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.

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 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

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 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.

June 19, 2010

Sorry Keath, But Bogus Polls Don’t Make Your Candidate Better

by lewwaters

In what will inevitably prove more of an embarrassment than a campaign enhancement, the campaign for Jaime Herrera commissioned a poll on her behalf, obviously designed for her benefit and running with it as if it is representative of the entire 3rd Congressional District. Such actions are truly a sign of desperation on the behalf of her supporters.

Our local paper, the Columbian, which rarely has any positive word for conservative Republicans, ran an article on it recently, initially titled, “Poll says Republicans, Herrera trending in 3rd Congressional race.”

Shortly after the article appeared on line, they re-titled the piece more accurately with Herrera’s pollster says she looks strong in 3rd District congressional race.

Pacific County GOP Chair, Nansen Malin, who tries to act neutral, as party chairs should be prior to the primaries where multiple Republican candidates are vying for the same seat, showed again that she is neither neutral nor objective as she first ran with a short blog post, Good News for Republicans in WA. 03 as if this were an unbiased poll.

The poll, conducted by what I presume to be as reputable polling outfit as any other, Moore Information, strangely seems unavailable on their website.

Oddly enough, asking about links back to the poll for verification and determining the propriety of the poll brought back charges of not complaining of other sites not linking it from Nansen Malin, who maintains, “I am proud to be the first to break the story.”

Also strange was reading at Nansen’s blog a comment from someone named ‘Evan,’ who I must assume is connected in some way to Northwest Digest of, “But part of being a ‘credible’ citizen-journalist, is respecting the anonymity of sources.”

I didn’t realize a poll, whose results are made public and lauded as indicative of one candidate’s popularity, is considered “an anonymous source.”

After all, have we conservatives not complained for years that such polling on the behalf of Democrats and in the mainstream media were not made available to the public for such verification and that renders them meaningless?

Then comes young Keath Huff of Cowlitz County, who was the first county party to issue an endorsement of Jaime Herrera months before the primaries, who chooses to blast David Castillo, the first to enter the 3rd Congressional race long before the announced retirement of Brian Baird, not within 2 hours of the announcement as did Jaime, for questioning the poll.

Yes David, there is a grassroots! Another politician disconnected from the people!

Castillo shares my view on this so-called poll and was quoted in the Columbian article on it,

David Castillo, Herrera’s leading Republican opponent, called the survey “a name ID poll” and told The Columbian, “I take it with a grain of salt.”

“The sample size is too small,” he said. “Where in the district did they poll? The vast majority of voters have no idea there is an election going on.”

With a sampling of only 300 people somewhere within the 3rd Congressional District that is comprised of some 7 counties and about 500,000 registered voters I have a difficult time accepting that .06% is somehow truly representative.

Of those 300, it is claimed 81 prefer Herrera, 24 each prefer David Castillo and David Hedrick and 147 are undecided. The numbers provided still leaves 24 voters unaccounted for as the percentage claimed adds up to 276, not the 300 claimed.

Who wouldn’t question such a poll result and sampling? In fact, Castillo, in my estimation, is being very generous by saying he “takes it with a grain of salt.” I would say it much differently in terms much stronger.

Huff goes on to state, “he showed why the grassroots is having trouble with his candidacy… Arrogance and a disconnect with the grassroots.”

Grassroots Keath? The party establishment is grassroots? The establishment county parties that have prematurely endorsed Herrera, are grassroots? And, bogus polls initiated on behalf of an establishment candidate and promoted by the establishment parties is grassroots? The candidate that proclaimed that since she and her husband rent and drive used cars, they are not “your typical Republican conservatives” is grassroots?

I thought most people grew out of that ‘teenage know it all attitude’ by the time they entered their 30’s, but it doesn’t appear so in Keath Huff’s words.

In the rest of Huff’s rant he comes across as more sour grapes than anything else since David Castillo doesn’t suck up to him and cater to sparsely populated Cowlitz County.

And, of course, he is also one who just so happens to agree with Jaime Herrera’s poor choice in co-sponsoring and twice voting for a measure that would have forced child care centers that accept state funds for low-income families into a public union, such as the SEIU and who sees no problem with her abandoning her party companions in Olympia to join in with Liberal Democrats in raiding the last $229,000,000 from our rainy fund, ostensibly to keep taxes from being raised further, which they were anyways and with the looming budget deficit coming next session, will be again.

