Fazio invited Interior Secretary Salazar to his district, one week before the election. Salazar promised to free up trees for logging by promoting an "innovative pilot project."
Then a funny thing happened within 24 hours of the Salazar/Fazio meeting. Susan Jane Brown of the Western Environmental Law Center filed a lawsuit to stop a BLM timber sale. And who is Susan Jane Brown?
"Brown, lead attorney, was staff counsel for DeFazio from 2007 to 2009. While a professor at Lewis and Clark Law School, her professional bio bragged, “Susan Jane has been litigating timber sales since 2000. Due in large part to her efforts, the logging levels on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest have declined 96 percent since 1997.” The 1.3 million-acre Gifford Pinchot National Forest covers four counties of Washington state. Brown sent the average unemployment rate in those counties soaring from about 8.5 percent to 14.7 percent. DeFazio knew about Brown’s litigating timber sales when he hired her in Washington. He also hired extremist David Dreher as legislative aide in 2000, now with the Pew-funded Campaign for America’s Wilderness. DeFazio’s office is practically an incubator for radicals."So Fazio's former staff counsel filed suit to stop a timber sale, just after Fazio held a big political meeting about increasing logging. Not to worry, Fazio still won re-election.