Posts tagged ‘Denny Heck’

October 29, 2012

Denny Heck, That’s a Load of ‘Cavallo Sterco’

by lewwaters

Yeah right, Denny. When was the last time any Democrat actually tried to reach middle ground?

Remember Jim Kastama, Rodney Tom & Tim Sheldon in Washington State this year siding with Republicans for a true bipartisan budget attempt?

November 18, 2010

Herrera Goes Back Home to DC, Hedrick Just Goes Back to Court

by lewwaters

Three years after parachuting in to Clark County specifically to take the legislative seat vacated by Richard Curtis and Jaime Herrera, newly elected Republican to the House of Representatives hopped onto a red eye back home to Washington D.C. where she will undoubtedly continue following the instructions of fellow Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington State 5th Congressional District.

That Herrera accomplished absolutely nothing during her brief grooming period in Olympia no longer matters as the establishment GOP pulled out all of the dirty tricks and underhanded tactics to ensure no other Republican would take the nomination away from her.

Several times I have expressed my dismay and extreme disappointment with many sitting on the Board of the Clark County Republican Party, seeing that in spite of their claims of being ‘Christian,’ they are little more than just another group of corrupt political bosses.

Hook or crook though, they ensured the one they wanted long ago made it, qualities and abilities be damned, she once lived in Clark County, the deciding factor expressed to me personally by many sitting on the Clark GOP Board.

Back home in D.C. this week and going through whatever a freshmen “orientation” is, Herrera’s main concern expressed to the Columbian seemed to be the location and size of the office she will draw saying, “I’m hoping the people of Southwest Washington who come to see me, can find me,” showing yet again that there is not an ounce of humility in her soul.

November 3, 2010

GOP Wins Some, Loses Some

by lewwaters

Nationwide, last night’s election shows that Americans wholesale reject the Obama leftist agenda as Republicans regained control of the House of Representatives and made significant gains in the U.S. Senate.

Locally in Washington State, similar results are shown statewide as the Democrats have lost their lop-sided majority in the House and the state Senate is within reach of the Republicans, depending on a few still too close to call races.

Locally in Clark County, results weren’t as impressive, although some decent gains were made.

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.

October 30, 2010

Vote Jobs

by lewwaters

Less than 4 days are left to mark and turn in your ballots. I like to carry mine down to the drop box and others will drop them in the mail. If by mail, be sure to have them at the Post Office early enough to make sure they are postmarked before the Tuesday 8 PM deadline.

Tim Likeness, our elections manager says, “The biggest issue we tend to have is that we have so many that get postmarked the day after” going on to add that about 600 ballots were received with a postmark too late to be counted in the recent primary election.

We have a lot of candidates running in this mid-term election and several initiatives to sort out, all of which are just as important as getting our ballots in on time. We have heard all of the Democrat vs. Republican rhetoric and barbs thrown back and forth and now must decide who and what we want.

Hard core Democrats, like their Republican counterparts will undoubtedly vote party line as usual and as usual, the actual selection will be left in the hands of Independents, the center of our population that adheres to neither party down the line.

Our country is in deep trouble with a lingering recession and no viable solutions on the table just yet. Unemployment remains higher than it has been in several decades with benefits running out and so few actual jobs being offered.

October 16, 2010

3rd Congressional District Candidates on KGW 8

by lewwaters

Video at the link, Straight Talk: Denny Heck and Jaime Herrera

Someone’s been coached, apparently.

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 6, 2010

Government On Our Backs

by lewwaters

Unless you vote them out and not vote for more career politicians who care more about themselves than us, they will forever be on our backs. Voting Republican isn’t good enough as many are really in name only (RINO).

Screw the party. Let’s find people who care about America, not fulfilling a dream of being “important.”

October 6, 2010

Washington State 3rd Congressional District Debates Coming Up

by lewwaters

So far I hear this only from the Longview Daily News, but October 13 looks like the date the first of hopefully 4 debates will be held between candidates hoping to replace retiring Democrat, Brian Baird.

3rd District debate set for LCC’s Wollenberg Auditorium

Oct 13 at Noon will see the candidates at the Thurston Chamber of Commerce Candidates’ Forum at noon at the St. Martin’s Worthington Center, 5300 Pacific Ave S.E. in Lacey, WA.

