Posts tagged ‘Washington 3rd Congressional District’

November 20, 2011

Could Tim ‘Leave-It’ Be Elected Dog Catcher?

by lewwaters

With full apologies to the honorable profession of dog-catcher for comparing Vancouvers worst ever Mayor to them, I read with great interest our local version of Pravda, the Columbian as they continue to hawk ‘Liar’ Leavitt’s chances of being elected to higher office, namely to the seat of 3rd congressional district representative, now held by the equally inept Jaime Herrera Beutler.

Leavitt eyes pros, cons of taking on Herrera Beutler

Both of these marvels of modern politics have accidently stumbled upon doing some things right, but for the most part, are mere puppets of unseen handlers directing what they do while in office.

Herrera Beutler’s less than stellar political career is diligently laid out at the link, so no need for me to rehash how, in spite of a youthful cuteness, she hasn’t a clue.

No, the focus here will be on Tim ‘Leave-It’s’ less than stellar performance as Mayor of Vancouver, Washington ever since openly lying his way into office, also seen here.

August 1, 2011

Herrera Beutler Screws Us and She’s Frustrated?

by lewwaters

I can’t say I’m surprised to one, see Jaime Herrera Beutler (R Wa 03) support the largest debt increase in the history of the nation, two express frustration over the deal she voted for and three, justify selling out constituents.

But that is just what she has done, Herrera Beutler admits frustration with debt-limit deal

No one else should be surprised either. This is a pattern seen during her brief tenure occupying a seat as 18th legislative district representative. After all, she didn’t bat an eyelid when she crossed the aisle to help Democrats strip the last $229 Million of the states Rainy Day Fund last year.

She justified that boner as to prevent a tax increase too, just as she did in voting for this sell-out debt limit increase.

She didn’t even bother to check out a bill she co-sponsored and twice voted for that would have forced childcare centers into the unions. That one she justified by claiming it would do such thing and having her then campaign manager, Casey Bowman issue a press release stating that I and any others exposing her record were “spreading false information.”

Herrera Campaigns Attempt At Damage Control

March 27, 2011

Herrera Beutler Discovers Obama’s “Kinetic Military Action”

by lewwaters

It has been a whole week since the Obama administration launched air and sea attacks against the country of Libya, Saturday March 19, 2011. In somewhat of a role reversal, it is Republicans now questioning the necessity of what the Obama administration is calling a “Kinetic Military Action” instead of a “war.”

As one man who has witnessed war, armed conflict or kinetic military action, whatever you wish to call it up close and personal, I question the necessity of all actions that might place our Troops in harm’s way.

From the first bomb dropping, several in congress from both parties questioned the necessity of a third war at this time, which drew the label of it isn’t a war but a “kinetic military action” from the administration. Call it what you will, people are dying from the use of munitions from opposing sides in battle.

I began looking for any word from our newly installed congresscritter Jaime Herrera-Beutler the same day the “Kinetic Military Action” commenced and during the week as well. Knowing she was excessively weak in the area of foreign policy, just one of several reasons why I opposed her candidacy last year, I was prepared to give-up on her taking any coherent stand on this issue.

January 6, 2011

Did Herrera Beutler Forget a Pay Off?

by lewwaters

Jaime Herrera Beutler, Washington State’s newest Representative for the 3rd Congressional District has achieved her dream of officially becoming a full-time professional career politician in the history books. How she did it never mattered to her, just that she made it and like other establishment career politicians, has began paying off those who helped her step on others to get where she is.

The Republican freshman began by announcing the appointment of past Clark County Republican Party chair, Ryan Hart as her District Director. Hart, in violation of words he spoke to me personally, publicly endorsed her while still chair of the party and promoted her candidacy from the chair, largely ignoring any other Republican Challenger, helping to create an unlevel playing field for the nomination.

Self-professed “Tea Party Icon,” Marine Corporal David W. Hedrick, former opponent of Herrera Beutler, told too many people that he was not going to file in June 2010 so he could back another candidate to “stop Herrera from winning” the nomination. I received several first-hand accounts from some very prominent people, some elected officials, of such words spoken to them by Hedrick.

Naturally, this was all before he ran the vicious campaign he did against the candidate he continually labeled as dead last in the polls and not being anywhere near he and Herrera, who were tied for first place in said polls.

