Posts tagged ‘Brian Baird’

November 21, 2010

What Has Been Sorely Lacking in the American Government?

by lewwaters

Lt. Col. (ret) Allen West, conservative congressman elect for Florida’s 22nd Congressional District shows exactly what has been absent from Washington D.C. for a very long time. We need more representatives like him and I hope come 2012 we may find one for Washington States 3rd Congressional District.

Cronyism as we saw during the 2010 campaign season in Washington State will never gives us this type of strong representation.

November 15, 2010

Beware the “Hounds of Whinerville”

by lewwaters

John Laird, Columbian Editorial Page Editor known for his vitriolic tirades against most anybody to the right of Karl Marx has again decided it is time to denigrate taxpaying citizens who wish to exercise their freedom to speak out against wasteful programs that stand to bankrupt the citizens of Clark County.

Laird’s latest screed, Balance arrives at public podiums labels those who speak out at public meetings against the notion of an overly expensive and unproven design for a replacement bridge across the Columbia River as,

the Hounds of Whinerville are a leashless confederation of contrarians who could also be described as NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard), CAVE (Citizens Against Virtually Everything) and my personal favorite: BANANA (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything). Make no mistake, their disdain for progress is as vigorous as their contempt for a three-minute timer.” 

The “balance” Laird claims we taxpayers who still believe in citizen rights are up against? Some “members of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce” supposedly “fed up with all the anti-bridge rhetoric from a small but loud group of grumblers” and under the leadership of a Ms. Kelly Parker, the former Kelly Love who, until recently, was a District Director and Senior Congressional Staffer to retiring Democrat Congressman Brian Baird of Washington State 3rd Congressional District, also a supporter of replacing the aging bridge across the Columbia River that for some unexplained reason, MUST be tolled and include extending the light rail line from Portland, Oregon into Clark County.

November 9, 2010

How Nice, Pelosi “Receptive to Republican Ideas”

by lewwaters

In an op-ed piece written for USA Today, disastrous outgoing Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D Ca), after boasting of all they accomplished under her tutelage in 111th Congress, such as massive ongoing unemployment, the two largest deficits in history destroying any semblance of “fiscal discipline,” cramming unwritten legislation down the throats of the American people, denying the opposition party any independent voice and alienating even her own party members, now declares, “As we go forward, we welcome Republican ideas…”

“As we go forward,” Mrs. Pelosi?

Remember what retiring fellow Democrat Brian Baird said about Mrs. Pelosi in his book, revealed in the Wall Street Journal op-ed, Requiem for the Pelosi Democrats

“It’s been an authoritarian, closed leadership.”

And, that fiscal responsibility she boasts about? “Now we’re authorizing programs for three years instead of five in an attempt to pretend we’re saving money.”

And, that healthcare reform she’s so proud of? “What the hell were we doing voting on this?”

Most telling, I believe, is when Baird said, “Democrats will also have to recognize why they lost touch with voters.”

Not only that, maybe he and the other Democrats left can help the old crone Pelosi “recognize she has lost touch with reality.”

Mrs. Pelosi is in no position to state, “As we go forward, we welcome Republican ideas,” since with the 112th Congress, she will no longer be the Speaker of the House and if many Democrats have it their way, her “authoritarian, closed leadership” will ensure she does not have any position of leadership in her party.

Perhaps she didn’t receive the memo sent out by voters across America November 2, 2010.

Mrs. Pelosi, you lost!

October 31, 2010

Now You Speak Up, Congressman Baird?

by lewwaters

Brian Baird, Democrat congressman in Washington’s 3rd congressional district decided to hang it up and retire after this term, his 6th. For nearly all of his 12 years allegedly representing us in the 3rd C.D., he remained mostly loyal to his party, especially since Democrats seized control in the 2006 elections and Nancy Pelosi began her reign as Speaker of the House.

Baird is following in the footsteps of many who went before him. He wrote a book about his time in office, “Character, Politics and Responsibility: Restarting the Heart of the American Republic.”

Baird, well known for “official” congressional trips to exotic locales takes some pretty controversial stands in his book.

August 19, 2010

An Open Question For Washington State GOP Chair, Luke Esser

by lewwaters

In a Thursday, August 19, 2010 Columbian article, WSRP Chair Luke Esser says, “I am supremely confident we will unite to win the 3rd Congressional District this year. We thought we had a strong chance even before Brian Baird announced his retirement.”

How exactly does Luke Esser believe that was possible? The only candidate of merit prior to the time Brian Baird announced retirement was David Castillo, who the party allowed to be slandered, attacked and smeared by supporters of other Republican candidates who came on later.

Just how did the WSRP have such a “strong chance” of winning the 3rd Congressional District seat before Congressman Baird announced he was retiring, Luke?

http://www.columbian.com/news/2010/aug/19/heck-herrera-come-out-swinging/

August 9, 2010

Strange Things Going On In the 3rd Congressional District Race

by lewwaters

It’s been a very heated competition for the nominations for the top two in our primary election this year. Probably the most heated I can recall, getting very nasty actually.

Oh, the Democrats are off the hook this year as there is little doubt that their candidate, Denny Heck, will easily win one of the coveted slots. It’s the Republicans that have gotten down and dirty with supporters of the candidates at times seeming ready to come to blows and dirty tricks galore.

We have 3 candidates running, David Castillo, Jamie Herrera and YouTube figure, David W. Hedrick, known for his bombastic confrontation against Brian Baird lasting some 3 minutes almost a year ago.

Herrera leads in the funds raised. Castillo outshines all in endorsements received, including every major newspaper that covers the 3rd Congressional District and makes primary endorsements. Hedrick has remained dragging the rear while making some noise, but basically going nowhere, gaining only some fringe support.

