A stinging announcement today that must worry the Herrera camp as the Seattle Times, one of the larger newspapers in Washington State, issued an endorsement of Republican David Castillo and Democrat Denny Heck as “the primary picks in the 3rd Congressional District” in the upcoming August 17 primary election.
The Times says in part,
“Whoever represents Southwest Washington in Congress must be an independent thinker willing to buck his or her political party. With that in mind, The Seattle Times endorses Denny Heck, Democrat, and David Castillo, Republican, to advance to the general election.”
“Both have worked in the public and private sectors and have a strong grasp of the challenges facing the district, most notably its unacceptably high unemployment rate. Both appear creative enough to tackle tough issues from an independent vantage point.”
“The need for jobs and an improved economy overshadow most other issues. Heck touts the need to proceed with a new Columbia River crossing as an economic stimulator and the need to keep Washington ports humming. Castillo emphasizes the needs to improve infrastructure, including flood areas along Interstate 5, and create enterprise zones to help economically distressed counties.”
Herrera, the establishment candidate has billed herself as the front-runner since her rapid entry into the race, less than 2 hours after retiring Brian Baird announced his retirement. As the GOP machine lined up behind her, abandoning other candidates with more experience and better resumes’ campaign donations flowed into her campaign, although she has trouble taking a definitive stand on issues and is often vague and general in answering voters questions asked of her.
Recently, Clark County Conservative compiled a list of quotes showing that Ms. Herrera has not been being very honest with voters in the 3rd Congressional District.
Viewing her self as “the chosen,” “the anointed” to represent the GOP, missing such an endorsement has to sting, but obviously the Seattle Times editorial board saw through her façade.
David Hedrick, who gained cyber fame for a 3-minute confrontation with Baird in August 2009, and never wishing to discuss how Baird ambushed him when he tried it a second time, has been making noise, but has not been too ready to discuss his Marine service, although he has made that service central to his campaign by labeling himself “Marine Corporal” in every release or forum he attends.
Calls for clarification either go ignored or have resulted in claims of “Classified” in the past, automatically raising red flags to any Veteran who served in a combat zone.
In spite of facebook claims of how superior he is to all others, Hedrick too is often vague in replies or issues forth warmed over 2008 Ron Paul talking points, at times hiding behind the constitution as if his interpretation merits more attention that constitutional lawyers and scholars.
His fund raising ability has been abysmal.
I have maintained for some time now that the race to replace Brian Baird should be between Castillo and Heck.
Both men are personable, approachable and whether you agree with their views or not, they are the only two who consistently stand and express specifics in their views and ideas for the country and the 3rd Congressional District.
Heck “was elected to five terms in the state House of Representatives. He served as House Majority Leader, and later, as chief of staff to Gov. Booth Gardner. Heck was an early investor in RealNetworks, a digital-entertainment company, and co-founded TVW, the C-SPAN of Washington State.”
Castillo service in the United States Navy and after having a business fail in the dot com meltdown years ago, liquidated and rebuilt, becoming eventually a sub-cabinet level position in The Department of Veterans Affairs and at the Department of Homeland Security during the Bush administration.
Both men have resume’s the others can only dream about.
Clark County Conservative, while issuing no official endorsements, has been in support of Castillo since shortly after he began campaigning, expecting a tough run against Baird.
Although I do not support Denny Heck, a face to face chat with him earned my respect for the man.
The Seattle Times says it all with, “Voters would be wise to pick Heck and Castillo to clarify their strengths and weaknesses in the general election.”