Archive for July, 2010

July 31, 2010

Castillo District Wide Meet & Greet

by lewwaters

For any who, like me, missed viewing David Castillo, candidate for Washington States 3rd Congressional District as he took questions from an audience and from online viewers this morning, the video is online at UStream.TV

You can see for yourself why Castillo has now been endorsed by the 4 major newspapers covering the 3rd Congressional District.

July 30, 2010

Take Your Tolls and Shove Them!

by lewwaters

Once again we are being treated to more propaganda designed to assuage our angst over having tolls and Portland’s light rail shoved down our throats, whether or not we want it. The Friday, July 30 Columbian has yet another editorial promoting Portland’s light rail and tolls on a new I-5 Bridge, In our view: Bridge Progress telling us, “New Metro study reduces concerns about sprawl in Clark County.”

Personally, I’ve lost count of these “studies” that all seem to agree we need to just roll over and embrace losing more of our money to a boondoggle from Portland and to be happy to pay more to cross the Columbia River, just to get to work for many.

But, this editorial is designed to lessen our concern over “sprawl.” We are told,

“Portland’s Metro agency announced Wednesday that a new analysis shows a new bridge with tolls and light rail will have negligible effect in fueling sprawl in Clark County.”

From what I recall hearing at the City Council Town Hall, sprawl is not the worry, but vacating the area is, as jobs and residents discover the expense of having to pay to cross the Columbia River as often as they will have to.

Oddly enough, Metro Council President David Bragdon is quoted saying in regards to this “new study,”

“[it] underscores the importance of tolls and light rail to this project” and will “help Vancouver reach its goal of a compact, walkable downtown area while also improving access for households that live in North Portland and work in Vancouver.”

Where does it help all of the Clark County residents that hold jobs in Portland? Isn’t the “rush hour” heading to Portland in the mornings and reversed in the evenings? I don’t recall the handful of Portland residents that work here having much difficulty crossing the bridge to get to work lately.

Craig Riley, candidate for the 49th Legislative District, position 2 against Jim Moeller, recently expressed his concern of this scenario at a Vancouver City Council meeting about a valued employee of his that lives in Oregon City and commutes. He pays the employees gas fare to help with expenses for the lengthy drive now. Will he have to add more expense to his business to cover tolls too?

But, by and large, it is Clark County residents that will pay through the nose to travel to Oregon to work. Are employers there willing to grant pay raises to cover the added expense of their thousands of employees? I hardly think so.

For those that lived here in the 1970’s, when the 205 Bridge was being as heavily debated, and opposed by Portland and Oregon, recall it was built eventually and no one has had to pay tolls on it, ever. Hints have been dropped that tolls might be added to it now to ensure traffic is not diverted to it to avoid paying tolls on a new I-5 Bridge and to help pay for it all.

How did they pay for the I-205 Bridge and not stick tolls to it?

If you will recall, less than a year after being selected as our new governor, Christine Gregoire imposed a 9.5 cent increase in tax per gallon of gas we are still paying, 5 years later. On September 14, 2005, the Columbian ran an article, “Gregoire says gas tax crucial to transportation, business,” about governor Gregoire coming to Clark County to justify the tax increase.

Standing on the intersection of Chkalov Drive and Mill Plain Boulevard explaining that our gas taxes were going to the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle, Gregoire said,

“Today it’s Seattle and the viaduct; tomorrow it’s Clark County and the bridges to Portland. Someday I’m going to ask the citizens in King County to invest in Clark County.”

Well, it look like someday has arrived and what do we hear? Pay Tolls and the increased gas tax, along with every other tax and fee raised this last legislative session.

Why isn’t the Columbian’s editorial board and our elected officials fighting for Governor Gregoire to keep her word?

Visit and support NoTolls.com and let’s work together for an affordable solution that will really benefit Clark County.

July 30, 2010

SEIU Compares AZ SB 1070 to Berlin Wall

by lewwaters

Who is the fearmonger?

H/T Sweetness & Light

Who supported SEIU backed legislation in the past?

July 29, 2010

Notice to Washington State 3rd Congressional District Voters

by lewwaters

Since several supporters of David W. Hedrick have expressed displeasure with my labeling Hedrick as “alleged Marine,” HERE, we are clamoring for a more “Open and Transparent” government. We desire more “Open and Transparent” elected officials.

How do we trust one who will not even be “Open and Transparent” about the very thing he bases his campaign on when he says he will be “open and transparent” if elected?

If seeking that very “open transparency” we say we want makes me a “hatchet man,” so be it.

Note also, before you send out your emails trying to sully David Castillo over my actions, I did not confer with nor has David Castillo ever questioned his opponents service. I undertook this on my own volition and am not part of the Castillo or any candidates’ campaign.

Mr. Hedrick’s stonewalling is what brought me to this.

July 29, 2010

David Castillo Endorsed by National Defense PAC

by lewwaters

Republican, David Castillo, candidate for Washington State 3rd Congressional District, the first to begin campaigning against now retiring Democrat, Brian Baird, has picked up yet another important national endorsement from the National Defense PAC.

The PAC’s stated mission is;

“supporting the election of balanced-budget-committed Military Veterans to the U. S. Congress. We seek Military Veterans running for elected office who believe in limited government, will rein in the out of control spending of Congress, are committed to preserving and defending the US Constitution, and will support the independence and freedom of the individual as outlined in the Bill of Rights. Our purpose is to support Military Veterans for election to Congress who are dedicated to promoting the Free Enterprise System that created the greatest economic engine in the history of Planet Earth, who will CUT SPENDING and commit to the premise that raising taxes is not the answer to our spiraling national plunge towards bankruptcy. We sponsor candidates who will provide for a strong national defense and strong effective homeland security, work tirelessly to ensure illegal aliens are prevented from crossing our national borders and are deported when they do, and who will endorse the teaching of accurate US history and the Founding Fathers’ core values in educational institutions.”

In announcing the endorsement, Rear Admiral [Ret.] James J. Carey, USN – National Chairman & Treasurer said,

“David Castillo has NATIONAL DEFENSE PAC’s full support for election to the U.S. Congress. He served our country in the U.S. Navy, putting himself on the line to defend our nation when called, and is committed to keeping the promises made to our veterans when they agreed to risk their lives to face America’s enemies. David is who we want in Congress making decisions that impact our military veterans and today’s young Americans serving in our Armed Forces. He, as a Navy veteran, understands what it takes to train, fight and win. He also understands the importance of ensuring the decision to commit our military is right before we send our Nation’s most precious asset, our sons and daughters, into harm’s way.”

Of note, National Defense PAC Executive Director US Army Colonel (Ret.) Craig Carlson added,

“NATIONAL DEFENSE PAC has earned a reputation for endorsing winning candidates because we back men and women that have proven integrity forged in patriotic selfless military service. The American people trust our military and vote for our candidates. Our goal in 2010 is to endorse as many candidates that can meet our standard, and elect them all.”

