on that.

  15. T says:

    My uncle went to law school with John Frohnmayer at the UO, and he has nothing but positive things to say about the guy. He also claims that Dave Frohnmayer has one of the most brilliant legal minds he’s ever encountered, which is also probably true; zombie or not, Frohnmayer is a formidable lawyer who just happened to have the misfortune of ending up in Eugene’s political clusterfuck.

  16. Timothy says:

    Because he’s been a zombie since 1998! Hippies loathe the undead!

  17. Danimal says:

    Hell, I hate to reveal my ignorance as an Oregonian, but why do Oregonians hate Dave Frohnmayer?

  18. Jake says:

    I hate to reveal my ignorance as an out-of-stater, but why do Oregonians hate Dave Frohnmayer?

  19. Ossie says:

    So you’re sayin there’s a chance!

  20. niedermeyer says:

    If he loses, it will be because he is running as an independent, not because Dave Frohnmayer is an albatross around his neck. Then again, if he wins it will probably be because he is an independent…

  21. Wubba Wubba says:

    He won’t win. A Frohnmayer will not win in the State of Oregon as long as Dave is still alive.

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