Archive for May 10th, 2010

May 10, 2010

How Strong Is Human Life PAC’s Endorsement of Herrera?

by lewwaters

Jaime Herrera, candidate for the seat being vacated by retiring Democrat, Brian Baird in Washington States 3rd Congressional District has once again gained the endorsement of HumanLifePAC of Southwest Washington. She received their endorsement in her 2008 bid to retain the legislative seat she was appointed to shortly over 2 years ago.

The email announcement says,

“Subject: HUMAN LIFE PAC has endorsed Jaime Herrera for 3rd Congressional District

This is to inform you that HL PAC has endorsed Jaime for 3rd Cong Dist.

Please visit her website and see how you can help her.

[David Castillo, another good candidate in the 3rd also is in complete agreement with HL PAC, but the PAC always endorses the incumbent in a race.]

Gerri Duzenack,
Human Life Political Action Committee”

Were I like some Herrera supporters, I’d be writing to voters complaining about this endorsement and attacking Gerri Duzenack as not being representative of voters in grassroots, as has some Herrera supporters over FreedomWorks PAC and former U.S. Representative Dick Armey’s endorsement and support of David Castillo over Herrera.

But, I am not like them and can admit this is a good endorsement for Jaime, even if they did erroneously list her as the “incumbent.”

Jaime Herrera is not the incumbent in the 3rd CD race, no one is. She would be the incumbent if she were campaigning to retain her seat in the 18th Legislative District that she is vacating.

A minor mistake made that might explain the disclaimer contained in the brackets of “David Castillo also being in complete agreement with HL PAC.”

I interpret it to mean they gave Castillo equal consideration and agree that he merits their endorsement as well, but chose Herrera due to their believing her to be an incumbent.

I do not expect them to withdraw their endorsement nor would I call for them to issue a co-endorsement.

I also don’t see the endorsement as a strong endorsement over Castillo, even though Herrera supporters are already making like it is.

“nansen Congrats!! >> RT @JaimeLHerrera: Thanks to Human Life PAC for your endorsement! #WA03 #sgp #WCOT #tcot”

“nansen Happy 2 hear Human Life PAC endorsed #wa03 candidate 4 Baird seat> @JaimeLHerrera #wcot #tcot”

It is what it is, no matter how arrived at and no one should begrudge her for it.

With Jaime still not answering on several issues of questionable votes and judgment in her time in the legislature, I guess you take what you can get.

May 10, 2010

Financial Crisis 101

by lewwaters
May 10, 2010

Christian Conservative Leaders Endorse Castillo In 3rd CD

by lewwaters

David CastilloOlympia financial consultant and former Bush administration official, David Castillo continues to rack up the endorsements as he adds Rick Forcier of the Christian Coalition of Washington and Gary Marx, former Social Conservatives Director of Bush Cheney04 to the growing list.

Castillo had previously won the endorsement of former U.S. Rep. Randy Tate and Bothell pastor Joe Fuiten. An endorsement letter signed by all 4 says, “It is time we have public servants like David Castillo who will promote a culture of life from conception through natural death,” as reported by Joel Connelly of the Seattle P.I., Christian conservatives for Castillo.

Connelly tells us, “Castillo has proven a fighter. He stood out among four Republican hopefuls at a recent debate in Longview,” where he said of Castillo’s main Republican opponent, party favored Jaime Herrera, “the young legislator came across as super-serious, self-possessed and somewhat scripted.”

Castillo was the first opponent to begin running against now retiring Democrat, Brian Baird nearly a year ago and has been building his campaign and support by doing the legwork of the campaign, traveling the district, meeting voters and letting them see him as he is.

In spite of an impressive list of endorsements and much grassroots support, The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is all but ignoring him, favoring Herrera, who they began touting immediately after she threw her hat into the ring less than 2 hours after Baird announced his intentions of retiring and not running for reelection.

Herrera, claiming she has been pursued by many to run, stated that “the timing was right” for her sudden entrance so soon after Baird announced he would retire. She has gained the endorsements several Republican Party insiders, including former Sen. Slade Gorton and U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rogers, who she was once a legislative aid to.

The endorsement letter signed by the above also included the statement, “We want to see more elected officials in Washington who support legislation that will reinforce marriage as the bedrock of a health society. Parents are responsible for the upbringing of their children, not the government,” adding, “Castillo will ‘protect’ the freedom of those who choose to home-school their children.”

Herrera’s supporters have expressed much outrage in the past over endorsements Castillo has received that they seem to believe should have gone to Herrera, issuing attacks against such conservatives as Dick Armey and FreedomWorks, as did former Cowlitz County GOP Chair, Keath Huff here and here.