David Castillo, a man from humble beginnings who came to sit across the desk from President George W. Bush, serving in sub-cabinet level positions in his Department of veterans Affairs and Department of Homeland Security, has amassed one of the most impressive list of major endorsements for office I have seen.

He continues to express specific ideas and values to turn our country around and grow out of the economic morass we find ourselves in that at times even has the Democratic Candidate, Denny Heck often in agreement with him.

Although running as a Republican, Castillo does not enjoy the party establishment backing and has been the subject of questionable tactics in favor of the party establishment candidate, who waited to enter the race less than 2 hours after Congressman Baird announced his retirement in December 2009.

Castillo continues to build support in the old fashioned grassroots style of spending much of his time on the road meeting voters one on one and laying out his vision for the office.

His service to the Bush Administration gives him a unique insight no other candidate currently seeking this office can share when it comes to caring for our Veterans, National Defense and working with other federal officials.

His beginnings in poverty give him the necessary background to see what is happening in our country from the perspective of the common taxpaying citizen struggling to care for their family.

As I said at the Rob McKenna Breakfast held for Castillo the morning of July 27, David Castillo remains the best chance I have seen in many years for the Republicans to gain this seat on Congress long held by the Democrats.

Visit www.CastilloFor Congress and see for yourself and let’s get behind the man best suited to represent us in “Keeping America, AMERICA.”

July 29, 2010

Battle Ground Forum Draws Small Audience

by lewwaters

Campaign for Liberty and We The People hosted an event they labeled a “debate” last evening in the auditorium at Battle Ground High School for candidates of the 3rd Congressional District hoping to replace retiring Democrat, Brian Baird.

In attendance where Democrat, Cheryl Crist, Independent Normal Jean Stevens, Republican and alleged Marine David W. Hedrick and proxy for Republican David Castillo who couldn’t attend due to a prior commitment Candice Jackson, a local attorney. Democrat Denny Heck also had a prior commitment and Republican Jaime Herrera could not attend, no reason given and their campaigns sent no proxy.

Maybe 60 people, many Hedrick devotees, attended to hear the candidates.

Although listed as an unbiased forum, it was clear from the start that the forum was expected to make alleged Marine David W. Hedrick a star. The questions asked were written and asked by Campaign for Liberty; a Ron Paul inspired group and We The People, both of whom are supporting Alleged Marine, David W. Hedrick.

I give credit to Katja Delavar and her husband Michael for trying to make it appear balanced and for excellent time keeping plus holding candidates to their time limits.

The format seemed a bit odd to me as a question was asked and whichever candidate wished to answer first raised their hand, with others offered a short amount of time to reply as well. Each was given ample opportunity to rebut.

I thought it also a bit odd to witness Hedrick during the Pledge of Allegiance, not holding his hand over his heart or doing a Military Salute, as Veterans and active duty Military are now allowed to do when wearing civilian clothes, but holding his right hand up as if reciting an oath. Maybe he has done that before and I just never paid attention, but that struck me as bit odd since proper pledge etiquette is the right hand over the heart or a salute.

The questions were often lengthy during the first half of the forum and each candidate was given scant time to reply, 60 seconds in some cases, 45 second later on.

I witnessed Hedrick often waiting until one or more of the others replied, then he would jump in to make his regular replies. Unfortunately for him, Castillo proxy, Candice Jackson, is a well educated and well versed attorney who knows Castillo very well and often schooled Hedrick.

Hedrick seemed to be getting nervous as he began taking subtle pot shots at Castillo, then a little later taking direct pot shots at him by name, saying “Enterprise Zones” were unconstitutional. He agreed with Ms. Jackson reply on free market would bring about green energy sources if actually needed, but had to add a slam that he doubts Mr. Castillo believes that.

Alleged Marine David Hedrick seemed quite comfortable slamming a candidate that was not present in such cowardly personal attacks.

After not being admonished for his personal slurs against Mr. Castillo, he took a shot at absent Democrat Denny Heck, claiming he once left Mr. Heck red-faced in a debate and the audience laughing at him.

At one point he took a shot at Cheryl Crist, saying how much he likes her personally, but doesn’t want her to “be elected to anything.” At this point, Michael Delavar, moderator from Campaign for Liberty, advised all of the candidates not to make such personal comments.

Hedrick supporters in the audience were their usual boisterous self, loudly clapping and cheering after each comment. When a request was made from the moderators to refrain from applauding and cheering after each comment, many yelled back “hell No, we’re here to support our candidate.”

Katja turned around requesting the same and telling them they will get to more questions if they refrain and was largely ignored by the Hedrick supporters, prompting other candidates supporters to act likewise.

Cheryl Crist was treated to groans a couple times for her views as a progressive and silence met much of Norma Jean Stevens comments, who had a much better stage presence this evening that before.

Ms. Stevens gave well thought out answers to most questions while looking out to the audience each time. I applaud both Ms Crist and Ms Stevens for their replies and for having the courage to face such an audience that at times must have seemed a slight bit hostile.

In all the star of the evening was Candice Jackson, prompting some supporters of alleged Marine Hedrick sitting near me to comment she was smarter than Castillo, not realizing her replies were Castillo’s, who she strongly supports.

A questionable comment from the alleged Marine was when asked about how they would vote in Congress, by the wishes of their constituents or by their principles, Hedrick replied that he would vote his principles, ignoring polls.

A couple minutes later, he boasted of a questionable poll he claims shows him neck and neck with Jaime Herrera, not commenting that Denny Heck placed higher on that same poll than both. He also took the opportunity to slap Mr. Castillo again saying his polling numbers were very low.

I guess his like of polls depends on where his ego places him.

Undoubtedly he will again brag about how he put everyone to shame, but it was obvious that Ms. Jackson, sitting in for Mr. Castillo amply schooled him on many subjects.

For all of you Hedrick supporters who will take exception to my labeling him as “alleged Marine,” as a Viet Nam Veteran myself with over 8 years active duty in the United States Army and since he makes his service central to his campaign, while not disclosing such basic information pertaining to his service, such as BPED, ETS, MOS, training, units served in, where deployed and 3 times now has replied as to the nature and place of the injury that grants him a disability being a “classified mission,” this Veteran will view him as only an “alleged Marine” until such time as such information is supplied by him and supported to voters.

While I am sure he did serve, he owes voters at least basic information.

I thank Campaign for Liberty and We The People for their efforts and hope the next time they will be less obvious.

UPDATE: Since several Hedrick supporters have expressed displeasure with my labeling Hedrick as “alleged Marine,” we are clamoring for a more “Open and Transparent” government. We desire more “Open and Transparent” elected officials.

How do we trust one who will not even be “Open and Transparent” about the very thing he bases his campaign on?

If seeking that very “open transparency” we say we want makes me a “hatchet man,” so be it.

