Posts tagged ‘Jaime Herrera’

January 5, 2012

An Open Letter to the Washington State Republican Party

by lewwaters

Updated with reply from Kirby Wilbur below

Today I received a letter from the WSRP asking me for a donation to be a “2012 Sustaining Member.” As many know, I have my problems with the Republican Party and consider myself an Independent Conservative, not a Republican any longer. Below is a copy of the letter I have sent back in response to their request for a donation.

January 6, 2012

Mr. Kirby Wilbur and Staff

I am in receipt today of your written request to become a “sustaining member” of the Washington State Republican party. I cannot in good conscience donate any funds to the party.

My reasons are due to having witnessed the WSRP playing favorites in contested primaries by endorsing or promoting one Republican candidate over another Republican candidate. It is not up to the party to tell voters who we may vote for. It is up to the voters to decide who we wish to vote for.

I witnessed this during the 2010 3rd Congressional District race where Jaime Herrera Beutler was openly endorsed by the Cowlitz County Republican Party, the Pacific County Republican Party and the Wahkiakum County Republican Party. While the Clark County Republican Party did not openly endorse her candidacy, they may as well have as the board clearly promoted her over other Republicans and in fact, often denigrated another Republican candidate, an act shared by those in both Pacific and Cowlitz Republican Parties.

I am once again witnessing this selective promotion of one candidate over another in a contested primary as candidate for governor, Rob McKenna is clearly being favored and endorsed by the WSRP while another Republican challenger, Shahram Hadian is completely ignored and marginalized.

I am sure I do not need to remind you that Mr. McKenna does not have the strongest conservative record.

As long the WSRP continues to ignore Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment, “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican,” I cannot and will not support the party. I will lend my support directly to the candidate I feel has the best conservative record.

It is not up to the people to “Be The Party,” but it is up to the party to “Be With The People.”

Sincerely

Lewis A. Waters

UPDATE: Kirby Wilbur replied on facebook with,

There has been no official endorsement of any candidate running for Governor by either me or the WSRP. Mr Hadian will be on the ballot and all of you can campaign for him, donate to his campaign and vote for him in August. If he is the nominee, the WSRP will do everything in it’s power, as will I, to make him the next Governor. Judah, you know this, we had lunch and talked about this face-to-face. Perhaps if some of you spent less time posting about and more time working for your candidates, they would have a better chance, better organizations and more money.”

He has yet to reply or comment on the December 17, 2011 Seattle Times quote,

“State GOP Chairman Kirby Wilbur said he and other state party leaders recently notified the Republican National Committee that McKenna was the only credible Republican candidate in the race, clearing the way for the party to start funding his campaign before the Aug. 7 primary.”

I’m very disappointed that Kirby Wilbur, who I have admired and respected for some time, will now play such games of semantics.

UPDATE 2: I stand corrected in my claim that I did not say the WSRP endorsed McKenna as I did in fact use the word endorsed in the letter. I am still waiting to hear from Kirby Wilbur or any leadership of WSRP on the Seattle Times quote.

April 21, 2011

Marine Corporal David Hedrick Still Blaming His Wife

by lewwaters

Abraham Lincoln is credited with once saying, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” I am hard pressed to see a more fitting example of that than when it comes to former 3rd Congressional District candidate and self professed “Icon of the Tea Party” Marine Corporal David W. Hedrick.

Ever since he burst on the scene with his verbal confrontation against former 3rd Congressional District Representative Brian Baird in August 2009, Hedrick has worked to keep his name out in the public. From his better than expected run for Baird’s position after he announced retirement to his attempt at literary genius in writing a children’s book, he seems to not want the community to forget who he is.

One such effort was not expected nor wanted by him, I’m sure. That being his arrest in October 2010 for Domestic Violence, that he was acquitted of earlier this year. The acquittal was no great surprise as his wife recanted the allegations she first leveled against him. Some accept her recantation and others do not as is always the case in such matters. In the end, no one among us knows what really happened that evening but Hedrick and his wife.

November 21, 2010

Note to Incoming Republicans: Don’t Forget, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

by lewwaters

The smoke has settled and the newly elected Representatives are assembled in Washington D.C. receiving their orientation and selecting office space. Come January and the House of Representatives switches back to a significant majority of Republicans while the Senate will remain in Democrat hand, but with a much smaller majority.