They will meet again the same day at 6 p.m. at the Lower Columbia Community College’s Wollenberg Auditorium, 1600 Maple St. in Longview.

The candidates will be on the KGW-TV Channel 8 program “Straight Talk” on Oct. 15 to tape a debate that will be televised on Ch. 8 Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. They meet again Oct. 18 at the Camas High School Theater at 7 PM.

3rd Congressional District Debates announced

October 3, 2010

Is Hedrick’s Book, ‘The Liberal Clause’ Just a Scam?

by lewwaters

Updated after post

I have not kept it a secret that I lost all respect I once held for “Marine Corporal” David W. Hedrick due to his trying to foist off a canard of his being injured on “a classified” mission when I first met him back in February and even more so once he reneged on his word given to the campaign of then 3rd Congressional Candidate David Castillo and surreptitiously ran interference for the establishment GOP candidate.

This blog and others called upon him to come clean on his claimed Marine service and upset a lot of people that I, a Viet Nam Veteran who served a little over 8 years active duty in the United States Army, with 18 months boots on the ground in South Viet Nam, had to audacity to question Hedrick’s claims of service, some supporters even qualifying him a “war hero,” even though he never saw combat or a combat zone, according to copies of his official Marine Discharge Document received.

Clark County Politics discusses his record at the link and shared them with me.

A lot of questions came up about this person and through the efforts of mesmerized adherents to his flashy but bombastic speaking style, were poo pooed and never answered. One such highly questionable matter was revealed after several people contacted me about ordering the book he says he wrote and finding out they were actually making a campaign contribution to his campaign only after ordering the book, a definite FEC violation, covered at Hedrick’s Children’s Book, A Hidden Campaign Donation.

If you will note in the post above, from early August, the book had a release and shipping date of July 15, 2010. People ordered it months before the initial release date given and by early September, had not received their copy. Efforts at contacting Hedrick have been ignored, they tell me.

The books website actually disappeared for a while and everything led back to the campaign website shortly after a story broke of a highly questionable poll sharing certain cyber fingerprints with Hedrick’s campaign and book page. That I recall an excuse was given by followers of consolidating pages or some such nonsense.

Funny thing, though. The book website is back up directing people to order by mail with a promised shipping date of October 15, 2010 now. No explanation shown as to why the original July 15 shipping date has been pushed back to October 15 or why the price has increased.

Given that Hedrick began taking orders for this book back in May and several people claimed to have not received it and cannot receive a refund either, plus the books website going down for a while and now reappearing with a new shipping date given, I’d be very leery if I was thinking of purchasing a copy.

Adding to my wariness was finding a YouTube Video advertising the book with comments disabled. Wouldn’t an author love to hear reviews and compliments on their work?

A search for independent reviews of the book was disappointing as I only found one review and it isn’t exactly what I would call “independent,” given the person claiming to have read the book back in early May also authored a wildly unbelievable claim of battle heroics attributed to Hedrick and posted here.

This person claims to be “one of the few individuals that was blessed with an advanced copy” back in early May 2010. Yet, several other people have claimed to have never received a copy of the book they ordered around the same time and 4 months later, after the initial release date has passed, a new date is given?

I wonder too where the reviews of the other individuals to have received an advanced copy are? The “reviews” listed on the order page above are very vague and questionable given that several sent money and received nothing in return. Supposedly, those people are from all over the country and claim to have received and read the book long before the original shipping date.

So, why didn’t others receive their copy and why have their calls for refunds for not having received the book been ignored?

It all sounds quite shaky to me.

Given that his Dad is facing similar troubles in Central Florida, sued by Seminole County over accepting money for services and not performing those services, it all looks even more suspicious.

Right after the August primary election, Clark County Republican Party chair Ryan Hart said of Hedrick, “[he will be] an asset to any campaign he chooses to support.” Hart goes on to say, “He’s passionate with his beliefs. I love his energy and enthusiasm, and we want him to stay involved”

Perhaps Hedrick could apply some of that “passion, energy and enthusiasm” towards manning up and sending refunds on book orders never shipped.

Just what kind of an “asset” is someone to any campaign that offers a product and leaves buyers feeling ripped off?

