A new challenger has stepped forward to face incumbent U.S. Rep. David Wu.

Sam Oakland, a visiting professor of law at the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, is also a Democrat.

Oakland, who describes himself as an international consultant, attacks Wu for being out of touch with the residents of the 1st Congressional District, which stretches from Astoria east into Multnomah County.

He said one important problem is Congress approving too much foreign aid. Specifically, he questions money to Israel, Egypt, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Kuwait and Uzbekistan.

"It's time to stop throwing good money away abroad, and begin to use it wisely here in the USA for more proper purposes," Oakland said.

Oakland, who ran unsuccessfully for superintendent of public instruction in 1998 and Portland School Board in 2003, has most recently been working as a teacher in Siberia before returning to Oregon. His resume lists several other overseas educational posts in Scandinavia and China.


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