Posts tagged ‘Washington State 3rd Congressional District’

May 22, 2011

GOP Congresswoman: Clueless or Pandering?

by lewwaters

It’s no secret that I did not support Jaime Herrera Beutler for the seat she sits in currently. The above video is a prime reason why, beyond the nonsense thrown at me by her staff and the Clark County Republican Party because I had the audacity to actually support a Conservative Republican in last year’s election.

At her May 16, 2011 Town Hall, Jaime faced a crowd of angry Democrats fearing she will vote like a Republican. The above comment was the normal run of the mill leftwing tripe on ending tax breaks and subsidies for corporations, the job creators. Hearing this particular part of her reply, I can only ask, “Jaime, are you clueless or pandering to Democrats again?”

She specifically mentions ExxonMobil and GE as corporations not paying taxes. Leftists, Moveon.org and several others have been making that claim, based in large part to admitted Socialist Democrat Bernie Sanders from Vermont releasing his list of Top Ten Tax Avoiders, where it is claimed the companies posted large profit increases, and pay no taxes in the U.S.

March 25, 2011

Moveon.org ‘Defend the Dream’ Rally, Vancouver, Part Two

by lewwaters

About 25 members of Moveon.org Vancouver showed for their “Defend the Dream” rally outside of the Vancouver, Washington office of Washington State 3rd Congressional District Representative, Jaime Herrera-Beutler to air their grievances, March 24, 2011.

The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.” Ronald Reagan

The Columbian’s slant HERE

November 21, 2010

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

by lewwaters

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

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

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

November 21, 2010

What Has Been Sorely Lacking in the American Government?

by lewwaters

Lt. Col. (ret) Allen West, conservative congressman elect for Florida’s 22nd Congressional District shows exactly what has been absent from Washington D.C. for a very long time. We need more representatives like him and I hope come 2012 we may find one for Washington States 3rd Congressional District.

Cronyism as we saw during the 2010 campaign season in Washington State will never gives us this type of strong representation.

October 16, 2010

3rd Congressional District Candidates on KGW 8

by lewwaters

Video at the link, Straight Talk: Denny Heck and Jaime Herrera

Someone’s been coached, apparently.

August 24, 2010

Honest People of Character Don’t Stand a Chance

by lewwaters

David Castillo, former candidate for Washington States 3rd Congressional District has released his statement urging his supporters to elect Republicans. David continues to shine as a man of true honesty and integrity with character that is seemingly non-existent in politics today.

My Statement on the Results of the Aug 17th Primary Election

I applaud David’s stand as he continues to show the state he is a man of integrity and that it was never about him, unlike others. I have very serious reservations as to whether or not, if the situation were reversed, any such statement would have come from his opponent.

Although I was often accused of being on David’s staff or working directly for him, that just isn’t true. I do consider David as a friend today as from when I first met him his true character was easily detected and what I saw in him is something we have needed in political office for far too long, and apparently, something we may never see.

David says to us,

I respect, immensely, the feelings expressed by those of you who have determined to ‘vote your conscience’ in this campaign, but I want to implore all of you to set aside any notion of sitting out this election, conducting a write-in campaign or, worse, voting for Denny Heck.”

This is the very rift I have spoken of that party insiders ignore and act as if it doesn’t exist; having ensured the establishment candidate of choice won the nomination.

I have made no bones of the dirty tricks and underhanded tactics I witnessed in this campaign. My trust in the GOP leadership was shattered as I saw it all unfolding and last evening, in an effort to severe my ties with the local GOP, it became all the more apparent as I was basically informed that I did not see what I saw and even when confronted with the emails that stirred much of it up, they were marginalized.

The corruption within the system that drives many voters away from the polls and convinces potential voters that there is no difference between the parties will never be corrected as long as you are not willing to stand against it, expose it and squash it.

The task cannot be laid on the shoulders of one person and then not stand up behind them. As Irish philosopher Edmond Burke has long been credited with saying, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

Both prominent political parties have sold us down the drain again and we are once again faced with candidates more interested in self than actually serving the public. We are reduced to a choice of Tweedle Dem or Tweedle Dumb.

David Castillo has stood up and for his effort slapped back down by the establishment political machine. And still, he stands up showing style and class in urging unity to mend a rift, caused not by him but the very political establishment that slapped him back.

His former opponent posts a facebook comment.

That’s the nature of an arrogant career politician.

As for me, I have seen the dark underside of partisan politics and am walking away from it. I can no longer support political parties having seen the corruption and dirty tricks used and the excuses and efforts given to deny it exists, even when confronted with the dirty trick.

In many ways I have fought to try to save a country whose people don’t want saved for over 40 years. I’m tired and overdue a vacation.

It’s time I went camping and maybe get a little bit drunk for the first time in many decades.

When I return I’ll weigh my options and decide what to do. But I still think it will not amount to a hill of beans difference who gets elected.

Good luck, America. You need it.

August 19, 2010

An Open Question For Washington State GOP Chair, Luke Esser

by lewwaters

In a Thursday, August 19, 2010 Columbian article, WSRP Chair Luke Esser says, “I am supremely confident we will unite to win the 3rd Congressional District this year. We thought we had a strong chance even before Brian Baird announced his retirement.”

How exactly does Luke Esser believe that was possible? The only candidate of merit prior to the time Brian Baird announced retirement was David Castillo, who the party allowed to be slandered, attacked and smeared by supporters of other Republican candidates who came on later.

