Posts tagged ‘3rd Congressional District’

January 1, 2013

Herrera Beutler Votes For the Destruction of America – UPDATED

by lewwaters

Herrera Obama 4Fresh off being reelected to her first term and before retaking the oath of office, 3rd Congressional District Jaime Herrera Beutler once again reached across the aisle to join with 172 Democrats in the house and 84 other RINO’s to approve the hastily passed “compromise” alleged to avoid the “fiscal Cliff.”

Total count was 172 Democrats and 85 RINO’s voted AYE while 151 Republicans and 16 Democrats wisely votes NOE.

This “compromise” will undoubtedly drive us back into deeper recession by adding $4 Trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years, promises $1 in spending cuts for every $41 in tax increases and extends unemployment entitlements for another year, among other provisions.

September 24, 2012

Washington State Democrats Stick Their Finger in Jim Moeller’s Eye (UPDATED)

by lewwaters

It looks like Washington State Democrats and their chair, Dwight Pelz have broken ranks with 49th Legislative District incumbent representative, Jim Moeller and finally come out and endorse the only Democrat to challenge Republican, Jaime Herrera Beutler for her 3rd Congressional District seat.

If readers recall, it was Jim Moeller and his inflated ego who led the effort at the Democrats State Convention to deny Haugen the party endorsement, primarily due to his sensible stance on the Columbia River Project, covered at Why Was Jon Haugen ‘Sanctioned’ By the Democrats?

Now that it appears the wheels just may be falling off of the CRC, the Columbian is reporting State Democrats endorse Haugen — finally where they state,

“Democrats didn’t say exactly what made them decide to now endorse Haugen, but Washington State Democrats’ Chairman Dwight Pelz on Monday called Haugen a ‘strong candidate.’ Pelz also said Democrats ‘will spend the next six weeks working (to) elect Democrats and ensure this election keeps our state moving forward’.”

Left out of the article is that it was Jim Moeller leading the charge to deny Haugen the endorsement, presumably due to Moeller being one of the Columbian’s sweethearts who does no wrong.

August 11, 2012

Does Herrera Beutler Endorse Marc Boldt or Not?

by lewwaters

It was just this past May when Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler raised a few eyebrows around her district over a comment she made and reported in the May 4, 2012 Columbian, the unofficial daily newsletter of the CRC and Democrat Party, that she intended to endorse both incumbent County Commissioners up for reelection, Republican Tom Mielke and alleged Republican Marc Boldt.

Considering that Commissioner Boldt has been sanctioned in November 2011 by the Clark County Republican Party for abandoning the party platform, turning his back on constituents who elected him and began siding with Democrat Steve Stuart, even to the point of saying “nothing would get done if he didn’t compromise with Stuart,” Herrera Beutler began catching flak, just as she predicted she would.

One such example was an open letter written to her by Carolyn Schultz-Rathbun with a copy posted on her blog, Cry Beloved Country.

July 23, 2012

Elmer Fudd for 3rd Congressional District

by lewwaters

I find it unbelievable that we in the 3rd Congressional District still cannot find a good conservative candidate to run. Democrats and a RINO have held the seat for far too long.

Democrat Brian Baird held the seat comfortably for several years with no challenger coming close to defeating him.

That seemed to change in 2010 when then chair of the Clark County GOP Ryan Hart requested I find out what I could about an Olympia area Republican stepping up to run against him and begin blogging in support of him. I met David Castillo shortly after and saw that we finally had a strong conservative with impeccable experience who was willing to step up and confront Baird.

Whether or not he could have defeated Baird became academic when Baird announced he was not going to run for reelection in 2010.

December 28, 2011

Redistricting Maps Show Big Changes

by lewwaters

From the Tacoma Tribune, “The new 10th District is centered on Olympia, includes some of Pierce County and reaches up into Shelton. It has no incumbent living in it and is divided between Republican and Democratic leaning areas.”

It appears the 3rd loses much of Thurston County and gains all of Klickitat County, making it more of a Republican district, which will help Jaime Herrera Beutler, who so far faces no significant challenge for reelection.

February 16, 2011

Damn the Taxpayers, Full Speed Ahead on a Wasteful Bridge Project

by lewwaters

The country is near broke, teetering on bankruptcy with the highest deficits and debt in our history, the state is struggling to find ways to fill a multi-Billion dollar budget gap and somehow, Obama finds some $400,000,000.00 to pledge to replace a perfectly good bridge across the Columbia River that will include extending Portland, Oregon’s loot rail over to us, whether we voters and taxpayers want it or not.

