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Matt Lindland Talks Politics, And He’s Serious

(“The Law” could be headed to the Oregon Statehouse)

As you may have heard, Matt Lindland is running for public office. But what you may not know is he actually has a pretty decent chance of getting elected.

I spoke with Lindland recently about his political campaign. If you think it’s some kind of publicity stunt ala the porn star who ran for governor of California, think again. Lindland has a platform, an organization, and the backing of a real political party.

Guess which one it is. Give up? Hint: the phrase “the liberals in Salem” was peppered throughout our conversation.

That’s right, Lindland is a Republican. And while, yes, Oregon may have something of a reputation as a “granola” state, Lindland reminds us that his district leans more to the right.

“Don’t think that just because we’re close to Portland we’re all a bunch of liberals,” he said, referring to Oregon’s 52nd District, which we’re going to go ahead and dub “Lindland Country”.

Portland may be all latte-sipping, North Face-wearing, Prius-owners (that, and some awesome strip clubs…seriously), but the state representative seat that Lindland is seeking was vacated by a Republican woman.

“Outside of Multnomah County it’s a little more rural, with a different set of values,” he added.

But Lindland doesn’t seem to be running as a “values candidate”. Not really. His beef with Oregon state politics is an economic one, and judging from their high unemployment rate in recent years, that seems like a good way to court voters there.

At the heart of Lindland’s proposal is the ever-popular anti-tax stance. He says that business-owners in Oregon (of which he is one) are taxed too much already – a position that rarely gets argued against, considering even those people who don’t own businesses often, you know, work for them or buy things from them.

“We should be seeing Oregon businesses expand and hire more people, but we aren’t, and that’s because of the burden placed on business owners,” Lindland said.

What’s especially interesting is Lindland’s answer to the question of when he decided to run for the Oregon Statehouse:

“On the last day of the filing deadline.”

And why did he make that decision?

“Because there were no other Republican candidates on the ballot.”

Of course, he does allow that, also on the last day of the filing period, another Republican signed up, but he said he doesn’t consider her a “true conservative Republican.”

Lindland had no problem admitting that he has absolutely no experience as a legislator, but in a campaign predicated on bringing new blood to a Statehouse choked with tax-happy Democrats, he seems poised to use that as an advantage.

The irony here is that while Lindland is the only famous candidate in the race (debatable, but he’s been on TV, okay?), that fame doesn’t seem to carry over to the Fightin’ 52nd.

“I’m more well-known nationally than I am in my own district,” Lindland lamented.

Thing is, I don’t know about the rest of you, but seldom have I ever known much about local candidates or state representatives when I vote. I usually make my decisions on those races based on a) whether someone has an unfortunate name, b) what their occupation is, or c) political party. In other words, I vote the way Thomas Jefferson intended.

My point is, if you lived in the 52nd and were going to vote Republican anyway, how could you not go with the guy who is listed as ‘Matt Lindland: Mixed Martial Arts Fighter’?

All I’m saying is, “The Law” might really have a shot at this one.


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Anonymous- January 26, 2009 at 6:53 am
Lindland is running in a "rural" area where thinking isn't usually a strong point. Seems like the best hope for a republicans everywhere. I read he lost too. Oh, well. Nasty loss to Belfort, by the way.
lindland- September 21, 2008 at 2:20 am
flat tax. seriously.
Joe Son- April 27, 2008 at 1:57 pm
Trevor, clearly you have a more nuanced message than Matt Lindland. The recent voting history in this country would suggest that his approach, while not as well thought out as yours, might actually have a better chance of success. Which helps to explain why we're so fucked right now.
Trevor Stewart- April 27, 2008 at 1:40 pm
I found Lindland's message hackneyed and unoriginal. Not raising taxes seems to be his main solution. I think that is overly simplistic. We need smarter tax policy not just the same GOP talking points. We should tax things we don't want: green house gas emissions or carbon or excessive real estate speculation and stop taxing the things we do want like wages. MOreover we clearly need to address the inequities in our tax system... like the corporate minimum tax. Is lindland saying he would oppose any tax increases to make sure corporations pay their fair share?
KTFO- April 18, 2008 at 9:01 am
I think his platform should be "Vote for me or I'll kick the living shit out of you". One good thing about him being in office is the fact that he could give spur of the moment power point presentations on his forehead, no need for a screen.
Blake1844- April 17, 2008 at 8:38 pm
Matt is a great guy. A real no nonsense, tell it like it is, kind of guy. I can speak to it because I know him. He is sharp and I think he would do great! Hope you win Matt!
cw- April 17, 2008 at 2:30 pm
Lindland's website is pretty poorly written. It doesn't help that he spends his entire biography page talking about his exploits in the Octagon and it sounds like it was written by a child.
TEMPLE- April 17, 2008 at 12:45 pm
I hope he doesn't knock himself out of the race.
C-Bus Allstar- April 17, 2008 at 12:23 pm
I'm sorry, did I sound like I was joking?

I assure you, I am not.

The guy I was suggesting that Forrest Griffin replace in Ohio, is, for lack of a better descriptor, a fuck-tard.

For those of you who aren't intelligent enough to figure this one out, a fuck-tard is a fucking retard.
seaswell- April 17, 2008 at 11:59 am
c-bus allstar

um... are you joking? jesus christ.
C-Bus Allstar- April 17, 2008 at 11:43 am
I don't see how this could end up bad. If he wins, he'll be known as the MMA fighter who ran for and won a public office. If he loses, he'll be known as the MMA fighter who ran for public office. It's good all around. MMA is gonna get some well-deserved attention, probably not nationally, but locally to the west coast at least. Everybody on the West Coast pays attention to politics, otherwise what would they have to gossip about at the water-cooler? I like this Lindland guy.. if he can do it for Oregon, why can't Forrest Griffin do it for Ohio, I'd rather have Forrest than the ni... African American fellow that's in office currently.

BooBooPooPooPants- April 17, 2008 at 8:04 am
Lindland is fuckin UGLY.........
Kim Couture is a cunt- April 17, 2008 at 4:38 am
Matt Lindland rules. Matt >>>>> Hilary / Obama
So..- April 17, 2008 at 12:28 am
..he could bore them to death? Well I guess it could work..
Well yea but- April 17, 2008 at 12:01 am
First step, public office, second step the white house.

Lindland for president! We wouldn't even need a army we'd just air drop lindland and that badass would sort anyone out.