All that seemed to change suddenly, very suddenly in fact with Hedrick recently touting some poll no one has ever heard of showing him out in front of Herrera and with Castillo so far down it would be physically impossible for him to make up the difference in time for the August 17 vote.

Needless to say, eyebrows of people who pay attention were raised as this just seemed far too unlikely.

Further raising many more eyebrows is the vitriolic assaults launched against the supposedly last place candidate, Castillo, by many Hedrick supporters on forums, blogs and in the Columbian’s comments sections.

You may see what I mean by scrolling through comments found HERE and HERE, just for 2.

It is highly unlikely that supporters of a real leading candidate would so vehemently attack and belittle a real last place candidate, while ignoring the third candidate that is supposedly in a statistical tie with that “leading Republican” candidate.

Some light was shed on a possible answer this past Wednesday, August 4 on KPAM 860’s Victoria Taft program, when a caller named ‘Jason’ called in expressing the same disbelief many others have and identified himself as an individual familiar with computer forensics and searching out questionable computer sites for the Attorney General’s office in the past.

Questioning the validity of this poll like many of us have and also being a “poll junky,” he looked closely at the poll and saw, amongst several red flags, just how unreliable their methodology was in that it is an internet poll with no safeguards to prevent selectees of the poll from sending the link on to others to participate in.

He laid out the steps he took in discovering an unlikely coincidence in that the polls host site and domain registrar were shared by FreedomsAnswer.com, a company whose sole ownership is listed as belonging to Washington 3rd Congressional District Candidate, David W. Hedrick.

Realizing that although an unlikely coincidence, it was still possible, he looked a bit deeper and was shocked to discover that the IP address of the poll was on the same block as the sites owned by Hedrick.

You can read the full report ‘Jason’ wrote HERE

Admittedly, I am no computer sleuth or techie sort. All of that goes right over my head, much as it does most others today. But to those who dabble in such computer research, it makes complete sense. Therefore, I had the full 7-page report reviewed by a person I am acquainted with online who does understand such computer lingo.

In confirming the data ‘Jason’ revealed, he said,

“The most DAMNING of all of the data comes in point nine (and ten further.)”

“Most website owners or professional web coders or computer programmers reuse code or professional libraries of code to save production time. Every hour that someone creates a website site or computer program is VERY expensive. Especially in the United States. A library of code is like a bible.”

“And also coding structure usually is similar to the coder who creates it. No one wants to recreate the coding wheel when he has a library of code to use that he has used on previous projects. That shortens website development time. And most of that coding has a fingerprint or coding style within it (as he explains in further detail there) so why does Hedrick’s code look so similar in each of his websites or a piece of masthead, a beginning of a site is so similar?”

In closing, my acquaintance added,

“All I would finally say [is] I would not want to be the damn fool who was associated with this site, whoever coded it or is hosting it. It was a tragic error to do, looks too much like an attempt to smarm or live in some fantasy that one would think David Hedrick is in any way have an ability to be in the leagues with David Castillo or Denny Heck. It looks like a juvenile attempt to make someone look better than they really are.”

Any that choose to read the report ‘Jason’ submitted, I would only hope you have your own computer techie’s review it for themselves and your peace of mind instead of just fuming.

Something just doesn’t add up with this campaign and it stinks to high heaven.

As I’ve said before, it isn’t unusual for a newspaper to make an endorsement and get it wrong, not endorsing who the people over all vote for. It is highly unusual that four major newspapers of different ideological, political, regional and historical backgrounds from within the same congressional district to agree on one candidate and that candidate be polled dead last in any legitimate poll.

Add to that the vitriol thrown at David Castillo by supporters of David Hedrick, who proclaims in ads that he is “the leading Republican” in the race, while completely ignoring Jaime Herrera, although she is in a statistical tie for the nomination Hedrick claims is his, just doesn’t make sense.

Something very strange is definitely going on in the race to replace retiring Brian Baird in the 3rd Congressional District.

And, it stinks!

UPDATE: The Columbian’s Kathie Durbin also covered this subject at New poll’s validity panned by experts

The Centralia Chronicle also editorialized on it, Our Views: Hedrick Shouldn’t Push Questionable Poll where they said,

Why should we care whether the poll is accurate and/or credible?

Many people don’t want to “waste” their vote. Dyed-in-the-wool Republicans don’t want to see their candidate beaten in the general election. They’ll often go with who could win come November. If Hedrick shows such promise now, it certainly helps sway more votes his way.

Hedrick said, “It’s not my job to vet polls. I don’t have time to study them.” Is that how he would conduct himself in Washington, D.C.?

Sorry, paid site, no link available.

August 4, 2010

David Hedrick said, “I Kept My Oath.” Just Exactly How, David?

by lewwaters

David Hedrick has released his first radio ad for our market and I must say, it sounds pretty good, very professionally done. I’m sure the 30 second spot will resonate well with those who support him.

If you haven’t heard the ad, you may listen to it on his You Tube page HERE.

Listening to the ad made me think some. There were some questions I recall from his words that remain unanswered. The first occurs early in the ad where he plays the recorded blast he said to Brian Baird at the August 18, 2009 town hall, “I kept my oath, do you ever intend to keep yours?”

If you recall, this was preceded by his declaration of, “I’m a disabled former Marine,” automatically endearing many of us to him, assuming he “took one for us” fighting terrorists, since the War on Terror had been going on for some 7 years by then. We all gained instant respect for the young “disabled former Marine.”

Our assumptions in this regard seem to be quite a bit less than accurate, though. Oh, I believe he served in the Marines at one time, but my first face to face meeting with him left me with a sour taste and a huge red flag raised as to our assumptions.