The new junior legislators ran on a variety of promises to be elected, from repealing Obamacare to restoring jobs in America. With the nation still locked deep in massive unemployment and unemployment benefits running out, many already exhausting the meager checks long ago, jobs must be the number one priority if we are to begin actually making any significant recovery.

Some of these new Representatives campaigned on promises they would create the jobs and bring them back to the districts they will soon represent. Voters will surely be disappointed when they realize the jobs created by Congress will just prolong the Great Recession and those who made such promises may end up not only facing some very angry constituents, but in 2 years will see their seats taken away from them.

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 19, 2010

Hedrick’s ‘the Liberal Clause’ Destined for New York Times Best Seller? Giggle, snort, snicker

by lewwaters

In spite of my earlier reservations on the existence of failed congressional candidate David W. Hedrick’s book, the Liberal Clause, HERE and HERE, originally advertised as being shipped July 15, the book does in fact exist and even though months late, is finally being shipped to those who pre-ordered the book.

One of several people that contacted me with their reservations and worries about the book was gracious enough to scan the 43 pages and emailed them to me, with the comment, “What a waste of $20.00. It should not have been sold for more than $4.00.

After struggling to get through the short 43 pages it was easy to see why ‘Bob’ felt it worth only $4.00. The works of a literary midget, the pages are filled with spelling and grammatical errors. Hedrick would have served himself well by having someone review the pages before sending it to whoever he paid to print it.

November 13, 2010

Can the Washington State GOP be Saved?

by lewwaters

Not grabbing headlines just yet is Americans for Prosperity State Director and radio host Kirby Wilbur announcing his intent to challenge Washington State Republican Party Chairman Luke Esser for the party’s top spot in 2011.

In a November 9th notice sent to the Everett Herald Wilbur said,

“We did make some gains last Tuesday, but not as many as we should have, given that the voters rejected the income tax and candy tax so overwhelmingly and reinstated 960 as well by a large margin. I have gotten a lot of support and encouragement from within the party and have a vision for the state party and I think the skills and talent to bring it about.” 

A careful review of the general election results this year and comparison to other regions shows that the Republican Party is due for a major shake-up in Washington State and also at several county level parties’.

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 12, 2010

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

by lewwaters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Party chair Hart might want to reconsider his thought now.

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

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.

August 15, 2010

When Does The Sleazy Campaigning Stop?

by lewwaters

Nothing is useful which is not honest.” Ben Franklin

I’ve said it before and I continue to say it, the campaign ongoing for the 3rd Congressional District seat is the sleaziest I have seen in all my years. I cannot fault the Democrats as they selected a strong contender in Denny Heck and got behind him fairly quick, save a few diehard supporters of liberal Craig Pridemore.

No, it has been completely on the Republican side with the sleaze thrown at one candidate only, David Castillo. With just two days until mail-in ballots are due to be postmarked and counted, it continues.

I called the Vancouver Castillo campaign office this afternoon to see just how things were going and was met by a very distraught and frustrated campaign manager who related to me how some time over night, several more Castillo campaign signs were completely destroyed.

Hwy 14 and 192nd.

I’m not talking about the small yard signs, but these were the larger signs staked deep into the ground and steadied by braces. As I was told, “it looked almost like someone drug them out with a chain attached to a pick-up truck.”

Herrera signs were left unscathed and in a couple locations, Hedrick signs were placed nearby, also unscathed.

As the cowards who slink around under the cover of darkness know, no one knows for sure who they are and little will ever be done by the authorities. That is why they operate in such a cowardly fashion. They fail to realize that they are denying others of their constitutional right to campaign and exercise free speech in campaigning. Like we have seen all too many times in our history, the constitution only applies to their rights, not the rights of others.

While to some degree this happens during every election, it was elevated to new heights this year shortly after the candidate filing date passed.

We have been treated to false bravado and bogus polling showing Castillo dead last in the race. Yet, he remains the target of one campaign especially whose candidate goes on the air to whine about being attacked when no such attacks have occurred.

If you are not aware of what I am saying, listen to the Thursday, August 12 broadcast of the OPB radio program Think Out Loud when David Hedrick is asked about some legal problems his father in Florida is accused of. While I find such accusations unrelated and off limits to this campaign, Hedrick’s initial reply was quite suspicious.