July 27, 2010

Breakfast with David Castillo and Rob McKenna

by lewwaters

Several people turned out this morning to enjoy a breakfast for the benefit of David Castillo, the very first candidate to enter the race for 3rd Congressional District against now retiring Brian Baird. In all, I label the event a success as the room filled to near capacity by voters turning out to meet David and hear Rob McKenna speak.

Candice Jackson, a local attorney, got the event rolling by asking me to lead everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance, a privilege in my estimation. Although I had not expected to do so, I was asked to also say a few words in favor of David.

Public speaking is not my strong suit, but expressing why I support David Castillo is easy as he is an impressive man and as I said to the audience, I am a very difficult person to impress.

Candice followed me with her own words in support of David. She is a very impressive young lady, articulate and apparently, like me and many others, very impressed with the qualities, experience and character David brings with him to this campaign.

Several candidates and office holders were also in attendance, Commissioner Tom Mielke, Paul Harris, Brian Peck, Craig Riley, Ann Rivers, David Horowitz to mention a few and of course, Washington House Minority Leader, Richard DeBoldt also a scheduled speaker and endorser of David’s. My apologies for any I failed to recall.

Minority Leader DeBoldt rose next outlining the several years he has been acquainted with David and his family. To me, that DeBoldt endorsed Castillo over his main Republican opponent, Jaime Herrera, speaks tons as he has worked with both candidates for some time and chose who he feels would best represent our district.

David took his turn to speak at the podium. Casting aside the speech he has made several times to voters, he now spoke from his heart of his childhood and how his Mother instilled in him from a young age that although public assistance is necessary from time to time, it is not a way of life. Like many of us, he learned that in order for him and his sisters to receive the temporary assistance his Mom relied upon for a time, someone else had to work to provide it. “My mother told me, ‘this isn’t yours, it is a gift from someone who worked for it’,” David quoted his Mom as saying.

He spoke of his time in the U.S. Navy and being able to travel and see the world and how even our poorest people still live a better lifestyle than many in other countries, such as Kenya.

I was most impressed when he began speaking of his lovely wife, Callie and how she is the strength when he needs it. She was there during the time his dot.com business failed in the dot com melt-down and worked with him to rebuild their lives while studying to become the accomplished lawyer she is today.

When he speaks of his son you can see the love and awe he holds for the young life he and Callie created and the responsibility they share to care for him. As a Dad and Grandpa myself, seeing a man place his children so high in his life in very endearing to me.

Earlier I spoke of the character of David Castillo and that was shown to the audience as he related a recent experience from a small group of supporters of one of his opponents. They accosted David and his family, trying to instigate an outburst while video-taping their misconduct, presumably to edit the tape and place it on You Tube in another effort to denigrate and misrepresent the man.

Their efforts failed.

Rob McKenna was unavoidably delayed in arriving and David continued with more off the cuff speaking until he arrived. Once McKenna made it there, He was introduced and gave a short keynote speech in honor of David, who McKenna endorsed early in the campaign.

There has been allegations raised that we Castillo supporters have been seen outside of events held for David’s opponent, Jaime Herrera and holding signs in support of David. I have no idea whether or not it is true as I have not seen it and no one has posted photos yet.

What I did see was a Jaime Herrera campaign staff member present text messaging to someone throughout much of the event this morning. I can only guess who to.

Chris Boyd, former opponent of David’s and now supporter closed the event by thanking all for being present and encouraging them to support David in any way they can.

In all, a very productive breakfast attended well by some very good people.

I cannot say enough about the Heathman Lodge staff who were efficient, courteous and attentive to all present. Their efforts helped make the event as great as it was.

If you still haven’t decided who you support or haven’t taken a close look at David Castillo just yet, I invite you to visit www.CastilloForCongress.com and help send the best conservative candidate we have seen run for the 3rd Congressional District seat in many years to Washington D.C. on our behalf.

David Castillo is the “real deal.”

July 26, 2010

Brandon Vick: Landscaping to Legislative Candidate

by lewwaters

I haven’t mentioned much about Brandon Vick, also vying for the 18th Legislative District seat that Jaime Herrera is stepping down in this campaign season. He hasn’t been rated with the top runners, but he has run a clean consistent campaign, unlike some others.

I first met Brandon during the 2008 campaign season at a Clark County Republican PCO event for new PCO’s to get to know each other and to hear what was expected of us. Brandon showed his interest in local elections and growing the GOP. He expressed his ideas and listened to mine.

I was a bit surprised to see that he decided to campaign for the seat Jaime Herrera will be vacating as the field already had well-known candidates announcing they were going to try for the seat and Brandon is a novice. But, file he did and he campaigns as hard as any candidate out there.

Even though he and I might disagree on some points, I have to say I admire not only his tenacity in running, but for running a clean campaign, separating him self from some of the viciousness we have seen from Jon Russell. Russell, even though already elected to a city council position, could take a few lessons from Vick.

Funds have not been flowing to Vick in large numbers but that has not dampened his spirits. Brandon, with his lovely wife Darci by his side, can be seen manning booths for Vick, door belling, marching in parades and giving speeches at events. Obviously, he is not a quitter, even with the odds stacked against him.

Brandon works in his families business, Vick Landscaping established by his grandfather in 1961. I presume he oversees much of the operation today, but Brandon also impresses me as a “hand’s on” sort of guy who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty.

Although scant on political experience, he brings with him some admirable traits, having earned Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts, the highest honor you can attain in the organization that is responsible for turning many boys into men with a sense of pride in America and some impressive volunteer work for someone as young as he is.

It should also be noted that when Shannon Barnett, an experienced candidate from Cowlitz county who was running for the open seat, had to drop out, he endorsed Vick over other Republican candidates in the race

I might not agree with every point Vick speaks, but he stands before an audience and articulates his vision clearly without parroting talking points picked up elsewhere. Like any other novice candidate, there is a touch of naiveté as to just how government actually works, but Brandon has a vision of one day changing that, making government more responsible and less intrusive.

I have to credit Brandon in that for as little money as he has raised, he has used it wisely in running a smart campaign that, as I said above, has been very clean, avoiding uncalled for pot shots at opponents or belittling them either.

He has opted to rise above the dirt and just speak his message.

Odds are that he will most likely not make it past the primary, but I wouldn’t count on the odds. Jon Russell is hurting himself by running a sleaze campaign against presumptive front-runner, Ann Rivers while Brandon Vick continues to voice his message and gain recognition.

With Russell wallowing in the mud and Democrats not favored this election season, there is every chance Brandon Vick will win one of the top two slots in our top two primary.

Should he not gain one of the slots, I hope to see Brandon running for another office in the future. We need young people like him in office and even though I can find areas to disagree with him on, his vision will be needed in the future.

Win or lose August 17, Brandon will have set an example of how to run a clean campaign others would do well to follow.