In February 2010 I met him face to face for the first time, previous emails not being answered. I asked him straight out, since many people had contacted me asking about his disability knowing we live in the same general vicinity, “just what is your disability?” Wearing my usual Viet Nam Veteran hat I wear and in spoken word, I let him know I was asking, “Veteran to Veteran.”

His reply floored me as he said, “I have a back injury (not wound) that I got in a classified mission.” Inquiring a bit further, he replied it “was one of those we were where we were not supposed be type of things.”

Most every Veteran will tell you that such claims are almost always pure bunk!

Weeks later I was at a forum for 3rd CD candidates hosted by the Clark County Republican Women and again, he stood before the audience stating the same thing, “injured on a classified mission.”

At the time, Afghanistan Veteran and candidate Chris Boyd was still running in the race and the look on is face at hearing the claim was one of complete incredulousness, knowing as I do, that such claims are almost every time bogus.

Later on, I asked and received a confirmation from the Columbian’s Kathie Durbin that he made the claim to the editorial board in an interview with the Columbian’s editors.

In spite of the claims of being “Marine Corporal” all over his campaign literature and several more of being “disabled Marine,” his web page makes no mention of his actual service, deployments, training, dates entered and left or honors received, as most other Veterans do, especially those seeking public office and running on their Military Service, other than the very first paragraph on his About Me Page, “David served in the United States Marine Corps as an infantry Non-Commissioned Officer. Since he is a disabled Veteran, he can no longer defend our freedom as an active member of the armed forces, but he can protect our freedoms by serving in the United States Congress.”

In a July 24, 2010 Columbian article, David W. Hedrick: ‘I like to fight for what I believe’ we are told, “Hedrick enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1997 at age 18, and spent part of his service as an infantry noncommissioned officer in Asia. He was discharged with a 30 percent disability, the result of an injury to his ankle during basic training at Camp Pendleton and a back injury he won’t discuss.”

In another article first appearing in the July 29, 2010 Centralia Chronicle, From YouTube Sensation to GOP Candidate, David Hedrick Picks Up Last-Minute Donations and Followers, amongst plenty of unspecific platitudes, we are told that he “Served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps..”

If that is accurate, he would have been discharged sometime in 2002, which fits with his My Space Bio Page showing he was enrolled in the Vancouver Campus of Washington State University in 2002. He also claimed remaining for a time in San Diego after discharge, working on the recall of governor Gray Davis, that actually did not play out until a year later when he said he was enrolled in the Vancouver Campus of Washington State University.

It also shows he must have chosen to leave the Marines sometime shortly after the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when the country needed as many qualified Marines as possible to deploy to Afghanistan and fight terrorists. A 30% disability rating isn’t all that severe of an injury, I know of many who have remained in to do their duty in “Keeping their oath’s” that could have qualified for a much more severe rating, especially during times when their country needed them the most.

The actual oath he took, the same one that I took myself says,

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. That I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

Yet, shortly after our country faced the worst foreign attack in our history and Marines were being deployed, Hedrick, for reasons only he knows, chose to leave the Marine Corps.

Hedrick has made his time in the Marine Corps central, indeed the very foundation of his campaign. Yet, he is not very forthcoming about it. His few vague claims made leave many assuming something he might not be entitled to and he provides no clarification.

Campaign for Liberty members, Ron Paul supporters and We the People members might not agree or believe me, their prerogative, but this is not posted as a supporter of an opponent. I post it as a Viet Nam Veteran and concerned voter who has seen far too many instances of politicians propelled into office on claims of undeserved valor they are not entitled to, only to be exposed later to their and their supporters’ embarrassment.

Running for the House of Representatives is not the same as two aging Veterans swapping war stories and one upping each other at the local VFW. It may be a candidate creating an aura of valor that he did not earn.

David W. Hedrick has chosen to run on his service in the U.S. Marine Corps and it is now incumbent upon him to explain to voters, just how is it he “kept his oath.”

We demand an “open and transparent” government with “open and transparent” elected officials.

Shouldn’t we expect “open and transparent” candidates as well?

Tell us all, David, just how did you “Keep your oath?”

We are entitled to know.

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 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 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.

June 29, 2010

House Republican Leader, “Castillo is the Only Choice”

by lewwaters

As the campaigns for Washington’s Third Congressional District build towards our August primary, such a statement issued by Washington State House Republican Leader, Richard DeBoldt is quite amazing, considering that fellow House Republican, Jaime Herrera, is also vying for the seat DeBoldt endorses Olympia businessman and former White House subcabinet-level appointee David Castillo for.

DeBoldt made this statement in a campaign letter sent out on Castillo’s behalf recently. Since he has worked with both Herrera and Castillo, Herrera as a fellow house member and Castillo as the former Chief of Staff to the House Republican Caucus, that he selects Castillo over Herrera, just as the majority of House Republicans have, is very telling in who is best suited to hold this seat back in Washington D.C.

Of Castillo, DeBoldt says,

“David understands that the only way to get our country moving toward prosperity is to return to the common sense, conservative principles that have made this country great. David is not a conservative of convenience. He truly understands that the greatness of America lies in its people, not in government, and he is committed to restoring those principles.”

“As House Republican Leader in the Washington State Legislature, I have worked with David and I can tell you from first-hand experience, David Castillo is the only choice in this race. Only David combines practical real world experience in the private sector, with a keen understanding of government. Not only has David been a business owner, he has also worked at the highest levels of state and federal government. His experience is unmatched in this race.”

“I believe that the 2010 election will be the most important election in my lifetime. Not only is the quality of life for my generation at stake, but the type of country my son and daughter will inherit is at stake as well. I trust their future to David Castillo. I know David to be a man of integrity and character with a unique understanding of the difficult choices that will need to be made to save the America we all love.”