Just how did the WSRP have such a “strong chance” of winning the 3rd Congressional District seat before Congressman Baird announced he was retiring, Luke?

http://www.columbian.com/news/2010/aug/19/heck-herrera-come-out-swinging/

August 11, 2010

Who Is The Establishment Candidate?

by lewwaters

With the condition the country has fallen, it is no surprise that conservatives are fed up with what the GOP has been offering. Voters showed back in 2006 that they were not going to support just any candidate simply because they had the ‘R’ behind their name when running.

Many stated they were not voting at all or throwing away their vote to “teach the GOP a lesson.” As big of a folly as that was, people did it, showing their displeasure with “the establishment,” regular run of the mill Republican moderates.

Use of the term “establishment” made big news back in the 1960’s as those aging hippies we have controlling the country today used it to paint the generation then running the country as “out of touch,” “unresponsive” and “out dated.”

Today, the term once again is being used and applied to those Republican that show the same aspects contrary to true conservatism. Being labeled “the establishment candidate,” being supported and endorsed by the Republican “establishment” indicates a candidate simply out of touch with the needs of the nation.

Candidates wishing to court the Tea Party movement, a loosely coordinated nationwide phenomenon of voters from all political aspects sick and tired of the status quo that continues to plunge the country deeper and deeper in debt and problems, do what they can to show they are not part of “the establishment.”

Some opportunistic establishment candidates try to minimize their own establishment connections and mislead voters that their opponents are the actual establishment candidate.

As we close in on our August 17 primary election, we see one such example in Washington State 3rd Congressional District candidate, Jaime Herrera doing just that by trying to paint her opponent, David Castillo “the establishment candidate” because he held sub-cabinet level positions in the Bush administration in the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Veterans Affairs.

I guess Jaime forgets her own deep connections to “the establishment,” though.

In the 3rd CD, Herrera is the only candidate running who gained the endorsement of 3 county GOP parties, all made long before we even reached the candidate filing cutoff date and enjoys the strong support and endorsement of several Board Members of other county parties, not to mention the Washington State GOP.

She doesn’t have that much support from her fellow legislators though, David Castillo gained those.

Castillo first entered the run against now retiring Democrat Brian Baird in April 2009, long before it was known Baird would retire. He entered expecting a tough campaign against an entrenched incumbent.

Herrera got wind of the retirement and threw her hat in less than 2 hours after the announcement was made, after months of saying she was not ready and had no intention of running. She quickly gained notice back in Washington D.C. seemingly within minutes as we were quickly told, “Republicans now have top candidates running in all four districts where Democrats announced their retirements in recent weeks” by a Washington D.C. publication.

Our own local newspaper of record, the Columbian, told us in April Herrera ‘on the radar’ of national GOPCamas Republican in line to get help in run for Congress.”

Can you be any more “establishment” than the National GOP?

While Castillo was traveling the district seeking donations and getting known to voters, Herrera left during legislative session to catch a red-eye flight to Washington D.C., not to do anything to benefit the legislative district she is supposed to be representing, but to seek donations from Washington D.C. insiders 3,000 miles away from our state.

Herrera is guided by sitting 5th Congressional District Congress Woman Cathy McMorris Rodgers who her self is an “establishment” party member. Herrera says during her time working with McMorris Rodgers that she expressed a desire to run for office herself one day. Reportedly, McMorris Rodgers told her, “You never know when the opportunity is going to come.”

We saw that play out when she parachuted in, after many years absence, specifically to gain the seat vacated by former representative Richard Curtis and somehow instantly became the “favored candidate” amongst 11 others who had remained in the district.

She also says, indicating her opportunism, that she and her new husband “tentatively decided that this was not the year” to run for higher office, until Baird announced his retirement, that is.

The Olympian tells us, “Herrera is also moving up in the National Republican Congressional Committee’s ‘Young Gun’ rankings.”

“Establishment?”

Herrera has been blatantly dishonest with voters, misleading them on her support of the pro-SEIU bill HB 1329, that would have forced childcare centers into the union, after they had declined the union’s offer.

And now, Herrera has the audacity to claim David Castillo is “the establishment candidate” due to his hold sub-cabinet level position during the Bush Administration?

Also very telling to me is her silence over the revelation of an irregular poll showing her opponent Castillo supposedly at only 5% and she targets Castillo, instead of David W. Hedrick, who this very questionable poll places 2 points ahead of her.

Doesn’t a bogus poll touted by Hedrick affect Jaime Herrera too?

Why would she tell an Olympia radio host that her and Hedrick’s campaign get along greatly, as if old friends? Wouldn’t the target actually be the one you are most afraid will defeat you in the election and not the one supposedly dead last?

Jaime Herrera can try to divert the “establishment” claim onto David Castillo all she wishes, but clearly, everything about her points to she is in fact “the establishment candidate,” not David Castillo.

August 11, 2010

The Generosity of the Cowlitz GOP is Underwhelming

by lewwaters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 5, 2010

Hedrick’s Children’s Book, A Hidden Campaign Donation

by lewwaters

David W. Hedrick, who claims to be the current leading Republican candidate in the Washington State 3rd Congressional District, touted writing and publishing a children’s book, the Liberal Clause some time ago, designed to help conservative families teach their children the pitfalls of liberalism. Or, so he claimed.

