Archive for June, 2010

June 29, 2010

House Republican Leader, “Castillo is the Only Choice”

by lewwaters

As the campaigns for Washington’s Third Congressional District build towards our August primary, such a statement issued by Washington State House Republican Leader, Richard DeBoldt is quite amazing, considering that fellow House Republican, Jaime Herrera, is also vying for the seat DeBoldt endorses Olympia businessman and former White House subcabinet-level appointee David Castillo for.

DeBoldt made this statement in a campaign letter sent out on Castillo’s behalf recently. Since he has worked with both Herrera and Castillo, Herrera as a fellow house member and Castillo as the former Chief of Staff to the House Republican Caucus, that he selects Castillo over Herrera, just as the majority of House Republicans have, is very telling in who is best suited to hold this seat back in Washington D.C.

Of Castillo, DeBoldt says,

“David understands that the only way to get our country moving toward prosperity is to return to the common sense, conservative principles that have made this country great. David is not a conservative of convenience. He truly understands that the greatness of America lies in its people, not in government, and he is committed to restoring those principles.”

“As House Republican Leader in the Washington State Legislature, I have worked with David and I can tell you from first-hand experience, David Castillo is the only choice in this race. Only David combines practical real world experience in the private sector, with a keen understanding of government. Not only has David been a business owner, he has also worked at the highest levels of state and federal government. His experience is unmatched in this race.”

“I believe that the 2010 election will be the most important election in my lifetime. Not only is the quality of life for my generation at stake, but the type of country my son and daughter will inherit is at stake as well. I trust their future to David Castillo. I know David to be a man of integrity and character with a unique understanding of the difficult choices that will need to be made to save the America we all love.”

We have a clear conservative choice in this election, and that choice is David Castillo.”

Along these same lines, Brad Shannon, staff writer for the Olympian, while making no endorsement or favoring either candidate, recently wrote,

“Castillo has been the most active in laying out his positions, and he’s used the strongest rhetoric – accusing majority Democrats of socialism. Castillo also has pledged to repeal the national health-reform law and not raise any taxes; he favors Arizona’s new law requiring local police to arrest people in the country illegally.”

“Castillo had hammered at Baird last year on several issues, a tactic he quickly aimed on Heck in January. But in his joint appearance with Herrera, Castillo went after her, too – trying to paint her as the more liberal of the two GOP frontrunners. He told the lunch crowd of Republican moderates including Secretary of State Reed that Herrera, in effect, supported organized labor’s agenda by co-sponsoring a bill in 2009 that let child-care operators unionize.”

In her defense, Shannon wrote,

“Herrera replied that it was legislation that child-care operators in her district asked for; it let the centers bargain for better reimbursements from the state for the care of low-income kids.”

I have to question Herrera’s integrity in continuing to make such a claim on HB 1329 as I posted weeks ago in Herrera Campaigns Attempt At Damage Control, the public record does not agree with her claim. The public record shows unions testifying in support of the bill and child care centers testifying against it. The mandatory portion was modified only by the efforts of Senate Republicans.

If she cannot be straight with voters on that, what else is it she might not be completely honest about?

Denny Heck seems to be trying to buy the seat and David Hedrick’s 15 minutes were up long ago. He also should come forward explaining why he stated publicly his service leading to the disability he claims was “classified.” We Veterans know better. Since he makes his service in the Marine’s central to his campaign, voters deserve the truth from him.

Shannon tells us, “Secretary of State Sam Reed said he thinks it’s important to elect someone who has actually served in a legislative body and made decisions to vote on tough issues,” while Herrera chimed in with, “she would always vote her district’s interests and not cave in to what party leadership might want her to do,” which obviously explains why she abandoned her party to join Democrats in gutting the last $229,000,000 from the states rainy day fund, leaving us nothing in facing yet another $3,000,000,000 budget deficit looming on the horizon.

While Secretary Reed might have a point that electing someone “who has voted on tough issues,” shouldn’t that be someone who can see gutting our emergency funds before our economic troubles are passed leaves us with nothing as we continue struggling and sliding deeper and deeper into economic morass?

It might also be worthwhile to point out that many of Castillo’s endorsements are coming from current legislators who have recently worked with Jaime Herrera and chose Castillo over her.

