Republicans upset about ‘harassing’ letter from lawyer | Local News

A Baker City couple is vowing to consider filing a lawsuit after receiving a letter accusing them of disrupting a private meeting of local Republican Party officials in Baker City on June 7.

The letter was on behalf of an attorney representing the six-member Baker County Republican executive committee, which met that day at the GOP office at 2100 Main St.

Susan and Jason Bland wrote in a response letter that they weren’t involved in the June 7 incident.

“The correspondence you sent to us is threatening and harassing — it makes us feel unsafe,” Susan Bland wrote in a June 23 response letter.

The Blands received a letter on June 21 by certified mail from Kevin Mannix, a Salem attorney who was the Republican candidate for Oregon governor in 2002.

Several other Baker County residents, who like the Blands are Republicans, received similar letters.

The letter to the Blands begins with this line: “RE: Notice to Cease & Desist from Harassment and Intimidation.”

In the letter, Mannix writes that he is assisting another Salem attorney, Vance Day, who “has been retained by the Baker County GOP Executive Committee.”

Day is a former Marion County judge who lost in his bid for a seat on the Oregon Court of Appeals in last month’s election.

In the letter to the Blands, Mannix writes that “This letter has been issued to you because of your involvement in disrupting a private meeting held at the offices of the Baker County Republican Central Committee on June 7, 2022.”

But Jason Bland said the couple didn’t attend, or try to attend, that meeting.

He said he and his wife knew about the meeting and parked near the Baker County Republican Party office at Main and Broadway streets. Jason Bland said they never left their vehicle.

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