A somewhat bizarre attack against Armey/Castillo came from Pacific County GOP chair, Nansen Malin, who claims to be uncommitted and objective, over what she describes as “a troubling fundraising email for David Castillo” sent out last week citing some questionable votes Jaime Herrera has made in her short time representing residents in Washington States 18th Legislative District, Stop the Attacks, Let’s Elect Republicans.

Malin labels mention of these questionable votes as “dishonest attacks,” although each and more has been extensively documented off of her Public Record throughout this blog and at Jaime Herrera Watch.

Malin also stated, “FreedomWorks is so out of touch with what is going on in the WA-03 that they missed the recent headlines. News flash – Big Labor is endorsing the Democrats in the race – Heck and Pridemore. Dick Armey needs to do his homework before sending out such a dumb email,” as if that absolves Herrera of those questionable votes and actions in promoting bills favorable to unions.

It should also be noted that both Cowlitz and Pacific Counties have issued premature endorsements of Herrera weeks before even reaching the candidate filing deadline.

With Castillo not being the party machine groomed and insider favored candidate, will we see more attacks against those Christian Conservative Leaders that signed the letter of endorsement for David Castillo?

David Castillo continues to do the old fashioned legwork in campaigning by reaching the voters to build support.

He has taken definite stands on relevant issues and remains consistent in his stands, such as combating Illegal Immigration with the e-verify system and securing our borders.

He is running as a conservative Republican ready to represent everyone in the 3rd Congressional District.

He has the experience, due to previous service in the Veterans Administration and Department of Homeland Security under the Bush Administration and his employment as a Financial Adviser to represent the 3rd Congressional District in a way that will allow private business to thrive once again and send many unemployed back to jobs they support their families with.

His growing list of endorsements dwarfs those of his nearest opponent as does his clear stand on the issues.

He has never attacked any who endorse Herrera or others running for this seat.

It’s a shame that Herrera’s supporters cannot just stand on her merits and instead must resort to such superfluousness as belittling and denigrating those who see Castillo as the better candidate.

May 10, 2010

Bob Dean Withdraws From 18th Legislative District Race

by lewwaters

Candidate in the 18th Legislative District Race and educator, Bob Dean issued a Press Release today announcing he is withdrawing from the race and endorsed fellow Republican Ann Rivers..

CAMAS, WA, MAY 10, 2010: Today candidate Bob Dean withdrew from the 18th District legislative race for the Washington State House of Representatives. Dean noted, “I am simply acknowledging the political realities at this time and want to ensure that we retain the Republican seat in the 18th district.”

Dean is the only candidate that has not been previously involved in a political race. “This has been quite a learning experience for me” Dean said. “However, I knew I was in trouble when I went to campaign school and was told that I needed to learn not to answer questions in such detail. That goes against everything I do as an educator.”

Dean also knew when he entered the race that he would be coaching his high school softball team from Mar 1st until the middle of May which combined with his full time job as a teacher would force him to put the campaign on the back burner. “Teaching full time, preparing kids to take the HSPE and the AP Calculus exam while coaching and playing games every day after school simply kept me from developing the strong foundation I needed to run an effective campaign” Dean said.

Dean, a former home builder, is an acknowledged social and fiscal conservative who believes in less taxation and smaller government, but he centered his campaign around education issues and his opposition to Race to the Top. “Government’s massive intrusion into the local control of education at both the state and federal level, has not resulted in improved results. The state of Washington is graduating a lower percentage of students from high school today than we did in 1970 despite a huge increase in expenditures. Race to the top is just another expensive government intervention that promises positive results but has no track record to stand on. It also has the potential to cost this state much more money than we stand to gain from it”, Dean said.

In withdrawing from the race, Dean has decided to endorse Ann Rivers for the 18th district seat. “ I have the greatest respect for all of the republican candidates in this race but Ann Rivers offers the most life experience and experience in Olympia. As a former teacher, she has the educational background and knowledge to champion the issues that I am highly concerned about. Her character, work ethic, and commitment to conservative values will serve the district well.” Dean stated.

Bob is keeping his options open for the future. He has been passionate about “Race To The Top” which he opposes, seeing it as “handing over our state education system to the federal government” and “the federal government will end up determining what is taught in every classroom in America.”

It was my pleasure meeting and corresponding with Bob during his campaign and I am sure he will continue supporting conservative values and ideals in educating our children.

Last week, fellow Republican Shannon Barnett announced he was withdrawing from the race in the 18th as well, citing “right now, my family needs me more.”

I don’t know what is happening in Shannon’s family, but in my book, any man that places his family first has my respect.

Barnett endorsed Brandon Vick.

Remaining in the race are Ann Rivers, clearly the leader in funds raised, Brandon Vick, Anthony Bittner and Washougal city council member, Jon Russell, who himself recently withdrew from the race for the 3rd Congressional District citing Jaime Herrera’s entrance into the race as drying up his donations and support.