Words spoken by Fredi Simpson, Washington State Republican Party National Committeewoman in Vancouver, Washington, Feb 6, 2016 at the Republicans of Clark County Ronald Reagan Birthday Celebration.
An Independent Conservative Voice for Clark County
Words spoken by Fredi Simpson, Washington State Republican Party National Committeewoman in Vancouver, Washington, Feb 6, 2016 at the Republicans of Clark County Ronald Reagan Birthday Celebration.
As expected, my post Clark GOP Playing Dirty Again? was not well received by some extremist factions within the Clark County Republican Party, who seemingly spent much of Monday, May 19 scurrying around doing damage control and attempting to make themselves appear altruistic.
In the process, they have made some claims that are not being confirmed by the ones they are attributed to when I contacted them.
These extremists would have you believe that the initial email sent out to a selective group of PCO candidates was their effort to ferret out what they describe as a conspiracy against them by some WSRP operative in Bothell that “has been caught filing at least 20 online PCO applications on behalf of Clark County residents, some of whom had no intention of filing and gave no permission to use their names.”
Susan Hutchinson has been elected to chair the Washington State Republican Party, defeating three challengers that included local Clark County GOP Operations Director Christian Berrigan and interim party chair Luanne Van Werven, as well as
Pierce County’s Grays Harbor County’s James Walsh.
Local favorite Christian Berrigan was defeated in the first round along with James Walsh, Berrigan receiving 11 votes, Walsh receiving 16. Susan Hutchinson Hutchinson received 39 behind Luanne Van Werven’s 41 in first round balloting.
The second round ended up with 59 votes for Hutchison, 46 for Luanne Van Werven who has been serving as interim party chair since Kirby Wilbur’s resignation.
He has claimed to disagree with homosexual marriage. Then come out against the Boy Scouts of America banning homosexuals from their leadership ranks, ignoring the huge scandal of the early 1990’s where homosexual males had molested young boys over the years.
He fought to ensure homosexual activists received the names, addresses and signatures of everyone who signed the R-71 petition opposing the so called “everything but marriage” domestic partnership law.
Early on he distanced himself from very successful Republican governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker and has stated that Washington State public unions have nothing to fear from him, adding that he feels collective bargaining is their right, even as we in the private sector continue to tighten our belts that they are reluctant to do.
The more we hear from him, the more he sounds like a liberal Democrat, not a conservative Republican.
The dust has yet to settle on just what all the full implications will be over the Supreme Courts astonishing decision to subject the American people to the largest tax increase in the history of our country, also known as Obamacare or the Affordable care Act.
An unprecedented decision that allows the American citizens to be taxed if we do not purchase health insurance as directed by the elitist government.
Shortly after the decision was announced this morning, the Republican Governor’s Association issued a statement expressing their opposition to the act.
The statement said in part,
“Today’s ruling crystallizes all that’s at stake in November’s election. The only way to stop Barack Obama’s budget-busting health care takeover is by electing a new president.”
“Barack Obama’s health care takeover encapsulates his Presidency: Obamacare increases taxes, grows the size of government and puts bureaucrats over patients while doing nothing to improve the economy.”
It comes as no surprise that the legal challenge launched, seeking the voiding of the delegates chosen in the 2012 Clark County GOP convention for the 18th Legislative District, amid allegations of irregularities and fraud was not well received by same, most notably the Ron Paul supporters who came out in the majority on delegates and face the danger of not being seated in the State GOP Convention to be held in Tacoma.
As I showed in the previous post, Delegate Vote Challenged, 18th District Could Lose All GOP Delegates, supporters of candidate Mitt Romney were not pleased with the convention outcome and have cried foul to the WSRP, launching the effort to void the delegates selected in the 18th Legislative District.
In a continuance of the exceptional organizational skills seen in Paul’s supporters, that was used to discover the weaknesses in the system and legally exploit them to their advantage, Washington state co-chair for the Ron Paul campaign and Clark County Delegation Chair, Katja Delavar has fired back, along with her husband, former Washougal City Council Member Michael Delavar both drafting their own rebuttals to the challenge and to be sent to the WSRP, here and here.
The fiasco known as the 2012 Clark County GOP Convention may be over, but the results of it are far from done. Irregularities and questionable delegate votes has prompted at least 2 Mitt Romney supporters, who were credentialed delegates from the earlier caucuses to challenge to delegate selection in the 18th Legislative District where Romney, who won the caucus straw poll, ended up with very few delegates, while Ron Paul who didn’t fare well in the caucus came out with the majority of delegates to the state convention.
Much finger pointing and blaming of each other followed the close of the convention that ended up with Clark County Republicans only being able to send 75 delegates and no alternates to the state convention in Tacoma, instead of the allotted 94 delegates and 94 alternates.
