A look back at the campaign by the campaign of Lynda Wilson, 17th Legislative District Representative (R) on her defeat of the incumbent Democrat, Monica Stonier.
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A look back at the campaign by the campaign of Lynda Wilson, 17th Legislative District Representative (R) on her defeat of the incumbent Democrat, Monica Stonier.
I was pleased to read of the dedication this past Saturday of the POW/MIA Memorial at the Armed Forces Reserve Center on Fourth Plain. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend.
I was able to not only attend the POW/MIA recognition ceremonies in 2011, but to tape the speaker as well, former WWII POW Dale Bowlin, who also spoke this past Saturday, video below.
Sorry about background noise, but he was speaking very close to the freeway that day.
Clark County Republican Party Chair Lynda Wilson will resign as Chair of the party effective January 31, according to a press release from the party issued earlier this morning. Wilson plans to focus her attention and energy on her upcoming campaign for the 17th Legislative District seat currently held by Democrat Monica Stonier.
In a letter addressed to the Executive Board, Wilson praised the party for their efforts and gains over the past year, citing their fund raising and technical future of the party.
Vice-Chair Steven Nelson, in accordance with the newly adopted party by-laws will be contacting PCO’s to schedule a special meeting where a new party chair will be selected.
State Senator Don Benton, 17th Legislative District has issued a Press Release announcing he will submit a constitutional amendment based on the Initiative 1185 law approved in November’s general election, voters 5th time saying we want a 2/3 majority requirement to raise our taxes.
For Release For Interviews Contact:
Jan. 4, 2013 Sen. Don Benton (360) 786-7632
Let people decide whether to make 2/3 tax-vote rule permanent, says Benton
Clark County’s senior legislator will propose constitutional amendment based on Initiative 1185
I haven’t received the email from the Elections Department yet, but the Columbian is now saying the recount shows 17th Legislative District Senator Don Benton retains his seat by 74 votes. Tim Probst and the Democrats have lost, in spite of running one of the most expensive and sleazy campaigns I can recall in their effort to unseat Don.
Yes Don, we’re with you. We know of the negative hype Tim Probst is well known for and reject it.
Democrat Tim Probst, hoping to unseat Republican Senator Don Benton in Washington State’s 17th Legislative District always puffs out his chest, boasting of how he adheres to the ‘Clean Campaign Pledge,’ but he only recently denounced any of the negative attacks ads sent out on his behalf and only after being goaded into it. The Clean Campaign Pledge he boasts of signing calls for signatories to denounce such negative campaigning.
This blog recently revealed that Democrats have set $85,000 towards negative attacks on behalf of Tim Probst and likely Monica Stonier too, another Democrat hoping to finally get a seat in the legislature. Stonier previously showed she is more than willing to attack than discuss issues, but she still lost, voters seeing through her smoke screen.
With such a large amount of money being dedicated this late in the campaign, you can expect to see more of what follows flooding mail boxes soon on behalf of both or either Probst or Stonier.
In his first bid for office, opponent Joseph James was attacked not over any issue, but his profession, owning a dog grooming business, labeling James a “Show Dog.”
In spite of what fringe leftist try to claim, it is well known in Clark County that the newspaper of record, the Columbian has earned the reputation of also being known as the unofficial daily newsletter of the Democrat Party. Nowhere is this seen any better than in their Political Endorsements.
Every election, while a few token Republicans earn their endorsement, by and large the bulk go to Democrats, any Democrat in some cases even though the paper admits the Republican is the better candidate. Their reasoning given with some endorsements is not only inconsistent, but borders on outright hypocrisy.
Case in point is their 2012 endorsement in the general election for County Commissioner. Two districts are up for election and in both the primary and general election, they chose an all Democrat field. When their chosen Democrat did not win in our top-two primary, they still chose the Democrat, even though one claims to be a Republican still.
Longtime Democrat party activist, operative and pollster Pat Caddell recently stated, “The Press is the ‘enemy of the American people’” in a speech given at an Accuracy in Media event. Of course, he is addressing the media’s reluctance, or more accurately, their refusal to publish much about the ongoing scandals regarding the Obama Administration.