It turns out that some people who do not support his run for office, questioning his qualifications ordered the book for family members thinking that in spite of their personal forebodings on his character, the book might be a useful tool. Unbeknownst to them until AFTER payment was made; they were actually making a contribution to his campaign. Nothing on the books sale site discloses to purchasers that they are in fact making a contribution to his campaign.

From the time you look at the books site, all the way through ordering it, you are not told at any step that you are actually making a campaign contribution until after you purchase the book.


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After making payment, they each received the following email.

Of note also, the book was scheduled for release July 15, 2010. As of this posting, August 5, 2010, none of the people who contacted me have yet to receive their purchase.

Is this the type of underhanded dishonesty we could expect on the off chance that Hedrick wormed his way into office?

You decide.

UPDATE: September 3, 2010. The people who sent me these documents have yet to receive their books. Emails to Hedrick requesting a refund have been ignored apparently as none have yet to receive replies.

Come on “marine,” can’t you repay people out of your 30 pieces of silver?

August 4, 2010

David Hedrick said, “I Kept My Oath.” Just Exactly How, David?

by lewwaters

David Hedrick has released his first radio ad for our market and I must say, it sounds pretty good, very professionally done. I’m sure the 30 second spot will resonate well with those who support him.

If you haven’t heard the ad, you may listen to it on his You Tube page HERE.

Listening to the ad made me think some. There were some questions I recall from his words that remain unanswered. The first occurs early in the ad where he plays the recorded blast he said to Brian Baird at the August 18, 2009 town hall, “I kept my oath, do you ever intend to keep yours?”

If you recall, this was preceded by his declaration of, “I’m a disabled former Marine,” automatically endearing many of us to him, assuming he “took one for us” fighting terrorists, since the War on Terror had been going on for some 7 years by then. We all gained instant respect for the young “disabled former Marine.”

Our assumptions in this regard seem to be quite a bit less than accurate, though. Oh, I believe he served in the Marines at one time, but my first face to face meeting with him left me with a sour taste and a huge red flag raised as to our assumptions.

In February 2010 I met him face to face for the first time, previous emails not being answered. I asked him straight out, since many people had contacted me asking about his disability knowing we live in the same general vicinity, “just what is your disability?” Wearing my usual Viet Nam Veteran hat I wear and in spoken word, I let him know I was asking, “Veteran to Veteran.”

His reply floored me as he said, “I have a back injury (not wound) that I got in a classified mission.” Inquiring a bit further, he replied it “was one of those we were where we were not supposed be type of things.”

Most every Veteran will tell you that such claims are almost always pure bunk!

Weeks later I was at a forum for 3rd CD candidates hosted by the Clark County Republican Women and again, he stood before the audience stating the same thing, “injured on a classified mission.”

At the time, Afghanistan Veteran and candidate Chris Boyd was still running in the race and the look on is face at hearing the claim was one of complete incredulousness, knowing as I do, that such claims are almost every time bogus.

Later on, I asked and received a confirmation from the Columbian’s Kathie Durbin that he made the claim to the editorial board in an interview with the Columbian’s editors.

In spite of the claims of being “Marine Corporal” all over his campaign literature and several more of being “disabled Marine,” his web page makes no mention of his actual service, deployments, training, dates entered and left or honors received, as most other Veterans do, especially those seeking public office and running on their Military Service, other than the very first paragraph on his About Me Page, “David served in the United States Marine Corps as an infantry Non-Commissioned Officer. Since he is a disabled Veteran, he can no longer defend our freedom as an active member of the armed forces, but he can protect our freedoms by serving in the United States Congress.”

In a July 24, 2010 Columbian article, David W. Hedrick: ‘I like to fight for what I believe’ we are told, “Hedrick enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1997 at age 18, and spent part of his service as an infantry noncommissioned officer in Asia. He was discharged with a 30 percent disability, the result of an injury to his ankle during basic training at Camp Pendleton and a back injury he won’t discuss.”

In another article first appearing in the July 29, 2010 Centralia Chronicle, From YouTube Sensation to GOP Candidate, David Hedrick Picks Up Last-Minute Donations and Followers, amongst plenty of unspecific platitudes, we are told that he “Served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps..”

If that is accurate, he would have been discharged sometime in 2002, which fits with his My Space Bio Page showing he was enrolled in the Vancouver Campus of Washington State University in 2002. He also claimed remaining for a time in San Diego after discharge, working on the recall of governor Gray Davis, that actually did not play out until a year later when he said he was enrolled in the Vancouver Campus of Washington State University.

It also shows he must have chosen to leave the Marines sometime shortly after the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when the country needed as many qualified Marines as possible to deploy to Afghanistan and fight terrorists. A 30% disability rating isn’t all that severe of an injury, I know of many who have remained in to do their duty in “Keeping their oath’s” that could have qualified for a much more severe rating, especially during times when their country needed them the most.

The actual oath he took, the same one that I took myself says,

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. That I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

Yet, shortly after our country faced the worst foreign attack in our history and Marines were being deployed, Hedrick, for reasons only he knows, chose to leave the Marine Corps.

Hedrick has made his time in the Marine Corps central, indeed the very foundation of his campaign. Yet, he is not very forthcoming about it. His few vague claims made leave many assuming something he might not be entitled to and he provides no clarification.

Campaign for Liberty members, Ron Paul supporters and We the People members might not agree or believe me, their prerogative, but this is not posted as a supporter of an opponent. I post it as a Viet Nam Veteran and concerned voter who has seen far too many instances of politicians propelled into office on claims of undeserved valor they are not entitled to, only to be exposed later to their and their supporters’ embarrassment.

