Posts tagged ‘Dino Rossi’

June 13, 2011

Gregoire Not Seeking Third Term

by lewwaters

Being reported in both the Olympian and the Seattle Times, “The Associated Press is reporting that Gov. Chris Gregoire is not seeking re-election to a third term. Gregoire is still set to “announce her future plans” at a 10 a.m. news conference today.”

More to follow, but ever since Christine Gregoire snatched the governorship from Republican Dino Rossi in 2004, the state has drastically increased spending that is now unsustainable.

Gregoire has faced fire for her reluctance to reign in spending that has left the state facing multi-Billion dollar gaps necessitating extreme measures to meet the balanced budget law.

Republican Rob McKenna has announced his intent to run for Governor and it is expected Democrat Jay Inslee will now enter the race to replace Gregoire.

UPDATE from TVW: “She said for the next 18 months of her term, she’ll work hard to ensure the state gets out of the recession. After that, she has no plans — except maybe taking a break to get to spend some time with her family.”

I dread seeing what she classifies as “work hard to ensure the state gets out of the recession,” after how she worked hard to plunge us deeper into this mess.

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 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 24, 2010

Patty Murray Finds Illegal Aliens to do the Campaigning Americans Won’t Do

by lewwaters

Illegal immigration is an ongoing problem within the United States with millions of undocumented aliens having snuck across our borders for various reasons. Most come to find a better life here instead of working to better their home country. Some come to carry drugs or other contraband into the country and some come with the intent to cause harm to American Citizens.

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.”

September 30, 2010

Patty Murray Awards $$$ to Clients of Former Aides Now Working as Lobbyists

by lewwaters

Ann Coulter labels Washington States senior Senator as the stupidest person in America, but that didn’t stop firms who are clients of her former aides now working as lobbyists from being awarded some $20,000,000.00 in earmarks that she inserted into the 2011 defense appropriations bill.

“At least 17 former Murray staff members have slid over to the lobbying sector, capitalizing on insider knowledge and connections to win favor for their clients, including lucrative earmarks.”

“They include Murray’s former chief of staff, Rick Desimone, who landed a $1 million earmark in the defense bill for a Canadian medical company with offices in Kirkland. The bill was an even bigger win for Shay Hancock, Murray’s former lead defense staffer, who lobbied for three firms that got $7.5 million in earmarks.”

“Murray’s clout as an appropriator helps explain why lobbyists and their firms — including those that employ her former staffers — are among her biggest campaign contributors.”

“Despite her own network of lobbyist backers, Murray’s campaign and state Democrats have relentlessly portrayed her Republican opponent, Dino Rossi, as unethical because of his ties to lobbyists. In particular, they’ve hit Rossi for business deals with two statehouse lobbyists more than a decade ago when he was a state senator.”

Read more: Seattle Times

The Moms Tennis Shoes continue to be the muddiest shoes in town.

September 29, 2010

Worksource Employee Involved in Murray Email Flap Takes a Shot At Veterans

by lewwaters

Weeks ago we were informed of a Workforce employee who used the resources of the Employment Security Department by contacting Veterans whose email she had to enlist their support of incumbent Senate Democrat, Patty Murray.

The employee, later identified as the Local Veteran Employment Representative for Worksource was to be disciplined in some manner for this breech of not only ethics, but violating state and federal law and the policies of the Employment Security Department.

By policy, what measures are to be taken are not made public.

This misconduct was first revealed on the blog site RedCounty.com by Bryan Myrick. Bryan, much to his credit, did not just let this matter drop and looking through several pages of emails received from the Washington Employment Security Department sees evidence that a campaign staffer from Murray’s campaign just might have coordinated with the Workforce employee to improperly use state resources in reaching out and convincing Veterans to support Murray.

Bryan’s work is well written and I have no intention of trying to “improve” upon what he has written. I can only suggest you go read his article and decide for yourself at Did Patty Murray’s Campaign Ask a State Worker to Use Gov’t Resources for Political Organizing?

What I do intend to do in this post is to express my outrage and utter dismay that a person employed in our state as the Local Veteran Employment Representative for the Washington Employment Security Department, after being exposed for her misuse of government resources to benefit one candidate over another would take a cheap shot at, of all people, VETERANS!

Yes, she is being paid to represent and assist those of us who have served in the Military and especially those serving today who are returning from battle in gaining meaningful employment once again as they reenter civilian life.

Myrick includes a copy of one email sent out by the employee sent to higher ups that begins apologetic to them and ends asking just “how high up the chain” did complaints from Veterans outraged over her email went. As you can see in the copy below from Myrick’s blog, in the middle of the email she says,

“I should have known that the Veteran Community would blow it way out of proportion.”