Castillo has been subjected to some of the silliest and nonsensical claims from Republican opponents that I have ever read. Ranging from posting about his campaign staffs spelling errors to trying to paint him irresponsible because he taped himself while driving for a few seconds, something even the Washington State Patrol said was not illegal, not one of his opponents can match him in knowledge and standing on all of the issues facing us.

This seat has been held by liberals for the past 12 years and except for a couple years, even longer. We have a good chance to regain this important seat in the House of Representatives, but only if we make the right choice and choose the strongest candidate that has the strength, knowledge and command stature to face the likely Democrat opponent in a toe to toe debate on issues of concern.

I have to agree with House Republican Leader Richard DeBoldt, “Castillo is the only choice in this race.”

June 28, 2010

How Petty Will Herrera Become?

by lewwaters

Since it is more than obvious that Jaime Herrera, vying for the 3rd Congressional District seat against fellow Republican David Castillo and Democrat Denny Heck, cannot match either in the arena of ideas, I guess the pettiness and nit picking was bound to come out.

From a supporter and chair of one of the county parties that endorsed her, and who has a track record of not winning elections in her own county, we read a twitter of,

“@nansen: wow, a candidate for congress sends out 4th of July email of events and spells Independence WRONG. #wa03 #wcot #tcot”

First off, what candidate actually writes their own releases? Staff does that.

Misspellings are actually quite common, as we often see in the media.

But, how petty can Herrera’s camp get that after her inability to state a position on an important matter to a Latino Youth Group she recently appeared before, who wouldn’t state a position on immigration until after goaded into it by bloggers, they target something as pitiful as a staffers mistake in spelling?

More and more Herrera shows she is far from ready to represent Washington States 3rd Congressional District.

We do not need such pettiness.

Nansen Malin ought to be ashamed of herself for resorting to such pettiness.

June 28, 2010

Castillo Proposes, Stop Naming Our Buildings Act

by lewwaters

In light of the passing of long time West Virginia Democrat Senator, Robert Byrd, who is well known for having many structures, buildings, roads, and other projects named after him, Jim Geraghty of National Review Online tells us a witty tail of Fred Thompson traveling with Trent Lott and noticing so many buildings and such named after the former Mississippi Republican Senator and how it appeared that he missed one, when they drove past a school with a different name.

He also tells of David Castillo, candidate for Washington States 3rd Congressional District saying, “If elected, I will introduce legislation that will forbid any building, road, museum, etc. built with federal dollars from being named for a living member of Congress or family member. I am thinking about calling it the ‘Stop Naming Our Buildings,’ or, the SNOB Act.”

Gotta love a candidate with a sense of humor.

June 28, 2010

Castillo, Herrera and Heck

by lewwaters

By now those names ought to be easily recognized as the top 3 choices we will have to choose from to replace retiring 6 term congressman Brian Baird, from Washington States 3rd Congressional District.

Of course, two of the three will advance after August onto the general election in November. No other candidate comes close to any of the 3, so they are not going to be considered in this post.

Two are Republicans, David Castillo and Jaime Herrera and one a Democrat, Denny Heck. While it is conceivable that the 2 Republicans could both make it in our top two primary, it is also very doubtful that will happen, leaving us undoubtedly with Denny Heck representing the Democrats and either David Castillo or Jaime Herrera representing the GOP.

Herrera enjoys large party machine establishment support, which hasn’t been fairing very well so far in other states primaries. Castillo, on the other hand, has been in the race the longest of any candidate, having entered many months before Baird decided not to run for reelection.

Herrera only entered after Baird announced retirement and then, less than two hours after the announcement became public.

At a recent Latino Youth forum in Clark County, all 3 appeared before the young Hispanic youths to answer questions and court their vote. All 3 were asked by the youth’s if they would support and vote for the DREAM Act (The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors), “a piece of proposed federal legislation that would provide certain illegal alien students who graduate from US high schools, who are of good moral character, arrived in the U.S. as minors, and have been in the country continuously for at least five years prior to the bill’s enactment, the opportunity to earn conditional permanent residency.”

Although a bipartisan bill, it is highly controversial due to heavy opposition within the country to any form of amnesty proposed to Illegal Aliens, but is also a matter of importance to Hispanic students, such as the Latino Youth forum Castillo, Heck and Herrera attended.

Denny Heck said, “I’m going to vote for that,” while Castillo said he opposes it. Unbelievable is Herrera, who many supporters label the “young, female, Latina” in the race, due to her somewhat Hispanic ancestry, stated that “she had not read it yet.”

