Ads paint GOP candidates as 'too extreme' for Oregon

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Two public employee unions and a top Democratic donor are pumping money into an advertising campaign targeting Republicans running for labor commissioner and secretary of state.

A new political action committee created this month has collected $190,000 in donations from the Oregon Education Association, the Service Employees International Union and Win McCormack, the publisher of the Tin House literary magazine.

The advertisements label secretary of state candidate Knute Buehler and labor commissioner candidate Bruce Starr as "too extreme for Oregon." Buehler and Starr are targeting Democratic incumbents, Secretary of State Kate Brown and Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian.

Buehler's campaign says the charge "doesn't pass the giggle test." Starr says he's focused on talking about ways to create jobs.

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