Politics

Former Oregon GOP Candidate Was on Food Stamps

Mike Callahan now running for state GOP Chair

 

Mike Callahan, a two-time former Republican candidate for senate in Oregon, reportedly was on food stamps shortly after his divorce.

During custody proceedings with his ex-wife in 2014, Callahan received assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, according to the Register-Guard

The filings in court did not say when he began receiving the assistance, but Callahan said he received it in 2014 “to provide food for my 2 young daughters and myself.”

He also claimed “The amount of SNAP benefits I received after the primary election was very meager in comparison to others.”

Many Republicans have criticized the food stamp program throughout the years.

Callahan lost in a four-way senate primary in 2014. He said he was laid off during his 2014 campaign because his employer needed someone who could work full-time.

Last year, he lost to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., in the general election.

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