Running for the House of Representatives is not the same as two aging Veterans swapping war stories and one upping each other at the local VFW. It may be a candidate creating an aura of valor that he did not earn.

David W. Hedrick has chosen to run on his service in the U.S. Marine Corps and it is now incumbent upon him to explain to voters, just how is it he “kept his oath.”

We demand an “open and transparent” government with “open and transparent” elected officials.

Shouldn’t we expect “open and transparent” candidates as well?

Tell us all, David, just how did you “Keep your oath?”

We are entitled to know.

August 3, 2010

Hedrick Supporters Prove Even They Don’t Believe The Polling

by lewwaters

David W. Hedrick, candidate for the 3rd Congressional District seat being vacated by Brian Baird is riding high on his ego after spreading his video of the confrontation he had with Baird last, ignoring the second confrontation where he was left with egg on his face.

Somehow, he magically has zoomed into the lead in the race, according to a highly questionable poll by Washington State Political Polls, besting even the establishment candidate, Jaime Herrera. I’m sure this alleged Marines chest is puffed out over this poll.

But, is it a true representation of district? I highly doubt it. And, if you read through comments both here and on the Columbian’s comments section, apparently even his supporters don’t believe it.

The poll results released August 1 show the alleged Marine holding 24%, Jaime Herrera 22% and Castillo only 5%, even though Castillo has made a clean sweep by being endorsed by all 4 major newspapers covering the district that make endorsements.

Hedrick did not gain a single endorsement!

Looking over the Survey Information page we can readily see the unreliability of this poll. They state in part,

“Survey participants are selected from our database of Washington State residents.”

“About 10,000 participants are selected in each district to complete the survey however we experience about a 10 – 15 percent return on those that are selected.”

“While we try to survey only registered voters, some people are able to take the survey that are not registered voters…”

“Our surveys are sent via email, and each survey can be responded to only via our website.”

So, an email survey of pre-selected recipients with a low return that may or may not include non-registered voters. No random results like more reliable legitimate polls such as Rasmussen.

While I’m sure Washington State Political Polls makes every effort to be unbiased, who ensures their database is equitable and unbiased? It can’t be done. It’s too easy for supporters to stack the database, much like we saw being done in 2008 with Ron Paul placing so well in polls, yet not placing anywhere in actual votes by voters.

I find no track record on the past successes of their polls on accurately reflecting voter’s intent in past polls.

But, if there was ever any question on how Hedrick supporters actually view this, all you have to do is look at comments throughout this blog and on the Columbian’s web site on articles and posts covering David Castillo.

If Castillo were really only polling at 5%, would Hedrick supporters be on a full court press smearing him and his family every which way they can? Would they be accusing him of being an “Anchor Baby” and born to illegal immigrant parents as commenter’s have been doing?

Would they be smearing him for being the only 3rd Congressional District candidate invited to speak before the National Doctors Tea Party opposing Obamacare?

No, they would not.

If he truly was only holding a 5% in the polling, they would turn their backs and move on, ignoring such a poor performing candidate.

That they have begun such a full court press against only one candidate, it is only too obvious that they know this is not a true reflection of voter intent in Washington States 3rd Congressional District. They know that Castillo is ready to slaughter the alleged Marine who hides behind claims of “classified” service instead of speaking of even the basics concerning his service, come August 17.

They know that his cries of “keeping my oath” are questionable, what with his bailing out of the Corps sometime after the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 instead of deploying off to the War on Terror and defending the country.

Oh, he wants you to think he served in such a capacity, but he told the Columbia he enlisted in 1997. He told the Longview Daily News he served 5 years. He was in college in 2002, so he had to have decided to get out sometime after 9/11 and not standing up for the country he says he defended.

He makes noise about authoring a bill to repeal Obamacare. A great sound bite, other than such bills have already been introduced.

The smears coming from his camp proves beyond any shadow of doubt that they remain afraid of Castillo and know they cannot match him on ideas, stature or record.

No one focuses so heavily on the candidate that doesn’t stand a chance, no one!

They only focus so heavily on the one they know is beating them.

Ignore the hot air and smears from Camas and support the real conservative who will actually make a difference, David Castillo, the one a boastful alleged Marine is afraid of.

UPDATE: Apparently, I am not the only one who questions this method of polling. From Washington’s 7th Congressional District, SNOOKERED

July 29, 2010

Notice to Washington State 3rd Congressional District Voters

by lewwaters

Since several supporters of David W. Hedrick have expressed displeasure with my labeling Hedrick as “alleged Marine,” HERE, we are clamoring for a more “Open and Transparent” government. We desire more “Open and Transparent” elected officials.

How do we trust one who will not even be “Open and Transparent” about the very thing he bases his campaign on when he says he will be “open and transparent” if elected?

If seeking that very “open transparency” we say we want makes me a “hatchet man,” so be it.

Note also, before you send out your emails trying to sully David Castillo over my actions, I did not confer with nor has David Castillo ever questioned his opponents service. I undertook this on my own volition and am not part of the Castillo or any candidates’ campaign.

Mr. Hedrick’s stonewalling is what brought me to this.

July 29, 2010

David Castillo Endorsed by National Defense PAC

by lewwaters

Republican, David Castillo, candidate for Washington State 3rd Congressional District, the first to begin campaigning against now retiring Democrat, Brian Baird, has picked up yet another important national endorsement from the National Defense PAC.

