Hughes: "Peter Courtney is the Michael Jordan of Oregon Politics"

Dick Hughes, Statesman Journal
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

State Senate President Peter Courtney is the Michael Jordan of Oregon politics.

He appears to know his strengths and weaknesses. He doesn’t pretend to have the highest intellect in the Oregon Capitol. He admits he doesn’t understand the intricacies of budgets. He counts on others, including Democratic Sen. Richard Devlin and Republican Sen. Jackie Winters, to figure out those details.

But he has immense political intelligence. Although he loves the limelight and the role of showman, he gives others credit. His campaign slogan long has been that no one works harder.