Man up, David. Send those people refunds or their books they were promised months ago.

UPDATE: November 1, 2010 people are finally beginning to receive the book they were promised in July. Reviews on the book itself are quite dismal, though.

It’s a crappy (although hilarious) book that has quite a few grammatical and punctuation errors in it.”

What a waste of $20.00. It should not have been sold for more than $4.00.”

Sorry David, but that is what people have said.

September 1, 2010

Castillo Continues to Show He Would Have Been the Better Choice

by lewwaters

David Castillo, subjected to dirty tactics, lies and smears from 4 County GOP’s in Southwest Washington may have been defeated in the primary, but he continues to speak out, countering ads recently released by his former adversary, Denny Heck from the Democratic Party.

As mentioned in an earlier post, Heck has released an ad playing to his base that I am sure will resonate well with them. While the establishment candidate sits around waiting for talking points to be provided, Castillo has posted on his new blog why Heck is wrong.

Castillo wrote in part,

“The other night I had the opportunity to see my first general election ad broadcast in the 3rd Congressional District. The ad was put out by Democrat Denny Heck. Notwithstanding the odd timing of the ad (the last week in August), I was struck by the complete lack of any true understanding of the problems confronting the people of the 3rd Congressional District.”

“Heck’s ad (available here) was striking in its tone deafness. I was stunned that his first ad for the general election, the one that will presumably introduce him to voters, focused on Wall Street reform! Wall Street reform! Seriously, is there anyone in the country, outside of the progressive enclaves of Berkley, CA, or downtown Seattle, discussing Wall Street reform around the kitchen table? I highly doubt that. Especially when we are living in a country that has nearly 10% unemployment, and a district where unemployment is 12%. We are living in a country that has $14 trillion in debt. A country that, in 10 years, will spend more on debt service than China does on its defense budget. And, Denny Heck is focused on Wall Street reform.”

Please read the rest at The Color of Things.

Throughout the campaign, David Castillo has maintained the race was never about him, but about correcting what has gone wrong and is hurting Southwest Washington. He never wavered in that and this post countering Heck’s ad is further proof.

After ensuring he was stunningly defeated by several dirty tactics, some from within GOP boards, only Castillo is speaking in opposition to Denny Heck’s campaign. The establishment candidate and doughboy are sitting in silence, ready to throw away an early 14 point lead in the polls.

The GOP’s that promoted the establishment candidate and engaged in the dirty tactics to ensure Castillo’s defeat also remain quiet, after releasing their own ad that was little more than handing the Democrats an effective FEC complaint on a silver platter.

Castillo could have easily and justifiably gone back to work and just got on with his life. Who could blame him after the ill treatment he received at the hands of the leaders of the party he sought to represent?

But, he chooses to remain engaged and counter the Democrats, even if it means electing the ditz that would not even acknowledge he was a good guy on a recent Victoria Taft interview when asked.

It will not do any good to write in Castillo’s name, other than to make your self feel better. FEC rules prevent his name being written in from being counted.

We are stuck with who we are stuck with to choose from, Tweedle Dem or Tweedle Dumb.

But, as far as I am concerned, there are at least 4 County GOP chairs that owe David Castillo a very public apology for their ill treatment as well as several Board Members from the Clark County GOP who knowingly engaged in such underhanded tactics against him.

David knows he was screwed over by these counties and the tactics initiated by supporters of two of his opponents.

And still, he remains the only one actually standing up to counter this misleading ad by Denny Heck.

Castillo not only shows he would have been the better choice. He shows he is also the better man.

Hang your heads in shame, Republicans. If this election is lost to the Democrats again, you have only your selves to blame.

September 1, 2010

Let the Head Butts Begin

by lewwaters


Now that the dust has settled from the primaries, we will next be faced with deciding who to vote for to actually send to office. We now have to decide if we really want change, or in some cases, hold our noses and vote, hoping for the best.

For me personally, this past campaign has been a real eye opener causing me to decide to distance my self from the GOP, but retaining my conservative leaning. I left the Democrat Party long ago over similar corruption and dirty dealings and just because they feign conservatism is no reason to support such dirty dealings as I saw coming from board members of the Clark County GOP and other county Republican Parties in Southwest Washington.