We have a clear conservative choice in this election, and that choice is David Castillo.”

Along these same lines, Brad Shannon, staff writer for the Olympian, while making no endorsement or favoring either candidate, recently wrote,

“Castillo has been the most active in laying out his positions, and he’s used the strongest rhetoric – accusing majority Democrats of socialism. Castillo also has pledged to repeal the national health-reform law and not raise any taxes; he favors Arizona’s new law requiring local police to arrest people in the country illegally.”

“Castillo had hammered at Baird last year on several issues, a tactic he quickly aimed on Heck in January. But in his joint appearance with Herrera, Castillo went after her, too – trying to paint her as the more liberal of the two GOP frontrunners. He told the lunch crowd of Republican moderates including Secretary of State Reed that Herrera, in effect, supported organized labor’s agenda by co-sponsoring a bill in 2009 that let child-care operators unionize.”

In her defense, Shannon wrote,

“Herrera replied that it was legislation that child-care operators in her district asked for; it let the centers bargain for better reimbursements from the state for the care of low-income kids.”

I have to question Herrera’s integrity in continuing to make such a claim on HB 1329 as I posted weeks ago in Herrera Campaigns Attempt At Damage Control, the public record does not agree with her claim. The public record shows unions testifying in support of the bill and child care centers testifying against it. The mandatory portion was modified only by the efforts of Senate Republicans.

If she cannot be straight with voters on that, what else is it she might not be completely honest about?

Denny Heck seems to be trying to buy the seat and David Hedrick’s 15 minutes were up long ago. He also should come forward explaining why he stated publicly his service leading to the disability he claims was “classified.” We Veterans know better. Since he makes his service in the Marine’s central to his campaign, voters deserve the truth from him.

Shannon tells us, “Secretary of State Sam Reed said he thinks it’s important to elect someone who has actually served in a legislative body and made decisions to vote on tough issues,” while Herrera chimed in with, “she would always vote her district’s interests and not cave in to what party leadership might want her to do,” which obviously explains why she abandoned her party to join Democrats in gutting the last $229,000,000 from the states rainy day fund, leaving us nothing in facing yet another $3,000,000,000 budget deficit looming on the horizon.

While Secretary Reed might have a point that electing someone “who has voted on tough issues,” shouldn’t that be someone who can see gutting our emergency funds before our economic troubles are passed leaves us with nothing as we continue struggling and sliding deeper and deeper into economic morass?

It might also be worthwhile to point out that many of Castillo’s endorsements are coming from current legislators who have recently worked with Jaime Herrera and chose Castillo over her.

Castillo has been subjected to some of the silliest and nonsensical claims from Republican opponents that I have ever read. Ranging from posting about his campaign staffs spelling errors to trying to paint him irresponsible because he taped himself while driving for a few seconds, something even the Washington State Patrol said was not illegal, not one of his opponents can match him in knowledge and standing on all of the issues facing us.

This seat has been held by liberals for the past 12 years and except for a couple years, even longer. We have a good chance to regain this important seat in the House of Representatives, but only if we make the right choice and choose the strongest candidate that has the strength, knowledge and command stature to face the likely Democrat opponent in a toe to toe debate on issues of concern.

I have to agree with House Republican Leader Richard DeBoldt, “Castillo is the only choice in this race.”

June 23, 2010

Wa. Congresscritter Brian Baird Applauds Oil Spill Response

by lewwaters

Today’s Columbian headline, Baird applauds response to oil spill, After tour of Gulf, Congressman says Obama, BP doing ‘pretty good job,’ but not Louisiana Gov. Jindal

“I don’t think the public has an appreciation of the magnitude of the effort to respond to this.”

“We’ve got to give credit where credit’s due. The Obama administration has done a pretty good job, and compared to other companies, BP has done a pretty good job.”

“I have very little patience with the governor of Louisiana. The game is, if you are a local official, pick a tremendously costly, questionably effective and scientifically dubious measure, demand that the federal government do it, and if they balk for either fiscal or scientific reasons, blame them and say they just don’t care.”

Is Baird sucking up for an administration job in the Obama White House after he retires in January?

He seems to be the only person to date applauding Obama’s golf games while the Gulf of Mexico languishes in oil washing up on beaches. What has Obama done except play golf and visit for photo ops?

June 22, 2010

Who Is David Castillo?

by lewwaters

David Castillo, Republican candidate for the Washington State 3rd Congressional District seat being vacated by retiring Democrat, Brian Baird has had my support for over a year, ever since I met him, talked with him face to face and performed an email interview that I first wrote about at Castillo For Congress, 3rd District, Washington State.

He is a man of conviction and a strong conservative who embraces his faith. He has held a clear and consistent stand on issues that we all hold dear.

He has been subjected to some of the dirtiest politics from opponents within his own party, who can’t compare to him in experience or a clear articulation of the pertinent issues. Supporters of weaker candidates who enjoy the party establishment favor or who have a history of brash confrontations once launched a whisper campaign against him last year with some very rude and untruthful allegations.

A party chair, who has no problem maligning David, even wrote and posted an article calling for a stop to what she labeled “attacks” and to “elect republicans.” Of course, her idea of an “attack” was exposing her candidate’s actual record, while she uses the post for throwing a little mud at a large group who had endorsed David Castillo and David himself.

Recently, supporters of another candidate who has a questionable Military history that he has made claims of have decided to take videos of David and “edit” them to make David look like a person far different than what he is.

At forums, David Castillo clearly displays his command of and knowledge of the current issues, having served in sub-cabinet level positions within the Department of Veterans of Affairs and Department of Homeland Security under the Bush administration. He also served in the United States Navy during the Reagan years.

