No doubt Monica Stonier received a good dose of political fever when she was selected as a delegate to the 2008 Democratic Convention in Denver that cemented the nomination and eventual election of Barack Obama to the highest seat in the land, the presidency.
So much so that she seems to feel ready to move from middle school teacher and union representative to state legislator in the 17th legislative district, position two seat being vacated by Democrat, Deb Wallace.
She received a place in the top two primary by defeating fellow Democrat Martin Hash, but unfortunately, the number of votes cast for both still came well short of those collected by Republican Paul Harris by nearly 3,000 votes.
From her page at Organizing for America to her lackluster speech given before a half empty room at the 2010 Washington State Democratic Convention, Monica shows herself to be just another Progressive trying to sound a bit conservative like Tim Probst has.
She gained the endorsement of the Columbian in the general election, after not receiving it in the primary due to “several blunders by her opponent during the campaign,” not due to her merit or accomplishments. Of the endorsement the Columbian also said, “The Columbian did not endorse Stonier in the primary because we were — and remain — worried about her close ties to the teachers union,” as well we all should be, given the influence of public unions and the current economic morass we remain in.
In typical Progressive fashion and possibly seeing her chances of winning not all that great, she has sent out a campaign flyer late in the race presumably in an attempt to pull some sort of ‘October Surprise’ by going completely negative on her opponent, prompting the Harris campaign to send out the following,
“A vast number of attack ads were mailed all over the 17th District on Friday. These ads, paid for by the Elect Monica Stonier Campaign slandered Paul Harris as a tax-cheat, a criminal and as one currently in violation of ethics laws. Here’s the full story:
A Criminal?: Six years ago, one of Paul’s employees poured some paint down a public drain and unknowingly committed an ecological infraction. Paul took responsibility for the accident and paid the fine. No, he did not pawn off his responsibility and fire the employee. Accidents are accidents.
In her dirty attack ad, Stonier tries to clothe this as Paul deliberately polluting because … because he hate water or something? Beats us. If that sounds ridiculous, it’s because it is.
A Tax-cheat?: Paul purchased a truck to use at his business and operated it in Oregon for years. (All this business stuff is hard for liberals to understand). When Paul closed that shop, he brought equipment back across the river, completely forgetting that his truck needed to be re-registered. Once notified, Paul did so immediately. He was never fined.
When asked how she will fix our budget, Stonier refers to the “10 million” dollars in reciprocal taxes for car tabs that are lost on these “tax-cheats” like Paul. While 10 million dollars would help, it’d hardly put a dent in the 3 billion dollars Stonier supports in additional spending. The saddest part is how insincere this political jab at Paul is. People ask for real answers to a real problem and all she can think to do is jab with this petty car tab issue.
An Ethics Violator?: The third accusation claims Paul is currently violating some sort of ethics laws. There was no reference for the slanderous claim. Stonier just made up an accusation and mailed it to tens of thousands of people. Paul isn’t even an elected official; can he break ethics laws? If so, which laws, and how did he break them?
It’s sad that a first time candidate wants to go negative like this, but when you’re wrong on the issues … what else can you do?”
I would hope Monica Stonier teaches her students better than such negative attacks to try to get ahead.
But, what of those “issues?” A look at her issues page reveals stands of, “I will not raise taxes. I will fight for fully funding education by cutting spending elsewhere” and “Our newest education legislation has promise but needs work. Our teachers and parents need a voice in this process.”
For a little insight into this “newest education legislation,” I refer you to Bob Dean, former candidate for the 18th legislative district who has taught school for many years and dropped out to devote more time to that endeavor as he explains some of our Common Core Standards recently adopted.
Somehow we are also supposed to believe that even though she is a strong teachers union supporter, if sent to Olympia, her advocacy will not be for the teachers union, which never seems to have enough of our tax dollars for “improvements” that seem to return every year.
Monica did raise a small fuss after being accused of supporting an income tax in Washington State. She maintains that the income tax is a “union position, not hers.” But, as a union representative and a junior legislator should she win and given that likelihood that even if the majority does not change in Olympia this year, they will undoubtedly lose several seats, would she end up knuckling under to union and party pressure, given the teachers union strong financial backing of the income tax initiative?
It’s real easy to say no during a campaign, but it just might be a lot harder later on. Most likely, the luxury of casting a no vote knowing full well the measure will pass anyways, like Tim Probst has done, will not be there after this election.
Looking at her ideas on Jobs and Health Care, there can be no doubt that tax dollars would have to be used to accomplish what she commits herself to do.
And, since she brought up, where exactly would she cut state spending and how would she convince the rest of the legislators to join her? Vague claims make good copy, but what are her specifics?
It’s little wonder that Monica, as young and lovely as she is, decided to revert to the Democratic playbook of slinging mud and negative attack ads. She claims that seeing Barack Obama inaugurated revealed to her the role she could play in state government and after seeing the negativity and wrong direction Obama and the Democrats have plunged the nation in, we don’t need more union reps or pro-Obama people in Olympia.
My support goes to Paul Harris