Vancouver’s mayor, Tim Leavitt, who sold out the voters with his lies that he would oppose adding tolls to any bridge project states, “This isn’t a piecemeal project. You do not build a bridge without light rail and without a local financing piece. This is all or none,” concerning Portland’s refusal to cover their portion of the bridge project unless we in Clark County submit to blackmail to bail out financially bankrupt Tri-Met and Max Rail in Portland by extending it across state lines in Clark County and add tolls to cross the bridge to get to their filthy city.

Of course, if Leavitt wasn’t such a wuss, he would stand up to Portland’s sweetie pie mayor Sam Adams. But as we saw last year, in the now internationally famous ‘gavel down’ incident of city council member Jeanne Harris, he can’t even stand up to a little woman.

No, it’s easier to lie to voters to get elected and continue raping taxpayers any way imaginable to fund whatever whim comes cross his desk.

February 5, 2011

Herrera-Beutler Takes a Stand on Mega-Casino. Squarely on the Fence

by lewwaters

Residents of Clark County seem to be pretty much evenly divided over plans and approval given for the Cowlitz Tribe to build their $510 million mega-casino near La Center, in the north end of the County Local governments and some groups are appealing the Cowlitz decision.

The casino has been a thorn in the communities’ side for some time, with the Cowlitz Tribe hoping to win approval and begin construction in 2012 sometime.

Neither side debating the casino has given an inch and each has their reasons for their stand.

My friend and fellow blogger at Clark County Politics and Jaime Herrera Watch is one who opposes the casino, with good reason. As a man with ties to political expertise, he has been wondering how our newly elected congressional representative, Jaime Herrera Beutler stands on the casino, what with her reputation for not taking strong stands on issues in her short political career.

Question for our esteemed congress-critter: the campaign is over…. has McMorris given you your position on the mega casino yet?

October 15, 2010

How Best To Improve Education in America

by lewwaters

At the Wednesday October 13 debates held in Longview, candidate were asked the following question, “Almost all candidates everywhere say they support a better educational system. What particular measures do you support to get us there?”

The answer?

Additional video clips of the debate can be seen at the Daily News

October 12, 2010

Marine Corporal David W. Hedrick Arrested, Pleads Not Guilty to Assault Charge

by lewwaters

Breaking news from the Columbian, the loud mouthed brash GOP candidate known for confronting retiring congressman Brian Baird in Washington State 3rd Congressional District and highly praised by Clark County GOP officials for running such a grand campaign, Marine Corporal David W. Hedrick was arrested from his Camas home early Sunday morning, October 10, 2010 for assaulting his petite wife.

Hedrick, who continually claimed to have “kept my oath” yet never openly discussed his brief career in the U. S. Marine Corps pled Not Guilty to one count of fourth-degree assault domestic violence, that could result in his serving year in jail and a possible $5,000 fine, if convicted.

Hedrick, who has been stumping throughout the 3rd Congressional District for GOP candidate Jaime Herrera, claimed he did not hit his wife, but pushed her to the floor when she tried to strike him with a folding chair.

His petite wife admitted to charging towards him with the chair only after being knocked to the floor by the Marine Corporal.

Hedrick quickly became a favorite candidate of some fringe elements of Tea Party groups from Southwest Washington after reneging on his word to support conservative Republican David Castillo. It rapidly became apparent that his goal was running interference for the establishment candidate that he immediately jumped behind the evening of the primary election.

Supporters of Hedrick’s often smeared Castillo on the comments section of the Columbian claiming he was a violent hothead and he was seen inciting a fight in a Centralia parking lot, some saying Hedrick was present and others claiming he wasn’t.

Hedrick who was shown to have displayed somewhat of a paranoid attitude on concealed carry of a weapon during an interview with Seattle’s alternative media, The Stranger in July, entered his not guilty plea and was released on bond is due to reappear in court for a pre-trial hearing November 2, election day.

Hedrick won praise from the Columbian’s managing editor Lou Brancaccio and was lauded by Clark County GOP chair Ryan Hart as “an asset to any campaign he chooses to support.” Past Clark GOP chair Anna Miller, although claiming to be a strong supporter of his eventual GOP nominee Jaime Herrera, urged Republicans to give Hedrick a “serious look” during the campaign.

