Saturday, January 16, 2010

Phil Knight chimes in on 66 & 67

In an op-ed piece in the Sunday Oregonian tomorrow, Nike chairman Phil Knight suggests that he might actually leave the state if Measures 66 and 67 pass. Here is the money quote:

"One Fortune Global 500 company remains. But its founder and chairman is not merely an economic man. He has webs between his toes. But he, too, has some limits."

What is interesting about this is that Knight is not given to chiming in on Oregon political issues. Nike has avoided political controversies like the plague. To get him to the point of not just taking a position on these measures, but to so publicly and stridently - is quite a development.

I tell you, the sands are shifting. The Democrats have really agitated the business leadership in Oregon. This is significant.


OregonGuy said...

just when i thought i'd come back to get your like to the kitz job package...i had to see this.

thanks, on an otherwise dreary night.

Anonymous said...

That's Oregon's anti-business/anti-consumerism working for you. To be a big costal state without a single fortune 500 company would be quite an accomlishment for the liberals.