As more and more people question this liberal tactic of commissioning a poll an reporting it as objective and blocking any access to the poll itself for verification, this will turn into yet another embarrassment for the Herrera campaign as did her pro-SEIU votes in the legislature.

As for “grassroots,” Keath, you wouldn’t believe how many supporters of Jaime’s have come up to me and thanked me for writing about her involvement with the SEIU bill and waking them up to what poor representation she would bring to the district.

Then again, Keath, since Jaime said that she and her husband have been saving up to buy a house, just which Washington do you think that house they wish to buy is located in? Obviously not the state.

June 17, 2010

Is It Any Wonder The Left Labels Tea Parties As Racist?

by lewwaters

Despite knowing for a fact that Tea Parties are not racist in our protests or attendance at events, some, a very small some, goes out of their way to ensure that label is hung around our necks. Although their numbers are extremely small, they supply just what the left looks for to falsely paint the movement as racist.

A good example of this would be a post placed up on the We The People website in an effort to taint Washington States 3rd Congressional District candidate, David Castillo.

Candidate for Congress makes Spanish available on his website
Posted by Donald Sampelton on June 16, 2010 at 12:00am

Most of us live in America, we go to work, come home to our families, enjoy the evening and go to sleep. We repeat this many times a week and hundreds of times a year.

We don’t go to work because we want to, but because we must to provide for our families.

I have been put out of work 4 times in the last 8 years not because of lack of work, but because the employer could pay someone else less to do the work. ( and they could not speak English )

I happened to stumble across this YouTube video that really expresses my views on people in this country that are not able to speak or read english. They want this freedom we all love but with it comes a price. If they won’t take the time to learn our language, how will they ever understand our values.

Now this Congressman put’s his website on the internet with a Spanish option. We really need to go back to basics here if we are going to go forward.

Whoever did these YouTube videos must also be upset but at least they brought some humor into it.

Check out these videos and comment. This Candidate for Congress that is in Washington State is a good example of what we don’t want in Congress.

David Castillo is American born to America parents. He’s served in the United States Navy and held sub-cabinet level positions in the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Homeland Security. And now, because he included a link to Google Translate on his webpage, which only translates a small portion of his webpage, he somehow is not qualified to run for congress?

That he advocates e-verify and bringing back the SAVE Act for passage means nothing, just that he provides a link to Google Translate to a drop down box for Spanish. What about the other languages within the drop down box? There’s Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Hebrew, Yiddish, Norwegian, Dutch, German, you name it.

His Issues page translates over to Spanish, telling them in their original language his stand on Illegal Immigration.

Here’s a little news flash for Mr. Sampelton, ILLEGAL ALIENS MAY NOT LEGALLY VOTE.

We have several naturalized American Citizens within our country who are still trying to learn our version of English. They may legally vote and many do.

We have the Republican Hispanic Assembly which just might contain some of those naturalized Americans that come from Spanish speaking countries.

Does it escape him that making a portion of his website in their original language might make it easier for them to discover who and what Castillo stands for? Yes, they are learning English, which to others coming to America legally, it one of the more difficult languages to learn.

Most Hispanic people hold conservative values from their culture. Do we just ship them off the Democrats to keep voting for them? Do we not want conservative people of all groups joining us voting for conservatives and conservative values?

Apparently Mr. Sampelton is more comfortable with trying to keep his lily white hands pure; exactly the opposite of what conservatism is about.

Both of David Castillo’s Republican opponents have similar views on securing our borders and dealing with Illegal Aliens. One is even being billed as the “Latina” in the race, but no one seems concerned that she is labeled as such, which would also appeal to Hispanics.

I don’t know which opponent is behind taking such cheap shots at David, but apparently they know they cannot hold a candle next to him when it comes to experience, knowledge and ability to hold the office they seek.

So, they resort to such cheap shots.

David Castillo is clearly the best conservative candidate we have had in many years in Washington States 3rd Congressional District. He is the best bet we have in converting the seat held by now retiring Brian Baird back to Republicans.

Listening to him at events or forums, he clearly has a better command on the issues and offers ideas that make sense and would help get our country going again.

He enjoys broad Tea Party support, in spite of efforts by a fringe within to paint him as otherwise. He has received numerous conservative endorsements, including from FreedomWorks, several Republican leaders and conservative citizens.

See for yourselves at David Castillo for Congress.

Let’s ignore the cheap shots and actually run a strong conservative that will win this time, David Castillo.