Ironically, Hedrick’s review article ran by the Columbian was titled “I like to fight for what I believe.”

After a surprisingly good showing in the primary election, Hedrick quickly got behind former opponent Herrera saying of her, “I like Jaime. I have a lot of respect for her.” He was also quoted at the time saying, ““we need to return to the values that our nation was founded on.”

Respect for his wife is currently questionable and spousal abuse is a “value” I never learned growing up.

A Sheriff’s Department Spokesperson said that possible charges against Hedrick’s much smaller wife were referred to “Clark County Domestic Violence Prosecution Center for review.”

The Herrera campaign has not released comment on the matter or whether or not they will continue to use Hedrick in promoting Ms. Herrera at public events.

Hedrick, known for witty quips during the campaign, has not made any comment to the media when contacted.

I look forward to comment from the former Marine, who never saw a single day combat according to his DD 214, on this, his second marriage.

Hedrick is the second Republican candidate in recent days to face arrest, the first being former 18th Legislative District candidate Anthony Bittner, arrested and charged on multiple felony counts of drugs, home invasion and possible counterfeiting.

Clark County GOP chair Ryan Hart stated in August concerning Hedrick, “He’s passionate with his beliefs. I love his energy and enthusiasm, and we want him to stay involved.”

Party chair Hart might want to reconsider his thought now.

UPDATE: Hedrick was acquitted, February 18, 2011. A jury of 10 felt the prosecution did not make their case, given that for some reason, Hedrick’s wife recanted her story.

June 20, 2010

Choices

by lewwaters

Once again, elections have rolled in on us. Oh, it’s not the all important presidential election, but mid-term elections that for the local community, are just as important. With the burgeoning deficits and ever deepening debt of the city, county and state, this might be one of the most important local elections we will see.

That’s why it is so important that we voters and taxpayers have some good choices in who to elect and that’s what we have this time around, some very good choices in who to select to represent and govern us. Our choices will give us the opportunity to effectively neuter the out of control over spending and taxation we saw this year. Or, continue on ever deeper into the morass of economic decline, increasing unemployment and welfare state.

At the top of the list are Senator Patty Murray, elected 18 years ago and who has voted nearly lock-step with the socialist agenda brought in by the strangely different Democratic Party that used to actually care about hard working middle class blue collar America.

We have 3 choices to finally replace her and bring some sanity back to our Senate, former gubernatorial candidate, Dino Rossi, former football player, super bowl winner and farmer, Clint Didier and a highly successful businessman, Paul Akers. This is the race I just can’t make my mind up on who to support, just knowing that Patty Murray has to go and any on of the 3 could do a better job in representing Washington State and bringing a touch of sanity back to the US Senate.

We also have a highly contested race to replace retiring Brian Baird, another Democrat, in our 3rd Congressional District. Of a multitude of candidates, three stand out as having any chance at all, Democrat Denny Heck and Republicans state legislator Jaime Herrera and Navy Veteran David Castillo, who also has held sub-cabinet level positions in the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Homeland Security.

My choice here is easy as only David Castillo has the well rounded experience we need to join in with others in turning America around. Heck and Herrera just don’t have it, Herrera too often choosing to join in with Democrats in a path that has brought us to where we are and Heck, a Democrat who would follow along that detrimental path.

At the state level we have several offices contested, one of which is the 18th legislative district seat that Jaime Herrera will be leaving, win or lose in her bid for the 3rd Congressional District Race. Hopefuls for that seat are Democrat Dennis Kampe, Independents Richard Carson and Jon T. Haugen along with Republicans Ann Rivers, Jon Russell, Brandon Vick and 18 year-old Anthony Bittner, just beginning a political career.

Since I don’t live in the 18th I really have no top choice, but by nearly all accounts, Ann Rivers stands out ahead of the rest as most likely to win.

We also see the seat in the 17th legislative district, won last election by Democrat Tim Probst challenged by Republican businessman, Brian Peck. Probst is one of those tricky Democrats who campaigned on promise of not voting for tax or spending increases and if you quickly look over his voting record, appears to have kept that promise. I say appears to because if you look closer, you will see that he doesn’t seem to support any alternative ideas put forth and voting no is easy when you know the spending measure will easily pass with the majority being so lopsided.

