Calls on Dem Candidate to Stop Using Ranch Sign
(Jordan Valley)—Congressman Greg Walden’s opponent was dealt a setback today when the seventh generation, Eastern Oregon ranch family she married into about two years ago and met for the first time this year made clear they support Walden in the race for Congress.
“It’s time to clear up this nonsense about Jamie McLeod-Skinner being part of our ranch family. She’s a California liberal who came out to the ranch a few months back and got a selfie under our sign. Her wife may share our last name, but they’re a distant branch of the family. We’re asking her to stop using our ranch sign in her campaign and stop misleading voters. It’s not how we do things out here,” said Bob Skinner, former president of the Oregon Cattleman’s Association and current officer of the National Public Lands Council.
“We trust and support Greg Walden. We asked him to give one of the eulogies at my Dad’s memorial a few years back. He understands and supports ranchers and our Eastern Oregon way of life. He’s a life-long Oregonian, small business owner and a guy who is always there fighting for us. He has our full support,” said Skinner.
To prove the point, three generations of the Skinner family joined Walden for a photo under the Skinner Ranch sign. “Facts matter. And the facts, in this case, are clear: the Skinner ranch family of Jordan Valley support Greg Walden. His opponent needs to stop misleading voters,” said Skinner.
Walden’s ancestors on his father’s side came to Oregon in the fall of 1845. His father grew up in Milton-Freewater and his mother in La Grande. Walden was born in The Dalles and has spent nearly his entire life living in the Gorge. He and his wife Mylene owned and operated radio stations there for more than two decades. They raised their son in Hood River, where they’ve lived in the same home since 1987. Walden is a graduate of Hood River Valley High School where he served as student body president. Their son also is a graduate of Hood River Valley High School.
“I deeply appreciate the more than 20 years of friendship with the Skinners, and greatly value their strong support of my campaign,” said Walden.