No other candidate in race can provide a résumé that compares, so opposition supporters must resort to such underhanded tactics, instead of standing on their own qualifications.

In a rare move for a candidate, this conduct has prompted David to bare his soul to the public.

David Castillo: Who I Am

If we really wish to see the possibility of a Republican winning the 3rd Congressional District seat, David Castillo is the one who can do it.

It isn’t an “attack” to openly discuss or speak of an opponent’s whole voting record in the legislature, or to being into question another’s claims of Military Service that just doesn’t add up.

It is information voters are entitled to in forming an appropriate opinion of who to vote for.

David Castillo was the first to begin campaigning against Brian Baird in May 2009. He has been traveling the district since then, letting people know who he is and what he stands for. Unlike another who seems to live on name recognition only, while dismissing highly questioning votes on bills that are contrary to conservative beliefs, he has been building his support and his campaign the old fashioned way, one voter at a time.

He didn’t wait for the incumbent to announce retirement before throwing his hat in the ring.

He didn’t depend on a 3 minute confrontational video, while hiding from another video where the action was thrown back.

He did not receive instant backing from the party machine establishment.

No, he went out and sought support when it was thought to be a hard run against an entrenched incumbent.

He deserves better than what he has received from the Republican Party since he stood up for them and for us in seeking to bring this long held Democrat seat over to the GOP.

If you don’t already have a clear idea of who David Castillo is, I invite you to visit his website and read, Who I Am.

Then, stop in at his campaign website, David Castillo for Congress and see for yourself where he stands on current issues and what ideas he offers.

June 19, 2010

Sorry Keath, But Bogus Polls Don’t Make Your Candidate Better

by lewwaters

In what will inevitably prove more of an embarrassment than a campaign enhancement, the campaign for Jaime Herrera commissioned a poll on her behalf, obviously designed for her benefit and running with it as if it is representative of the entire 3rd Congressional District. Such actions are truly a sign of desperation on the behalf of her supporters.

Our local paper, the Columbian, which rarely has any positive word for conservative Republicans, ran an article on it recently, initially titled, “Poll says Republicans, Herrera trending in 3rd Congressional race.”

Shortly after the article appeared on line, they re-titled the piece more accurately with Herrera’s pollster says she looks strong in 3rd District congressional race.

Pacific County GOP Chair, Nansen Malin, who tries to act neutral, as party chairs should be prior to the primaries where multiple Republican candidates are vying for the same seat, showed again that she is neither neutral nor objective as she first ran with a short blog post, Good News for Republicans in WA. 03 as if this were an unbiased poll.

The poll, conducted by what I presume to be as reputable polling outfit as any other, Moore Information, strangely seems unavailable on their website.

Oddly enough, asking about links back to the poll for verification and determining the propriety of the poll brought back charges of not complaining of other sites not linking it from Nansen Malin, who maintains, “I am proud to be the first to break the story.”

Also strange was reading at Nansen’s blog a comment from someone named ‘Evan,’ who I must assume is connected in some way to Northwest Digest of, “But part of being a ‘credible’ citizen-journalist, is respecting the anonymity of sources.”

I didn’t realize a poll, whose results are made public and lauded as indicative of one candidate’s popularity, is considered “an anonymous source.”

After all, have we conservatives not complained for years that such polling on the behalf of Democrats and in the mainstream media were not made available to the public for such verification and that renders them meaningless?

Then comes young Keath Huff of Cowlitz County, who was the first county party to issue an endorsement of Jaime Herrera months before the primaries, who chooses to blast David Castillo, the first to enter the 3rd Congressional race long before the announced retirement of Brian Baird, not within 2 hours of the announcement as did Jaime, for questioning the poll.

Yes David, there is a grassroots! Another politician disconnected from the people!

Castillo shares my view on this so-called poll and was quoted in the Columbian article on it,

David Castillo, Herrera’s leading Republican opponent, called the survey “a name ID poll” and told The Columbian, “I take it with a grain of salt.”

“The sample size is too small,” he said. “Where in the district did they poll? The vast majority of voters have no idea there is an election going on.”

With a sampling of only 300 people somewhere within the 3rd Congressional District that is comprised of some 7 counties and about 500,000 registered voters I have a difficult time accepting that .06% is somehow truly representative.

Of those 300, it is claimed 81 prefer Herrera, 24 each prefer David Castillo and David Hedrick and 147 are undecided. The numbers provided still leaves 24 voters unaccounted for as the percentage claimed adds up to 276, not the 300 claimed.

Who wouldn’t question such a poll result and sampling? In fact, Castillo, in my estimation, is being very generous by saying he “takes it with a grain of salt.” I would say it much differently in terms much stronger.

Huff goes on to state, “he showed why the grassroots is having trouble with his candidacy… Arrogance and a disconnect with the grassroots.”

Grassroots Keath? The party establishment is grassroots? The establishment county parties that have prematurely endorsed Herrera, are grassroots? And, bogus polls initiated on behalf of an establishment candidate and promoted by the establishment parties is grassroots? The candidate that proclaimed that since she and her husband rent and drive used cars, they are not “your typical Republican conservatives” is grassroots?

I thought most people grew out of that ‘teenage know it all attitude’ by the time they entered their 30’s, but it doesn’t appear so in Keath Huff’s words.

In the rest of Huff’s rant he comes across as more sour grapes than anything else since David Castillo doesn’t suck up to him and cater to sparsely populated Cowlitz County.