Then again, some bills he voted for would bring back door spending or tax increases, such as HB 1329, a bill that would have forced childcare centers to belong to a public union if they accepted state funds for low income families.

Peck, on the other hand, as operated a successful business that has won excellence awards 5 years in a row and knows the value of our hard earned tax dollars and how hard it is for us to earn them and support our families. Hands down, Peck would be my choice if I lived in the 17th.

The other seat in the 17th is open, being vacated by retiring Democrat, Deb Wallace. We see Republican Paul Harris, a businessman and former Evergreen school board member filing to run against Democrat Monica Stonier, a middle school teacher.

Both seats in the 49th legislative district currently held by Democrats Jim Moeller and Jim Jacks are being challenged this time. Moeller’s seat is challenged by another very successful businessman with a lot of experience in healthcare, Craig Riley. Jacks, who has proven the words he spoke in his 2008 campaign, “I don’t know how to fix it, I’m no tax expert” as very truthful, is facing Republican Bill Cismar, a Veteran with 3 decades experience in the high-tech field.

With how the Democrats have driven the state economy to the brink of ruin, both Jacks and Moeller voting to do so and since I’m in the 49th district, my choice here is easy to support both Cismar and Riley.

Moving down to more local races, we see County Commissioner Steve Stuart being challenged by Alan Svehaug, a Republican of varied experience, including contracting and teacher of chess and speed learning. Given the performance by Stuart, raising the ire of many in Clark County and having sat down and discussed with Svehaug his ideas on improving and restoring Clark County, Stuart just may see a tough challenge this time around.

A hint to fellow Clark County Commissioners Marc Boldt and Tom Mielke. Just because you’re Republican doesn’t mean your seat is safe in the next election. Both have not been acting all that “Republican” all too often.

Several in the community were upset over the appointment of Bart Hansen to replace Tim Leavitt, who was elected mayor, on the Vancouver City Council, with little or no citizen input heeded. I have watched Bart sitting on the council and his thin-skin and lack of knowledge of the civil rights opposition of the Democratic Party of old concerns me.

Challenging Hansen is John Jenkins and Jack King O’Neal III. O’Neal is a relative unknown, but Jenkins, 56, a retired information technology professional has ran for the seat before and shares many concerns with citizens on the cities purchase of the Columbian Building downtown for a new city hall as well as the council ignoring citizens on forcing light rail from Portland, Oregon upon us against our wishes.

For county assessor, three Republicans and one Democrat are vying to replace Democrat Linda Franklin, retiring due to medical reasons. David Horowitz, a retired certified public accountant, Daniel Weaver another retired CPA and certified appraiser Peter Van Nortwick. Janet Seekins, a Democrat currently with the County Appraisers office, threw her hat in the ring as well.

Given the problems seen in the County Appraisers Office in the last couple years, I think it is time for some new blood and I will be supporting Peter Van Nortwick.

Art Curtis, County Prosecutor is retiring this year so that seat is also up for grabs. Filing to run for the seat is Democrat Tony Golik, Independent George A. Kolin and Republican Brent Boger, of the City Attorney’s Office. As can be expected, Golik, a Democrat, enjoys Prosecutors Union support as he is currently in the Prosecutors Office, which would continue the current problems in the office should he be elected. Kolin is a private attorney from Washougal. I like Boger because he has some new ideas to make the Prosecutors Office more efficient and end some expensive frivolous prosecutions that shouldn’t even be brought to trial.

As you can see there are several races contested this time, only a few being uncontested. We have choices this time around and it is incumbent upon each of us to learn who these candidates are and work hard to elect who we think is the best suited.

We need to get away from just checking next to the familiar name and actually take part in our democratic process by knowing who we vote for and what they stand for.

Our forefathers left us this marvelous system of self governance and as shown above, we have choices this election.

Let’s do as they showed us and become familiar with the best candidates and actively exercise our choices. And, once elected, we must begin holding each and every one of them accountable.

June 15, 2009

Castillo For Congress, 3rd District, Washington State

by lewwaters

David CastilloBrian Baird, move over, you are soon to meet your match in David Castillo, Republican running to unseat you in Washington State’s 3rd Congressional District.

I had the honor of personally meeting David Castillo Saturday, June 13 and having the chance to speak with him personally and get to hear where he stands on issues. Needless to say, I was impressed and believe me, I am a hard one to impress.

