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Friday, April 04, 2008

Oregon State Senator Avel Gordly registers her support for the Barack Obama - Sean Cruz ticket!

Salem, Oregon—Senator Avel Gordly traveled to the Capitol to demonstrate her support for Barack Obama and Sean Cruz, candidates for President of the United States and Oregon State Senate District 23, respectively, by publicly completing and signing the registration form and personally filing it with the Secretary of State’s office.

Senator Gordly (I-SD 23 NE and SE Portland) was unaffiliated with any political party, but decided to register as a Democrat in order to support the candidacies of Barack Obama for the presidency of the United States, and for Sean Cruz to succeed her in the Oregon Senate, representing her Senate District 23 and taking her seat on the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, where he will work on access to health care for the uninsured.

She borrowed the pen she completed and signed the form with from her longtime Chief of Staff Sean Cruz, a Foray ™ precision point 0.5 mm gel ink pen, with blue ink.

The original pen she used will be auctioned on EBay to benefit the Friends of Sean Cruz campaign. The high bidder will also receive three 8 x 10 photographs (pictured) autographed by the pen's owner, Sean Cruz, and a letter attesting to the authenticity of the pen.

Historic Gordly - Obama - Cruz pen to be auctioned on Ebay!

The Gordly – Obama – Cruz pen auction will begin on April 19 and end at 5 p.m. on April 29.

The deadline for changing political party registration is also 5 p.m. on April 29.

Senator Gordly used this pen to sign the form on the front steps of the Oregon State Capitol and to complete the form when she filed it with the Secretary of State’s office on April 2, 2008.

Senator Gordly spoke at the press conference, attended by many of her legislative colleagues, other public officials and members of the public, urging citizens everywhere to register to vote in this primary, that their votes would matter, that the time is ripe for meaningful change.

She called for Oregon to change its election laws to mirror those of Washington’s, where the top two finishers in the primary advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation.

Information on the auction of the historic pen will be updated periodically:

For security purposes, the pen is sealed in a Ziplock plastic bag, and guarded by Rex, the candidate’s faithful Airedale compańero, though not so closely that he might chew on it.

--photos courtesy of Sean Cruz, Lew Frederick and the Barack Obama campaign

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