The PAC’s stated mission is;

“supporting the election of balanced-budget-committed Military Veterans to the U. S. Congress. We seek Military Veterans running for elected office who believe in limited government, will rein in the out of control spending of Congress, are committed to preserving and defending the US Constitution, and will support the independence and freedom of the individual as outlined in the Bill of Rights. Our purpose is to support Military Veterans for election to Congress who are dedicated to promoting the Free Enterprise System that created the greatest economic engine in the history of Planet Earth, who will CUT SPENDING and commit to the premise that raising taxes is not the answer to our spiraling national plunge towards bankruptcy. We sponsor candidates who will provide for a strong national defense and strong effective homeland security, work tirelessly to ensure illegal aliens are prevented from crossing our national borders and are deported when they do, and who will endorse the teaching of accurate US history and the Founding Fathers’ core values in educational institutions.”

In announcing the endorsement, Rear Admiral [Ret.] James J. Carey, USN – National Chairman & Treasurer said,

“David Castillo has NATIONAL DEFENSE PAC’s full support for election to the U.S. Congress. He served our country in the U.S. Navy, putting himself on the line to defend our nation when called, and is committed to keeping the promises made to our veterans when they agreed to risk their lives to face America’s enemies. David is who we want in Congress making decisions that impact our military veterans and today’s young Americans serving in our Armed Forces. He, as a Navy veteran, understands what it takes to train, fight and win. He also understands the importance of ensuring the decision to commit our military is right before we send our Nation’s most precious asset, our sons and daughters, into harm’s way.”

Of note, National Defense PAC Executive Director US Army Colonel (Ret.) Craig Carlson added,

“NATIONAL DEFENSE PAC has earned a reputation for endorsing winning candidates because we back men and women that have proven integrity forged in patriotic selfless military service. The American people trust our military and vote for our candidates. Our goal in 2010 is to endorse as many candidates that can meet our standard, and elect them all.”

David Castillo, a man from humble beginnings who came to sit across the desk from President George W. Bush, serving in sub-cabinet level positions in his Department of veterans Affairs and Department of Homeland Security, has amassed one of the most impressive list of major endorsements for office I have seen.

He continues to express specific ideas and values to turn our country around and grow out of the economic morass we find ourselves in that at times even has the Democratic Candidate, Denny Heck often in agreement with him.

Although running as a Republican, Castillo does not enjoy the party establishment backing and has been the subject of questionable tactics in favor of the party establishment candidate, who waited to enter the race less than 2 hours after Congressman Baird announced his retirement in December 2009.

Castillo continues to build support in the old fashioned grassroots style of spending much of his time on the road meeting voters one on one and laying out his vision for the office.

His service to the Bush Administration gives him a unique insight no other candidate currently seeking this office can share when it comes to caring for our Veterans, National Defense and working with other federal officials.

His beginnings in poverty give him the necessary background to see what is happening in our country from the perspective of the common taxpaying citizen struggling to care for their family.

As I said at the Rob McKenna Breakfast held for Castillo the morning of July 27, David Castillo remains the best chance I have seen in many years for the Republicans to gain this seat on Congress long held by the Democrats.

Visit www.CastilloFor Congress and see for yourself and let’s get behind the man best suited to represent us in “Keeping America, AMERICA.”

July 29, 2010

Battle Ground Forum Draws Small Audience

by lewwaters

Campaign for Liberty and We The People hosted an event they labeled a “debate” last evening in the auditorium at Battle Ground High School for candidates of the 3rd Congressional District hoping to replace retiring Democrat, Brian Baird.

In attendance where Democrat, Cheryl Crist, Independent Normal Jean Stevens, Republican and alleged Marine David W. Hedrick and proxy for Republican David Castillo who couldn’t attend due to a prior commitment Candice Jackson, a local attorney. Democrat Denny Heck also had a prior commitment and Republican Jaime Herrera could not attend, no reason given and their campaigns sent no proxy.

Maybe 60 people, many Hedrick devotees, attended to hear the candidates.

Although listed as an unbiased forum, it was clear from the start that the forum was expected to make alleged Marine David W. Hedrick a star. The questions asked were written and asked by Campaign for Liberty; a Ron Paul inspired group and We The People, both of whom are supporting Alleged Marine, David W. Hedrick.

I give credit to Katja Delavar and her husband Michael for trying to make it appear balanced and for excellent time keeping plus holding candidates to their time limits.

The format seemed a bit odd to me as a question was asked and whichever candidate wished to answer first raised their hand, with others offered a short amount of time to reply as well. Each was given ample opportunity to rebut.

I thought it also a bit odd to witness Hedrick during the Pledge of Allegiance, not holding his hand over his heart or doing a Military Salute, as Veterans and active duty Military are now allowed to do when wearing civilian clothes, but holding his right hand up as if reciting an oath. Maybe he has done that before and I just never paid attention, but that struck me as bit odd since proper pledge etiquette is the right hand over the heart or a salute.

The questions were often lengthy during the first half of the forum and each candidate was given scant time to reply, 60 seconds in some cases, 45 second later on.

I witnessed Hedrick often waiting until one or more of the others replied, then he would jump in to make his regular replies. Unfortunately for him, Castillo proxy, Candice Jackson, is a well educated and well versed attorney who knows Castillo very well and often schooled Hedrick.

Hedrick seemed to be getting nervous as he began taking subtle pot shots at Castillo, then a little later taking direct pot shots at him by name, saying “Enterprise Zones” were unconstitutional. He agreed with Ms. Jackson reply on free market would bring about green energy sources if actually needed, but had to add a slam that he doubts Mr. Castillo believes that.