June 17, 2010

The Personal Side of David Castillo

by lewwaters

David Castillo for Congress. He wasn’t afraid to run against Brian Baird.

I assume due to the tactics of Castillo’s opponents in taking his videos and doctoring them, embedding has been disabled. If you click on the link shown within, you may still see the video on YouTube.

I guess that since his opponents cannot compare with him on the issues, they resort to such childish tactics.

June 14, 2010

David Castillo Speaks at the Veterans Memorial Museum

by lewwaters

Taped on June 9, 2010, David spoke before a group of Veterans and others at the Lewis County Veterans Memorial Museum at a campaign kick-off breakfast.

See video HERE

David Castillo remains our best hope to defeat the Democrats and retake the 3rd Congressional seat to conservatism.

He did not wait until it looked like an easy run for an open seat.

He does not boast of unrealistic accomplishments based off of 3 minutes of fame.

He does not speak of his Military service in vague words.

He does not enjoy the backing of a party machine establishment.

We have waited far too long for a candidate like David Castillo to run in the 3rd Congressional District and he deserves our support.

June 14, 2010

Why Exaggerate Military Service To Get Elected?

by lewwaters

Over many years of my life, I have followed several political campaigns from candidates of both parties. Many candidates display quite an impressive Military Record as part of the reason they should be elected, or so it seems.

While we have had many honorable people elected who performed heroic feats in their Military Service, some have either lied or grossly exaggerated their service in hopes voters see them as brave and honorable soldiers, ready to fight for the voters.

In my opinion and many others, doing so is a grave disservice to voters. It is false advertising, selling us a bill of goods while unable to actually deliver.

No one who ever served honorably should be ashamed of what they were assigned to do while serving, all jobs being necessary to complete even the smallest mission. From Company Clerks to Cooks, Motor Pool Mechanics to Artillerymen, Supply Clerks to Infantry, each and every job is important and must be performed so the mission can be successfully accomplished.

So, why do some feel the need to exaggerate their service?

I guess they feel it makes them brave in the eyes of others. It’s one thing to spin such yarns to your children or friends and neighbors, even at the VFW bar where we can easily pick out such braggarts by their ridiculous claims. But, to sell yourself to the public by either exaggerating your service, or omitting the truth of your service allowing others to assume you served in war, when you did not, is taking on to yourself something for which you are not entitled.

Look at the recent news of Connecticut’s Attorney General, Richard Blumenthal, who gradually insinuated he served in Viet Nam when he never did. Or Mark Kirk, who overly boasted of a minimal unit citation as if he were personally awarded a citation of high merit.

Think back to 2004 and the claims made by Democrat John ‘F’in Kerry (who is said to have served in Viet Nam) and his being exposed by former shipmates, even though the media denigrated the shipmates, not Kerry.

Even Hillary Clinton boasted in 2008 how she tried to enlist in the United States Marine Corps, but was turned down due to wearing glasses. Then, recall her story of dodging sniper fire in Bosnia, only to be revealed a falsehood.

Some candidates hoping for office claim a disability from their time serving, revealing the nature of the injury, as former Senator Bob Dole did during his time in the Senate.

Others have not stated the injury, where it happened or how. Some have even tried the old Bovine Scatology of claiming they are not permitted to discuss where they were or how it happened, being some mythical “top secret” operation we are supposed to just buy in to.

Ask just about any Veteran who actually served in a combat zone and see how they view such claims. We know better.

Voters deserve truthful statements from candidates who claim Military Service, not bravado or even silence of where they served or how they served, especially if they make their service a major part of their campaign by claiming the rank they last held in campaign ads.

What voters don’t need is more candidates seeking office by either exaggerating or relying on lies of omission to pad an otherwise weak resume’ in hopes of fooling enough voters to see them as they aren’t.

In introducing an amendment to a war spending bill, to make inaccurate or misleading statements about one’s military service record a punishable offense, this past May, Senator Orin Hatch (R. Ut) said,

“It is sad that there are those who attempt to inflate their record and make these claims. To do that defiles the sacrifice and service of those who have served in combat. Worse yet, it dishonors the sacrifice of the brave men and women in uniform who have given their lives in combat so that the freedoms we enjoy are defended.”

“It is a crime to dishonor the sacrifice of so many by falsely representing combat service for the purposes of self-promotion or benefit. My amendment would deter those who would falsely prop themselves up in order to appear worthy of the award and title of ‘combat veteran’.”