Be it their over eagerness or elation in the Democrats polling so poorly nationwide, whoever decided to go ahead with the TV ad released the day after the election screwed up badly, handing the opposing party an FEC complaint on a silver platter.

The ad itself isn’t what is bad, but the obvious coordination between the GOP and American’s for Prosperity, a section 501(c)(3) organization that can only engage in limited lobbying and is prohibited from any political campaign intervention is glaring.

From the use of people that have openly supported or endorsed the establishment candidate that gained the nomination, some of whom actually engaged in the dirty tactics against a fellow Republican that has resulted in my distancing myself from the GOP, to Ryan Hart actually calling around to enlist “volunteers” to appear in it and telling me that Kirby Wilbur of AFP was producing the ad, the FEC complaint filed against them by the Democrats is their chickens coming home to roost.

Not a smart move by any means. Even if they are exonerated, it will be long after the November General election. Whether or not it has any bearing come November 2 remains to be seen.

While the establishment candidate sits around waiting on handlers to provide ideas to express, Democrat Denny Heck has released an ad attacking, not his opponent, but Wall Street and some of the problems actually facing the country. I can’t honestly say I agree with his ideas, but at least he is expressing some and not waiting on handlers to give him some.

The dough boy seems to have slipped back towards obscurity after making all of his noise and helping slander and vilify the only decent conservative candidate we have seen run for Washington States 3rd Congressional District in several years.

He never did come clean on that “Marine Service” he always boasted of, but I am now in possession of the public portion of his Military record and still have some questions to ask him about it, should he come slithering out from behind the rock he crawled behind.

Moving on to the 18th Legislative District, Ann Rivers and Dennis Kampe will be facing each other in November. After all of the belly aching over David Castillo not immediately getting behind the chosen establishment candidate in the 3rd CD race, I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised at the silence coming from those same party insiders at GOP sleaze ball and muckraker, Jon Russell not endorsing Rivers.

In spite of Ann’s receiving some nice endorsements from State Attorney General Rob McKenna and others, including her NRA endorsement, rumor has it that Jon Russell is holding out for a specific thing before endorsing her, even though he tried and failed to start rumors against her or create a link to her and fellow blogger Kelly Hinton to harm her chances of winning.

My advice to Ann Rivers is to give that slime ball the middle finger.

Many eyebrows are raised currently over Vancouver City Manager, Pat McDonnell’s sudden decision to resign and obtain a job with SEH, a corporation his decisions have benefited more than once financially.

I have not seen any word from current city council member Bart Hansen, running for reelection on this seeming conflict of interest, but his opponent has made his view clear to voters on any potential replacement for McDonnell. In an email, John Jenkins said,

“I’d loose no sleep in appointing Eric Holmes to fill the top slot.

Having said that I hope the Vancouver City Council will not perform a national search for a city manager and here are a few reasons why:

A search will only cost money. We don’t have an abundance of that right at the moment.

A search will only cause resentment in the staff here who thought they were qualified.

A search will only produce an individual who has to play catch-up on every issue.

A search will only produce an individual who will bring ideas to the city of Vancouver who knows nothing about Vancouver and its problems past or current.

And, don’t fill the assistant city manager’s position. It would be bad form to the rest of the cities employees.

You have it from me what I’d do if I was in the seat today.”

Will Hansen release any such comments? Or, will we have to wait to see his views as the replacement process unfolds, if he is still on the council?

The Columbian seems to have already picked the Democrat for endorsement in the 17th Legislative District position 2 as they ran an article “exposing” Republican Paul Harris’s failure to register his vehicle in Washington State. In spite of over 100 comments left at the article, many just a bit too anti, I seriously doubt this will amount to any significance in the November election against his opponent, Monica Stonier, who the Columbian doesn’t seem interested in looking into her background.

With the vote count in the primary, Harris received nearly 3,000 more votes than both of the Democrats combined. He owned up to his mistake and paid the necessary fine. Now, move on to something of significance, if you can.

We still have 2 months before the general and with some high stakes seats open this time, we can expect to see some amusing shenanigans in many of the races.

As an Independent Conservative now, I have my popcorn at the ready and lawn chair set up to watch it all unfold.