Alleged Marine David Hedrick seemed quite comfortable slamming a candidate that was not present in such cowardly personal attacks.

After not being admonished for his personal slurs against Mr. Castillo, he took a shot at absent Democrat Denny Heck, claiming he once left Mr. Heck red-faced in a debate and the audience laughing at him.

At one point he took a shot at Cheryl Crist, saying how much he likes her personally, but doesn’t want her to “be elected to anything.” At this point, Michael Delavar, moderator from Campaign for Liberty, advised all of the candidates not to make such personal comments.

Hedrick supporters in the audience were their usual boisterous self, loudly clapping and cheering after each comment. When a request was made from the moderators to refrain from applauding and cheering after each comment, many yelled back “hell No, we’re here to support our candidate.”

Katja turned around requesting the same and telling them they will get to more questions if they refrain and was largely ignored by the Hedrick supporters, prompting other candidates supporters to act likewise.

Cheryl Crist was treated to groans a couple times for her views as a progressive and silence met much of Norma Jean Stevens comments, who had a much better stage presence this evening that before.

Ms. Stevens gave well thought out answers to most questions while looking out to the audience each time. I applaud both Ms Crist and Ms Stevens for their replies and for having the courage to face such an audience that at times must have seemed a slight bit hostile.

In all the star of the evening was Candice Jackson, prompting some supporters of alleged Marine Hedrick sitting near me to comment she was smarter than Castillo, not realizing her replies were Castillo’s, who she strongly supports.

A questionable comment from the alleged Marine was when asked about how they would vote in Congress, by the wishes of their constituents or by their principles, Hedrick replied that he would vote his principles, ignoring polls.

A couple minutes later, he boasted of a questionable poll he claims shows him neck and neck with Jaime Herrera, not commenting that Denny Heck placed higher on that same poll than both. He also took the opportunity to slap Mr. Castillo again saying his polling numbers were very low.

I guess his like of polls depends on where his ego places him.

Undoubtedly he will again brag about how he put everyone to shame, but it was obvious that Ms. Jackson, sitting in for Mr. Castillo amply schooled him on many subjects.

For all of you Hedrick supporters who will take exception to my labeling him as “alleged Marine,” as a Viet Nam Veteran myself with over 8 years active duty in the United States Army and since he makes his service central to his campaign, while not disclosing such basic information pertaining to his service, such as BPED, ETS, MOS, training, units served in, where deployed and 3 times now has replied as to the nature and place of the injury that grants him a disability being a “classified mission,” this Veteran will view him as only an “alleged Marine” until such time as such information is supplied by him and supported to voters.

While I am sure he did serve, he owes voters at least basic information.

I thank Campaign for Liberty and We The People for their efforts and hope the next time they will be less obvious.

UPDATE: Since several Hedrick supporters have expressed displeasure with my labeling Hedrick as “alleged Marine,” we are clamoring for a more “Open and Transparent” government. We desire more “Open and Transparent” elected officials.

How do we trust one who will not even be “Open and Transparent” about the very thing he bases his campaign on?

If seeking that very “open transparency” we say we want makes me a “hatchet man,” so be it.

July 26, 2010

David Castillo Continues to Impress

by lewwaters

David Castillo, candidate for Washington’s Third Congressional District, has been campaigning for this seat for some time now, over a year. His efforts are beginning to pay off as people are taking notice of the man and his ideas.

David is not an establishment candidate with party resources backing him. He is the very essence of “Grassroots” as we have always been taught it is.

Recently, David Castillo, along with another impressive candidate, Democrat Denny Heck both received the primary endorsement of one of Washington States larger newspapers, the Seattle Times.

Even the Columbian, Clark County’s paper of record, chose David Castillo along with the Republican establishment candidate, Jaime Herrera to endorse for the August 17 primary.

As people are beginning to take notice, David Castillo is seen as a serious candidate with humble beginnings who has vision for the future. Even his Democratic opponent, Denny Heck, agrees with David on the creation of Enterprise Zones to spur job growth in this economically depressed end of the 3rd Congressional District.

Other candidates remain vague, speaking mostly of getting government out of the way without definitive ideas on how.

Since the advent of the Tea Party movement, some candidates have claimed to be their favorite choice, while not acknowledging that the Tea Party is a loosely knit unorganized group across the country of voters and taxpayers who want real change, not more smokescreen.

Of deep concern to the Tea Party is the recent take over of our healthcare system by the federal government, especially from Doctors who see how health care in America will be adversely affected.

As the old saying goes, “the proof is in the pudding,” an idiom meaning “that the true value or quality of something can only be judged when it’s put to use or tried and tested” is seen in that David Castillo, along with local attorney, Candice Jackson, has been invited to speak at an upcoming National Doctors Tea Party to be held in San Diego, California early in August.

Sharing the stage with Castillo and Ms. Jackson will be such luminaries as conservative radio host, Roger Hedgecock, WorldNetDaily.com author Joseph Farah, Nevada Senatorial candidate and Tea Party sensation Sharron Angle and musical guest Ricky Lee Jackson, M.D.

Of the six candidates hoping to gain the congressional seat now held by retiring Democrat Brian Baird, only David Castillo is invited to speak before such an important Tea Party event.

