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Boquist derides session-ending politics, explains his threat to police

State Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, discusses his actions in the closing days of the 2019 Legislature from his Capitol office. (Salem Reporter/Aubrey Wieber)

Over the past two years, a Republican legislator once an ally of Democrats has become a one-man force waging war against his colleagues to the left.

The scrutiny given to Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, intensified in June when in one day he made two comments that literally brought national media to his door.

His comments were triggered by Gov. Kate Brown’s avowal to send the Oregon State Police after Republican senators who left the Capitol in political protest. She did so at the request of

Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem. Courtney and Boquist used to be friends, though a June 19 floor session showed clearly how . . .