See for yourself at Elect Brandon Vick

July 26, 2010

Ann Rivers Leading the Way in the 18th Legislative District

by lewwaters

Echoing my own sentiments below, the Columbian has endorsed Ann Rivers and her opponent, Dennis Kampe for the primary election. 18th Legislative District: Rivers, Kampe

We are edging closer and closer to the August 17th primary election. Ballots are printed and voter pamphlets are mailed and available for download. It’s time to ‘separate the wheat from the chaff.’

Print media has began issuing who they endorse for office and some desperate candidates hoping to advance are reverting to sleaze politics against an opponent they cannot match in experience or ability.

Nowhere can this be seen any better than in the race for the 18th Legislative District seat Jaime Herrera will be leaving.

Since announcing her run for the seat being vacated by Brian Baird, several have signed on to replace outgoing Herrera. Some tried to win the appointment to the seat in 2007 and were turned down, Herrera being chosen.

Early on, Ann Rivers, one who was once considered the favored for the seat Herrera was first appointed to, jumped to a commanding lead in donations and supporters. Another, who was knocked out of the run to replace Baird by Herrera’s entrance, is Washougal city council member, Jon Russell, who has been floundering since he entered the race.

Jon, not well known for running clean campaigns, has been able to only raise about a fourth of the funds Ann Rivers has and has failed to gain the support she enjoys. So, out comes the sleaze we have seen before from him and his surrogates.

Rather than refute individual claims made against Ann, let’s look at just a couple reasons that show why Ann Rivers has maintained such an insurmountable led over Russell and would represent taxpayers in the 18th much better than an ambitious person such as Russell could.

In spite of knowing that Ann Rivers is pro-life, Jon tried a little seed planting at a Clark County Republican Women’s candidate’s forum recently, strongly hinting that she might not be pro-life. He did this knowing full well that Ann has shown her pro-life stance at an early age that is physically impossible for Jon to match.

Jon acknowledged to me that he knows Ann became pregnant due to a sexual assault when she was in her early teens and, although she had the choice to end the pregnancy, chose to give life to a little girl and hand her over to a couple who could properly care for her. To this day, Ann’s family continues to contribute to Birthright

Knowing this, Jon chose to hint that Ann is not pro-life!

Jon, through a surrogate, questions Ann’s party loyalty, completely ignoring how he threw a fellow Republican under the bus in favor of a Democrat one week prior to an election, giving the win to the Democrat.

Russell Shows Lack of Experience on City Council

Jon Russell Says, “The People Deserve To Know The Truth”

Jon has decided a former non-political business association with a Democrat raises questions about her ability to serve in the legislature. Of course, Jon neglects to mention that through his company, Northern Concepts, he advocated for the largest tax increase ever to face Clark County for the Port of Vancouver. Fortunately, the measure failed.

Such is the sleaze seen in a Jon Russell campaign. He cannot match her in ability, class or ideas, so he resorts to this sort of sleazy tactic.

A few weeks ago, I met Jon for coffee and in our talk, I warned him about this type of campaigning. Apparently he chose not to listen.

How pathetic for a young candidate to claim, “I am a Christian because my life was forever changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ,” then resort to such sleazy tactics as this, stepping on people who are in the way of his overly ambitious effort to climb the political ladder.

There is a reason Ann Rivers has raised funds at a rate of nearly 5 to 1 compared to Jon’s and enjoys wide support.

Ann Rivers offers what voters are looking for.

Jon Russell does not!

I applaud Republicans Brandon Vick and Anthony Bittner for not resorting to the sleaze we see coming out of Jon Russell’s camp and for running clean campaigns like Ann is.

As I said once before, Jon Russell is his own worst political enemy.

July 26, 2010

David Castillo Continues to Impress

by lewwaters

David Castillo, candidate for Washington’s Third Congressional District, has been campaigning for this seat for some time now, over a year. His efforts are beginning to pay off as people are taking notice of the man and his ideas.

David is not an establishment candidate with party resources backing him. He is the very essence of “Grassroots” as we have always been taught it is.

Recently, David Castillo, along with another impressive candidate, Democrat Denny Heck both received the primary endorsement of one of Washington States larger newspapers, the Seattle Times.

Even the Columbian, Clark County’s paper of record, chose David Castillo along with the Republican establishment candidate, Jaime Herrera to endorse for the August 17 primary.

As people are beginning to take notice, David Castillo is seen as a serious candidate with humble beginnings who has vision for the future. Even his Democratic opponent, Denny Heck, agrees with David on the creation of Enterprise Zones to spur job growth in this economically depressed end of the 3rd Congressional District.

Other candidates remain vague, speaking mostly of getting government out of the way without definitive ideas on how.

Since the advent of the Tea Party movement, some candidates have claimed to be their favorite choice, while not acknowledging that the Tea Party is a loosely knit unorganized group across the country of voters and taxpayers who want real change, not more smokescreen.

Of deep concern to the Tea Party is the recent take over of our healthcare system by the federal government, especially from Doctors who see how health care in America will be adversely affected.

As the old saying goes, “the proof is in the pudding,” an idiom meaning “that the true value or quality of something can only be judged when it’s put to use or tried and tested” is seen in that David Castillo, along with local attorney, Candice Jackson, has been invited to speak at an upcoming National Doctors Tea Party to be held in San Diego, California early in August.

Sharing the stage with Castillo and Ms. Jackson will be such luminaries as conservative radio host, Roger Hedgecock, WorldNetDaily.com author Joseph Farah, Nevada Senatorial candidate and Tea Party sensation Sharron Angle and musical guest Ricky Lee Jackson, M.D.

Of the six candidates hoping to gain the congressional seat now held by retiring Democrat Brian Baird, only David Castillo is invited to speak before such an important Tea Party event.

David Castillo, a man who grew up in poverty, opened a business only to see it fail in the dot com meltdown, who then mowed lawns to provide for his family and ended up sitting across the desk from the President of the United States continues to impress.

He consistently expresses solid ideas to benefit the country and struggling taxpayers within the 3rd Congressional District.

He is ready to go to Washington D.C. and represent us, all of us and join with others who wish to return America to her greatness.

He needs our help and support in whatever way it can be offered.

I invite you to visit www.CastilloForCongress.com and see for yourself just why 2 of the larger newspapers in Washington State have chosen to endorse David Castillo in the primary election.

I ask that you support David Castillo in “Keeping America, AMERICA.”

July 25, 2010

Cismar To Run “Green” Campaign

by lewwaters

It has long been asserted that conservatives are wasteful, fat cats, wealthy with little or no regard for the environment and who would ruin the land to make a buck.

You can put that notion to rest as once again, a conservative steps up and shows his liberal opponent how it should be done.

Bill Cismar, candidate for the 40th Legislative District Position 1, running against liberal Democrat Jim Jacks, famous for admitting he had no ideas on how the “fix the tax system” in Washington State, has announced on his facebook page,

“I am so conservative, I don’t want to spend donor money on what many people consider to be eyesores cluttering up our beautiful City. SIGNS!

Please go to my signage selection, bottom left of this page, select your favorite sign, then print it out and hang it in your windows. If you set your printer to print in Landscape you’ll get a v…very nice 8×11 sign!