David Castillo, a man who grew up in poverty, opened a business only to see it fail in the dot com meltdown, who then mowed lawns to provide for his family and ended up sitting across the desk from the President of the United States continues to impress.

He consistently expresses solid ideas to benefit the country and struggling taxpayers within the 3rd Congressional District.

He is ready to go to Washington D.C. and represent us, all of us and join with others who wish to return America to her greatness.

He needs our help and support in whatever way it can be offered.

I invite you to visit www.CastilloForCongress.com and see for yourself just why 2 of the larger newspapers in Washington State have chosen to endorse David Castillo in the primary election.

I ask that you support David Castillo in “Keeping America, AMERICA.”

July 21, 2010

Second Amendment Right? Or Paranoia?

by lewwaters

On Monday, July 19, 2010 the Columbian posted an interesting blog post on their Political Beat blog, Hedrick brings ‘heat’ to Stranger interview, referencing a video and interview from Seattle’s alternative media, the Stranger, Which Congressional Candidate Brought a Gun to The Stranger Yesterday?

Watching the video, I initially thought, “big deal, the guy has a concealed carry permit and carries a gun.” I admit that reading about the kids’ theater incident sounds a bit contrived and although I strongly support the Second Amendment and concealed carry with the proper permit, and that I wouldn’t carry a firearm into a kid’s movie, he does have a legal concealed carry permit.

Unless the theater bars guns, it is legal to carry, even if not the smartest thing a parent would do with his kids.

But, something didn’t set well with me. Something just didn’t sound right to me.

Admittedly, I do not support Hedrick in his congressional run, even though I supported him in standing up to Brian Baird last August. I even have questions that remain unanswered concerning his service in the US Marine Corps and disability claimed. But none of that entered my mind as I watched the video over and over trying to figure out what did not set well with me.

After a few viewings, it dawned on me what it was. If you didn’t pick up on it, watch again and pay attention towards the end of the video, after Hedrick tells the interviewer that they have a legal right to bar guns on their private property.

He states that he would not be there doing the interview in person, but it would be by phone, had they barred his carrying a gun into the interview.

The second amendment is a very serious right that carries with it grave responsibility. Concealed Carry, under current laws, is a privilege not to be taken lightly. I strongly support both, but also feel such a responsibility must be tempered with some good old fashioned common sense.

Much like holding a security clearance in the Military, having the clearance isn’t enough; you must also have “the need to know.”

As Hedrick even shows in the story about the incident at the children’s movie, it is extremely rare to need to pull a gun if you are carrying. However, the likelihood of actually needing your gun, although slim, can be real at any given moment.

But, to indicate that if you may not carry on someone’s private property, their legal right, you, a candidate for federal office, would not do an in person interview? It would be only by telephone?

Such a comment comes across to me as paranoia, or a young man still trying to prove to himself that he is a man, with little clue what manhood is really about.

I have to believe that he received adequate training in the safe and proper handling of rifles while in Basic Training and AIT, since he did serve a short while in the US Marine Corps, even if he is tight lipped about that service other than making his rank held central to his campaign, but I also wonder if that attitude of “no gun, no in person interview” extends to other venues, such as political forums or school functions with his children?

I wonder because RCW 9.41.280 prohibits firearms “in a public or private school building,” except under some strict exemptions.

To me, given his comment in the video, it would only seem logical that he would not attend school plays or PTA Meetings concerning his own children unless he was armed either.

I can only hope that this is not the case and that he obeys the law concerning concealed carry on school grounds and buildings, leaves it home or properly locked in his car and is there for his children.

There are those that see no problem with his carrying a concealed weapon to an interview. If not for the comment of “no gun, no in person interview,” neither would I.

But, that one little comment, giving us a glimpse into the mind of a candidate for office, leaves me feeling like he might just be too immature or too paranoid to be elected to office.

July 19, 2010

David Castillo IS “Facing the Giant”

by lewwaters

I was pleasantly surprised today to see that David Castillo’s wife, Callie had posted in support of her husband on David’s campaign website blog. For any who might not know, David Castillo is a Conservative Republican candidate vying for Washington States 3rd Congressional District.

In Callie’s post, Facing the Giants, she explains of a quiet evening she and David spent recently, away from the pressures and commitments of a political campaign watching the 2006 movie Facing the Giants, a “story of a high school football coach facing what seem like insurmountable personal and professional obstacles. However, by placing his trust in God, he is able to overcome the impossible.”

Callie goes on to show how David, clearly the best qualified conservative candidate in many years to try to run for the seat held for 6 terms by Liberal Democrat, Brian Baird has been an uphill battle against the Party Establishment who has fronted a much lesser qualified candidate with a mediocre record at best, at worst who has shown the willingness to cross the aisle to join with Liberal Democrats to vote on and support legislation that actually has or would have hurt taxpayers within the legislative district represented, but shows no record of drawing the Liberal Democrats back to support any legislation by fellow Republicans.

While David showed the willingness to mount a tough campaign against an entrenched incumbent, the establishment candidate waited and jumped in less than 2 hours after Congressman Baird announced retirement and not running for another term.

I was particularly disappointed, after being told months before that party chairs should refrain from endorsing candidates prior to the primary election, to see the Clark County GOP’s chair immediately issue such an endorsement for the establishment candidate.

I was even more disappointed in seeing 3 County GOP’s endorsing this same establishment candidate long before we even reached the candidate filing deadline.