It is incomprehensible to me that a candidate who thinks she is ready to be elected to represent citizens of the state would go to a Latino Youth forum and not have read something of such grave importance to that group, regardless of her stand.

Such phrases are often little more than “politi-speak” meaning they have no idea about it, or they are not willing to reveal their stance on it. Given Herrera’s history of vagueness on other issues of importance to voters to date, I tend to think it is something she has little or no clue about.

Joel Connelly, of the Seattle PI once said of Herrera after witnessing the candidates at a forum, “the young legislator came across as super-serious, self-possessed and somewhat scripted.”

Of Castillo, he stated, “he was by far the most articulate and engaging of GOP candidates on stage.”

On Denny Heck he said, “Heck sounded themes unusual for a Democrat,” telling me that Heck, like most Liberals, campaign moving towards the right to be elected and all too often, as we have seen, move back left if they succeed in winning.

Republicans have a real good chance of recapturing the 3rd Congressional District seat this year by selecting a candidate that is knowledgeable on the issues of importance to all of us. Vague non-committal stances do not win elections.

Castillo has consistently taken strong and clear stances as has Denny Heck, although I see Heck’s slightly right of center comments more as pandering than his true stand.

Jaime Herrera continues to answer direct questions with vague platitudes, trying to either hide her inexperience, lack of knowledge or her actual stand.

When she won the appointment in 2007 to replace Richard Curtis in the 18th Legislative District, she commented, “Every step I have taken since high school has been preparing me for this.”

Is that what we want, someone who is looking to be a career politician and seeking the fast tack to the top?

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that David Castillo remains the conservatives best bet in recapturing this important seat representing Washington States 3rd Congressional District.

Agree or disagree with him, at least you know what his actual views on the issues are.

June 28, 2010

It’s Time to Stop the Gregoire Merry Go Round

by lewwaters

As expected, the massive tax and fee increases Democrats in Olympia treated us to this past session only kicked the burgeoning budget deficit down the road as word is out now that our $2.6 Billion deficit has grown into at least a $3 Billion deficit.

Washington State Wire tells us Now it’s Official – Next Year’s Shortfall is $3 Billion, Governor Pledges Effort to Reinvent Government, But Says She Won’t Cross Labor.

After 2 years of supposed “cuts” and last years huge increases in taxes and taxing things never before taxed, we are worse off than before, as many conservatives said would happen.

Governor Gregoire now seems receptive to some of the alternatives Republicans tried in vain to propose, as can be seen at Gov. Gregoire announces plan to transform Washington’s budget.

Gregoire says, “I am now looking ahead to the state’s next budget cycle and another sizable shortfall we must address in the 2011–13 budget. We are going to challenge every program in state government with a series of tough questions to ensure we are getting the best value for the most essential functions of state government.”

One of her first moves in this, “the appointment of a panel of leaders from outside government to provide input on state spending,” that consists of 32 people so far who have confirmed their participation. Not mentioned is whether or not the 32, including 2 Republican legislators, will be paid for their time and effort.

Gregoire also says that “she hopes to make changes with state-employee unions at her side.” Maybe she hasn’t heard yet of the Washington Federation of State Employees filing a lawsuit aimed at stoping the 10-day furloughs she previously announced to save some money.

We can bite the bullet and tighten our belts during these dire economic times, but often over paid Union member can’t? And, their pay comes from our taxes, while we are unemployed?

Is that how she expects the unions to “be at her side?”

Would it be too much to expect her to take the bull by the horns and make concerted efforts to put an end to the double dipping of retired state college workers being rehired at near full salary while we continue to pay them a pension?

Governor Gregoire has shown herself to be incompetent in leading our state. Her Democratic cohorts have shown themselves to be clueless and equally as incompetent as their answer is always to raise or initiate new taxes.

Fortunately, since Gregoire and her cohorts have shown their ineptness in governing our state, we have the chance to do it for them this year.

We can begin actually fixing what is broken by voting out every single Democrat sitting in office and up for reelection. We have some fine candidates running with ideas and business experience, who know what must be done and how to do it.

Replace Jim Moeller with Craig Riley. Jim Jacks with Bill Cismar. Ann Rivers should receive the seat being vacated by Jaime Herrera, who will most likely be in the unemployment line herself in a few months, after helping Democrats gut out rainy day fund along with her support for SEIU budget killing bills.