David comes from a background, not of privilege, but hard work. He grew up as the only son of a single Mom with 3 sisters. Money was tight, as it was for many of us. His Mom and grandparents taught him the value of hard work, to aspire to better things than accepting or relying on government handouts, that education was key to any success he would find in life and that America is a great nation with great possibilities for those who are willing to work hard.

He learned those lessons well.

He joined the United States Navy in 1986, spending 4 years as an enlisted man with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron SIX in San Diego. As a former United States Army helicopter Crew Chief/Mechanic myself, I can verify the hard work and tedious nature of Helicopters and what an important function they have with our Armed Services.

Receiving an NROTC scholarship in 1989, he attended the University of Washington where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Political Science, moving on to earn his Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.

David is a Veteran of Operation Earnest Will, when President Reagan assigned the United States Navy to escort and protect Kuwaiti Oil Tankers from Iranian attack as they steamed through the Persian Gulf during the Iran/Iraq War on the 1980’s.

A native Washingtonian, born in Centralia, he served various posts in our State Legislature including as Chief of Staff to the House Republican Caucus and as Legislative Assistant. He also served at the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor and was Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs under President Bush.

He recognizes that in today’s world, there exist some extremely evil people who wish only to kill Americans and because of that, we must remain vigilant. To bring normalcy to Afghanistan, he feels we must remain on the offensive, push back the Taliban and that establishing a friendly government is imperative.

David is extremely concerned over the growing threat of nuclear weapons in the hands of Iran and North Korea and their potential to thrust the world into a nuclear war and that Iran’s president Ahmadinejad wants to do just what he says he wants to do – wipe Israel off the map. Continuing sanctions against Iran, insisting on inspectors, and continuing to build up US and Israeli missile defenses is a better defense than the empty platitudes currently being sent, which are ignored.

As China is North Korea’s only real trading partner, they must be encouraged to engage with North Korea in ending their quest for nuclear weaponry.

David supports ending earmarks along with scrapping the current tax system in favor of a more flat tax, of some sort. Lowering corporate taxes and reducing payroll taxes will lead to much needed job creation in our country and Washington State. Fraud, waste, and abuse in the Federal budget must be addressed and ended to bring us back to fiscal sanity.

Don’t forget that current Representative, Brian Baird touts his proposed 72-hour public review period for major spending legislation, yet when the recent stimulus plan was presented to the House with mere hours to review it, Baird voted yes and like others, did not even read it!

And now, we hear Vice President Biden come out and say, “everyone guessed wrong.”

Being a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments, David Castillo wouldn’t necessarily have made a simple “guess” in such an important matter, following every other Republican in the House who voted NO on such a massive bill without any knowledge of what was in it.

David sees that the safety of the citizens is the paramount duty of government and the security of our borders is priority one. Then, we can decide appropriate steps that should be taken in the matter of Illegal immigrants. He has some ideas in dealing with this and is open to listening to any legitimate ideas others may have. But first, “our borders must be secured,” he says.

Asked about more specific steps he would take, Castillo said, “I would consider requiring that all businesses use the E-Verify system. It is free to them and is not labor intensive.”

A man of varied heritage who knows how it is when money is tight and “church and friends were a vital resource,” David Castillo is ready to give Washington States Third Congressional District “A new voice. A voice for people who believe that government is growing too big and taxes are too high. A voice for people who believe that America remains an exceptional country and that our best days lie ahead.”

He would like to “ensure that our children and grandchildren have the same opportunity to succeed that he had; to work to return fiscal sanity and the concept of savings to the US Congress; and to help create a climate in which businesses can thrive, succeed, and grow.”

Washingtonians, please join with me in supporting this fine man in his run for the US Congress. In these troubled times, his is a new voice with sound ideas that can only help keep America safe, prosperous and free.

Support and vote for David Castillo, Washington States Third Congressional District. Donations to his campaign may be made online at the link provided or sent to “Castillo for Congress, PO Box 247, East Olympia, WA 98540.”

Let’s all get behind David Castillo, for the betterment of Washington State and America.

October 12, 2008

No Good Choices In 3rd Congressional District Race

by lewwaters

NOTE: This post addresses the 2008 election, not the current 2010 campaigns.