There is not much sense in rehashing the blame game here as from where I sit it appears everybody had a share in the blame.
Ron Paul supporters initially received much of the blame, seeing the previously announced “caucus strategy” unfold all across the state and given that he ended up with the bulk of selected delegates after doing poorly in the caucus straw poll.
Clark County GOP Chair Brandon Vick ended up accepting blame for the fiasco.
Tired of the status quo and the same old, same old every election? Fed up yet with the major political parties choosing who we may vote for? Don’t be fooled that our only choice for governor this election is Democrat Jay Inslee or Republican Rob McKenna.
I first posted about Shahram Hadian last October, prior to actually meeting him. I have since met him twice and like who and what I see in this candidate.
As we saw just this weekend, Democrat Jay Inslee has resigned his elected position as Representative for the 1st district, leaving some 675,000 constituents who elected him to be their voice in Washington D.C. without a voice, any advocacy or representation, all so he can pursue his own personal and political gain.
Republican Rob McKenna remains in his office as attorney general, but in spite of impressions from the Washington State Republican Party, doesn’t inspire a lot of conservatives with his moderate views.
As Washington State flounders in this ongoing “Great Recession,” with a $1.5 Billion budget gap, failing schools, court decisions demanding more school funding, double digit unemployment in several counties for 3 straight years, all has been put on the back burner as the top priority for the Washington State Legislature is to approve Homosexual Marriage in our state.
Last evening, February 1, 2012 the senate held a brief debate and voted to approve homosexual marriages after Democrats defeated amendments that would place the notion before the voters of the state and protections claimed to be in the bill for clergy and religions being extended to private citizens who may decline assisting in or participating in homosexual marriage ceremonies if they felt it violated their religious convictions.
For example, if you are a baker or photographer and decline to bake a wedding cake or take the photos for a homosexual marriage ceremony, feeling that your assistance or participation may violate your deeply held religious views, you may be held liable in a lawsuit for violating their civil rights.
That same protection is also denied judges, justices of the peace and others authorized to perform secular marriage ceremonies if they feel such participation may violate their deeply held religious views.
I also find claims of an $88 Million boost to the state’s economy by approving homosexual marriage specious at best.
Voicing opposition to an amendment proposed by Democrat Senator Brian Hatfield (19th district) that would have placed the final word on this before voters in the state, Democrat Lisa Brown of the 3rd district, relying on the announcement of her lesbian sister stated that such matters should not be left “to the whims of a majority.”
Seattle Times reporting, “Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island, said she supports gay marriage legislation in the Senate — giving proponents the 25 votes needed for passage.”
Four Republican legislators are being reported as signing on to the bill as well. They are Sen. Steve Litzow, Sen. Cheryl Pflug as well as King County councilman Reagan Dunn (who thinks Republicans will elect him as Attorney General), and two House Republicans, Rep. Glenn Anderson and Rep. Maureen Walsh who co-sponsored the house bill.
In the meantime, a $1.5 Billion budget gap, high unemployment and struggling taxpayers take a back seat to legalizing homosexuals to marry.
This blog will not support any Republican who supports this homosexual marriage bill.
Some so called conservatives are expressing it is time that we conservatives “let go” and allow this to pass. What kind of values do you have if you aren’t willing to stand for them?
I am left wondering, where is Kirby Wilbur and the WSRP as these 5 RINO’s abandon the GOP platform in support of this? Is this why the Republican party is falling apart today, values, principals and platforms mean nothing?
Updated with reply from Kirby Wilbur below
Today I received a letter from the WSRP asking me for a donation to be a “2012 Sustaining Member.” As many know, I have my problems with the Republican Party and consider myself an Independent Conservative, not a Republican any longer. Below is a copy of the letter I have sent back in response to their request for a donation.
January 6, 2012
Mr. Kirby Wilbur and Staff
I am in receipt today of your written request to become a “sustaining member” of the Washington State Republican party. I cannot in good conscience donate any funds to the party.
My reasons are due to having witnessed the WSRP playing favorites in contested primaries by endorsing or promoting one Republican candidate over another Republican candidate. It is not up to the party to tell voters who we may vote for. It is up to the voters to decide who we wish to vote for.
I witnessed this during the 2010 3rd Congressional District race where Jaime Herrera Beutler was openly endorsed by the Cowlitz County Republican Party, the Pacific County Republican Party and the Wahkiakum County Republican Party. While the Clark County Republican Party did not openly endorse her candidacy, they may as well have as the board clearly promoted her over other Republicans and in fact, often denigrated another Republican candidate, an act shared by those in both Pacific and Cowlitz Republican Parties.
I am once again witnessing this selective promotion of one candidate over another in a contested primary as candidate for governor, Rob McKenna is clearly being favored and endorsed by the WSRP while another Republican challenger, Shahram Hadian is completely ignored and marginalized.