We deserve honorable and truthful elected officials, not someone who would exaggerate a claim or make vague statements, allowing others to believe an injury received in basic training was due to combat service, when they never served in such an area.

It matters not how bold or in your face their speeches or confrontations with others in the past may be, exaggerations and lies of omission are still dishonorable and not worthy of my vote or support and in need of being exposed to voters, regardless of party affiliation.

If we are to have honorable, truthful and reliable elected officials, it should begin in honest and open representation of any Military Service claimed.

June 10, 2010

Castillo Signs in Support of “Contract From America”

by lewwaters

David Castillo, Olympia businessman, former sub-cabinet member of the Veterans Administration and the Department of Homeland Security and the first candidate to announce running against now retiring Brian Baird for the 3rd Congressional District, has signed on to the Contract From America, showing his continuing strong support for the growing citizens Tea Party movement.

From their website, we read in part,

“The Contract from America is a grassroots-generated, crowd-sourced, bottom-up call for real economic conservative and good governance reform in Congress.”

“The Contract from America initiative was developed within the decentralized tea party and 912 movements. Ryan Hecker, a Houston Tea Party Society activist, developed the concept of creating a grassroots-generated call for reform prior to the April 15, 2009 Tax Day Tea Party rallies.”

The Contract From America calls for

1. Protect the Constitution
2. Reject Cap & Trade
3. Demand a Balanced Budget
4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform
5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government
6. End Runaway Government Spending
7. Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care
8. Pass an ‘All-of-the-Above” Energy Policy
9. Stop the Pork
10. Stop the Tax Hikes

David first announced his grassroots effort to run against Democrat Brian Baird in May 2009, months before others who opted to wait until after the unexpected retirement of the 6 term congressman.

David has received numerous endorsements from AG Rob McKenna, several Washington State Republican legislators as well as FreedomWorks and Christian Conservative leaders around the state.

David has maintained a consistent and strong conservative stand on relevant issues that affect all of us within the 3rd Congressional District and America.

No other candidate has shown the strength that is going to be required to stand up to the presumed Democratic candidate, Denny Heck nor have they shown a clear articulation on relevant issues of the day, as was noted by Seattle PI’s columnist, Joel Connelly, The race is on for a wide open US House seat.

Conservatives, this is our chance to gain an important seat in Washington D.C. and be represented by the best candidate I have seen run in many years.

I invite you to look for yourselves and see why David Castillo is prepared to represent us.

Are we ready to support him?

June 1, 2010

Pridemore Drops Out

by lewwaters

Many were surprised to hear this afternoon that Washington State Democrat Senator, Craig Pridemore ended his bid to replace retiring Brian Baird, the current Democrat in his 6th term as Washington 3rd Congressional District.

That he threw his support behind opponent Denny Heck comes as no surprise.

First word of Pridemore ending his bid came from Progressive Horsesass Blog, followed shortly by an article appearing at the Columbian’s website.

Pridemore, much like Republican Jaime Herrera, entered the race shortly after Baird announced his retirement. Heck did not enter until the race until January, quickly outpacing Pridemore in fund raising, even without injecting hundreds of thousands of his own money into his campaign.

Pridemore, in his second term as State Senator has been a controversial figure, speaking out against taxing lower income people, yet casting the deciding vote for a bill that did just that in 2005. He is also known for gerrymandering a small district to vote for acceptance of Light Rail being extended from Portland to Vancouver, against the wishes of the majority of Clark County citizens who voted it down by a 2 to 1 margin a few years ago.

Pridemore, like many Democrats has steadily voted to increases taxes on Washington citizens, falsely believing raising taxes during a deep recession will somehow alleviate the pain and suffering of taxpayers, seeing the wealthy class as an endless supply of monies to fund their pet programs.

Speaking of the extra long special legislative session this year, which gave us a whole new slate of taxes placed on the backs of lower income earners, Pridemore told the Columbian the session, “placed our campaign at a clear disadvantage.”

Pridemore’s withdrawal comes just weeks after blasting opponent, Denny Heck over the ill-advised and controversial “Employee Free Choice Act.”

Just days ago, Pridemore was blasting Heck over his not having a clearly defined Issues Page up on his website. This, after embarrassing himself by stating to Seattle based Publicola that he’s ahead of Heck, even though he would not produce any such poll to back up his claim.

Asked by the Columbian’s Kathie Durbin about the poll, Pridemore could only say, It was all off the record.

