“We should boldly speak the truth without apology, even when it is negative.” – David Madore, October 30, 2011
Politics is said to be a blood sport and all too often, campaigns perpetrate untruths about opponents. Sometimes knowingly and sometimes due to lack of actually looking before making claims about an opponent, not “looking before they leap.”
I think we all remember then candidate David Madore sending out a flyer with claims against then Commissioner Marc Boldt that were easily exposed as not factual and his subsequent flyer apologizing to Boldt, showing that Madore relied on hearsay and did not adequately vet the information he was given.
It appears nothing was learned from then as now we see the same action coming from Madore, Christian Berrigan and a few others involved in the Write-in Liz Pike PAC.
Before proceeding, let me say that I have had the utmost respect and support for Liz as the 18th Legislative District Representative. She is not involved in this write-in effort, as she has claimed, even though she did file as a write-in candidate. I wish she were as perhaps this unvetted claim being made against Democrat Mike Dalesandro would not be out there.
I also pray her allowing Christian Berrigan to use her as he is does not do her irreparable harm politically in the future, but that is well beyond my pay grade.
I am equally certain this post will bring out the hotheads manipulating and controlling the RPCCGOP and I will be accused of supporting Dalesandro. That too is not accurate as I maintain I neither support nor oppose candidates this election.
What I provide is being presented solely for clarification and to “set the record straight.”
I am equally certain some Democrats will not appreciate seeing the information either.
In ads, facebook posts and comments we frequently see claims of Mike supported the CRC light rail project and is no different than Marc Boldt. Undoubtedly there may be some similarities, but don’t we find that with every political candidate, they tend to agree on some matters and not others?
I’ve known Mike for a few years now and met him after beating him to a pulp in his first run for Battle Ground City Council back in 2009. While I wouldn’t say we are close buddies, we have had several friendly exchanges on issues we disagree on and have come to agree on some other issues.
Let’s just describe it as an example of that bipartisanship voters continue to claim they desire seeing to cut through political grid lock paralyzing the country at all level.
The CRC light rail project is one of those issues he and I disagreed on, I opposed it and he supported it.
In my extensive articles on file I have copies of him expressing support of the project. But, on March 13, 2012 I received a message from Mike that read, “Hey, Lew….I am starting to have some reservations about the CRC project. You may get me on ‘the other side’ yet.”
He also said, “We really need to replace this bridge and build more crossings…I have always felt that way but I am getting frustrated with the incompetence being exhibited by some of the players on this project. I don’t think there is a conspiracy by the CRC and elected officials to make this happen…I just think that people want it so bad they are looking at it with rose colored lenses.”
On March 15, 2012 in comments under the Lazy C article “LaHood: CRC height won’t derail plan” Mike made the statement, “I have lost faith in this project as it stands.”
Dalesandro also tried his hand at blogging back then with a now deleted blog, “Mike Check.” Asking me for advice on how he should blog on his change of position about the CRC light rail project, he ran by me a proposed post that read, “For more years than I can count, I have been supporting the proposed CRC project. Just a couple months ago I reiterated my support for the project on this blog. I can no longer express support for the project. The need for a new bridge is still present. I still believe the economic prosperity of this region depends upon this bridge replacement project happening, but after a constant barrage of inconsistencies, questionable accounting, and lack of oversight it’s clear far too many mistakes [were] made and I have lost faith in the process. In the spirit of honesty and openness I wanted to let you know that I was wrong. In no way do I want to disparage our elected officials, business leaders, and citizens who feel the need to support this project. I [am] with them in spirit but I just cannot in good faith support the current project and the process in which it has developed over these many years. I have hope this project can still be salvaged but with the voice of the people behind it.”
I do recall reading that post on his old blog.
Clearly, based on his comments to me, Mike came to agree with many of our views in opposing the CRC as then designed, the need for more river crossings and the voters getting a clean up or down vote on the project that we never received.
To further support this, I did a WayBack Machine check today for Mike’s old blog and found some of it captured. I offer screen shots recovered just today of but two posts he made back then against the CRC and how it would not have been of any benefit to Battle Ground.
I do recall Mike writing other posts in opposition to the CRC, but apparently the WayBack Machine did not capture them. And yes, earlier he did write in support of the project, but as has been shown, did come to see it just wasn’t the right project for this region.
Had Madore, Berrigan or any of the others spreading this claim made the slightest effort to vet the claims they should have easily found the same things I did and I likely would have shared what I have saved from years past, having numerous times let it be known that I save many old articles and comments on controversial issues such as the CRC.
No, I don’t have everything, I’m only human, but I do retain a lot for reference for my blogging.
As for where will Mike stand on future efforts to breathe new life into a CRC-like project, I truly have no idea, we haven’t discussed that.
But it is also known to be a project in disfavor with a lot of citizens in the county, especially if light rail once again becomes the prominent factor.
And again, this is not presented as a means to support any campaign, but it is apparent that be it David Madore or Christian Berrigan, neither learned anything back in the 2012 campaigns.
I urge you all to not just accept claims blindly made by any candidate with researching them on your own. I also urge you all to make your voice heard and vote.
But vote with the truthful knowledge of who or what you are voting for.
As is recommended for candidates, voters too need to “look before you leap.”
Update Oct. 1, 2015: It saddens me to see after this post was posted, the Write-in Liz Pike PAC released an ad stating “Dalesandro supports $8 tolls.” Currently, even though efforts have been made to reengage interstate discussions on a new bridge, there is no actual project, with or without tolls on the table. Even Madore’s East County Bridge is not being discussed currently.
It seems the far right group now in charge of the RPCCGOP has little use for honesty in campaigning.