January 4, 2011

GOP Chair That Led Herrera Beutler’s Election Handsomely Rewarded

by lewwaters

It’s no secret that I opposed the election of Jaime Herrera, now to be known by her husband’s name, Jaime Herrera Beutler, as the GOP nominee to replace retiring Democrat Brian Baird as Washington’s 3rd Congressional District Representative. It’s no secret that I resigned my PCO position right after being elected in August and distanced myself from the Clark County GOP due to what I saw as corruption and cronyism in creating an unlevel playing field that heavily favored her.

Herrera Beutler, who brings no substance to the office, won the GOP nomination and ultimately the seat against Democrat Denny Heck, who I also saw as not the best we could offer from our area. I have been accused of “sour grapes” since I no longer support the GOP over the Democrats, both being corrupt and infested with dirty tricks and cronyism in my estimation.

Although my blog is conservative in nature, my support of Republican David Castillo earned me the status of “the enemy” to many Clark County Republican Board Members. A heated exchange with past Clark GOP chair Anna Miller over me and my wife’s reasons for distancing ourselves from the party drew a comment from party chair Ryan Hart that I never saw or experienced anything I know I saw and experienced during the primary campaign.

November 19, 2010

Breaking News Alert: Herrera Paints Toenails and Draws Office Too

by lewwaters

If there was ever any doubt that this last election was only about Jaime Herrera and not what might be best for the 3rd Congressional District, Herrera’s attitude over drawing her office back home in Washington D.C. as well as her sorority antics over the selection today should put that at rest.

A photo taken by the AP’s Harry Hamburg captured Herrera’s juvenile antics over drawing what she must consider a prime office location.

An earlier article appearing in the Columbian, Herrera hits the Hill has Herrera expressing concern over the office she might draw. “I’m hoping the people of Southwest Washington who come to see me, can find me. It may be a closet,” she is quoted as saying.

Apparently she can put that dire concern to rest, judging by the AP Photos taken.

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.

October 31, 2010

Now You Speak Up, Congressman Baird?

by lewwaters

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

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

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

August 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 9, 2010

Strange Things Going On In the 3rd Congressional District Race

by lewwaters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can read the full report ‘Jason’ wrote HERE

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

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

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

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

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

In closing, my acquaintance added,

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

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

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

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

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

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

And, it stinks!

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

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

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

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

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

Sorry, paid site, no link available.

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.”

July 14, 2010

Jaime Herrera Says, “Trust Me”

by lewwaters

Newly seated, Jaime Herrera has obtained her wish of beginning her career as a professional politician. Her dishonesty is open for all to see, if they look. While nothing will change the outcome of the election, seeing the past chair of the Clark County GOP, Ryan Hart, a man who chaired the county party that strongly promoted her in a contested race against Republican candidates, a very unethical move, has been named as her District Director explains a lot. Cronyism, corruption and dishonesty, the mark of a true career politician.

Jaime Herrera, the Republican establishment backed candidate for Washington State 3rd Congressional District, has put together her first ever TV Ad.

Jaime Herrera for Congress TV Ad — “Trust” from Herrera Campaign on Vimeo.

A very nicely created ad that paints her in a very positive light. However, even though she says “Put trust in people,” it is common knowledge that such ads are designed to enlist trust in her in order that voters will send her back to Washington D.C., where she spent many years before returning to gain the 18th legislative district seat she will now be vacating.

Trust is a very fragile thing and hard to gain. It is something that must be earned, regardless of who desires it and the main way someone earns it is to be up front and honest with people, especially voters. Has Jaime been being honest with us? You should judge for yourself.

Jaime has been under fire for some time for her co-sponsorship and voting on HB 1329, a bill that many say would have forced childcare centers into a public union. Jaime maintains, “The bill I supported is not compulsory. It doesn’t violate my own standards.”

Yet, when the bill was being actively debated, we find;

January 29, 2010, the Seattle Times wrote, “The Seattle Times Editorial Board opposes House Bill 1329, a project of the Service Employees International Union to organize owners of child-care centers under labor law.”

“THE House of Representatives in Olympia has passed a bill that could force the owners of child-care centers into being represented by a union. This is an improper application of labor law.”