It will be interesting to see who actually earns our votes versus who sits back and just expects it.

Candidates, to your corners and at the sound of the bell (or checkbooks opening), come out swinging.

August 18, 2010

It’s Denny Heck and Jaime Herrera. Good Luck Republicans, You’re Going To Need It

by lewwaters

The dirty politics and smears worked their magic last evening as the GOP once again prepares to lose another National Election. Herrera’s hatchet man and his supporters did their job masterfully in ensuring that she waltzed to an easy victory for the GOP nomination in Washington States 3rd Congressional District.

From phony polls, to Anna Miller’s “senior moments” and stirring up contentions with Republican voters, to Pacific County GOP chair Nansen Malin labeling Senator Don Benton a “liar” for speaking the truth about Herrera and for her strongly trying to influence Chris Boyd to stay in the race, Herrera successfully received 27% of the votes in the district, to Heck’s almost 32%, granting her a place in the top two to run in November, the one Democrat Denny Heck will now coast to a landslide victory in.

It is unknown at this time just where they will try to find another hatchet man to go after Heck and highly doubtful they will be able to.

The Republicans continue to make the same mistake in the 3rd district year after year as they repeat the folly of fronting weak candidates heavily promoted by the establishment party machine.

Although they did not back the winner of the top two in 2008, the GOP lost that race 34% to 64%. In 2006 they lost by a 37% to 63% margin. In 2004, they lost by a margin of 38% to 62%. In 2002 they lost again by a margin of 38% to 62%. In 2000, a year Republicans performed fairly well nationwide, they lost 41% to 56%.

In 1998 they lost by 45% to 55%. In 1996 they barely won by a 50.1% to 49.8%. In 1994 they won a three-way with 52% to a 45% and 3%. In fact, 1998 and 1996 are the only two election cycles the GOP has won this seat since 1970, as far back in records as I can access.

Undoubtedly many of you will accuse me of sour grapes and being bitter and to an extent, you are correct. Seeing what dirty tricks were played by the machine against a strong conservative candidate has opened my eyes a lot as to why the GOP in Washington State wins so few National Elections.

From Luke Esser at the top all the way down, the Washington State Republican party lacks any real leadership. Cronyism prevails over quality. Self interest comes before conservatism. As is often said, “it is what it is.”

The dust and smoke is settling and I see no change coming as the vote count is finalized. Herrera and her handlers prevailed and she has the nomination. All she has to do now is defeat a well trained and highly successful Democrat who will not soft ball her but will give her the education of a lifetime in hardball politics.

The animosity created within the GOP to get her the win will be very hard to overcome. It is going to be interesting to see just how she manages that.

I vowed long ago that should she receive the nomination I would no longer write anything against her and that vow will now be honored. This will be the last mention I make of her. What I have previously reported will not be removed.

She won and now it’s up to her to defeat the Democrats.

The only question in that regard is, since she was too cowardly to be willing to oppose Brian Baird, how does she think she will stand up to Denny Heck, who is just as, if not more, politically ruthless?

http://jaimeherrerawatch.blogspot.com/2010/08/true-story-in-columbian-comments.html

August 12, 2010

Which Candidates Signed the “Contract From America.”

by lewwaters
August 11, 2010

Who Is The Establishment Candidate?

by lewwaters

With the condition the country has fallen, it is no surprise that conservatives are fed up with what the GOP has been offering. Voters showed back in 2006 that they were not going to support just any candidate simply because they had the ‘R’ behind their name when running.

Many stated they were not voting at all or throwing away their vote to “teach the GOP a lesson.” As big of a folly as that was, people did it, showing their displeasure with “the establishment,” regular run of the mill Republican moderates.

Use of the term “establishment” made big news back in the 1960’s as those aging hippies we have controlling the country today used it to paint the generation then running the country as “out of touch,” “unresponsive” and “out dated.”

Today, the term once again is being used and applied to those Republican that show the same aspects contrary to true conservatism. Being labeled “the establishment candidate,” being supported and endorsed by the Republican “establishment” indicates a candidate simply out of touch with the needs of the nation.

Candidates wishing to court the Tea Party movement, a loosely coordinated nationwide phenomenon of voters from all political aspects sick and tired of the status quo that continues to plunge the country deeper and deeper in debt and problems, do what they can to show they are not part of “the establishment.”