Home made signs in folk’s cars and living room windows rule!”

We all complain about campaign signs littering the county, being vandalized, eyesores and candidates end up leaving them after the election because, quite frankly, they have no idea where supporters place them all.

Signs cost a lot of money to have made and as Bill sees, that precious money donated from supporters during these depressing economic times, is hard to come by. Unlike Democrat candidates, conservatives cannot rely on powerful unions, lobbyists and special interests to keep the coffers full. We have to depend on supporters, the very people who are now suffering due to Democrat policies from the stat and federal level.

Bill goes on to say,

“I will use the donors money for mailers, phone calls, fliers, perhaps radio ads, and so forth. And yes, I’ll even put up a few signs at strategic locations. The money won’t be wasted and the law doesn’t let me use it for any other purpose besides what it is given for.”

“There will be plenty of signs. I’m just not going to go to the stage of littering the city with them. Yes there is a need to make one’s name familiar. But two things are facts that dramatically affect the signage strategy.”

1- The sign has to capture the attention of the audience. Look around at the sign clutter we have. You can’t possibly read all the signs at most of our major cross streets.
2 – The sign must not offend. Ask anyone you know what their emotional response is when they see all these campaign signs.”

Bill Cismar is giving a prime example of how he will represent us in Olympia. Responsibly!

Even though opponents will inevitably come to say that he is not thinking of the environment in this, which is somewhat correct, conservatives just do it. They don’t make a fuss about just how much they do, they just do it! It’s our responsible nature and Bill Cismar is showing that now.

With precious funds to work with, Bill is also showing how he will be responsible with precious and decreasing tax revenues. As I said, conservatives just do it!

Driving around the county, it is difficult to pass through an intersection and not see Jim Jacks signs littering everywhere the eye can see. His campaign obviously is less worried about precious funds and creating eyesores everywhere than with ensuring he buys his way back to the legislature.

Then again, he is a Democrat and has unions and special interests to rely on, those same ones that continue to push to take more of our hard-earned money away from us in increased taxes.

Bill Cismar is a regular guy with a great resume’. He is not an experienced politician, nor a career politician. He is one of us who has seen enough and knows the value of a hard earned dollar.

Bill’s announcement on signage may seem like a small gesture, but it speaks tons about the man and how responsible he will be as our next legislator representing the 49th Legislative District, pos. 1.

It is high time we conservatives stand up and show that in spite of the false claims all these years, we are the responsible ones.

We have two excellent conservative candidates prepared to show the “conservatives just do it” attitude in Olympia.

Bill Cismar, position 1 against Jim Jacks.

And Craig Riley, position 2 against Jim ‘Da Taxman’ Moeller.

Let’s elect them both and pull ourselves out of this economic morass we find ourselves in today.

July 24, 2010

Buy A Tote For San Fran Nan

by lewwaters

I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised to see such an advertisement as below, what with the push to ban on plastic grocery bags, originating in Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco and now spreading across the land.

I have some exciting news to share. Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently asked me if I would design a limited edition tote bag. With everything Speaker Pelosi has done to move our country forward, I was more than happy to oblige.

But what makes this tote bag even more special is that every dollar toward its purchase price will be used to support Speaker Pelosi and courageous House Democrats who are under increased attack by those who wish to take our country back to the policies of former President George W. Bush.

Click on photo to see larger view

No mention of just what material it is constructed from or where it is made, just lay down $65, which is a steal since otherwise without the listed sales code, you would pay $81.25.

No more cheap plastic bags cluttering your recycling bin. Store clerks and shoppers will envy you, seeing you carry your Limited Edition San Fran Nan, Diane von Furstenberg tote.

Not recommended for picking up pet waste.

July 23, 2010

In My View: the Columbian Misses It On County Assessor Endorsement

by lewwaters

The Columbian has begun their slate of political endorsements as we continue getting closer to the August 17 primary election. As always, there will be agreements and disagreements over who they choose. But, their choices for the County Assessor office misses by a mile, much more than just a disagreement.

The Columbian has published, In Our View: Horowitz, Weaver, Two strong candidates emerge in primary for county assessor’s post.

Well, I guess I can agree with “candidates,” but strong? How so? How can Peter Van Nortwick not even receive consideration when he is the only candidate for the office who has issued a “Property Tax Payers Bill of Rights” and has been beating the Columbian to the punch on pointing out current problems in the County Assessor’s office?

Maybe a hint of why can be seen when they tried to marginalize Peter receiving the co-endorsement of Mayor Tim Leavitt, hinting that Leavitt may co-endorse him, but that doesn’t mean they he will vote for him.

No mention that possibly Leavitt might not vote for his old friend, David Horowitz who he also co-endorsed. Only Leavitt will know and he is the only person entitled to know how he will vote. Idle speculation as this has no place in legitimate journalism.

No mention either that Van Nortwick received the endorsements of Clark County Commissioners Tom Mielke and Marc Boldt, Battle Ground Mayor Ciraulo, Ray Garza-SW Washington Hispanic Republicans, Bill Jameson- Former Candidate Clark County Assessor, Senator Don Benton, Senator Joe Zarelli, the Washington State Farm Bureau and the Building Industry Association, to mention just a few.

David Horowitz and Daniel Weaver are no doubt decent fellows, but does that qualify them over Peter, also a decent fellow, for the office that the Columbian says, “The chief role of the Clark County assessor is not to assess or appraise property value but to manage a department that does.”

By the Columbian’s account, Horowitz, 64, is a “Real Estate Specialist and retired CPA” that said “he’s had an ongoing dispute over an assessed property value.”

Daniel Weaver, 64, although with a background in accounting, is also retired.

Neither has a background in appraisal and I find it odd that the Columbian wrote, “So it is important to have a county assessor with a solid management background and a full understanding of the duties.”

I don’t know about you, but I sure wouldn’t want an Auto Dealer Service Manager running the Hospital, just because his shop once serviced ambulances.

Peter Van Nortwick is a “Certified General Appraiser, the highest level of appraiser and is the Managing Partner of American Commercial and Residential Appraisal. His appraisal experience includes residential, commercial, recreational and agricultural appraisals. He has experience appraising properties worth tens of millions of dollars and providing expert witness testimony. He is also an FHA appraiser, a member of the Clark County Association of Realtors and The Appraisal Institute.”

He has run an aggressive campaign not only pointing out the many problems currently beset with the County Assessor’s office, but offering solutions.

Many might be having their property under-appraised and think that is a good thing, but it isn’t. Others may be receiving over appraisals on their property, which obviously isn’t good.

None of us like taxes but realize they are a necessary evil. Therefore, they must be fair across the board. If too many are under appraised, other taxes must go up to make up the difference.

Over appraised and taxpayers end up leaving and going elsewhere, not to mention being overcharged.

Peter Van Nortwick has shown he has the qualifications and willingness to properly and fairly assess our property so the taxes levied will fair to all.