But his point goes much further if we look towards the heavy bias often seen in our own local paper, the Columbian, or as many see it, the “unofficial daily newsletter for the Democrat Party” and their coverage of local and state politics.
The bias is evidenced in their creation of controversies where none really exists as well as what can only be described as pure hate of certain elected officials, Republicans of course.
Once again we see the Columbian taking something and blowing into a full blown scandal even though there actually is nothing really wrong. We saw this same creating a controversy previously as an elderly Democrat couple receiving a campaign letter seeking donations and disguised as a poll became offended and the paper created a huge scandal, Podunk Reporter Creates Issue, Boasts of Resolution.
Democrats have long been known for their ‘win at any cost’ strategies and tactics. Our National and Gubernatorial elections have been seen rampant with dirty tricks, apparent fraud, deceitful claims and more.
It is also well known that Washington State Democrats have long wanted to take over the seat of State Senator Don Benton in the 17th Legislative District and flip the house seats back to their party. To that end now we see even more underhanded campaign tactics to include attacking Republican Julie Olson running for the open seat and being challenged for the seat by Democrat Monica Stonier, who has shown how desperate she is for public office in the past 2 years.
To that end, a Republican PCO residing in the 17th recently received was alleged to her to be an “Opinion Poll” from the 702 area code in Clark County, Nevada. The “poll” began with a few questions on the presidential race, and then quickly turned into a slam session against both Senator Benton and Julie Olson, as you can hear below.
Tim Probst, Democrat challenger hoping to unseat 4 time Republican Senator from Washington State’s 17th Legislative District is showing signs of realizing his chances of doing so are becoming increasingly dismal. Such realization seems to drive Probst to further violate the very “Clean Campaign Pledge” he boasted of signing and previously used to hammer Senator Benton over the head with.
This blog previously showed that Probst is known for such campaign tactics at Where Did Tim Probst’s Pledge of a “Clean Campaign” go?
What has to be desperation on Probst’s part, he seems to know have doubled down on such dirty campaign tactics.
Probst, violating his previous pledge against mudslinging, after declining to meet Senator Benton for an open debate on issues, unless the venue is in his favor, has opened up a “Fact Checking Don Benton” page on his website.
As we have seen previously, when Democrats decide to “fact Check” their opponents, “facts” are likely to be the last thing you will find. Tim Probst so called “Fact Check” page is no different.
Tim Probst, hoping to unseat 4-time Senator Don Benton has been making a lot of noise, slamming Senator Benton and raising malicious claims, the same tired old malicious claims raised election after election against Senator Benton. Democrats seem to hope that now, boyish faced Probst can make the allegations stick and impress voters in the 17th Legislative District he is the better candidate to represent them.
Issues seem to allude Probst in his usual negative campaigning, not even taking a public stance on the largest issues affecting Southwest Washington, the CRC & Portland, Oregon’s financially plagues light rail being forced into Clark County.
Stepping back and looking reveals what every voter needs to see, that Tim Probst is not who they need for State Senator in the 17th.
Tim shows this now as after all of his negative campaigning, in violation of the very ‘Clean Campaign Pledge’ he made a fuss over his signing, he will not even meet Senator Benton for a live debate, moderated by former 18th Legislative District State Senator, Joe Zarelli to be hosted on Couv.com.
There is little doubt that the State Senate race in the 17th Legislative District is one of them, if not the hottest race in the state this election. It is no secret that Democrats have long sought to see Senator Don Benton, elected to the Senate 4 times now, ousted and a Democrat take his place.
Tim Probst, Representative for position 1 in the 17th was enticed to leave his fairly safe House seat and take on Benton, a hard charging and very effective Senator, even though he has been in the minority party his entire time in the Senate.
Evidence of the urgency for the Democrats to defeat Senator Benton comes from several areas, but one of the best would be the words from a Democrat candidate for the State Senate running against Senator Ann Rivers, Ralph Schmidt, who openly says he realizes he has no chance of winning.