Some opportunistic establishment candidates try to minimize their own establishment connections and mislead voters that their opponents are the actual establishment candidate.

As we close in on our August 17 primary election, we see one such example in Washington State 3rd Congressional District candidate, Jaime Herrera doing just that by trying to paint her opponent, David Castillo “the establishment candidate” because he held sub-cabinet level positions in the Bush administration in the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Veterans Affairs.

I guess Jaime forgets her own deep connections to “the establishment,” though.

In the 3rd CD, Herrera is the only candidate running who gained the endorsement of 3 county GOP parties, all made long before we even reached the candidate filing cutoff date and enjoys the strong support and endorsement of several Board Members of other county parties, not to mention the Washington State GOP.

She doesn’t have that much support from her fellow legislators though, David Castillo gained those.

Castillo first entered the run against now retiring Democrat Brian Baird in April 2009, long before it was known Baird would retire. He entered expecting a tough campaign against an entrenched incumbent.

Herrera got wind of the retirement and threw her hat in less than 2 hours after the announcement was made, after months of saying she was not ready and had no intention of running. She quickly gained notice back in Washington D.C. seemingly within minutes as we were quickly told, “Republicans now have top candidates running in all four districts where Democrats announced their retirements in recent weeks” by a Washington D.C. publication.

Our own local newspaper of record, the Columbian, told us in April Herrera ‘on the radar’ of national GOPCamas Republican in line to get help in run for Congress.”

Can you be any more “establishment” than the National GOP?

While Castillo was traveling the district seeking donations and getting known to voters, Herrera left during legislative session to catch a red-eye flight to Washington D.C., not to do anything to benefit the legislative district she is supposed to be representing, but to seek donations from Washington D.C. insiders 3,000 miles away from our state.

Herrera is guided by sitting 5th Congressional District Congress Woman Cathy McMorris Rodgers who her self is an “establishment” party member. Herrera says during her time working with McMorris Rodgers that she expressed a desire to run for office herself one day. Reportedly, McMorris Rodgers told her, “You never know when the opportunity is going to come.”

We saw that play out when she parachuted in, after many years absence, specifically to gain the seat vacated by former representative Richard Curtis and somehow instantly became the “favored candidate” amongst 11 others who had remained in the district.

She also says, indicating her opportunism, that she and her new husband “tentatively decided that this was not the year” to run for higher office, until Baird announced his retirement, that is.

The Olympian tells us, “Herrera is also moving up in the National Republican Congressional Committee’s ‘Young Gun’ rankings.”

“Establishment?”

Herrera has been blatantly dishonest with voters, misleading them on her support of the pro-SEIU bill HB 1329, that would have forced childcare centers into the union, after they had declined the union’s offer.

And now, Herrera has the audacity to claim David Castillo is “the establishment candidate” due to his hold sub-cabinet level position during the Bush Administration?

Also very telling to me is her silence over the revelation of an irregular poll showing her opponent Castillo supposedly at only 5% and she targets Castillo, instead of David W. Hedrick, who this very questionable poll places 2 points ahead of her.

Doesn’t a bogus poll touted by Hedrick affect Jaime Herrera too?

Why would she tell an Olympia radio host that her and Hedrick’s campaign get along greatly, as if old friends? Wouldn’t the target actually be the one you are most afraid will defeat you in the election and not the one supposedly dead last?

Jaime Herrera can try to divert the “establishment” claim onto David Castillo all she wishes, but clearly, everything about her points to she is in fact “the establishment candidate,” not David Castillo.

August 1, 2010

Castillo 4, Heck 3, Herrera 1, Hedrick 0

by lewwaters


For all of the smoke and hype associated with political campaigns, newspaper editorial endorsements seem to reflect some of the better polling on candidates. No, they are not always right and they don’t always choose the best candidate, at least according to our own thoughts.

But, they have the chance to actually view the candidates the most and spend the most time sitting down and discussing more issues one on one with them in order for their editorial boards to select who to endorse. They see the candidates back stage and view how they interact with campaign staff and others, something most voters never see.

I believe such is the case now that the larger newspapers are issuing their editorial board endorsements for Washington State 3rd Congressional District candidates.