Excuse me?? She “should have known” that we Veterans, by “blowing it way out proportion” would end up misrepresenting her intent? That is how I take this email. She doesn’t actually take responsibility for her violation of law and instead, ends up blaming any of us who received the email and were offended by it for “blowing it way out of proportion.”

The original email sent out by the employee, Sally Garcia said,

“First I would like to say this is not an endorsement, just a call out to Veterans who may be interested in assisting with a “walk and knock” to remind people to vote. Specifically for Patty Murray. Whether you have voted for her in the past or are thinking of or planning to vote for her, the bottom line is she has done a lot for the Veterans of our community. Take a look at the attachments I have included and if you want to get involved contact Kerala Hise at 360-828-7898 or kerala@pattymurray.com.”(emphasis added)

Ms. Garcia signs the email as “Sally Garcia, Local Veteran Employment Representative, WorkSource Vancouver”

If her original email isn’t an endorsement, it’s a very strong supportive letter specifically sending Veterans she contacted to one candidate only and she not only uses a state compiled email list, but state owned computers.

Personally, other than throwing money and pandering for votes, this is one Veteran who doesn’t believe Murray is as strong of a Veterans advocate as she wishes us to think.

Regardless, how utterly distasteful for Ms. Garcia to take a cheap shot at Veterans, the very Veterans she says she works to represent, because we do not appreciate pandering or being used for political gain.

It is unknown if any disciplinary measures will rise to the level of termination in this matter. But if it doesn’t, may I suggest that Ms. Garcia be reassigned to another area.

The last thing Veterans need any more of is someone who is supposed to be advocating for us expressing such low regard for us.

Sally Garcia, with her slap at us, expresses eloquently what I see in Patty Murray towards Veterans. She may make a show of throwing a little money our way, but what high regard does either of them show to those who place their very lives on the line to keep both Patty Murray and Sally Garcia safe in their well paying taxpayer funded jobs?

Veterans deserve better!

September 26, 2010

Boeing, Boeing, Gone Means False Murray Attack

by lewwaters

Once again, the “Mom in sneakers” has mud all over her tennis shoes.

September 16, 2010

Dino Rossi New Ad, “Part of the Problem”

by lewwaters
September 10, 2010

Patty Murray And The Recovery Summer: Mission Accomplished?

by lewwaters

It’s time we replaced those tennis shoes with some work boots

August 23, 2010

More GOP “Conservative” Hypocrisy

by lewwaters

As I have said recently, my eyes have been opened to the sleaze and dirty tricks in the Clark County GOP. Nowhere can this be seen any better than in the obvious hypocrisy of these newly minted “conservatives” who have sought to redefine the word to fit them over those who have been conservative for a lifetime.

If readers will recall, Republican candidate David Castillo issued a “Robo-call” back in February that set off a great many Republicans locally. Ann Donnelly, past chair of the Clark GOP, even went so far as to contact the Castillo campaign to inform them that even if they did win the primary election, offers of support from the Clark GOP were “now off the table.”

That Ann is not in a position to speak for the Clark GOP is not mentioned.

Needless to say, Castillo’s Robo-call was used as leverage against him sparking as much outrage as humanly possible. It was just totally unacceptable to so many “Republicans” that he dared use a typical campaign tactic.

Hence, I find myself once again chuckling at the all too obvious hypocrisy displayed by so many Clark County “Republicans” as we can see than in the run-up to our August 17 primary, Tea Party favorite and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has also engaged in her own Robo-call in support of Tea Party favored candidate Clint Didier and taking a swipe against “Republican” Dino Rossi.

What do we hear from all of those oh so good “Christian Conservative” Republicans so incensed at David Castillo’s Robo-call?

NOT A DAMNED THING!!

Damned Hypocrites

August 21, 2010

Rossi Challenges Murray, Ignores Didier Demands

by lewwaters

Dino Rossi, former gubernatorial candidate has won the nomination to compete against liberal Patty Murray for the U.S. Senate seat she now occupies. Unlike some others, Rossi ran a clean campaign on the issues and did not rely on a little dough boy political hit man to do dirty work for him.

Rossi is not my ideal conservative candidate. In fact, none of the GOP candidates completely fit that role for me, but he did win the nomination and as I said earlier, whoever wins the nomination in the Senate race will have my support.

Clint Didier, favorite of the Ron Paulie crowd continues to make noise by withholding any endorsement of Rossi until Rossi pledges to support stands Didier took. Rossi also took the stands, but Didier continues to act as if he were still a player in the campaign, much like the boisterous Ron Paulie crowd does.

