Rep. Jim Jordan blasted Oregon Governor Kate Brown after she encouraged state residents to report those that violated pandemic restrictions.
“This is no different than what happens if there’s a party down the street and it’s keeping everyone awake,” Oregon Governor Brown, who is a Democrat, said in an interview Friday. “What do neighbors do [in that case]? They call law enforcement because it’s too noisy. This is just like that. It’s like a violation of a noise ordinance.”
According to the Oregonian violators to the rules against gatherings over six people “could face up to 30 days in jail, up to $1,250 in fines, or both.”
Brown explained “For the last eight months I have been asking Oregonians to follow the letter and the spirit of the law and we have not chosen to engage law enforcement.”
“At this point in time, unfortunately, we have no other option,” she added.
Brown spokesman Charles Boyle said in an email Saturday “The Oregon State Police will be working with local law enforcement to enforce the Governor’s orders, in the same way local law enforcement officers respond to noise complaints for loud parties, for example, and issue citations.”
Unimpressed with Governor Kate Brown’s actions, Republican Jim Jordan tweeted mockingly “In Oregon, you can be jailed for having too many people over for Thanksgiving. But if you want to riot and loot in Portland, no sweat!”
One Twitter user replied “Don’t forget the hard drugs either” referring to Oregon’s drug decriminalization ballot measure 110 that passed.
This eliminated criminal penalties for the possession of small quantities of drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and even meth.
Don’t forget the hard drugs either.
— Tony Casalini (@casalini09) November 16, 2020