As I said, Horowitz and Weaver, both retired now, might be decent fellows, but we need new blood and fresh ideas down at the Assessors Office. By all accounts, the Assessors office is a mess currently and it will take someone with knowledge of appraising coming in from outside the department to pull the office back together.

You may watch the candidates of this race and others debate here at CVTV

I trust Peter Van Nortwick, Republican, to be who best will correct the problems at the Clark County Assessors Office.

July 23, 2010

Seattle Times Endorses Castillo & Heck, Ignores Herrera & Hedrick

by lewwaters

A stinging announcement today that must worry the Herrera camp as the Seattle Times, one of the larger newspapers in Washington State, issued an endorsement of Republican David Castillo and Democrat Denny Heck as “the primary picks in the 3rd Congressional District” in the upcoming August 17 primary election.

Denny Heck and David Castillo the primary picks in the 3rd Congressional District

The Times says in part,

“Whoever represents Southwest Washington in Congress must be an independent thinker willing to buck his or her political party. With that in mind, The Seattle Times endorses Denny Heck, Democrat, and David Castillo, Republican, to advance to the general election.”

“Both have worked in the public and private sectors and have a strong grasp of the challenges facing the district, most notably its unacceptably high unemployment rate. Both appear creative enough to tackle tough issues from an independent vantage point.”

“The need for jobs and an improved economy overshadow most other issues. Heck touts the need to proceed with a new Columbia River crossing as an economic stimulator and the need to keep Washington ports humming. Castillo emphasizes the needs to improve infrastructure, including flood areas along Interstate 5, and create enterprise zones to help economically distressed counties.”

Herrera, the establishment candidate has billed herself as the front-runner since her rapid entry into the race, less than 2 hours after retiring Brian Baird announced his retirement. As the GOP machine lined up behind her, abandoning other candidates with more experience and better resumes’ campaign donations flowed into her campaign, although she has trouble taking a definitive stand on issues and is often vague and general in answering voters questions asked of her.

Recently, Clark County Conservative compiled a list of quotes showing that Ms. Herrera has not been being very honest with voters in the 3rd Congressional District.

Jaime Herrera Says, “Trust Me”

Viewing her self as “the chosen,” “the anointed” to represent the GOP, missing such an endorsement has to sting, but obviously the Seattle Times editorial board saw through her façade.

David Hedrick, who gained cyber fame for a 3-minute confrontation with Baird in August 2009, and never wishing to discuss how Baird ambushed him when he tried it a second time, has been making noise, but has not been too ready to discuss his Marine service, although he has made that service central to his campaign by labeling himself “Marine Corporal” in every release or forum he attends.

Calls for clarification either go ignored or have resulted in claims of “Classified” in the past, automatically raising red flags to any Veteran who served in a combat zone.

In spite of facebook claims of how superior he is to all others, Hedrick too is often vague in replies or issues forth warmed over 2008 Ron Paul talking points, at times hiding behind the constitution as if his interpretation merits more attention that constitutional lawyers and scholars.

His fund raising ability has been abysmal.

I have maintained for some time now that the race to replace Brian Baird should be between Castillo and Heck.

Both men are personable, approachable and whether you agree with their views or not, they are the only two who consistently stand and express specifics in their views and ideas for the country and the 3rd Congressional District.

Heck “was elected to five terms in the state House of Representatives. He served as House Majority Leader, and later, as chief of staff to Gov. Booth Gardner. Heck was an early investor in RealNetworks, a digital-entertainment company, and co-founded TVW, the C-SPAN of Washington State.”

Castillo service in the United States Navy and after having a business fail in the dot com meltdown years ago, liquidated and rebuilt, becoming eventually a sub-cabinet level position in The Department of Veterans Affairs and at the Department of Homeland Security during the Bush administration.

Both men have resume’s the others can only dream about.

Clark County Conservative, while issuing no official endorsements, has been in support of Castillo since shortly after he began campaigning, expecting a tough run against Baird.

Although I do not support Denny Heck, a face to face chat with him earned my respect for the man.

The Seattle Times says it all with, “Voters would be wise to pick Heck and Castillo to clarify their strengths and weaknesses in the general election.”

July 22, 2010

What Happened to Promises of “Open and Transparent” Government?

by lewwaters

All throughout the 2006 campaign, Nancy Pelosi spoke of “draining the swamp,” and cleaning up Congress and government. She even said, “We Will Create the Most Open and Honest Government in History” in a January 2006 release.

In 2008, Barack Obama campaigned on much the same message. Upon inauguration, his White House released a statement, “Change has come to WhiteHouse.gov” that contains, “President Obama has committed to making his administration the most open and transparent in history, and WhiteHouse.gov will play a major role in delivering on that promise.

We have seen anything but an “Open and Transparent” government since the Democratic cartel seized dictatorial control of America as multi-thousand page legislation was written behind closed doors, votes rammed through before congress could even read them, not to mention American citizens had no chance to read them with either.

Obama blocked access to the White House visitors log for a time and requests under the Freedom of Information Act seemed to have slowed down immensely.

The Associated Press, finally doing a little investigative Journalism uncovered why and has spoken out, Playing politics with public records requests.

Long overdue that the media in America actually does their job!

AP’s Ted Bridis writes,

The Freedom of Information Act, the main tool forcing the government to be more open, is designed to be insulated from political considerations. Anyone who seeks information through the law is supposed to get it unless disclosure would hurt national security, violate personal privacy or expose confidential decision-making in certain areas.”

“But in July 2009, Homeland Security introduced a directive requiring a wide range of information to be vetted by political appointees for “awareness purposes,” no matter who requested it.”

Officials claim that no requests were improperly denied. But, depending on what was uncovered in vetting the requester’s political views, they were delayed, even to members of Congress.

Claims from the White House that they had no indication this was happening fall on deaf ears as emails received by the AP shows coordination between the White House and DHS on some releases.

What was “vetted” is also quite interesting for an “open and transparent” government,

Anything that related to an Obama policy priority was pegged for this review. So was anything that touched on a “controversial or sensitive subject” that could attract media attention or that dealt with meetings involving prominent business and elected leaders.”

Anything requested by lawmakers, journalists, activist groups or watchdog organizations had to go to the political appointees. This included all of AP’s information requests, even a routine one for records that had already been sought by other news organizations.”

As this ‘foot dragging’ policy was coming to light, it was cancelled.

I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting on the real “Open and Transparent” government Democrats promised to seize power, though. Everywhere turned since the Dictatorial Democrats took over, we see stone-walling and obfuscation as more and more of our freedoms are ever so slowing be whittled away.

If only the rest of the media would do their job in actually investigating instead of making excuses, these Democrats ruining the country for generations to come would all be in jail or deported.

America, if we really want change, real change that restores freedom and liberty and gives citizens’ security, as well as rebuild a shattered economy, it has to begin in November 2010.