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/editorials/2010931289_edit31childcare.html

July 12, 2010

Jaime Herrera’s “Outlier” Moments

by lewwaters

More and more, when I hear Ms. Herrera speak, I feel she should follow the example of Barack Obama and use a tele-prompter to avoid embarrassing herself with contradictions and questionable justifications for part of her controversial voting record, that she tells us to look at and judge her by, but is labeled an attack against her should you mention it.

Her support of and votes for HB 1329, the controversial pro-union bill that would have resulted in forced unionization of childcare centers that accepted state funds for low-income families, had it not been for the efforts of Senate Republicans, remains an embarrassing vote for her and she has tried various defenses of it, all falling flat.

After months of defending and justifying her actions in regards to this bill, in a recent Vancouver Business Journal interview, she now says her support and vote was an “outlier vote and not indicative of her three-year record in state government.”

First off, she doesn’t have quite 3 years yet, but why get wrapped up in minor technicalities.

But, “outlier?” A curious word referring to a statistical difference in sampling which brings up a question as to her using it.

Jaime maintains she supported and voted for the bill as a “result of concerns voiced by members of the day care industry in her district.” She also has maintained she will vote the concerns of her constituents over party interests any time. Yet, she tells the Vancouver Business Journal such support amounts to “an outlier vote.”

Does that mean her support of pro-unions legislation is “outlier?” Or, voting for the best interests of constituents is an “outlier?”

If it really was an “outlier vote,” as stated, why did Jaime’s campaign manager send out a memo defending and justifying her vote and not once mentioning it was an “outlier vote?”

Herrera Campaigns Attempt at Damage Control

I suspect another “outlier vote” for Jaime would be her crossing the aisle to help Democrats strip the last $229,000,000.00 out of our rainy day fund. Of that, Herrera said, “In my mind, it was raise taxes or take money from the rainy day fund. And I’ll choose taking money from the fund over taxes every time.”

Did she somehow miss the recent slate of newly implemented and raised taxes and the new push to fool voters into accepting an income tax?

Was it just another “outlier vote” that now leaves us with no safety cushion and a looming $3 Billion budget deficit the next legislature will be dealing with, up from the previous $2.6 Billion deficit allegedly just balanced?

In another recent article appearing in the Columbian, Jaime told Kathie Durbin, “Not once have you heard me criticize Brian Baird’s performance in Southwest Washington.”

Yet, several times now, Jaime readily criticizes the very party she seeks support and votes from, lastly at the Leadership Clark County forum where she expressed admiration for Barack Obama in that he made health care a “priority” while the Republicans completely failed on any health care issue.

At previous forums I attended she criticized Republicans for issues ranging from border control to poor congressional performance, once stating Republicans losing control of both houses of congress in 2006 “was a good thing.”

Yet, she readily boasts of “not once criticizing Democrat Brian Baird’s performance in Southwest Washington.” Is the ongoing criticism of the GOP just another “outlier” moment too?

Just how many “outlier moments” does it take before you realize that her main Republican opponent, David Castillo is correct as he states, “Her pro-business rhetoric does not match her record?”

Perhaps it’s a case of Jaime Herrera’s “Outlier Moments” are more common than many are willing to admit.

Little wonder that seeing her place a campaign sign directly under a pro-union sign on 78th Street just seemed the most appropriate place to place one.

July 8, 2010

Large Turnout at Leadership Clark County 3rd CD Forum

by lewwaters

Direct Link to CVTV video of the Forum, with thanks to Jeremy for posting it in comments : http://tinyurl.com/29ygogo

For any who may think politics are boring and few are paying attention, this evening’s forum for 3rd Congressional Candidates, held at Clark College’s Gaiser Hall should put that to rest as the auditorium was near capacity as Clark County voters turned out to hear what just may be the only chance we in Clark County have to see and listen to all 6 candidates running to replace retiring Brian Baird.

Attending the forum were Democrats Denny Heck and Cheryl Crist, Independent Normal Jean Stevens and Republicans, David Castillo, David Hedrick and Jaime Herrera. All answered questions posed by moderator, Elson Strahan.

I found some of the questions a bit curious, not readily seeing the relevancy to the 3rd Congressional District, but at the same time I realize a congressman will have to vote on and address issues outside of our district. Also, such questions do give voters the ability to see how well each candidate is informed on all of the issues and their ability to think on their feet.