Rossi, looking like a true contender, issued a challenge to Murray to set up a series of debates, while Didier’s people run around dropping the F-bomb against Rossi.

What style and class.

In withholding his endorsement of Rossi, Didier claims, “the people lost faith and trust in this Republican party.”

He doesn’t know the half of it!

As we have found out, Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment, “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican,” only applies to some claiming to be of the GOP. Didier’s people give us a prime example of just that with their foul-mouthed goading of Rossi.

In another race where the Ron Paulie supported losing candidate did not hold out for any concessions before endorsing the winner, voters disenfranchised with GOP tactics are scoffed at, ridiculed and expected to “just get with the program” by GOP establishment leaders.

In the meantime, Rossi’s campaign released a statement saying,

Dino will keep working to earn the support of anyone who will work to reduce spending, get the economy back on track, and put Washingtonians back to work. He knows Washingtonians are principled and independent and expect their public servants to run on what they believe. In that spirit, Dino will continue to campaign on the things he believes, and will not submit to a list of demands made by anyone even people with whom he agrees, in Washington State or Washington, DC.”

Rossi, or whoever else might have won the nomination to run against Murray, is going to have a hard enough time unseating her as it is. A splintered and disenfranchised block of voters is not going to help.

Of course, if the GOP had any decent leadership in the state of Washington, this might not be the case; especially with so many nationwide very upset at the current Democratic Party leaders.

There is no way of knowing just yet whether or not Patty Murray will agree to debate Rossi or just how it will play out.

With Murray’s polling numbers, though, maybe she should put Didier on salary to keep throwing his tantrum.

August 12, 2010

Which Candidates Signed the “Contract From America.”

by lewwaters
August 8, 2010

“Grassroots” Hypocrisy and Double Standard

by lewwaters

As we are coming down to the wire for our August 17 primary, I am struck at the desperation ad released by the Clint Didier campaign that misleads in a vicious attack on Dino Rossi.

The Seattle Times does a fair job of dismantling these claims, but that isn’t what really strikes me. The blatant hypocrisy I see in those who claim to be the “true grassroots” that support Didier is what smacks me.

Let me say here I am no staunch admirer of Rossi and remain undecided in who I will vote for to run against Murray. Whoever wins the primary will receive my support in that race.

As to the double standard and rank hypocrisy, think back to a few months ago and still at he comments when 3rd Congressional District candidate, David Castillo’s campaign released a brief 30 second Robo-call pointing out some brutal truths against his opponent, Jaime Herrera and the cries of those supporters against it. Many of those condemning the Castillo call, even though completely truthful, continually bring it up today as pointing him out to be “unfit for office.”

Think of all the outrage at shortcomings in their record have been mentioned and labeled as “vicious uncalled for attacks.”

And now, on the Didier hit piece, what do we hear but stone silence?

Many of those “grassroots” that so heavily condemned Castillo have thrown their support behind Clint Didier. There is also a mix of supporters for Castillo’s two opponents, Jaime Herrera and David W. Hedrick, both with questionable character themselves that condemned Castillo and are now silent over this ad by Didier.

For all of their condemnation of the “system” and of being the “true grassroots” moving away from “same old, same old,” it is astonishing to see them using the very tactics they so readily condemned recently when it benefits their chosen candidate.

I await word of these “true grassroots” groups release of their condemnation of Clint Didier’s deceptive ad, but please pardon me if I don’t hold my breath.

August 4, 2010

Patty Murray Forgets Her Voting Record

by lewwaters

Patty Murray’s latest ad. Hard to tell if she is running against Dino Rossi or George W. Bush.

For all of her cries on Wall Street, did she forget that she voted twice for Wall Street bail outs?

Seems she is more of a friend to Wall Street than either Republican candidate.

July 18, 2010

Who Can Oust Patty Murray?

by lewwaters

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

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

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

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

Akers remains close behind her and gaining ground.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 16, 2010

Liberal Democrats Worried About Losing the Senate Now

by lewwaters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 13, 2010

Make Murray Worry

by lewwaters

The new ad that has Seattle Progressive’s in a twist

H/T to www.MakeMurrayWorry.com and American Action Network

July 10, 2010

Clint Didier Shoots Himself In The Foot

by lewwaters

Even though I remain undecided as to just who I would like to see win the nomination to face off against Patty Murray in the general election, It is with great sadness that I have to say Clint Didier’s name has fallen completely off of the list.

I was initially impressed with Clint, especially when he approached me outside of the Hilton the evening of the Lincoln Day dinner to thank me for serving in Viet Nam, having seen my Viet Nam Veterans cap I often wear.