Elmer Fudd For Congress

Elmer Fudd For Congress

With just 3 weeks left until the November General Election, I had hoped to see a good challenge to Democrat Brian Baird from Michael Delavar, running as a Republican. I previously wrote of my dilemma in who to support in this race in hopes that Michael would see the light and get behind our Troops and their Mission, both in Iraq and Afghanistan in fighting radical Jihadists.

All hopes that he will see the light were dashed yesterday, not so much by Michael, but by supporters of his who have snuck into the Clark County GOP as PCO’s and have shown their intent to follow other Ron Paul Libertarians in a nationwide attempt at taking over the Republican Party.

Visiting Michael’s web page I see that he clings to the Ron Paul notion of abandoning the current fight and outsourcing our defense to mercenaries by using the ridiculous and outmoded Letters of Marque and Reprisal, outlawed by other nations for over a century. With Victory within sight in Iraq, our Troops would be withdrawn and the Iraqi people abandoned, just as the anti-war left Democrats caused with the Viet Nam War, resulting in untold millions of innocent Vietnamese and those who stood up against the Communists to simply disappear.

Getting back to yesterday, October 11, 2008, all newly elected PCO’s were invited to the Clark County GOP Headquarters office in Hazel Dell for a “meet and greet” get together and to receive some instructions on just what the responsibilities of PCO’s are to the party.

Entering the office, the first thing I noticed was several in attendance wearing Michael Delavar T-Shirts and holding campaign signs. Shortly after the meet began, another person entered and the first chance he got, interrupted Party Chair Ryan Hart demanding to know where all the Michael Delavar campaign literature and signs were. Alex, I believe his name was, went on stating the Delavar IS the Republican candidate and his literature should be prominently displayed along with local candidates. While I obviously don’t know for sure, I have every reason to believe this was a pre-planned confrontation.

Michael Delavar did not receive the party endorsement before the primary election and has not received it since he defeated Christine Webb, partly due to his refusal to endorse the GOP ticket for president, Ron Paul being his candidate of choice.

Mr. Hart aptly parried the interruption with word that the Baird/Delavar race is a Federal Race and endorsements would be from the state party level and informing ‘Alex’ that he had just informed all Michael Delavar supporters to visit Michael’s web page for information and updates.

The meet broke up into individual visits and discussions after our responsibilities were outlined with the Michael Delavar supporters in attendance minigling and turning the event into a campaign event for Delavar.

For some reason, perhaps my outspoken opposition to Ron Paul, I felt targeted as 4 Delavar/Paul supporters confronted me one after the other without let up with their rhetoric and Bush-hating message. ‘Alex’ was the last and most vociferous, following the recent call of Democrat Barack Obama of “argue with them, get in their face.”

I don’t respond well to bullying tactics as ‘Alex’ got in my face and leaned in towards me. Feeling something welling up inside of me I haven’t felt since serving in Viet Nam, I abruptly left, rather than knock ‘Alex’ and his infant son he had draped over his shoulder on his ass.

‘Alex’ lost any support I was trying to have for Michael with his pro-Ron Paul lunacy and circular anti-war argument. If Baird weren’t so much of a Pelosi following liberal, I’d vote for him out of spite.

Republicans, wake up. While we are focusing on a National Race to stop the Marxist Obama and his minions from seizing America, we have being infiltrated by Ron Paul followers with their hidden anti-war agenda and desire to take over the GOP with the Libertarian view.

I stumbled across an entry in a Ron Paul forum from Michigan that was posted earlier this year. The title, “Take Over the GOP! Join the Republican Liberty Caucus, Ron Paul is a Member!” speaks volumes to me. Within that post, we read,

“We attend GOP events to cultivate relationships within the Republican Party and identify like-minded party members. We also work with single-issue groups and combine forces to pursue mutual interest. Essentially, our mission is nothing short of changing the GOP’s political culture to one rooted in libertarian ideals.”

And,

“I know many of you probably are concerned that, by joining the Republicans you will be assimilated to the point where you may have to sacrifice your principles and beliefs. That is why I urge you to join us because we operate, although within the GOP, completely independent of the party’s leadership. None of our funds go to the Republican National Committee because we are well aware that their agenda is to elect people and not necessarily promote the ideals of liberty and freedom.”

Twenty four pages of comments and replies are very telling on their true intent.

Michael Delavar prominently displays the endorsement of this “Republican Liberty Caucus” on his web page.

On the Mainstream Libertarians web page are instructions on becoming Precinct Committeemen and obtaining lower level offices to build the “movement” from.