And, of course, he is also one who just so happens to agree with Jaime Herrera’s poor choice in co-sponsoring and twice voting for a measure that would have forced child care centers that accept state funds for low-income families into a public union, such as the SEIU and who sees no problem with her abandoning her party companions in Olympia to join in with Liberal Democrats in raiding the last $229,000,000 from our rainy fund, ostensibly to keep taxes from being raised further, which they were anyways and with the looming budget deficit coming next session, will be again.

As more and more people question this liberal tactic of commissioning a poll an reporting it as objective and blocking any access to the poll itself for verification, this will turn into yet another embarrassment for the Herrera campaign as did her pro-SEIU votes in the legislature.

As for “grassroots,” Keath, you wouldn’t believe how many supporters of Jaime’s have come up to me and thanked me for writing about her involvement with the SEIU bill and waking them up to what poor representation she would bring to the district.

Then again, Keath, since Jaime said that she and her husband have been saving up to buy a house, just which Washington do you think that house they wish to buy is located in? Obviously not the state.

June 17, 2010

Is It Any Wonder The Left Labels Tea Parties As Racist?

by lewwaters

Despite knowing for a fact that Tea Parties are not racist in our protests or attendance at events, some, a very small some, goes out of their way to ensure that label is hung around our necks. Although their numbers are extremely small, they supply just what the left looks for to falsely paint the movement as racist.

A good example of this would be a post placed up on the We The People website in an effort to taint Washington States 3rd Congressional District candidate, David Castillo.

Candidate for Congress makes Spanish available on his website
Posted by Donald Sampelton on June 16, 2010 at 12:00am

Most of us live in America, we go to work, come home to our families, enjoy the evening and go to sleep. We repeat this many times a week and hundreds of times a year.

We don’t go to work because we want to, but because we must to provide for our families.

I have been put out of work 4 times in the last 8 years not because of lack of work, but because the employer could pay someone else less to do the work. ( and they could not speak English )

I happened to stumble across this YouTube video that really expresses my views on people in this country that are not able to speak or read english. They want this freedom we all love but with it comes a price. If they won’t take the time to learn our language, how will they ever understand our values.

Now this Congressman put’s his website on the internet with a Spanish option. We really need to go back to basics here if we are going to go forward.

Whoever did these YouTube videos must also be upset but at least they brought some humor into it.

Check out these videos and comment. This Candidate for Congress that is in Washington State is a good example of what we don’t want in Congress.

David Castillo is American born to America parents. He’s served in the United States Navy and held sub-cabinet level positions in the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Homeland Security. And now, because he included a link to Google Translate on his webpage, which only translates a small portion of his webpage, he somehow is not qualified to run for congress?

That he advocates e-verify and bringing back the SAVE Act for passage means nothing, just that he provides a link to Google Translate to a drop down box for Spanish. What about the other languages within the drop down box? There’s Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Hebrew, Yiddish, Norwegian, Dutch, German, you name it.

His Issues page translates over to Spanish, telling them in their original language his stand on Illegal Immigration.

Here’s a little news flash for Mr. Sampelton, ILLEGAL ALIENS MAY NOT LEGALLY VOTE.

We have several naturalized American Citizens within our country who are still trying to learn our version of English. They may legally vote and many do.

We have the Republican Hispanic Assembly which just might contain some of those naturalized Americans that come from Spanish speaking countries.

Does it escape him that making a portion of his website in their original language might make it easier for them to discover who and what Castillo stands for? Yes, they are learning English, which to others coming to America legally, it one of the more difficult languages to learn.

Most Hispanic people hold conservative values from their culture. Do we just ship them off the Democrats to keep voting for them? Do we not want conservative people of all groups joining us voting for conservatives and conservative values?

Apparently Mr. Sampelton is more comfortable with trying to keep his lily white hands pure; exactly the opposite of what conservatism is about.

Both of David Castillo’s Republican opponents have similar views on securing our borders and dealing with Illegal Aliens. One is even being billed as the “Latina” in the race, but no one seems concerned that she is labeled as such, which would also appeal to Hispanics.

I don’t know which opponent is behind taking such cheap shots at David, but apparently they know they cannot hold a candle next to him when it comes to experience, knowledge and ability to hold the office they seek.

So, they resort to such cheap shots.

David Castillo is clearly the best conservative candidate we have had in many years in Washington States 3rd Congressional District. He is the best bet we have in converting the seat held by now retiring Brian Baird back to Republicans.

Listening to him at events or forums, he clearly has a better command on the issues and offers ideas that make sense and would help get our country going again.

He enjoys broad Tea Party support, in spite of efforts by a fringe within to paint him as otherwise. He has received numerous conservative endorsements, including from FreedomWorks, several Republican leaders and conservative citizens.

See for yourselves at David Castillo for Congress.

Let’s ignore the cheap shots and actually run a strong conservative that will win this time, David Castillo.

June 17, 2010

The Personal Side of David Castillo

by lewwaters

David Castillo for Congress. He wasn’t afraid to run against Brian Baird.

I assume due to the tactics of Castillo’s opponents in taking his videos and doctoring them, embedding has been disabled. If you click on the link shown within, you may still see the video on YouTube.

I guess that since his opponents cannot compare with him on the issues, they resort to such childish tactics.

June 12, 2010

Chris Boyd Exits, Endorses David Castillo

by lewwaters

In a surprise announcement unexpected by everyone, Chris Boyd, candidate for Washington’s Third Congressional District and disabled Afghanistan Veteran, announced he was withdrawing from the race and lending his support to David Castillo, who many feel stands the best chance to defeat presumed Democratic candidate, Denny Heck.

Boyd made his announcement live on KPAM 860’s Victoria Taft radio program, who broadcast her show live from Vancouver’s Esther Short Park, Friday, June 11.