Although undecided, I have been leaning towards him, in spite of him previously saying on his twitter page, “Just finished meeting with Ron Paul. What an inspirational leader! Makes me want to fight harder for Liberty!”

The looniness of Ron Paul is well known and seeing Didier describe him as an “inspirational leader” disturbed me immensely, but I continued to give Clint the benefit of doubt.

I can no longer hold that benefit of doubt as Clint has now come forward repeating Ron Paul’s claims of “Afghanistan is not a war, but a conflict” and “we should never have gone in there without a formal declaration of war.”

Audio of KUOW’s “The Conversation” with Ross Reynolds interview with Clint Didier HERE

Just as wrong as Ron Paul remains to be over this, since Congress overwhelmingly authorized going after the terrorists in Afghanistan, in the shadow of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that murdered nearly 3,000 innocent civilians and considering that groups like Al Qaeda and other radical Jihadists had been steadily attacking American interests for over two decades at the time, Didier is way off base as well, in my estimation.

We often hear Ron Paul worshippers proclaim him to be heir apparent to the legacy of Ronald Reagan. They cite Reagan’s withdrawing from Lebanon after over 200 Marines were lost in a terrorist attack there, but they ignore Reagan’s own words of,

“In the profound sadness that fell over the whole country in the aftermath of the Beirut bombing, I had to decide what to do next in Lebanon. Not surprisingly, there was new pressure in Congress to leave that country. Although I did my best to explain to the American people why our troops were there, I knew many still didn’t understand it. I believed in – and still believe in – the policy and decisions that originally sent the marines to Lebanon.”

Ronald Reagan: LEBANON, BEIRUT AND GRENADA

Didier brings up Paul’s notion of using “Letters of Marque and Reprisal” as viable alternative, ignoring that every other nation banned them in the mid-1800’s and that we are signatories to the Geneva Conventions, that forbids the use of mercenaries in warfare by nations.

Didier says in this regard, “So we put a bounty on their head through letters of marque and reprisal” adding it should be “One Billion Dollars.”

How disconnected from reality can he and Ron Paul be? Money isn’t what radical Jihadists are after. They are religious zealots misguided by their misinterpretation of the Qu’Ran and the false belief that God is on their side in this.

Last I recall hearing there has been a $50 Million bounty on Bin Laden with no takers that can get close enough to him.

As a Viet Nam Veteran, I remember well as congress pulled the plug on us, after tying our hands for so many years with ridiculous “rules of engagement” and losing over 58,000 of my fellow Veterans and we abandoned that struggling ally to fall under the darkness of communism for far too many years.

Didier and Paul, perhaps without even realizing it, are advocating just such a repeat scenario.

We have lost well over 1,000 of our Troops in Afghanistan and many more in Iraq, Troops who went off to war to protect our freedoms and fight to free people in a foreign land. Walking away and leaving the job unfinished once again would totally invalidate their sacrifices, as was ours by not finishing the job in Viet Nam.

Didier and Paul think it reprehensible that we did not formally declare war, ignoring the congressional vote authorizing the war, but abandoning friends in need to their fate of oppression seems not to bother them.

Another quote from Ronald Reagan, from a July 1975 Reason Magazine Interview,

“Once you are going to commit yourself to a combat role and you’re going to ask young men to fight and die for your country, then you have a moral obligation as a nation to throw the full resources of the nation behind them and to win that war as quickly as possible and get it over with…”

Sorry Clint, I still admire your football career, your devotion to your community and appreciate your shaking my hand to thank me for serving, but I cannot get behind any candidate that falls into league with Ron Paul or can treat the sacrifices of our Troops so cavalierly.

June 5, 2010

Salazar Drops Out, Backs Rossi

by lewwaters

Another Republican hoping to unseat Democrat, Patty Murray, the Mom in muddy tennis shoes incumbent, has dropped his bid and endorsed former state senator and two-time gubernatorial candidate, Dino Rossi.

The Seattle Times tells that as of yesterday, June 4, Sean Salazar has announced ending his bid and endorsing Dino Rossi.

In announcing his withdrawal, Salazar said,

“I am not the only candidate who is ready to shake things up back in Washington, D.C., and I consider Dino Rossi to be a friend and the most capable U.S. Senate candidate who will work very hard to help steer this country in the right direction.”

Salazar joins with other former candidates, Dr. Art Coday and 17th district state senator Don Benton and motivational speaker Chris Widener in dropping their bids to endorse Rossi.

Former NFL player, Clint Didier, who was considered the front runner prior to Rossi’s entry and has received the endorsement of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and entrepreneur and small businessman Paul Akers remain in the race.

No word yet from Craig Williams, whose campaign has never gotten any traction.

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