This cabal in Washington D.C. has to go, they must be voted out and new blood brought in. Democrats and RINO’s who roll over for Democrats every chance must be voted out.

Candidates that show they too will kow tow to the dictatorial Democrat cartel must be defeated in elections.

The only way to really “drain the swamp” is by pulling the plug on these wealthy career politicians that will not even submit themselves to the very policies they force upon you and I.

Let’s Keep America, AMERICA!

July 21, 2010

Second Amendment Right? Or Paranoia?

by lewwaters

On Monday, July 19, 2010 the Columbian posted an interesting blog post on their Political Beat blog, Hedrick brings ‘heat’ to Stranger interview, referencing a video and interview from Seattle’s alternative media, the Stranger, Which Congressional Candidate Brought a Gun to The Stranger Yesterday?

Watching the video, I initially thought, “big deal, the guy has a concealed carry permit and carries a gun.” I admit that reading about the kids’ theater incident sounds a bit contrived and although I strongly support the Second Amendment and concealed carry with the proper permit, and that I wouldn’t carry a firearm into a kid’s movie, he does have a legal concealed carry permit.

Unless the theater bars guns, it is legal to carry, even if not the smartest thing a parent would do with his kids.

But, something didn’t set well with me. Something just didn’t sound right to me.

Admittedly, I do not support Hedrick in his congressional run, even though I supported him in standing up to Brian Baird last August. I even have questions that remain unanswered concerning his service in the US Marine Corps and disability claimed. But none of that entered my mind as I watched the video over and over trying to figure out what did not set well with me.

After a few viewings, it dawned on me what it was. If you didn’t pick up on it, watch again and pay attention towards the end of the video, after Hedrick tells the interviewer that they have a legal right to bar guns on their private property.

He states that he would not be there doing the interview in person, but it would be by phone, had they barred his carrying a gun into the interview.

The second amendment is a very serious right that carries with it grave responsibility. Concealed Carry, under current laws, is a privilege not to be taken lightly. I strongly support both, but also feel such a responsibility must be tempered with some good old fashioned common sense.

Much like holding a security clearance in the Military, having the clearance isn’t enough; you must also have “the need to know.”

As Hedrick even shows in the story about the incident at the children’s movie, it is extremely rare to need to pull a gun if you are carrying. However, the likelihood of actually needing your gun, although slim, can be real at any given moment.

But, to indicate that if you may not carry on someone’s private property, their legal right, you, a candidate for federal office, would not do an in person interview? It would be only by telephone?

Such a comment comes across to me as paranoia, or a young man still trying to prove to himself that he is a man, with little clue what manhood is really about.

I have to believe that he received adequate training in the safe and proper handling of rifles while in Basic Training and AIT, since he did serve a short while in the US Marine Corps, even if he is tight lipped about that service other than making his rank held central to his campaign, but I also wonder if that attitude of “no gun, no in person interview” extends to other venues, such as political forums or school functions with his children?

I wonder because RCW 9.41.280 prohibits firearms “in a public or private school building,” except under some strict exemptions.

To me, given his comment in the video, it would only seem logical that he would not attend school plays or PTA Meetings concerning his own children unless he was armed either.

I can only hope that this is not the case and that he obeys the law concerning concealed carry on school grounds and buildings, leaves it home or properly locked in his car and is there for his children.

There are those that see no problem with his carrying a concealed weapon to an interview. If not for the comment of “no gun, no in person interview,” neither would I.

But, that one little comment, giving us a glimpse into the mind of a candidate for office, leaves me feeling like he might just be too immature or too paranoid to be elected to office.

July 19, 2010

David Castillo IS “Facing the Giant”

by lewwaters

I was pleasantly surprised today to see that David Castillo’s wife, Callie had posted in support of her husband on David’s campaign website blog. For any who might not know, David Castillo is a Conservative Republican candidate vying for Washington States 3rd Congressional District.

In Callie’s post, Facing the Giants, she explains of a quiet evening she and David spent recently, away from the pressures and commitments of a political campaign watching the 2006 movie Facing the Giants, a “story of a high school football coach facing what seem like insurmountable personal and professional obstacles. However, by placing his trust in God, he is able to overcome the impossible.”

Callie goes on to show how David, clearly the best qualified conservative candidate in many years to try to run for the seat held for 6 terms by Liberal Democrat, Brian Baird has been an uphill battle against the Party Establishment who has fronted a much lesser qualified candidate with a mediocre record at best, at worst who has shown the willingness to cross the aisle to join with Liberal Democrats to vote on and support legislation that actually has or would have hurt taxpayers within the legislative district represented, but shows no record of drawing the Liberal Democrats back to support any legislation by fellow Republicans.

While David showed the willingness to mount a tough campaign against an entrenched incumbent, the establishment candidate waited and jumped in less than 2 hours after Congressman Baird announced retirement and not running for another term.

I was particularly disappointed, after being told months before that party chairs should refrain from endorsing candidates prior to the primary election, to see the Clark County GOP’s chair immediately issue such an endorsement for the establishment candidate.

I was even more disappointed in seeing 3 County GOP’s endorsing this same establishment candidate long before we even reached the candidate filing deadline.

The Clark County GOP including a disclaimer in correspondence on not endorsing any candidate is disingenuous, as all but one or two of the board members promote and support the establishment candidate openly, even to the point of resorting to “dirty pool” to support the chosen one by falsely linking David Castillo to words posted by someone outside of David’s influence.

Then, there is also a party chair from another county who, after writing a post blasting Castillo over a campaign email sent out by Freedom Works, also outside of David’s influence, offered to pay the over $1700.00 filing fee to convince former candidate, Chris Boyd, to remain in the race, apparently to draw votes away from David so the establishment candidate would receive the nomination easily.

Then, there is also a member of the Clark GOP Board and past chair, who although openly stating to be “solidly in support” of the establishment candidate, sent out a notice enticing people to take a closer look at another candidate claiming the Republican affiliation and saying, “I doubt if he will make it through the Primary, but I sure hope he sticks around.”

We have also seen in the past months, yet another past party chair from another county express displeasure at the establishment candidate not receiving the endorsement of the large Grassroots group, Freedom Works by not only posting such displeasure on his own blog site and the International Political site Free Republic, but who sent out an email to all county chairs in the 3rd district requesting they and their PCO’s join him in demanding FreedomWorks withdraw the endorsement of David Castillo.

At the same time, endorsements of the establishment candidate from others who issued theirs under the same circumstances David received his from FreedomWorks was readily accepted with full praise.

And it goes on and on as the party machine fronts a weaker establishment candidate who stands up to criticize the very Republicans support and votes are sought from, while saying she can find nothing to criticize Liberal Democrat Brian Baird for.

David Castillo supports the Republican Party and reserves his criticisms for the poor job we have seen from Democrats these past 3 years and when he mentions the questionable record of the establishment candidate, who has shown an unwillingness to even be honest with voters, he is accused of vicious attacks.

