Jaime Herrera Says Deb Wallace Is a Liar!

by lewwaters

Democrat candidate Deb Wallace withdrew from her bid to replace outgoing Brian Baird as Representative of Washington’s Third Congressional District and spoke out against fellow state legislator Jaime Herrera when she did.

Wallace accuses Herrera of “shirking her duties by being absent from the House floor ‘for hours on end’ during key votes over the last few weeks in order to campaign” and “cast votes for her while she is absent from the floor.”

I disagree with just about everything Wallace proposes but can’t say I find her to be a dishonest person. We have far different values, but she doesn’t impress me as an opportunist, just misguided in her liberalism.

Jaime Herrera fired back with “Deb has no credibility, she has no proof.”

Herrera also issued an email statement, sent out by the Clark County GOP that stated,

“Dear Friends,

Rep. Deb Wallace, a Democrat, has withdrawn from the race for Congress in the 3rd District but on her way out wants to throw some mud at me.

Wallace alleges that I have been away from the House floor “for hours at a time” during votes this year. That is false. I have one of the best voting attendance records in Olympia. In three years I’ve only missed a total of 10 out of 1,863 possible floor votes. All of the votes I missed took place before this year, and all were excused absences — I missed a few votes the day my car broke down on I-5 and the others on the day I attended my grandmother’s funeral.

Every single legislator is called off the floor from time to time for meetings. This happens most often when constituents arrive at the Capitol hoping to meet their legislators. When that happens, it is a longstanding House practice for the legislator to instruct their seatmate how they intend to vote, and allow the seatmate to push the legislator’s voting button while the legislator spends a few minutes with their constituents. I have done this, as has Rep. Wallace and virtually every legislator who has served in the House in at least the past few decades, but this does not equal “hours” away from the floor.

I am very active on this session as Assistant Floor Leader. In that role my duties include moving around the floor to work with legislators who are about to speak, and stepping into the wings of the chamber for leadership meetings. At those times I am not sitting in my seat but I am deeply involved in the legislative process.

I stand behind my voting record, which is available at http://www.washingtonvotes.org, and I stand behind my hard work and service to the people of my legislative district.

This is one of the first, but it won’t be the last untruth that is told about me this year. I’m ready for this fight. The goal of restoring America and representing the people of Southwest Washington is too important a goal to be sidetracked by this kind of nonsense.

Thank you for reading this message.

Sincerely,

Jaime Herrera”

Left out of Herrera’s denial and counterattack is having others cast votes for her during these “rare absences.”

Wallace’s allegations have some supportive evidence as well, since Ms. Herrera ignored her absence from the Legislative session Tuesday morning to attend a campaign fundraiser on her behalf in Seattle.

Also left out of the denial was her flight back to Washington D.C. Thursday for yet another high dollar fundraiser given on her behalf by mentor, Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers.

As the Columbian’s Kathie Durbin put it, “Herrera was scheduled to take a red-eye flight to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night for a campaign fundraising event Thursday.”

Saying she would be gone for “less than 24 hours,” I am left wondering why the event wasn’t scheduled a couple weeks from now, after the legislature adjourns or Saturday, on a weekend? Is it really that essential to pander to special interests in Washington D.C. for donations already?

While Jaime’s excuse is plausible, it still has holes and appears to be very carefully worded. If, as Ms. Wallace charges, others cast votes for Jaime during absences, doesn’t that throw water on the claim, “10 out of 1,863 possible floor votes missed?”

She says, “I stand behind my voting record.” Does that include her votes to force childcare centers into public unions and to place the operating and maintenance employees at a commercial nuclear power plant into a union also?

On a more personal note, I am left feeling more and more slighted by Jaime Herrera since she called my home three times on the evening of February 9 and in that call, promised to send me an email explanation of her reasoning behind her pro-union votes, beyond it being simply a “moral issue” to her.

If she cannot keep her word on such a simple promise, what else might she not be completely up front about?

8 Comments to “Jaime Herrera Says Deb Wallace Is a Liar!”

  1. Jaime Herrera is playing a very dangerous game by directing people’s attention to her published “voting record.” She should keep her fingers crossed that most folks won’t realize that this is a complete ‘strawman’ tactic.

    Obviously, as you touch on in the post, if someone else presses one of Jaime’s voting buttons on the House floor, it will show up in the record as Jaime having voted. Deb Wallace’s specific allegation is excessive voting *by proxy*.

    So in citing the washingtonvotes.org record in her published response, Jaime demonstrated a degree of disrespect for people’s intelligence. It seems like she is trying to sow confusion over what is actually, specifically, being alleged. Voters and even supporters tend to not appreciate that kind of thing if they figure it out.

    Actually, this affair did not even really get my hackles up *until* Jaime introduced this diversionary tactic. Doesn’t defensive employment of a diversionary tactic imply something about the possible legitimacy of the underlying allegation?

    That led me to wonder: Have any of Jaime’s fellow Republican House members jumped up to say that her use of a proxy is truly limited to traditionally acceptable instances? Where is the eyewitness counter-testimony to Deb Wallace’s allegation? Maybe it’s out there somewhere, and I have just missed it.

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  2. Good point, Michael. I too haven’t yet seen any fellow Republicans, or Democrats for that matter, counter Deb’s allegations or speak out in support of Jaime’s assertion that she was not absent.