Chris sent out the follow release explaining what I know was a difficult decision for him to make,

“I would like to thank all of you who have supported me over the past few months. I have learned so much from all of you. Today, I have announced that I will not be running for US Congress. I feel that with the timing of my entry and time spent away from my campaign for family concerns, I will not be able to sustain the momentum I would need to reach the ears of the voters in Southwest Washington. This has been one of the hardest choices that I have had to make. I feel that I was blessed by the assistance of so many dedicated individuals; I am humbled to have had the chance to work with each and every one of you. Our next elected official needs to feel the same way. That person needs to remember that they represent the people, not the few and that they need to never stand above us, but to rather stand beside us, to lead this great nation into the future.

Even though I have decided to step down, I am not just going to watch from the sideline. I am giving my full endorsement to David Castillo and will support him with all the means necessary. David has been standing out in the crowd, asking to represent Southwest Washington for a longtime. He stays true to his values and exemplifies the meaning of integrity. For these reasons, David has EARNED my vote. With his experience and passion for “the people”, he is the right choice for the job.

Although I am truly stricken with turmoil over my exit from this race, I feel I have made the right choice for the voters. David has not just stood up in thanks for my decision, he has also said that he will bring some of my ideas for the 3rd District to his campaign, making him that much more viable as your representative. If you have not met David, I suggest you try to make time to visit his website or catch him at a local event. He is a genuine person, wanting to represent a phenomenal group of Americans, here in the 3rd District of Washington State.”

-Chris Boyd
www.ChrisBoydforCongress.com

Chris Boyd has shown that he understands how important this race is and that he knows it will be a team effort to ensure David Castillo receives the nomination.

I have discussed his campaign with Chris and can honestly say that I felt he was the second best candidate running. Having spoken with him at the GOP Reception held at Pearson Air Museum, I know this wasn’t an easy decision for him to make, but recalling his Army training, he fully realizes the importance of working together to turn the 3rd Congressional seat back to conservatives.

Although Chris will be campaigning for David, he is also discussing future options to run for another office.

I can assure you here and now, when he files for that office, he will have 100% backing from this blog and me personally.

It is my honor to have met and worked with Chris and I look forward to doing so in the future.

June 10, 2010

Castillo Signs in Support of “Contract From America”

by lewwaters

David Castillo, Olympia businessman, former sub-cabinet member of the Veterans Administration and the Department of Homeland Security and the first candidate to announce running against now retiring Brian Baird for the 3rd Congressional District, has signed on to the Contract From America, showing his continuing strong support for the growing citizens Tea Party movement.

From their website, we read in part,

“The Contract from America is a grassroots-generated, crowd-sourced, bottom-up call for real economic conservative and good governance reform in Congress.”

“The Contract from America initiative was developed within the decentralized tea party and 912 movements. Ryan Hecker, a Houston Tea Party Society activist, developed the concept of creating a grassroots-generated call for reform prior to the April 15, 2009 Tax Day Tea Party rallies.”

The Contract From America calls for

1. Protect the Constitution
2. Reject Cap & Trade
3. Demand a Balanced Budget
4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform
5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government
6. End Runaway Government Spending
7. Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care
8. Pass an ‘All-of-the-Above” Energy Policy
9. Stop the Pork
10. Stop the Tax Hikes

David first announced his grassroots effort to run against Democrat Brian Baird in May 2009, months before others who opted to wait until after the unexpected retirement of the 6 term congressman.

David has received numerous endorsements from AG Rob McKenna, several Washington State Republican legislators as well as FreedomWorks and Christian Conservative leaders around the state.

David has maintained a consistent and strong conservative stand on relevant issues that affect all of us within the 3rd Congressional District and America.

No other candidate has shown the strength that is going to be required to stand up to the presumed Democratic candidate, Denny Heck nor have they shown a clear articulation on relevant issues of the day, as was noted by Seattle PI’s columnist, Joel Connelly, The race is on for a wide open US House seat.

Conservatives, this is our chance to gain an important seat in Washington D.C. and be represented by the best candidate I have seen run in many years.

I invite you to look for yourselves and see why David Castillo is prepared to represent us.

Are we ready to support him?

June 4, 2010

National Security Is Still a Major Issue in Wa. 03

by lewwaters

After many years of lackadaisical efforts and minimal reactions to decades of radical Jihadist attacks on America’s interests overseas and within our own country, the importance of National Security slapped us right between the eyes early on the morning of September 11, 2001.

We engaged in a war against these terrorists in Afghanistan that grew into a second front in Iraq, drawing much opposition from many who actually voted for the second front.

Democrats and anti-war Republicans like Ron Paul expressed their opposition very publicly and very loudly. The 2004 candidate for president from the Democrats, Massachusetts Senator, John ‘F’in Kerry (who is said to have served in Vietnam) centered his campaign on opposing the fight against terrorists as it was finally being waged.

The 2006 elections saw Republicans lose congressional power and in 2008, the presidency as well, giving those who oppose the fight full control over the fight.

It should be noted that since the horrific attacks on 9/11, President George W. Bush’s leadership prevented any more attacks upon our soil. Sadly, that cannot be said since Democrats seized control of the government in the 2008 election.

Retiring Democrat Brian Baird, Washington State’s 3rd Congressional District is one who opposed the fight in Iraq initially, but came to see the necessity of it once the reinforcement known as ‘the Surge’ was shown to be effective. Such a change brought much opposition and outrage to him from many Democrats, but he gave the Troops the support they needed then to make ‘the Surge’ successful.

Although only 1 of 435 who serve in the House of Representatives, it remains an important task that whoever replaces him hold clear insight and positions on National Security, given that there seems to be an increased terrorist effort as our foreign policy positions seem much weaker.

