Last night in Newport, Charles Johnson presented a talk on former Governor Bob Straub, Tom McCall's political rival and successor. Johnson is author of the biography of Straub, "Standing at the Water's Edge," published last year by OSU Press. Straub was State Treasurer during most of McCall's governorship. He lost the 1966 and 1970 races for governor to McCall before finally winning the job in 1974. The two men were frenemies before the term was coined. Although they were from different political parties, they shared many of the same goals and visions for Oregon, especially in the environmental arena. Each helped the other realize many of those goals.
The Great Rivalry: McCall-Straub
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