I was immediately disappointed to hear Jaime Herrera state she placed “dead last” on Evergreen Freedom Foundation’s Big Spender list. Disappointed because she is but one of 20 that placed that low on their list.

Asked bout the Columbia River Crossing project, Denny Heck stated he supports a new bridge with light rail and as for tolls, he quoted, “No Tolls, No Bridge.”

David Hedrick, 31 year-old former Marine and accountant spoke of his last employer being a bridge builder, granting him insight into such a project.

Cheryl Crist surprised me as she stated she is receptive to a new bridge, but not to tolls, saying the Federal Government should either for the cost 100% or form a partnership with Oregon, Washington and the Federal Government to fund the project.

Adding her anti-war leaning to the answer, Crist added that if we can build state of the art facilities for Baghdad, they should be able too across the Columbia River as well.

Jaime Herrera agreed with Crist and David Castillo drew a laugh as he stood up saying “the apocalypse is upon us” as he agreed too.

Asked about the ongoing war, Crist responded that we had killed over one million in Iraq and we should bring the Troops home from both theaters and spend the money elsewhere.

Hedrick spoke of the constitution giving congress the authority to vote for and fund the war, but the president is Commander in Chief.

Herrera replied that Barack Obama did the right thing in firing General McChrystal and that he should create a “Unity of Purpose” between the public, Congress and himself.

Castillo pointed out that Iraq is a success and on the road to being a “Muslim version of Israel” in implementing a Democratic form of government.

Denny Heck remarked that Afghanistan is now America’s longest war and what do we have to show for it? I would answer no additional terrorist attacks on our soil during the remainder of the Bush administration, Denny.

Asked about the current Health care reform that recently passed, Jaime Herrera called for a complete do over, but expressed admiration for Obama in that he made health care a “priority” where the Republicans completely failed on any health care.

Castillo is running on a promise to fight to repeal the health care reform bill and pointed out that Herrera’s comment earlier that she favors free market solutions in reforming health care do not fly since she voted in the legislature to give the state Insurance Commissioner more control over private health care insurance and that is not a “free market” solution.

Denny Heck spoke of ways to bring the cost of health care down while Norma Jean Stevens said the bill was not the way and that there are many ideas out there to look at.

Hedrick claimed he would personally author a bill to repeal health care reform and that should Obama veto it, it will be his last veto as he is going to be gone in 2012. I think he might have overlooked that before it can get to the president’s desk, first the House must pass the bill and then the Senate and both must be in agreement with each other.

Sorry Corporal, but you missed some important steps in your rhetoric.

Herrera called for an immigration system that works, reminding the audience that we immigrated here too.

Castillo continued his call for sealing the border, placing National Guard troops there, implementing e-verify, use drones and find illegal’s within our jails that did not commit a capital crime and immediately deport them.

Denny Heck said the current Arizona law is an example of the failure of the Federal Government in handing the problem of illegal immigration and that he favors a comprehensive immigration reform, while Hedrick chimed in that we cannot afford not to deport all of the illegal’s currently in the country.

Cheryl Crist spoke of no fence, lightheartedly referring to it as communist fence, but favored electronic monitoring along the border. She also called for what she labels a “compassionate but vigorous path to citizenship” for illegal’s currently residing in the country.

The candidates were asked 9 questions in total and each gave their answer, Norma Jean Stevens saying she wasn’t up to speed on some of them.

After the event, I had occasion to speak to several people who all came away with a better understanding of the candidates. One lady did not know about Herrera’s support for the pro-SEIU bill, HB 1329 mentioned by Castillo or of her joining in with the Democrats to raid our last $229, 000, 000 from the rainy day fund, with yet another $3 Billion budget deficit facing us. She was very interested in hearing some particulars on it.

Leaving the hall I ran into Denny Heck and also had a pleasant conversation about the forum. He stated he too is particularly impressed with David Castillo and his command of issues, even ones he does not share David’s view of. I have to admit, I found Denny and his family very likable, even if we do disagree on many political issues.

In my estimation and that of several others present, once again Democrat Denny Heck and Republican David Castillo showed over all that they are the two we should see in the general election as they are the ones who continually exhibit the best knowledge of the issues and present the most specific ideas of how to address them.