Schmidt told the Columbian,
“I actually don’t have a lot of money. The party is supporting me some, but mostly the 17th (District) is like a vortex sucking up all the time and money, because that’s where the competitive races are.”
Tim Probst, stepping away from his 17th Legislative District Representative seat in an effort to unseat 4 time State Senator Don Benton has been showing his true nature this campaign, not taking a position on the single most important issue facing Clark County, distancing himself from mud slung on his behalf while not denouncing or disagreeing with it and making untrue claims about Senator Benton.
It now appears that boyish faced Democrat Tim Probst gets to add a Public Disclosure Commission to the list of un-qualifiers.
Most PDC complaints amount to little, but this one, filed due to his campaign acceptance of illegal contributions and condoning untruthful campaign claims may grow some teeth.
For some time now, Probst has tried to smear Senator Benton over his not yet signing the League of Women Voters Clean Campaign Pledge. Yet, as previously shown here, Probst does not adhere to the pledge he signed himself.
It has been the desire of the Democrats in Washington State to oust very effective 4-term State Senator, Don Benton, a Republican serving in the 17th Legislative District. In fact, he has been their target for several years and with the willing assistance of the Columbian, the local ‘newspaper’ that is actually more like the unofficial daily newsletter for the Democrat Party, Democrats feel the time is ripe to accomplish their goal.
They have pinned their hopes on 17th Legislative District Representative, Tim Probst, who by all appearances has been very carefully groomed by party leaders to something he is not to appeal to the conservative voters in the 17th District.
Probst, who will be leaving his 2nd term in the legislature, has been very coy ever since first winning the seat in 2008. He makes the claim, “Tim has fought spending, debt, and taxes for years.”
By all outward appearance, his voting record reflects his claim. But, I must ask if he really does stand against his party’s policies as he claims, why do they so strongly support him in his campaign and not treat him as they did Senators Tim Sheldon, Jim Kastama and Rodney Tom when they sided with Republicans earlier this year in what was called “The “9th Order” maneuver on the budget?
Announced on Mike Appel’s facebook page and campaign page this evening;
As they say, “All good things must come to an end”, along with “Timing is everything” — the timing says that it is time to “suspend” my campaign, and bring it to a quick and merciful end before any more time, money or energy is unnecessarily expended. I currently don’t see a clear path to victory due to a lack of sufficient funds to run a victorious campaign. Had there been a more level playing field to start out on, this campaign may have been able to take flight and soar, but sadly it was not to be… Maybe next time! I will proportionally be returning the unspent donations to my donors (thank you all so much for your generosity!!!)
I wish to thank all of my supporters, and count you all as friends.
former Candidate for WA State Rep
I hope to see Mike stay active in local politics and keep adding his voice for a better Washington State.
Now that we see 17th Legislative District Representative Tim Probst feeling he is ready to tackle and entrenched incumbent for a State Senate seat, his seat in the House will be an open seat that the Democrats surely will want to retain with another person. Should Tim lose the Senate race, which is likely, he will not be allowed to just return to his House seat.
The 17th now has a Republican Senator, Don Benton who has won the seat 4 times now and Paul Harris, also a Republican holding down position 2, running for a second term.
Republicans have Mike Appel and Julie Olson, both of whom announced their intent to run against Probst prior to his coming out on his bid against Benton.
Knowing that the Democrats will not want to lose the seat held now by Probst, it would be expected that they recruit a strong candidate to run in his place. All indications at this time is that is not what they have planned and are trying to recruit Monica Stonier, who lost to Republican Paul Harris in the 2010 elections by nearly 7 percentage points and who we last heard of, was trying to relocate her residence to qualify to try to be appointed to replace Democrat Jim Jacks, who abruptly abandoned constituents due to scandal in 2011 in the 49th Legislative District.
The Columbian endorsed her campaign in the 2010 General Election, but did not in the primary election that year citing they “were — and remain — worried about her close ties to the teachers union.” She still lost.
Looks like Democrats feel their years long bashing of Republican State Senator Don Benton, with the willing assistance of the Columbian, is ready for the pay off, with Democrat Representative Tim Probst announcing a run against Benton.