Now, in endorsing Heck he states, “Denny is a bright, hard working and authentic Southwest Washington leader and we need his broad experience working for us in Congress.”

Don’t you just love politicians?

I have long presumed Denny Heck will win the nomination for the Democrat side seeing Pridemore never stood a chance. This means we will need a strong Republican candidate to go toe to toe with him after the primaries in August.

The two top runners for the GOP remain David Castillo of Olympia and Camas’s Jaime Herrera, who severely lacks a clear and coherent understanding of many of the issues we face in the 3rd Congressional District and as a nation.

My money remains on David Castillo, if Republicans wish any hope of winning this election.

Craig Pridemore will be returning to the State Senate representing the 49th Legislative District. Hopefully, voters in the 49th will wake-up and send this tax & spend Democrat packing when he is next up for reelection.

UPDATE: Showing the epitome of an attitude of “anointed” to the nomination, if not seat, Jaime Herrera’s campaign manager, Casey Bowman, issued a statement to Seattle based Publicola on Pridemore’s withdrawal.

He said, “We welcome the campaign against Denny Heck. He’s been part of the establishment since before Jaime was born.”

Casey, before you begin campaigning against Heck, perhaps Jaime should actually win the nomination? She still has 3 GOP opponents to get past, any one of which gives clearer positions on issues than she does.

Then again, why make such a remark about Heck being “part of the establishment” when Jaime is also “part of the establishment?”

Bowman also said, “at least Craig Pridemore was clear on where he stood. Heck’s been less clear, voters are going to have tougher choice there in supporting someone who’s been a little more vague.”

Uh, does he not realize his words describe Jaime Herrera to a “T?”

May 24, 2010

David Castillo Answers, Is The Tea Party Moving the GOP Too Rar Right?

by lewwaters

David Castillo, Republican candidate for Washington’s 3rd Congressional District hoping to retake the seat held for 6 terms by outgoing Democrat, Brian Baird, was interviewed recently by John McCaslin on America’s Morning News, Talk Radio Network.

Amongst the questions David was asked was to comment on a claim made by Maryland Democrat, Chris Van Hollen that the GOP is being moved to far right by Tea Party candidates.

David also commented on Obamacare and the Wall Street reform.

You can hear the interview HERE

To learn more about this candidate, please visit David Castillo for Congress

May 24, 2010

Chris Boyd, the Dark Horse in Wa. 03

by lewwaters

I first met Chris Boyd at the March 2010 Clark County GOP convention at Prairie High School, shortly after he decided to enter the race to replace retiring Democrat Brian Baird, joining David Castillo, David Hedrick and Jaime Herrera in hopes of changing the seat long held by Baird to the Republican side of the aisle.

From that first meeting, I liked Chris. Clean cut and very personable, down to earth were traits that I noticed as we talked and discovered similarities he and I had in serving in the U.S. Army, although decades apart.

Having sat down with him for coffee Thursday, I discovered we shared even more than I previously thought, both of us being Veterans of unpopular wars, assigned to the same stateside post and realizing just how precious and fragile our freedoms and liberties are during our tours, he in Afghanistan and me in Viet Nam decades earlier.

That realization of how easily we could lose those freedoms is what prompted Chris, married and father of 3, to continue the fight to protect our freedoms and liberties off of the battlefield of Afghanistan by taking his stand now by running for office.

Chris is the dark horse in this race, not having the name recognition of 18th Legislative District Representative Jaime Herrera or David Hedrick, known for his confrontation of Brian Baird at last years Town Hall in Clark County. Nor does he have the extensive experience of David Castillo, a former official of the Department of Homeland Security and Veterans Administration.

What he does have is a love of America and a desire to see the freedoms and opportunities many take for granted today remain intact for his 3 children when they reach adulthood and he has a grasp on ideas as how to protect them. He has a drive to place Washington D.C. back in touch with the citizens of Washington’s 3rd Congressional District.

Shortly after entering the race, he experienced family matters that drew his attention, inhibiting his campaigning. But, as I said when 18th L.D. candidate Shannon Barnett dropped his bid weeks ago over family issues, any one that places family first always deserves and gains my respect.

Chris is now getting his campaign back on track, as has been seen at various candidates forums held throughout the 3rd Congressional District where he articulates his views and takes spontaneous questions with ease, leaving none to wonder just where he stands.