August 18 will show us just who faces who in November, though.

I congratulate Leadership Clark County and Miller Nash Attorney’s at Law for hosting and sponsoring this opportunity for Clark County to see all of the candidates together in this pivotal campaign.

June 29, 2010

House Republican Leader, “Castillo is the Only Choice”

by lewwaters

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

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

Of Castillo, DeBoldt says,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In her defense, Shannon wrote,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 28, 2010

How Petty Will Herrera Become?

by lewwaters

Since it is more than obvious that Jaime Herrera, vying for the 3rd Congressional District seat against fellow Republican David Castillo and Democrat Denny Heck, cannot match either in the arena of ideas, I guess the pettiness and nit picking was bound to come out.

From a supporter and chair of one of the county parties that endorsed her, and who has a track record of not winning elections in her own county, we read a twitter of,

“@nansen: wow, a candidate for congress sends out 4th of July email of events and spells Independence WRONG. #wa03 #wcot #tcot”

First off, what candidate actually writes their own releases? Staff does that.

Misspellings are actually quite common, as we often see in the media.

But, how petty can Herrera’s camp get that after her inability to state a position on an important matter to a Latino Youth Group she recently appeared before, who wouldn’t state a position on immigration until after goaded into it by bloggers, they target something as pitiful as a staffers mistake in spelling?

More and more Herrera shows she is far from ready to represent Washington States 3rd Congressional District.

We do not need such pettiness.

Nansen Malin ought to be ashamed of herself for resorting to such pettiness.

June 28, 2010

Castillo Proposes, Stop Naming Our Buildings Act

by lewwaters

In light of the passing of long time West Virginia Democrat Senator, Robert Byrd, who is well known for having many structures, buildings, roads, and other projects named after him, Jim Geraghty of National Review Online tells us a witty tail of Fred Thompson traveling with Trent Lott and noticing so many buildings and such named after the former Mississippi Republican Senator and how it appeared that he missed one, when they drove past a school with a different name.

He also tells of David Castillo, candidate for Washington States 3rd Congressional District saying, “If elected, I will introduce legislation that will forbid any building, road, museum, etc. built with federal dollars from being named for a living member of Congress or family member. I am thinking about calling it the ‘Stop Naming Our Buildings,’ or, the SNOB Act.”

Gotta love a candidate with a sense of humor.

June 28, 2010

Castillo, Herrera and Heck

by lewwaters

By now those names ought to be easily recognized as the top 3 choices we will have to choose from to replace retiring 6 term congressman Brian Baird, from Washington States 3rd Congressional District.

Of course, two of the three will advance after August onto the general election in November. No other candidate comes close to any of the 3, so they are not going to be considered in this post.

Two are Republicans, David Castillo and Jaime Herrera and one a Democrat, Denny Heck. While it is conceivable that the 2 Republicans could both make it in our top two primary, it is also very doubtful that will happen, leaving us undoubtedly with Denny Heck representing the Democrats and either David Castillo or Jaime Herrera representing the GOP.

Herrera enjoys large party machine establishment support, which hasn’t been fairing very well so far in other states primaries. Castillo, on the other hand, has been in the race the longest of any candidate, having entered many months before Baird decided not to run for reelection.

Herrera only entered after Baird announced retirement and then, less than two hours after the announcement became public.

At a recent Latino Youth forum in Clark County, all 3 appeared before the young Hispanic youths to answer questions and court their vote. All 3 were asked by the youth’s if they would support and vote for the DREAM Act (The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors), “a piece of proposed federal legislation that would provide certain illegal alien students who graduate from US high schools, who are of good moral character, arrived in the U.S. as minors, and have been in the country continuously for at least five years prior to the bill’s enactment, the opportunity to earn conditional permanent residency.”

Although a bipartisan bill, it is highly controversial due to heavy opposition within the country to any form of amnesty proposed to Illegal Aliens, but is also a matter of importance to Hispanic students, such as the Latino Youth forum Castillo, Heck and Herrera attended.

Denny Heck said, “I’m going to vote for that,” while Castillo said he opposes it. Unbelievable is Herrera, who many supporters label the “young, female, Latina” in the race, due to her somewhat Hispanic ancestry, stated that “she had not read it yet.”