None of this makes David Castillo a victim, but it makes him a conservative candidate that continues to show the willingness to stand up for what is right.

It makes him a man who doesn’t give up easily and shows that he is willing to go to bat for conservative principles and not join in with Liberal Democrats to repay campaign donors by supporting and vote for legislation detrimental to the district.

I began supporting David Castillo in June 2009 with Castillo For Congress, 3rd District, Washington State after meeting him face to face and having the chance for a one on one talk and an email interview. My support has not wavered as some in the party machine have accused me of “hate speech” for revealing the spotty record of Jaime Herrera.

I have also seen why the Republican Party loses so many elections by casting aside strong conservatives in favor of establishment moderates or RINO’s.

With Brian Baird retiring and the nation outraged at the poor performance of the Democrats in power now, why would we want to hand them another election on a silver platter?

The Clark County GOP has coined the motto “Be The Party” in the last few months. We can show the party that we are indeed the party by rejecting the weaker party machine groomed moderate establishment candidate and getting behind the only real conservative with the strongest message, consistent ideas and specifics and over all experience, David Castillo.

He is indeed “Facing the Giant,” but for the future well being of America.

July 19, 2010

More Union Thuggery

by lewwaters

As the video below shows, a Union Organizer from the California Nurses Association assaults a young Republican videotaping a public rally repeatedly.

Video from No Governor Moonbeam blog and linked to at Breibart TV

The Organizers name is ‘Mike’ and the video was taped on July 15, 2010 on the campus of Canada Community College. Union members had recently completed a rally outside the home of Meg Whitman in Atherton, Ca.

The CNA is linked to the SEIU.

Is this what we could have come to expect had HB 1329, the bill backed heavily by the SEIU and co-sponsored and twice voted for by Jaime Herrera had passed?

Jaime Herrera Says, “Trust Me”

Why I Question Jaime Herrera’s Judgment

Do we really need to try to send someone to Washington D.C. that cannot see the folly of their way in supporting and working to further the goals of such groups as the SEIU, who have been caught many times using such tactics as coercion and physical intimidation to get their way at our expense?

Jaime Herrera supported these people even against her constituents.

We need a strong consistent conservative like David Castillo and not a pro-union RINO like Herrera sent to Washington D.C.

July 18, 2010

Who Can Oust Patty Murray?

by lewwaters

Patty Murray, dubbed “the Mom in Tennis Shoes” and first elected as US Senator in 1992, is facing another “tough election” in her bid to retain her seat of power. In typical leftist fashion, Murray begins the victim card early by whining of a “tough election” even though she is Washington States senior Senator and holds some very powerful positions in the Senate.

Murray says she “understands voters’ frustration with a struggling economy, prolonged war, complex reforms in health care and the fact that a fix for immigration issues continues to elude Congress,” completely ignoring that she has been part and parcel of the escalating economic problems and growing tension over ILLEGAL immigration that she and her fellow Senators have long ignored.

Claiming “Every time I run, I’m an underdog,” Murray’s $11 Million raised for her campaign war chest isn’t too shabby.

Murray, queen darling of pork laden leftists, is facing 3 viable Republican challengers, Dino Rossi, Clint Didier and Paul Akers and defeating her will be a tough task. But, she is vulnerable, as shown in Rasmussen Polling, giving Didier and Rossi each 48% to her 45% preference by voters polled.

Akers remains close behind her and gaining ground.

After our August 11 primary, only one will be running against her and it is critical, if we wish to unseat Patty finally and hopefully begin returning sanity to our government, that we choose who best can defeat her.

Dino Rossi, twice defeated for governor of Washington State, the 2004 election being an obvious stolen election, enjoys the most name recognition, but doesn’t seem to hold the passion for the run like he once did. His late entry into the race is said to have prevented much fund raising of others as they tried to build campaigns, most of those candidates dropping once he entered and endorsing him.

Clint Didier, former football player and farmer, is gaining in name recognition and is probably the most passionate of the three. However, he has chosen to embrace the foreign policy and other views of well-known politikook, Ron Paul in regards to the ongoing War in Afghanistan and the health reform bill purchased 3,000 shotguns for the IRS.

Paul Akers, inventor, entrepreneur and small businessman, remains the least known of the 3 challengers with the best chance to defeat Murray, seems to have the most ideas, but lacks in the passion shown by Didier and does not have the name recognition of Rossi.

Didier and Akers both shows ties to the loosely knit group known as the TEA Party throughout the state, Didier receiving the well received endorsement of Alaska former governor and vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, while Rossi indicates he can ignore the group and still receive their support in the November general election, leading many conservatives to feel taken for granted.

Both Didier and Akers have held functions of their own in Clark County while Rossi has yet to.

All 3 made appearances at the Republican Resurgence Convention held in Vancouver this past June, Didier leaving suddenly to meet with Mrs. Palin Friday morning in the Tri-Cities area.

Rossi remains far ahead of both Didier and Akers in campaign donation, having raised some $1.4 Million, compared to Didier’s slightly more than $350,000 and Akers’ more than $275,000. Rossi has also spent the least, in part due to his late entry while others were campaigning.

One of these 3 will go on to run against Murray in the general election in November and I can’t honestly say which one I support yet. But, if we are to unseat Murray, as many in the state desire, we must choose who we feel is best suited and support whoever wins the August 17 primary with all we have.

We can expect the Democrats to fight with everything they have to retain Murray as in the US Senate seat.

Shouldn’t we throw everything we have towards ousting her?

July 16, 2010

Liberal Democrats Worried About Losing the Senate Now

by lewwaters

From the Liberal Magazine the New Republic, Attention, Democrats! The Senate Is Now in Play, we read,

“As if things weren’t bad enough for Democrats, something I didn’t believe possible six months ago has happened: The Senate is now in play. You don’t believe it, dear reader? Let’s look at the numbers.”

CA Fiorina (R) 47, Boxer (D) 45

CO Buck (R) 48, Bennet (D) 39

FL Rubio (R) 36, Crist (I) 34, Meek (D) 15

IL Giannoulias (D) 40, Kirk (R) 39

KY Paul (R) 43, Conway (D) 43

MO Blunt (R) 48, Carnahan (D) 43

NV Angle (R) 48, Reid (D) 41

OH Portman (R) 43, Fisher (D) 39

PA Toomey (R) 45, Sestak (D) 39

WA Murray (D) 47, Rossi (R) 47

WI Feingold (D) 45, Johnson (R) 43

The numbers are taken from Real Clear Politics and said to be from Rasmussen.

A look at today’s numbers from Rasmussen shows “Dino Rossi and Clint Didier both earning 48% to Patty Murray’s 45%.”

Rasmussen points out, “Incumbents that fall short of 50% at this stage of a campaign are considered potentially vulnerable, but worrisome for Murray is that this is her poorest showing of the year.”

Whether or not this holds, only time will tell. But, Murray seems to definitely in trouble at this time. Maybe she has too much mud on tennis shoes of hers.

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