Chris grew up in Portland, Oregon and witnessing the horrific effects of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks knew he could not sit idly by and do nothing. He enlisted in the United States Army, earning Airborne Jump Wings and served as a combat medic with the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan, achieving non-commissioned officer rank in short time, as well as receiving multiple Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal w/Bronze Service Star, Letters of Commendation and other awards including Expert Field Medical Badge, Emergency Medical Tech-Tactical, and attending the US Army Weapons Unit Armor School.

Like many other Veterans, Chris experienced moments that made him feel proud while other moments left him feeling the sorrow and loss of seeing buddies cut down while trying to help those less fortunate. It was due to such moments that Chris developed his sense of serving others that he hopes to inject into this campaign.

Chris learned “strong and effective leadership” skills by serving under Brigadier General Sheila Baxter, Commander of the Western Regional Medical Command, Commanding General of Madigan Army Medical Center, and Chief of the Medical Service Corps.

He views himself as a “career citizen” rather than a “career politician.” Seeing the condition the country has slid in, Chris says,

“Our political system has been derailed and we need to get it back on track. It’s time for us — you and me — to stand up and do something about it. ‘We the People’ are the ones who created the American government, and ‘We the People’ are the ones who need to fix it.”

As a Disabled Veteran, Chris sees the need of improvement within the Veteran’s Administration to help our deserving Veteran’s receive the care they need and to ease the transition from the Military to civilian life, including hiring preferences for Veteran’s. Should he win the election, he would seek a seat on the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs.

Likewise, on healthcare reform he makes a point I have seen none of the rest raise, “Requiring the Food Stamp Program to purchase a percentage of healthy products to encourage the reduction of obesity and future medical costs,” focusing on well care equally with healthcare.

Being considered a dark horse candidate, Chris doesn’t receive the media attention, endorsements or donations some of the others currently do. This places him at a disadvantage as he could be easily overlooked. But one thing is certain, other candidates are taking notice of his views and he is making a difference in the race by injecting his views and keeping others on their toes, knowing the current anti-incumbent attitude sweeping the nation could very quickly propel him from the dark horse to a candidate to be reckoned with.

Still, Chris’s demeanor, infectious smile and determination easily make him the one candidate the others all seem to like the most. His dedication of serving others and desire to work for “the person in mechanics shop as much as the person in the bank tower” merits your attention.

Should he not make it through the August primaries, Chris plans to focus on family first then on continuing his education at Clark College where is currently studying business. There is also mention of a possible run for state office in 2012 should he not win the primary, seeing some of our state elected officials as out of touch with voters and taxpayers and not giving Washington State citizens the representation we deserve.

But, I wouldn’t count Chris out just yet, seeing how party favored candidates did not fare so well in primaries in other states recently. And, like I said earlier, his campaign is just getting going and he is making a positive impact on the race.

The August 17 primary is still a long way off and in politics, anything can and will happen. If you have been unable to really connect with another candidate, give Chris Boyd for Congress a look. He just might be who you do connect with.

May 17, 2010

David Castillo: Receiving the Attention He Deserves

by lewwaters

I first began hearing about Republican, David Castillo in May 2009 and was privileged to finally meet him face to face at the June 13, 2009 GOP Central Committee Meeting. From the start I was impressed with his stand on issues and his reasons for running for office. To me, David was a rebirth of the conservative movement that swept into power in 1994, before they abandoned their base and shifted left, presumably to hold power as did the Democrats for nearly 40 years.

My initial impressions are recorded at Castillo For Congress, 3rd District, Washington State

Castillo has been campaigning the old fashioned way for nearly a year now, traveling the width and breadth of the 3rd Congressional District, building his support base and gathering donations from private citizens. He has maintained a consistent message of conservatism and answered pertinent questions based upon his long-held values, not what sounds expedient before a certain group.

He entered the race prepared for a tough campaign against a powerfully entrenched Democratic opponent, Brian Baird, who was in his sixth term as 3rd CD Representative, unlike another who jumped in only after Baird announced retirement and assuming “chosen one” status as GOP machine insiders gathered behind with the same old flawed policy that continues to lose elections for the GOP.

Some noise was made in national media over Jaime Herrera’s sudden entrance into the race, less than 2 hours after Baird’s announcement as an article appeared in congressional media outlet, The Hill, telling us, “Herrera fills out GOP lineup card in retiree districts” as if none were running already and had been building support within our District.