The Clark County GOP including a disclaimer in correspondence on not endorsing any candidate is disingenuous, as all but one or two of the board members promote and support the establishment candidate openly, even to the point of resorting to “dirty pool” to support the chosen one by falsely linking David Castillo to words posted by someone outside of David’s influence.

Then, there is also a party chair from another county who, after writing a post blasting Castillo over a campaign email sent out by Freedom Works, also outside of David’s influence, offered to pay the over $1700.00 filing fee to convince former candidate, Chris Boyd, to remain in the race, apparently to draw votes away from David so the establishment candidate would receive the nomination easily.

Then, there is also a member of the Clark GOP Board and past chair, who although openly stating to be “solidly in support” of the establishment candidate, sent out a notice enticing people to take a closer look at another candidate claiming the Republican affiliation and saying, “I doubt if he will make it through the Primary, but I sure hope he sticks around.”

We have also seen in the past months, yet another past party chair from another county express displeasure at the establishment candidate not receiving the endorsement of the large Grassroots group, Freedom Works by not only posting such displeasure on his own blog site and the International Political site Free Republic, but who sent out an email to all county chairs in the 3rd district requesting they and their PCO’s join him in demanding FreedomWorks withdraw the endorsement of David Castillo.

At the same time, endorsements of the establishment candidate from others who issued theirs under the same circumstances David received his from FreedomWorks was readily accepted with full praise.

And it goes on and on as the party machine fronts a weaker establishment candidate who stands up to criticize the very Republicans support and votes are sought from, while saying she can find nothing to criticize Liberal Democrat Brian Baird for.

David Castillo supports the Republican Party and reserves his criticisms for the poor job we have seen from Democrats these past 3 years and when he mentions the questionable record of the establishment candidate, who has shown an unwillingness to even be honest with voters, he is accused of vicious attacks.

None of this makes David Castillo a victim, but it makes him a conservative candidate that continues to show the willingness to stand up for what is right.

It makes him a man who doesn’t give up easily and shows that he is willing to go to bat for conservative principles and not join in with Liberal Democrats to repay campaign donors by supporting and vote for legislation detrimental to the district.

I began supporting David Castillo in June 2009 with Castillo For Congress, 3rd District, Washington State after meeting him face to face and having the chance for a one on one talk and an email interview. My support has not wavered as some in the party machine have accused me of “hate speech” for revealing the spotty record of Jaime Herrera.

I have also seen why the Republican Party loses so many elections by casting aside strong conservatives in favor of establishment moderates or RINO’s.

With Brian Baird retiring and the nation outraged at the poor performance of the Democrats in power now, why would we want to hand them another election on a silver platter?

The Clark County GOP has coined the motto “Be The Party” in the last few months. We can show the party that we are indeed the party by rejecting the weaker party machine groomed moderate establishment candidate and getting behind the only real conservative with the strongest message, consistent ideas and specifics and over all experience, David Castillo.

He is indeed “Facing the Giant,” but for the future well being of America.

March 23, 2010

Castillo To Appear On KOIN 6 Early Show

by lewwaters

For all you early risers out there, I have told that David Castillo, Republican candidate for Washington’s 3rd Congressional District seat being vacated by Democrat Brian Baird, will appear on the 6 AM segement of Portland’s KOIN 6 Early show tomorrow morning, March 24.

Those of you who haven’t had the chance to see or hear David speak, here is a chance for you to, if you rise that early.

I did not receive information on any other candidate’s appearing with David, so can’t say whether or not others will appear too.

Video may be seen HERE

February 17, 2010

Castillo: How Has the Stimulus Bill Worked Out for You?

by lewwaters

David Castillo, Republican candidate for Washington States 3rd Congressional District asks;

How Has the Stimulus Bill Worked Out for You?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

One year ago, the American people were told by this Administration and Democrats in Congress, that we must pass an unprecedented, government spending bill or face economic ruin. What we got was a stagnant economy and out-of-control debt being placed on the backs of our children and grandchildren.

One year ago, the American people were promised by this Administration and Democrats in Congress, that if their plan were implemented we would not see unemployment rise over 8%. What we got nationally was a rate of nearly 10%. While here in southwest Washington – the 3rd Congressional District – unemployment is well into double digits. The district’s largest county (Clark) is over 14%.

This is not an indication that families and businesses are better off today.

Increased government spending is not a solution to job creation. In fact, it is an obstacle. It is time we learn the lessons of the past. Job creators are the risk-takers, the entrepreneurs, and the small business owners who ask for nothing from the government other than they stay out of the way and allow the free market to provide its opportunity for prosperity to all.

This administration came into office with the promise to fundamentally change America. If that means replacing our capitalist economy with some form of government run socialism, then count me out. I will stand with the vast majority of Americans who still believe in a system that places economic and political power in the hands of the people.

Castillo is right, we have not been served well by the current one party system that throws money out like it is nothing. We cannot borrow our way out of the deep debt we are in nor can we continue to punish jobs creators like Obama and the Democrat cabal has been doing this past year.

We were told unemployment would not go above 8% if we accepted their “fix” of a $787 Billion stimulus and we end up with some 10% unemployment nationwide, 14.3% locally.

Obama can claim how well it worked, he can send out fabricated graphs to make it look like it is working, but the proof is in the numbers.

Economists are warning us.

Homelessness continues to rise.

Our tax dollars continue to be wasted.

November is our chance to turn America back to sound footing and reclaim the greatness being squandered.

David Castillo is the candidate ready to tackle the problems and stand with the citizens of Washington’s 3rd Congressional District.

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