I am sure I do not need to remind you that Mr. McKenna does not have the strongest conservative record.
As long the WSRP continues to ignore Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment, “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican,” I cannot and will not support the party. I will lend my support directly to the candidate I feel has the best conservative record.
It is not up to the people to “Be The Party,” but it is up to the party to “Be With The People.”
Lewis A. Waters
UPDATE: Kirby Wilbur replied on facebook with,
“There has been no official endorsement of any candidate running for Governor by either me or the WSRP. Mr Hadian will be on the ballot and all of you can campaign for him, donate to his campaign and vote for him in August. If he is the nominee, the WSRP will do everything in it’s power, as will I, to make him the next Governor. Judah, you know this, we had lunch and talked about this face-to-face. Perhaps if some of you spent less time posting about and more time working for your candidates, they would have a better chance, better organizations and more money.”
He has yet to reply or comment on the December 17, 2011 Seattle Times quote,
“State GOP Chairman Kirby Wilbur said he and other state party leaders recently notified the Republican National Committee that McKenna was the only credible Republican candidate in the race, clearing the way for the party to start funding his campaign before the Aug. 7 primary.”
I’m very disappointed that Kirby Wilbur, who I have admired and respected for some time, will now play such games of semantics.
UPDATE 2: I stand corrected in my claim that I did not say the WSRP endorsed McKenna as I did in fact use the word endorsed in the letter. I am still waiting to hear from Kirby Wilbur or any leadership of WSRP on the Seattle Times quote.
As we know, Kirby Wilbur replaced Luke Esser as chair of the Washington State Republican Party this weekend. While Esser did accomplish some equitable changes for the WSRP, the voters just never got behind Republican candidates as they should have, given their log time support of conservative issues on the ballots. Focusing on this, former radio talk show host Kirby Wilbur won the chair, giving hope to Washingtonians that now maybe people will feel included and not shut out by the Bellevue Mafia that has held a stranglehold on the party for so long.
I hope Kirby watches his back.
With that, thanks to Washington State Wire, here is Kirby Wilbur’s full speech given Saturday in Tukwila:
The State GOP Convention began yesterday at the Vancouver Hilton with greater than expected attendance, especially at last nights reception held at the Pearson Air Museum.
The excitement from conservatives this year will be difficult to contain as Republicans from all over the state descended on Vancouver to begin the needed actions to restore America’s greatness.
See the Columbian’s write-up as well, GOP surges into Vancouver for state convention
According to the Seattle PI’s Joel Connelly, Washington State GOP Chair, Luke Esser, has said in a Memo that,
“the state GOP will run criminal and civil background checks on every serious Republican candidate for statewide or congressional office.”
The check is labeled as
“part of the candidate vetting process,” each will be charged approximately $75.00 for an outside vendor to probe each candidate. Esser says the probe is to “determine if legal proceedings have been undertaken against a candidate, ranging from speeding tickets to serious felonies on the criminal side, and ranging from liens and collection actions to bankruptcy filings on the civil side.”
“WSRP staff will oversee the conduct of a Background Check of criminal and credit related issues, to be performed by a third-party vendor that will include the review of multiple criminal and civil court databases for records related to the candidate in question.”
Esser justifies the background checks as, “The main desire is that the state party not be surprised. We will examine what any citizen could find in court records.”
There are those elsewhere who find this a good idea saying,
“Every Republican candidate should understand that the Democrats already know your negatives or will soon find them out. Sooner or later, the Democrats will use your negatives against you. Republican candidates who think they can keep their negatives secret are dead wrong.”
From where I sit, it seems the quest for “pure” candidates continues.
Naturally, there are some things that must be known and ferreted out, such as felony convictions, dishonorable discharges and major infractions of the law. But, just how deep will these probes go and what will be used to deny otherwise good conservatives a run for office, while young establishment moderates who will lose elections are favored?
What all questions will be on the questionnaire sent to prospective candidates is unknown to me since I am not privy to such information, unless I am able to obtain a copy.
How far back such a probe will extend is also unknown. According to Esser,
“Results of the completed Candidate Questionnaires and Background Checks will be reviewed by the executive board at a meeting to be convened by the chairman. The executive board will determine if any information reviewed during their evaluation of these materials is serious enough to warrant bringing it to the attention of the entire state committee.”
I am reminded of how the revelation of the now 17 year old DUI of Mike McGavick from another state hurt his chance of winning against Maria Cantwell in 2006.
I am also reminded of recent revelations of Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal exaggerating claims of his Military service that were revealed by those who had heard his ever increasing claims of bravado over the years. A background check did not reveal any of this as access to a Veterans Military record is restricted to only those the Veteran signs a SF 180 to grant access.