Since Herrera’s sudden entrance in December, we have been treated to media claims of her conservative bona fides, Democrats false comparison to Sarah Palin and even local liberal reporter, Kathy Durbin, suddenly finding a Republican she could fawn over.

Castillo was pushed aside by GOP insiders who falsely seem to think that who they promote is who the voters will go for as 2 county parties prematurely endorsed “the chosen one” over all others.

Castillo kept his head down and continued campaigning as he had, not flying back to Washington D.C. to court special interest money.

At least 2 local bloggers saw through the façade and through many documented public sources, revealed inconsistencies in her legislative record. Besides Clark County Conservative doing so, Clark County Politics, along with the mirror site, Jaime Herrera Watch have steadily maintained a consistent effort to get the truth out about these candidates hoping to win the nomination for the 3rd Congressional District seat in the House of Representatives.

Bucking party insiders of these counties has brought cries of “hate speech,” “rabid Herrera haters” and “liars,” from some party leaders in at least 2 counties, who never documented a single claim.

Their efforts seem to be failing as conservatives are noticing who articulates a strong, consistent and conservative message and it isn’t Jaime Herrera, who is most often vague and general outside of prepared remarks.

Earlier in May, Swing State Project informed us,

“You keep hearing from Beltway media that state Rep. Jaime Herrera is the person to beat in the GOP primary for this open seat, but other than ex-Sen. Slade Gorton and her ex-boss, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers, I’m hard-pressed to think of any endorsements of consequence for her. David Castillo has lined up most of the local support within the 3rd, and now he got endorsements from a variety of local leaders in the evangelical community, including Joe Fuiten (probably the most prominent Christian right leader in Washington) and ex-Rep. Randy Tate (who briefly led the national Christian Coalition after getting bounced out of office).”

In late April, Seattle P.I.’s Joel Connelly, covering the first candidate’s forum held in Longview, told us about Castillo,

“He is considered an underdog to State Rep. Jaime Herrera on the Republican side of the fence. But he was by far the most articulate and engaging of GOP candidates on stage Thursday night.”

Also from the Seattle P.I. in May, we are told that although

“The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) immediately began touting State Rep. Jaime Herrera, and virtually ignored Castillo, Castillo bagged Tea Party activists and now he has captured Christian conservatives” and “Castillo has proven a fighter. He stood out among four Republican hopefuls at a recent debate in Longview…”

Today, May 17, 2010, Roll Call, covering congressional races tells us,

“After Baird’s announcement, national Republicans appeared to be most excited about state Rep. Jaime Herrera, although now it appears there will be a competitive race for the GOP nomination. Former Bush administration official David Castillo got into the race before Baird said he was leaving, and he appears to have a great deal of support from conservative activists in the area.”

My friend and fellow blogger at Jaime Herrera Watch states, “The problem is the scrutiny and Herrera’s inability to withstand it.”

How true. As I witnessed myself last Thursday evening, Herrera has trouble in taking a strong consistent stand on matter of national importance without cue cards in front of her. Some questions she didn’t even answer directly, but skirted around trying to sound as if she were addressing them.

Conservatives are tired of the same old, same old. They don’t want imitation conservatives who walk across the aisle and are unable to draw the other side to our side. It needs to be a two way crossing all of the time, not only one way.

Our country is in deep trouble and we can no longer afford anointed party groomed insiders with a record of sponsoring and voting for bills that cost taxpayers more in taxes while touting they are working for us.

David Castillo is the candidate we have been searching for over the years. Although he doesn’t have a legislative voting record or wads of special interest money funding him, he does have conservative support and a consistent stand on issues that matter to us.

The party can continue to front Herrera, but they are missing that people are beginning to pay more attention to candidates themselves and less to party recommendations.

One Clark County GOP official, upset over a truthful call about Herrera’s record, stated,

“we would all have supported David had he been successful rather than Jaime in the primary election. But that offer is no longer on the table.”

This same official has been continually ignoring the whisper campaign against David and it appears, ignoring what voters prefer as well.

David Castillo is the true conservative running for this seat. He gives us the best chance we have had in a very long time to turn our government back to actually representing the people, not special interests.

His experience, ability and consistent conservative stand on the relevant issues is what has won elections in the past for conservatives.

He is getting the notice he deserves and we conservatives in the 3rd Congressional District deserve to finally have a strong conservative candidate running to represent us.

I invite you to give David Castillo a serious look. I am sure you will not be disappointed.

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