Also telling is a post by Eric Dondero, considered a traitor to the Libertarian Ron Paul Revolution by faithful followers of RP, outlining discovery of a restricted web site for RP followers use earlier in the year by Washington States own Sound Politics and instructions on “assimilating” to the GOP as they infiltrate our party.

As we know, Ron Paul failed in all attempts to win the nomination, but his movement, they call it a Revolution, has not ceased. In fact, they claim they “have only just begun.”

This ‘Ronulan,’ or as I prefer to call it, ‘Paulistinian,’ movement has taken on cult-like status. As seen in ‘Alex’ yesterday, speaking against RP is considered ‘blasphemy’ and met with tempestuous confrontation, in your face arguing and yes, shouting down your view along with ridicule of your views, even if a War Veteran, as I am.

What could I possibly know about War, right? I didn’t read the books or fall for the Paulistinian movement; I only served in the war.

As any Right Wing blogger can tell you, any posts revealing or opposing Ron Paul during this elongated campaign season has been met with your blog being deluged with angry Paulistinians “correcting” you and “setting you straight.” It has been and continues to be a well-organized ‘putsch’ from within the GOP by anti-war elements that seek to undermine our country during war and blaming terrorist attacks on America over the radical Jihadists themselves.

In June 2008, Brian Iannucci wrote “Why the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) is not Republican” at TownHall. He further reveals where they lack true Republicanism and conservative ideals.

I was hoping to see a good conservative Republican challenge Baird this year, but it doesn’t appear so. Baird with his liberalism won’t receive my vote, nor will Delavar with his anti-war libertarian pro Ron Paul rhetoric.

I guess I’ll just write in Elmer Fudd!

September 14, 2008

GOP “Shunning” Delavar?

by lewwaters
Michel Delavar

Michel Delavar

While I have been laid up dealing with the onslaught of Bell’s Palsy, it would appear that Michael Delavar has picked up somewhat of an admirer in the Columbian’s Kathy Durbin. On Friday, September 11, she devoted two posts to Michael, here and here.

I can’t say she shouldn’t, Michael is a nice and likeable person, having met with him and talked face to face now. I even like him personally, I just have issues with his stance on fighting terror and keeping the American people safe.

After our somewhat contentious exchange through email weeks ago, I have to admit that getting the chance to meet him and having the brief discussion we had was a pleasure.

I do feel he tried to pigeonhole me a little when he asked if I were prepared for a Religious War, but seemed taken aback somewhat with my reply, “do we have a choice?”

Continuing, I explained that they have been coming after us for some time now and it isn’t because of our dealings overseas, it is because they genuinely dislike Western Culture in their misguided interpretation of the Islamic Holy Book, the Qu’Ran.

We saw this in history with many misguided interpretations of our own Holy Scripture and for the most part, have corrected much of it, at least to where incidents like the Salem Witch Hunts and the Inquisitions wouldn’t occur today.

Still, Michael did admit that when attacked, we should respond with “overwhelming force,” a step in the right direction towards keeping America safe, I feel away from any ill-fated notion of hiring mercenaries to fight for us.

Ms. Durbin seems perplexed as to why the Clark County GOP hasn’t endorsed Michael and states it is because he won’t support John McCain, Sarah Palin ticket, the GOP nominee for president. She laments how the party backed Christine Webb, who I also supported.

Did she forget her own employer, the Columbian in July, endorsed Webb over Delavar as well? At that time, they said,

For conservative voters, Webb offers a solid choice with her pro-McCain presidential views and her anti-tax, limited-government ideas. She drew an endorsement at her party’s state convention. The fourth candidate, Michael Delavar, is trying to seize on the Ron Paul passion that rose but now fizzles among many conservatives.”

As we all now know, Michael defeated Webb and has the spot to challenge Brian Baird in November, a task I hope he is up to, for his own sake. Unseating an experienced incumbent by a novice, while not impossible, won’t be easy to do.

Ms. Durbin claims the party is “shunning” Michael, but from what I witnessed of him interacting with party members a couple weeks ago, while he may not have an official endorsement, he is hardly being shunned.

I don’t claim to speak for the party and have no idea if they will issue an official endorsement, but he would do himself well to shy away from the policies of Ron Paul, if he expects to pick up more conservatives from the 3rd District. Although the Pauliacs had a good showing in the primaries, the general election will most likely be entirely different, with Paul not in the running and encouraging voters to back loose cannon candidates such as Cynthia McKinney.