While I can see the concern over supporting the absolute best candidates possible, such a background check would not reveal whether or not a candidate that is a legislator had others voting in their place nor would it reveal their support for causes and bills that are contrary to conservative values.
Such things rarely sink a Democrat candidate, as evidenced by Blumenthal’s resurgence in the polls in Connecticut, not to mention the country embracing scandal ridden former president Bill Clinton, who although impeached by the House served out his full term.
Then again, Democrats, unlike Republicans, do not seek to oust party members accused of infractions.
Much like I saw Clark County GOP’s sealed vote for selecting the top candidate for the 18th Legislative District race, should the Democrats run a second candidate, being fear driven when the GOP should be in a strong position to win elections this cycle, I’m afraid this move by the state party is also driven by fear.
I don’t know if any candidate will refuse out of privacy concerns or not. Nor do I know if the party would deny support of a good candidate if the background check were refused. As Luke Esser said,
“That’s all yet to be determined. It’s our first trip down this road.”
Maybe if the party wasn’t striving to be so pure, this wouldn’t even be necessary. After all, there have only been two perfect humans ever created. One of them fell from grace and the other was killed on a cross.
In closing I’d like to remind the party of the words of Saul Alinksy from his now famous Rules for Radicals, specifically Rule 4: Make opponents live up to their own book of rules. “You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”
How long will the party continue falling into this leftwing trap?
Press release issued from Washington State Republican Party on Brian Baird’s refusasl to hold a townhall and his defaming of constituents.
For Immediate Release Contact: Patrick Bell
August 6, 2009 425-460-0570
Paranoia Will Destroy Ya…
Brian Baird Sees Brown Shirts In His Sleep,
And We’re Not Talking About UPS Delivery Men
“What we’re seeing right now is close to Brown Shirt tactics. I mean that very seriously.”
–Brian Baird, The Columbian, Aug. 6, 2009
“It’s hard to tell which is more ridiculous: 1) Brian Baird comparing opponents of government-run health care to Adolf Hitler’s Nazi stormtroopers, or 2) taking any of Brian Baird’s disingenuous double-talk on health care seriously, let alone very seriously.
–WSRP Chairman Luke Esser
Bellevue, WA — Congressman Brian Baird announced in a story in The Columbian this morning that he will no longer hold live town hall meetings with his constituents because he feared “Brown Shirt tactics.” Interestingly, Baird is scheduled to be the keynote speaker tonight at the annual conference of the American Psychologists Association in Toronto, Canada. WSRP Chairman Luke Esser offered the following statement:
“Brian Baird may be terrified of speaking with his constituents during the August congressional recess, but he’s apparently not afraid of speaking at a conference of psychologists in Toronto, Canada. Baird is proving that he definitely has the courage to leave the country and speak to a group that won’t ask him why he’s racking up unprecedented levels of federal spending and deficits and voting for so many bills he hasn’t read. Tough questions and forthright comments are such a hassle, so thank goodness Brian Baird will be welcomed by such a friendly audience in a country with the type of government-run health care he and Nancy Pelosi are trying to recreate in America. Maybe while he’s there one of the psychologists in attendance can diagnose Baird and explain why he sees so many Nazi stormtroopers dancing in brown shirts in his dreams. We wish him a full and speedy recovery from his delusions.”
Clark County to Host 2010 Washington State Republican Convention
The Washington State Republican Party (WSRP) has selected Clark County as the site for the 2010 Republican State Convention. The Clark County Republican Party and the Southwest Washington Convention and Visitors Bureau announced on Tuesday that the Convention is coming to Vancouver next year.
“We are thrilled,” said Ryan Hart, Chairman of the Clark County Republican Party.
“This is really big. Not just for the local Republican Party, but for all of Clark County,” Hart said. The 2010 Convention is expected to be the largest convention ever held in Vancouver.
This is also the first time in history the Washington State Republican Party has held its Convention in Vancouver.
Hart said he has wanted to see Vancouver host the convention for more than a decade. “In 1998 I attended a State Convention in Kennewick, and that’s when I first thought, ‘why not Vancouver?'” He said.
Earlier this year, Hart began working with Republican State Committeeman, Brent Boger, and the Southwest Washington Convention and Visitors Bureau to put together a formal bid for the 2010 Convention. A final bid was submitted to the State Party by the Clark County Republican Party and Convention Bureau last week. The WSRP Event Site Selection Committee voted unanimously to award Clark County as the Convention site.
“This is a first for Clark County, the City of Vancouver, and the Clark County Republican Party,” Hart said. “I want to thank Rosemary Cooke of the Convention Bureau for helping us land this history-making event”
Clark County has not hosted such a convention since back in 1978, Hart learned.
The Convention dates are June 10 – 12, 2010.