At least 2 camps I’m sure will disagree and complain, but what else is new from them?

So far, the Seattle Times, the Columbian, the Longview Daily News and the Centralia Chronicle have chimed in for our primary election coming August 17. Since it is a primary election on who to choose to move forward to the general election, each chose two they desire to see win the nomination in our top two primary.

Every single one has chosen Republican David Castillo for one of the top two slots. Three chose Democrat Denny Heck for the second slot and one chose Republican Jaime Herrera for the second slot.

None chose David Hedrick who says he served in the Marine Corps and acts as if he and he alone know best about the constitution.

Also not selected was Democrat Cheryl Crist, a gutsy lady running on an anti-war anti-military platform. I say gutsy because she is willing to stand before audiences where the majority disagree with her and often jeer her. She does not back down from them and cower.

Norma Jean Stevens, the lone Independent was also not endorsed. Norma Jean Stevens is a political novice who entered the race late but has shown much improvement in her delivery and confidence in expressing herself. Should she not win in this primary and choose to continue pursuing public office, I believe she will fair well in the future.

The Seattle Times was the first to issue an endorsement in this race, selecting Castillo and Heck. Of the 2 men they stated,

“On numerous issues ranging from financial reform to federal spending, Heck elevates the discussion with his vast knowledge and solution-oriented approach. Castillo wraps no-nonsense earnestness into conservative principles, which have room for compassion for people living in poverty.”

Next Came the Columbian who chose to endorse two Republicans, David Castillo and Jaime Herrera. Of the two Republicans they said,

“The new voices of Castillo and Herrera resonate more compellingly with both traditional and visionary values,” adding “Castillo entered the race early, months before Baird retired, and wasted no time attacking both the incumbent and the Obama administration. His cut-spending, promote-the-private-sector platform is imbued with bedrock GOP principles, but he also proffers innovative ideas.”

Next came the Longview Daily News, who also chose David Castillo and Denny Heck. Of the candidates they said,

“Heck and Castillo impressed us as the most capable candidates in this crowded field, and they would offer voters in a district that trends both red and blue an excellent choice come November. Both hold fast to the principles of their respective parties, but they have the maturity and experience required to understand the practical value of moderation and cooperation.”

Lastly we come to the Centralia Chronicle who also chose Republican David Castillo and Democrat Denny Heck. They consider the nomination of Heck a given, considering he is the lone Democrat running at the top. Of Castillo, however, they state,

“Castillo’s combination of military service, work with the Department of Homeland Security, his tenure as the deputy assistant secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs for the Department of Veterans Affairs, his presidential appointee for the Intergovernmental Affairs Office with the U.S. Department of Labor, his time as Chief of Staff for the state House Minority Leader, his master’s degree from Gonzaga University, and his successful business as a financial advisor, give us the most assurance he would be able to handle himself and stick to his conservative principles when he leaves the Evergreen State to represent us back East.”

After apologetically saying Hedrick did not have what it takes, they said of Herrera, who had some support on their editorial board,

“we question her overall experience to navigate during these most trying of times in our nation, from fighting two wars, a deep recession and a push by the Democrats for Big Government at every turn.”

The Chronicle ends their endorsement with,

“Castillo is in line with our views on the economy. We can trust he will remain true to his fiscally conservative outlook. Castillo is the right choice for this primary election.”

With the condition of the nation’s economy and the ever deepening recession, we need to send a well qualified and sincere person to Washington D.C. We need not only strong leadership and representation for the 3rd Congressional District, but we need a strong voice of conservative sanity, one that doesn’t feed an ego off of a YouTube video or that is just too naïve to understand what she is doing.

We need David Castillo, the only candidate endorsed by all 4 major newspapers in the 3rd Congressional District to date.

July 31, 2010

Castillo District Wide Meet & Greet

by lewwaters

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

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

July 29, 2010

David Castillo Endorsed by National Defense PAC

by lewwaters

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

The PAC’s stated mission is;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 29, 2010

Battle Ground Forum Draws Small Audience

by lewwaters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 27, 2010

Breakfast with David Castillo and Rob McKenna

by lewwaters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Their efforts failed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

David Castillo is the “real deal.”

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