Gov. Bill Haslam’s bid for Oregon’s next public health official dies after being denied a bid by Gov. Kate Brown
Governor Bill Hasman, the former Oregon health commissioner, is running for Oregon state’s top job in 2020, and the Democratic nominee has died of pneumonia.
The news came late Wednesday morning as Republican State Senate Majority Leader Peter Courtney said that the Republican governor is now expected to announce his nomination on Thursday.
Haslam’s office declined to comment.
Courtney said Wednesday morning that the governor would announce his decision “soon.”
Courtney said the governor was in “excellent health” and had not been hospitalized.
Scott Walker, a Republican, has not been formally nominated for a federal post.
Walker has been the governor of Wisconsin for more than 30 years.
Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Jim Renacci has a history of health issues.
The two had been running for the job for months.
Chamber of Commerce has endorsed the governor’s bid.
Renacci has said that he has never had a medical problem, and that he is a “good person.”
He has said he has been sick for more years than he can remember and was diagnosed with pneumonia at age 54.
He also has not had any major health issues in recent years, according to his website.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.