Wyden to receive ‘statesman’ award from business group

The Oregon Business Association will bestow honor on Democratic senator for support of controversial trade bill.

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The Oregon Business Association will bestow an honor on Democratic Senator Ron Wyden for his support of the controversial “fast-track” trade bill.

He will receive the “Statesman of the Year” award at a dinner put on by the group in October.

The award could fuel the anger of unions and other left-of-center groups that fought the trade legislation and accused Wyden of caving in to corporate interests.  But it cements Wyden’s bipartisan credentials and makes it harder for a Republican to gain traction against him.

The business association praised his “many years of dedication to Oregonians and for bipartisan leadership” and said he has been been willing to “take on powerful interest groups and even his own party.”

(SOURCE: OregonLive.com)

Wyden’s presence could bolster his coffers as he runs for re-election in November.