It is incomprehensible to me that a candidate who thinks she is ready to be elected to represent citizens of the state would go to a Latino Youth forum and not have read something of such grave importance to that group, regardless of her stand.

Such phrases are often little more than “politi-speak” meaning they have no idea about it, or they are not willing to reveal their stance on it. Given Herrera’s history of vagueness on other issues of importance to voters to date, I tend to think it is something she has little or no clue about.

Joel Connelly, of the Seattle PI once said of Herrera after witnessing the candidates at a forum, “the young legislator came across as super-serious, self-possessed and somewhat scripted.”

Of Castillo, he stated, “he was by far the most articulate and engaging of GOP candidates on stage.”

On Denny Heck he said, “Heck sounded themes unusual for a Democrat,” telling me that Heck, like most Liberals, campaign moving towards the right to be elected and all too often, as we have seen, move back left if they succeed in winning.

Republicans have a real good chance of recapturing the 3rd Congressional District seat this year by selecting a candidate that is knowledgeable on the issues of importance to all of us. Vague non-committal stances do not win elections.

Castillo has consistently taken strong and clear stances as has Denny Heck, although I see Heck’s slightly right of center comments more as pandering than his true stand.

Jaime Herrera continues to answer direct questions with vague platitudes, trying to either hide her inexperience, lack of knowledge or her actual stand.

When she won the appointment in 2007 to replace Richard Curtis in the 18th Legislative District, she commented, “Every step I have taken since high school has been preparing me for this.”

Is that what we want, someone who is looking to be a career politician and seeking the fast tack to the top?

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that David Castillo remains the conservatives best bet in recapturing this important seat representing Washington States 3rd Congressional District.

Agree or disagree with him, at least you know what his actual views on the issues are.

June 23, 2010

A Supporter States: Why I’M Endorsing DAVID CASTILLO For Congress!

by lewwaters

Received in email with permission to repost;

Why I’M Endorsing DAVID CASTILLO For Congress!

Hi. My name is Josephine Wentzel and I am a longtime resident of Clark County, former Political Director for Clark County Republicans, a conservative political activist. I have lobbied successfully for pro-family issues. People, who know me, know that I am a conservative pro-life, pro-family, and pro-constitution and often say that I answer to an Almighty God whom I humbly fear.

I first learned of David Castillo when my longtime friend Danielle Turrisini, a conservative activist featured on CNN, had introduced me to David with hopes that I volunteer for a presidential campaign. I agreed to help and took on the challenge.

A MAN OF HIS WORD:

At this point, I never even met David in person but spoke to him on the phone a few times. Although David was running a campaign regionally, he was always accessible and appreciative of his volunteers. One day I told David on the phone that I would like to be invited to the presidential inauguration and asked if he would get me an invitation. David without hesitation gave me his word that he would try his best but added that there were no promises as invitations were limited per state. I didn’t give it another thought and imagined that this meant I probably wasn’t going to get an invitation.

After the election and shortly before the presidential inauguration, I received a call from the Washington State Republican Party stating that I had an invitation to the presidential inauguration! David Castillo, a man whom I never met, who gave me his word on the phone, had actually followed through! It was at this point that I knew David Castillo was definitely a man of his word and could be counted on.

However, this was not the only deciding factor for me to publicly endorse David. It was when I learned that Dr. Joseph Fuiten (Founder of Washington Conservative Leadership group, commentator, well known minister / activist), and Christian Coalition Director Rick Forcier, amongst other great conservative leaders, had endorsed him!

For these well-known honorable, hard working men to come out BEFORE a Primary to endorse someone is HUGE! It says that David is a man of integrity, of honor and a man of his word. I know that the conservative leaders in this state would never put their names next to David if he was not a man of honor!

With this, I urge you, my friends and family to VOTE, SUPPORT and ENDORSE David Castillo for Congress! Go to: www.CastilloforCongress.com

MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT IN THIS RACE: JOIN ME IN VOTING FOR DAVID CASTILLO!

Warm Regards,

Josephine F. Wentzel
Vancouver, WA

June 22, 2010

Who Is David Castillo?

by lewwaters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

David Castillo: Who I Am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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