While there are no guarantees in politics, Benton has a strong record of holding his seat, which may come as a surprise to 49th district Rep. Jim Moeller who chimed in,
“Benton won by only 1% (I’m sure you will look it up and give us the official figure, Lew) last time against a complete unknown and untested candidate! Take the senate seat of the 17th back from the Republicans!”
I felt no need to give exact numbers to Jim in the Columbian comments, in part because I hate to see a grown man cry. But, his assessment of the results are a tad low. In four elections for the Senate and one for the House, Don Benton won with,
Don Benton 29,426 51.08% 29,426
David Carrier 28,111 48.80% 28,111
Difference of 2.28% 1,315 votes
Paul Waadevig 23,193 43.96%
Don Benton 29,563 56.04%
Difference of 12.08% 6,370 votes
Lou Peterson 26028 46.9%
Don Benton 29436 53.1%
Difference of 6.2% 3,435 Votes
Shirley A. Galloway 23,513 49.04%
Don Benton 24,430 50.96%
Difference of 1.92% 917 Votes
Jim Davis 14,099 44.07%
Don Benton 17,893 55.93%
Difference of 11.86% 3,794 Votes
No doubt Monica Stonier received a good dose of political fever when she was selected as a delegate to the 2008 Democratic Convention in Denver that cemented the nomination and eventual election of Barack Obama to the highest seat in the land, the presidency.
So much so that she seems to feel ready to move from middle school teacher and union representative to state legislator in the 17th legislative district, position two seat being vacated by Democrat, Deb Wallace.
She received a place in the top two primary by defeating fellow Democrat Martin Hash, but unfortunately, the number of votes cast for both still came well short of those collected by Republican Paul Harris by nearly 3,000 votes.
From her page at Organizing for America to her lackluster speech given before a half empty room at the 2010 Washington State Democratic Convention, Monica shows herself to be just another Progressive trying to sound a bit conservative like Tim Probst has.
She gained the endorsement of the Columbian in the general election, after not receiving it in the primary due to “several blunders by her opponent during the campaign,” not due to her merit or accomplishments. Of the endorsement the Columbian also said, “The Columbian did not endorse Stonier in the primary because we were — and remain — worried about her close ties to the teachers union,” as well we all should be, given the influence of public unions and the current economic morass we remain in.
In typical Progressive fashion and possibly seeing her chances of winning not all that great, she has sent out a campaign flyer late in the race presumably in an attempt to pull some sort of ‘October Surprise’ by going completely negative on her opponent, prompting the Harris campaign to send out the following,
“A vast number of attack ads were mailed all over the 17th District on Friday. These ads, paid for by the Elect Monica Stonier Campaign slandered Paul Harris as a tax-cheat, a criminal and as one currently in violation of ethics laws. Here’s the full story:
A Criminal?: Six years ago, one of Paul’s employees poured some paint down a public drain and unknowingly committed an ecological infraction. Paul took responsibility for the accident and paid the fine. No, he did not pawn off his responsibility and fire the employee. Accidents are accidents.
In her dirty attack ad, Stonier tries to clothe this as Paul deliberately polluting because … because he hate water or something? Beats us. If that sounds ridiculous, it’s because it is.
A Tax-cheat?: Paul purchased a truck to use at his business and operated it in Oregon for years. (All this business stuff is hard for liberals to understand). When Paul closed that shop, he brought equipment back across the river, completely forgetting that his truck needed to be re-registered. Once notified, Paul did so immediately. He was never fined.
When asked how she will fix our budget, Stonier refers to the “10 million” dollars in reciprocal taxes for car tabs that are lost on these “tax-cheats” like Paul. While 10 million dollars would help, it’d hardly put a dent in the 3 billion dollars Stonier supports in additional spending. The saddest part is how insincere this political jab at Paul is. People ask for real answers to a real problem and all she can think to do is jab with this petty car tab issue.