Personally, I am left in quite a dilemma as who to cast my vote for in November. Baird has seen the light and now supports winning in Iraq and the War on Terror, which garnered him much vitriol from the anti-war left Democrats and which also drew Michael into the race. Like Michael, Baird was opposed to our efforts until a trip to Iraq and meeting with Iraqi’s and the Troops showed him this effort is well worth finishing victoriously.

Otherwise, Baird is a down the line Pelosi following Liberal. Michael is a strong fiscal and social conservative, but misguided, in my opinion, on victory in the war. At this point in time, I have no idea who I will cast my vote for as I see winning this war just as important, even somewhat more so, than many domestic issues.

Michael says,

One of my goals is to meet with businessmen and regular Iraqis and find out what they are dealing with on a daily basis, I also plan to meet with soldiers from the local area.”

I think this is an excellent idea, as long as he doesn’t travel there pre-disposed of the outcome of the trip.

Much like Brian Baird did, Michael just may come to realize what he has been fed by the likes of Paul and the National Media isn’t what is happening and our efforts are well worth finishing in Victory. He may even discover that we have had a definition of Victory all along and he, like many others, just refused to see it.

If Michael returns and realizes just how foolish Ron Paul has been with this notion of Letters of Marque and Reprisal and withdrawing our Troops back within our borders, returning to a failed position of isolationalism, Baird may be facing more of a challenge come November than he thinks.

Michael, go to Iraq with your eyes and mind open. Listen and learn to what, not only Iraqi’s, but our own Brave Troops, who continually volunteer to return have to say.

August 17, 2008

A Message From Christine Webb

by lewwaters

Christine Webb is a late comer to our primary. She filed just under the deadline. But she needs our vote.

She is running against incumbant Brian Baird, challenger from Baird’s own party, Cheryl Crist and Libertarian/Republican, Michael Delavar.

A Message From Christine

Beating an incumbant is very difficult. Baird is firmly entrenched in his seat. Crist labels herself as the “Peace Candidate,” who like Delavar, would abandon yet another struggling ally to their fate, invalidating the Brave sacrifices of of over 4,000 Young Americans.

Delavar and Webb share strong fiscal conservatives views, but of what good will they be if we end up fighting suicide bombers and IED’s on our own streets?

Baird boasts about how he “stood up to President Bush,” but I see nowhere that he stood up to Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.

Delavar has a well financed campaign and has been running some effective campaign ads, citing his fiscal views. Not mentioned is the strong support for and adoption of the views of failed presidential candidate, Ron Paul.

Delavar and Paul advocate outsourcing the defense of our nation to mercenaries under an outdated and banned in Europe for over a century, Letters of Marque and Reprisal.

Webb would depend upon our own strong and well trained all volunteer professional Military for our defense.

Please join me in voting for Christine Webb, candidate for the United States House of Representatives, Washington’s 3rd District, endorsed by the Washington State GOP, 3rd Congressional District, the Columbian, the Chronicle, Human Lifepac, Human Life of Washington, her own kids and more.

August 4, 2008

Not Even At Ten Dollars A Gallon?

by lewwaters

JOIN REPUBLICAN REVOLT IN U.S. HOUSE – TODAY! FOR OIL

It is time to remind Speaker Pelosi and the rest of the Democrats that America belongs to the people, not to elitist from either party that will direct how we live. Government comes from us to them, not them down to us! Please sign the petition demanding Pelosi call back Congress and get our energy matters settled.

Brian Baird joined in neglecting our call for drilling to increase our supply of oil, while we perfect alternative energy.

Brian Baird won’t support the Broadcaster Freedom Act.

Brian Baird doesn’t listen to the People.

It’s time for real change in our representation. It is time for Christine Webb to replace Brian Baird.

UPDATE: House Democrats have no intention of passing any energy solutions, opting to stall until after the November elections, when it is their belief that “Democrats will own Washington D.C.” Says one top House Democrat leadership aid, “There is no crisis on our side of the aisle. We have a plan, and we will stick to it.”

You suffer while they enjoy a 5 week vacation and strategize taking your money. Time to oust these Socialists, isn’t it?

July 25, 2008

Who Is Christine Webb?

by lewwaters
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