Republicans running for Oregon governor defended the Jan. 6 Capitol attack

U.S. Capitol Police and lawmakers gather in the front entryway of the House Longworth Building on Jan. 6, after rioters stormed the Capitol. (Enterprise file photo, courtesy of Nick Strader/U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz)

A panel of Oregon Republican candidates for governor, including one currently facing federal criminal charges for assaulting police officers at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, uniformly insisted recently that the events of that January day were a righteous protest.

Reed Christensen, Brandon Merritt, Tim McCloud, Kerry McQuisten, Amber Richardson, Bill Sizemore and Marc Thielman made their comments at a private Republican forum in Baker City in late March. 

Their remarks came to light Tuesday, when a conservative organization founded by an aide on Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign complained that video of the conversation had been removed . . .