An Ethics Violator?: The third accusation claims Paul is currently violating some sort of ethics laws. There was no reference for the slanderous claim. Stonier just made up an accusation and mailed it to tens of thousands of people. Paul isn’t even an elected official; can he break ethics laws? If so, which laws, and how did he break them?
It’s sad that a first time candidate wants to go negative like this, but when you’re wrong on the issues … what else can you do?”
I would hope Monica Stonier teaches her students better than such negative attacks to try to get ahead.
But, what of those “issues?” A look at her issues page reveals stands of, “I will not raise taxes. I will fight for fully funding education by cutting spending elsewhere” and “Our newest education legislation has promise but needs work. Our teachers and parents need a voice in this process.”
For a little insight into this “newest education legislation,” I refer you to Bob Dean, former candidate for the 18th legislative district who has taught school for many years and dropped out to devote more time to that endeavor as he explains some of our Common Core Standards recently adopted.
Somehow we are also supposed to believe that even though she is a strong teachers union supporter, if sent to Olympia, her advocacy will not be for the teachers union, which never seems to have enough of our tax dollars for “improvements” that seem to return every year.
Monica did raise a small fuss after being accused of supporting an income tax in Washington State. She maintains that the income tax is a “union position, not hers.” But, as a union representative and a junior legislator should she win and given that likelihood that even if the majority does not change in Olympia this year, they will undoubtedly lose several seats, would she end up knuckling under to union and party pressure, given the teachers union strong financial backing of the income tax initiative?
It’s real easy to say no during a campaign, but it just might be a lot harder later on. Most likely, the luxury of casting a no vote knowing full well the measure will pass anyways, like Tim Probst has done, will not be there after this election.
Looking at her ideas on Jobs and Health Care, there can be no doubt that tax dollars would have to be used to accomplish what she commits herself to do.
And, since she brought up, where exactly would she cut state spending and how would she convince the rest of the legislators to join her? Vague claims make good copy, but what are her specifics?
It’s little wonder that Monica, as young and lovely as she is, decided to revert to the Democratic playbook of slinging mud and negative attack ads. She claims that seeing Barack Obama inaugurated revealed to her the role she could play in state government and after seeing the negativity and wrong direction Obama and the Democrats have plunged the nation in, we don’t need more union reps or pro-Obama people in Olympia.
My support goes to Paul Harris
Tim Probst double standard is once again on display for the community to see. In 2008 he railed about slinging mud while posting mudslinging posts all over his campaign page. As can be seen below, he eagerly shows a headline of “Peck Continues to Break the Rules,” an article from the Columbian pointing out his opponent, Brian Peck having made some mistakes in his campaign.
The only problem is, up until last evening, Probst himself was “breaking the rules” by posting the article completely and without a hyperlink back to it, a clear violation of copyright rules that bloggers and others are held to.
Clark County Conservative first pointed out this disparity in a previous post Peck, Harris Really Frighten the Columbian in the 17th Legislative District and brought it to the attention of the Columbian editors and Political Writer, Kathie Durbin.
I find it unfathomable that the Columbian had never visited Probst’s website or never noticed that he was infringing on their copyright prior to my contacting them about it yesterday. But, I will grant Probst credit for correcting his own “mistake” of copyright violation.
Likewise, Brian Peck, who clearly bested Probst in the primary election, also corrected mistakes he made, being a novice at politics.
The Columbian though, found it proper to blast Peck in the pages of their newspaper over his making a mistake, while claiming “Probst is mistake-free” in their endorsement of him.
Will they withdraw their “mistake free” claim? Will they publish an article lambasting Probst for making such a huge error in judgment?
Or, since he’s a favored Democrat, will they just sweep such a “mistake” under the rug and adopt an “all is forgiven” attitude?
Aren’t voters entitled to know of such “mistakes” by Probst as well as by Peck?
I will watch and see if the Columbian publishes about Probst’s “mistake” as well as watch and see if Probst comes into copyright compliance on the Reflector and Vancouver Business Journal articles he posts of theirs in violation of copyright law.
Tim, you really ought to clean up your own act before pointing towards others. As has often been said, when you point a finger at someone else you have three pointing back at you.
We’re waiting, Columbian.