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  3. The author of this article “Lew Waters” is obviously a hard nosed “simple” issues conservative. Her “Out & Out” hatred for Unions exposes her as a corporate hack.

    I, as a “Progressive”, am CERTAINLY not a supporter of Jaime Herrera or ANY OTHER modern day “right winger”.

    However YOUR cheep shots Lew Waters have EVEN LESS credibility!

    It’s time that we Americans START making DECISIONS instead of POLICY, it is SO SAD that a simpleton such as YOURSELF does NOT have the mentality or morality to comprehend the statement I just made.

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  4. LOL, Chuckie, I’m a “simpleton,” but you can’t even recognize that Lew is a guys name, not a girls?

    Why hide behind “Progressive” when we all know what you really are, neo-coms? Why the subterfuge? Why not just come out and admit your admiration for systems such as Cuba’s, Venzuela’s, North Korea and the failed Soviet Union?

    That I dislike unions is based upon my membership in them years ago. It also entails how I see them carrying forth a vicious circle that is destroying our economy and giving workers even less, while union bosses live in the lap of luxury.

    That is something you neo-coms simply cannot comprehend.

    As a “Progressive,” what do you really care what I say about Jaime Herrera? Talk about “no credibility,” you have shown it clearly in your banal comment.

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  5. You sure are a CHEAP SHOT NEOCON aern’t you? Who GIVES A DAMM if “Lew” is a girls name or a guys, except in YOUR CASE where YOU will use ANY ISSUE to “Muddy the waters” in order to avoid the VERY issues that YOU can’t defend if you had to in an honest debate!

    As far as YOU trying to claim that I admire the Cuba, Venzuela, North Korea and the failed Soviet Union? Did I SAY THAT? NO I did not, that’s just an attempt by a JERK LIKE YOU trying to put words in my mouth.

    Before you try any FURTHER attempt to paint me as some kind of “Unpatriotic” Commie, let me CLUE YOU IN; I happen to be a 20 YEAR RETIRED NAVY VETERAN who BELIEVES in this country and the CONSTITUTION!

    Let me FURTHER CLUE YOU IN to SOMETHING ELSE Mr. Lew Waters. I’ve spent MOST of my life seeing CORRUPT JERKS like yourself, and since I was always on the move, didn’t have a chance to challenge the injustice.

    Well GUESS WHAT Mr. Waters, I LIVE in this town,,,PERMANENTLY!, and I am going to enjoy EVERY MINUTE of taking potshots at a CHUMP LIKE YOU!

    So from one veteran to another, BRING IT ON SCUMBAG!

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  6. Chuckie, Chuckie, Chuckie. It is you who popped up here for the cheap shots, I was already here.

    As for anything else I said, the proof is in the pudding. Since you claim to be “Progressive,” what could it possibly matter to you what Republicans do amongst themselves?

    Take your best shot, Chuckie.

    Oh, and whether you realize it or not, “Progressive” is known to just be a euphemism for exactly what you claim you aren’t. What it might have meant decades ago no longer matters.

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  7. And “Progressive” is a euphemism to be what it isn’t because YOU say so?

    Sorry LEW, for YOU might give yourself credit for being “bright”, but take MY word for it PAL, I DON’T share the SAME opinion about YOU! [sorry to burst your bubble!]

    Actually thats not so for I rather ENJOY bursting your bubble!

    But I really don’t have to try to burst your bubble; What about ALL THOSE “Drill Baby Drill” bumper stickers ALL you Republican CLOWNS had on your Pick-up trucks?

    SPILL BABY SPILL!!!

    Do you republicans have ANY MORE bright ideas? If you DO, please keep them to YOURSELVES!

    Face it Lew, the Republican party is NOTHING but a rotting corpse, all that’s left of it is SAD RELICS like you!

    And come NOVEMBER, the REAL Americans will pound in the FINAL NAILS to the coffin holding that ROTTING CADAVER!

    How does it FEEL to be a INSIGNIFICANT LEW?

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  8. You really can’t be that much of a dullard, can you Chuckie?

    Obviously, it is you who thinks of himself as being “bright.” In fact, you seem to think you’re so bright, I bet you brag on your parents calling you “sun.”

    As for your opinion of me, Chuckie, I have survived nearly 62 years without your approval. I imagine I’ll survive what time I have left without your approval just as well.

    That’s what I find so amusing with you neo-coms, you actually think your delusional rant matters to me? Is the salt air or the admiration you receive from both of your groupies that has muddled your brain so much?

    Oh, as far as “drill baby drill” goes, explain how you travel to your infrequent gigs if not by some sort of internal combustion powered vehicle. To make simple that hopefully, even you can understand, you drive too.

    I seriously doubt you have a windmill on your car or truck.

    Insignificance is merely a frame of mind, Chuckie. From looking at your webpage, it would appear your, what is it today, Grunge Band, knows more about that.

    Yes, you keep backing Cheryl Crist. She might be a nice person, but she couldn’t even match a Ron Paul follower last time in votes.

    But, I do agree with you on one thing, Denny Heck is a Posuer and Pridemore is a joke.

    See ya in November. Oh, have you checked in on the latest special elections around the country? That “Rotting Cadaver” you mention seems to be gaining a comfortable lead in Hawaii and Pennsylvania.

    Lower the volume on your stage appearances, it seems to have turned your brain into mush.

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