Regular readers of Clark County Conservative know that I have little regard for 3rd congressional district representative Jaime Herrera-Beutler. I have never taken politics personal, but due to lies and the corrupt nature of her winning the nomination to run as the Republican candidate in 2010, being labeled a liar by her staff director Casey Bowman for documenting her lying about her support of a piece of legislation that would have forced child care centers into the SEIU, back-stabbing conduct from the likes of Anna Miller and Keath Huff, unethical conduct of 4 county GOP’s, including the majority of the executive board of the Clark County GOP, confirmed by seeing past chair Ryan Hart appointed as Herrera-Beutler’s district manager, fully explaining why he chose to violate an ethical pledge he spoke to me personally about party chairs endorsing candidates during a contested primary and several personal attacks against not only a Republican candidate who would not step aside for the “chosen one” but me personally, this one became personal.
In fact, I can’t stand the girl.
Still, unlike her and her campaign crew, I do not support lies, even if about her.
Such a lie was recently told by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee over her vote to defund NPR. While it is no lie that she joined in on voting to defund the NPR, the DCCC stretches it a great deal all the way into a lie by claiming, “AMBER Alert Program Placed in Jeopardy by Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler’s Vote.”
Even Stephanie Rice, the Columbian reporter who has shown a particular disdain for Republicans for a long time now, writes on the Columbian’s All Politics Is Local blog, “we’re pretty sure Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler does care about abducted children.”
The DCCC Press Release, posted under the link above claims,
“Today, Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler opposed a measure to ensure that NPR would still be able to “receive Federal funds to broadcast or otherwise disseminate alerts issued by the AMBER Alert communications network regarding abducted children.” The amendment was offered by Representative Betty Sutton. [H.R. 1076, Vote #191, 3/17/11]”“AMBER Alerts Save Lives. According to the DOJ’s AMBER Alert website, there have been 532 successful recoveries with 120 total Amber Alert plans nationwide. In calendar year 2009, 207 AMBER Alerts were issued in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands involving 263 children. Of those 207 cases, 166 resulted in a recovery, 45 of which were successfully recovered as a direct result of those respective AMBER Alerts being issued. [Department of Justice, AMBER Alert statistics; 2009 AMBER Alert report]”
“NPR is designated as a disseminator of Amber Alerts via arrangements with the Department of Justice and the National Center for Exploited Children. [Rep. Sutton Floor Remarks, 3/17/11]”
The Amber Alert system, designed to rapidly notify the public of missing or abducted children, has worked very effectively in recovering those children. But, NPR (National Public Radio), known for its far left leaning programming while not giving equal time to more right wing conservative programming, isn’t exactly the most major contributor to the program’s success.
The system “is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry,” according to amberalert.gov. According to NPR’s website, NPR Claims “federal, state and local government only account for 5.8% of their funding.”
Cutting off federal funding during these dire times of economic uncertainty should hardly amount to “cut critical AMBER Alert infrastructure making it harder to safely recover an abducted child,” considering NPR doesn’t play any more of a vital role in the system than several other venues do that receive no federal funding at all.
Even though this tactic of hyperbole and dirty tricks is similar to what the Herrera campaign pulled for her to win the nomination, I don’t care for lies. The DCCC took a vote and stretched it into a fully fabricated lie. Even though Jaime might be deserving of such trickery and underhandedness, it is this sort of dirty politics that must go if we are ever to be an inclusive nation again.
I didn’t support or vote for Herrera in the 2010 election and cannot see myself supporting her in any reelection bid. As I said, her and her campaign made this one personal with me and with full apologies to her parents, I can’t stand the girl!
But, unlike Jaime Herrera-Beutler, I won’t depend on lies to see her thrown out of office when the time comes.