His words were, “one that information you got is inaccurate. It’s probably from another blogger. We’ve had tons of smear campaigns here.” Listening to him speak, it was almost sounded as if he was expecting such a question.

I have yet to read or see any mention of anything remotely related to the accusation on any blog or media, other than the OPB article that was printed shortly after the broadcast and later in the Columbian. Did Hedrick set up his own smear to deflect attention and try to draw sympathy?

A check of Central Florida newspapers after the broadcast also brought back no information from their archives. So, how was it that the OPB moderator was able to “read” of this and where did he read of it? Legal documents are cited, so someone tipped them off.

Would Hedrick or one of his people plant this information so he may play victim and blame others for smearing him? Your guess is as good as mine.

From bogus allegations all across the Columbian’s comments sections of Castillo starting fights in parking lots to bogus polling showing Castillo dead last and Hedrick out in front, David Castillo has been the steady target. Like those pesky little dogs always yapping and nipping at his ankles, supporters of Hedrick’s have labeled David Castillo everything from an “anchor baby” to a Bush lackey.

What I find to be very telling and a great deal curious is the complete silence of the other GOP candidate, Jaime Herrera, the establishment favorite with strong party backing. While this bogus poll Hedrick embraced and advertised show he and her in a statistical tie, they act like old friends, while always snipping at Castillo’s ankles.

They don’t compete with each other in this race, but send out Hedrick supporters, like attack dogs to go after the one they claim is dead last in it all.

What makes it even more curious is knowing that the GOP chair of Pacific County, a strong Herrera supporter, offered to pay the over $1700.00 filing fee to former candidate Chris Boyd to encourage him not to drop out. Isn’t that generous of a county party chair that supports an opponent running against David Castillo?

It does beg the question whether or not such an offer was also made to another, but we will never know for a fact one way or the other.

Most suspicious in that never to be answered question is that the attacks against Castillo from supporters of Hedrick were elevated to levels not seen before beginning shortly after the candidate filing date passed.

And, Herrera remains untouched and says nothing about any of it, other than how great she and Hedrick get along.

It is almost as if some sort of deal was made between the supposed front runners in a statistical tie, according to the bogus poll Hedrick and his supporters swear by, to run interference and be political hit men against supposed dead last candidate Castillo, while Jaime Herrera acts sweet as pie in it all and innocent as driven snow.

And now, two days before ballots are due, unnamed cowards sneak around during darkness to destroy expensive campaign signs of Castillo while leaving their guys alone and placing them where Castillo’s were.

Unfortunately for these cowards, voters throughout the 3rd district are smarter than this. I am confident they will see through this charade and vote accordingly.

Castillo supporters, you can counter this cowardly ankle biting by standing up and making your voices heard. Call Castillo’s campaign office and offer to help sign wave or man the phone banks.

Gather neighbors and friends together for an impromptu support rally.

Show this small band of malcontents their tactics are not working and come Wednesday morning, they will be little more than a bad memory.

If we wish to clean up politics, it’s up to us. No one will do it for us. And we can spend the next two days showing these sleaze merchants they have failed. Contact Michelle Miller at Michelle@castilloforcongress.com and offer to join in and let’s vote for the candidate we want, not what we are being told we should have.

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 11, 2010

The Generosity of the Cowlitz GOP is Underwhelming

by lewwaters

The Cowlitz County GOP has sent out an invitation to candidates for a BBQ, August 21, 2010 inviting all candidates to come speak before attendees.

That I can recall, I have never met Schimmel, but this “invite” to speak, FOUR DAYS AFTER THE PRIMARY is just unbelievable.

If you recall, the Cowlitz GOP was the first County Party to endorse candidates, months before the candidate filing deadline had even arrived. One of their endorsed candidates ended up having to withdraw over personal reasons and I never heard if they endorsed anyone in his place.

Other than entertainment, what good will it do for candidates to speak before those in attendance 4 days AFTER the primary?

Obviously, non-endorsed candidates did not receive a fair shake from the Cowlitz GOP and voters were denied a fair and balanced assessment of candidates running for office there.

As I have said many times, individual endorsements of candidates is one thing, but the party itself should not issue endorsements prior to the primary, even with out top two primary system. Voters deserve better.

Poetic justice would be for this to be the platform used by cute little Jaime Herrera and scandal ridden Jon Russell to make their concession speeches.

Little wonder the GOP has such a difficult time winning elections in counties with such poor party leadership.

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