There is little doubt that Democrat Denny Heck will win the nomination for his party to run to replace Baird.

On the Republican side there are 4 still vying for the nomination to succeed Baird, David Castillo, Chris Boyd, David Hedrick and Jaime Herrera.

Out of these 5 candidates we will choose our next representative for the 3rd District and it is imperative that whoever wins the seat in November have a clear understanding on National Security matters.

A quick review of Denny Heck’s campaign site reveals no mention of National Security, leading me to label him the weakest candidate on the subject. That leaves us with the 4 Republicans, 3 of whom served in a branch of the Military. David Castillo in the Navy, Veterans Administration and Department of Homeland Security, Chris Boyd in the Army as a Combat Medic in Afghanistan and David Hedrick who served in the Marines.

We also have Jaime Herrera who has no experience in Military or National Security matters and, according to a Columbian article lauding her fund raising abilities, is “being advised on National Security issues” by former Senator, 82 year old Slade Gorton, who lost the 2000 election to Maria Cantwell.

As I pointed in Nuke Scientist Defection Shows The Importance Of Reps. With National Security Experience, it is imperative that we place strong consideration on candidates ability to handle National Security with who we select to replace Baird.

We have 5 choices to select from. Two with no experience in national Security, one seeming not to care and the other who must be advised by an aging former Senator and 3 Military Veterans, all of whom have experience in various degrees on matters of National Security.

Of those 3 Veterans, any one of which displays better ability on National Security than either Denny Heck or Jaime Herrera does, one has served in a sub-cabinet position in the Department of Homeland Security as well as with the US Navy during Operation Earnest Will, David Castillo.

All 3 of the Veterans saw National Security as serious enough that they enlisted in the Military to serve the nation. Castillo, due to being a few years older, was able to serve in both the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

With the Ft. Hood attack, the botched Christmas bombing and the recent botched Times Square attempt, as well as previous Attacks Against U.S. Targets, we cannot afford to ignore a candidates experience in National Security.

What we don’t need is to send someone to replace Baird that must be “advised” by aging former politicians on such important matters as National Security.

June 1, 2010

Pridemore Drops Out

by lewwaters

Many were surprised to hear this afternoon that Washington State Democrat Senator, Craig Pridemore ended his bid to replace retiring Brian Baird, the current Democrat in his 6th term as Washington 3rd Congressional District.

That he threw his support behind opponent Denny Heck comes as no surprise.

First word of Pridemore ending his bid came from Progressive Horsesass Blog, followed shortly by an article appearing at the Columbian’s website.

Pridemore, much like Republican Jaime Herrera, entered the race shortly after Baird announced his retirement. Heck did not enter until the race until January, quickly outpacing Pridemore in fund raising, even without injecting hundreds of thousands of his own money into his campaign.

Pridemore, in his second term as State Senator has been a controversial figure, speaking out against taxing lower income people, yet casting the deciding vote for a bill that did just that in 2005. He is also known for gerrymandering a small district to vote for acceptance of Light Rail being extended from Portland to Vancouver, against the wishes of the majority of Clark County citizens who voted it down by a 2 to 1 margin a few years ago.

Pridemore, like many Democrats has steadily voted to increases taxes on Washington citizens, falsely believing raising taxes during a deep recession will somehow alleviate the pain and suffering of taxpayers, seeing the wealthy class as an endless supply of monies to fund their pet programs.

Speaking of the extra long special legislative session this year, which gave us a whole new slate of taxes placed on the backs of lower income earners, Pridemore told the Columbian the session, “placed our campaign at a clear disadvantage.”

Pridemore’s withdrawal comes just weeks after blasting opponent, Denny Heck over the ill-advised and controversial “Employee Free Choice Act.”

Just days ago, Pridemore was blasting Heck over his not having a clearly defined Issues Page up on his website. This, after embarrassing himself by stating to Seattle based Publicola that he’s ahead of Heck, even though he would not produce any such poll to back up his claim.

Asked by the Columbian’s Kathie Durbin about the poll, Pridemore could only say, It was all off the record.

Now, in endorsing Heck he states, “Denny is a bright, hard working and authentic Southwest Washington leader and we need his broad experience working for us in Congress.”

Don’t you just love politicians?

I have long presumed Denny Heck will win the nomination for the Democrat side seeing Pridemore never stood a chance. This means we will need a strong Republican candidate to go toe to toe with him after the primaries in August.

The two top runners for the GOP remain David Castillo of Olympia and Camas’s Jaime Herrera, who severely lacks a clear and coherent understanding of many of the issues we face in the 3rd Congressional District and as a nation.

My money remains on David Castillo, if Republicans wish any hope of winning this election.

Craig Pridemore will be returning to the State Senate representing the 49th Legislative District. Hopefully, voters in the 49th will wake-up and send this tax & spend Democrat packing when he is next up for reelection.

UPDATE: Showing the epitome of an attitude of “anointed” to the nomination, if not seat, Jaime Herrera’s campaign manager, Casey Bowman, issued a statement to Seattle based Publicola on Pridemore’s withdrawal.

He said, “We welcome the campaign against Denny Heck. He’s been part of the establishment since before Jaime was born.”

Casey, before you begin campaigning against Heck, perhaps Jaime should actually win the nomination? She still has 3 GOP opponents to get past, any one of which gives clearer positions on issues than she does.

Then again, why make such a remark about Heck being “part of the establishment” when Jaime is also “part of the establishment?”

Bowman also said, “at least Craig Pridemore was clear on where he stood. Heck’s been less clear, voters are going to have tougher choice there in supporting someone who’s been a little more vague.”

Uh, does he not realize his words describe Jaime Herrera to a “T?”

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