Tim Probst, while giving the appearance of not voting for tax increases, should be replaced by Brian Peck. Probst votes for bills that would bring tax and spending increases in through the back door and only votes against the Democrats increases when it can be seen there is a comfortable majority voting to pass them.

If we ever wish to get off of the Gregoire Merry Go Round of increasing deficits and taxes being raised and initiated, we must first wean ourselves from the complacency of believing the Democrats in Olympia have our best interests at heart.

Democrats have had a complete stranglehold on Washington State for far too long now.

If we really wish to change direction and pull back from this economic suicide, we must give a new group of young Republicans, untainted by years of sitting in Olympia, a chance to bring new and fresh ideas to the table.

June 24, 2010

R-71 Names Can Be Made Public, Supreme Court Rules

by lewwaters

By an 8 to 1 decision, Justice Clarence Thomas dissenting, the United States Supreme Court has ruled that names and signatures of petitions, such as Washington State R-71 measure, can be made available to the public.

Seattle Times: Supreme Court rules petition signatures public; Ref. 71 names not immediately available

Gay Activists had sought the names and addresses of those who signed the petition seeking to place Washington’s Domestic Partnership bill, also known as “Everything Except Marriage” before the voters in an effort to prevent it from being implemented.

The measure failed and the Domestic Partnership went forward.

Gay Activists had stated they wished to have the names, addresses and signatures of petition signers to ensure no names were wrongfully placed upon the petition, but also to be able to “reach out and discuss with signers their having signed the petition.”

I am stunned that conservative justices, Samuel Alito and John Roberts agreed with this ruling as the obvious intent, as happened in California after their Proposition 8 passed, is to harass and intimidate signers of petitions activist groups may target.

The court left open the possibility of those opposed to making the names, addresses and signatures of signers public seeking and gaining an exemption in this particular case in a lower federal court due to such harassment and intimidation as has been seen in California.

In his dissent with the Supreme Court Majority Decision, Justice Thomas stated,

“Indeed, if the evidence relating to Proposition 8 is not sufficient to obtain an as-applied exemption in this case, one may wonder whether that vehicle provides any meaningful protection for the First Amendment rights of persons who circulate and sign referendum and initiative petitions.”

Justice Thomas also explained on his dissent,

“Just as ‘confidence in the integrity of our electoral processes is essential to the functioning of our participatory democracy,’ Purcell v. Gonzalez, 549 U. S. 1, 4 (2006) (per curiam), so too is citizen participation in those processes, which necessarily entails political speech and association under the First Amendment. In my view, compelled disclosure of signed referendum and initiative petitions1 under the Washington Public Records Act (PRA), Wash. Rev. Code §42.56.001, et seq. (2008), severely burdens those rights and chills citizen participation in the referendum process. Given those burdens, I would hold that Washington’s decision to subject all referendum petitions to public disclosure is unconstitutional because there will always be a less restrictive means by which Washington can vindicate its stated interest in preserving the integrity of its referendum process.”

Gay Activists who sought to make the names, addresses and signatures of signers available on a public searchable website have stated,

“the public has a right to know who signed petitions in the interests of transparency and since citizens who do so are acting as quasi-legislators.”

The thought that their signing petitions can also be made public and expose them to the very same backlash tactics they desire to use against any who don’t cave in to their whims obviously escapes them.

Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna, who enjoyed wide support in his joining other states in suing over the recently passed National Healthcare Reform, aka Obamacare, has successfully fought and won this case against Washington Citizens.

In my opinion, he also just shot himself in the foot in regards to future goals of becoming Washington State Governor, if he has any such goal.

Our freedom of speech in the nation is being ever so gradually limited and restricted.

Caving in to Political Activists who’s history and stated goals is to intimidate and harass those who disagree with them has the potential to further remove the average citizen from participation in governing the land.

While I am confident the exemption stated above will be granted, the assault on our freedoms and the democratic process will not end there. We must remain ever guardful to retain and hopefully, regain some lost freedoms and liberties.

June 23, 2010

A Supporter States: Why I’M Endorsing DAVID CASTILLO For Congress!

by lewwaters

Received in email with permission to repost;

Why I’M Endorsing DAVID CASTILLO For Congress!

Hi. My name is Josephine Wentzel and I am a longtime resident of Clark County, former Political Director for Clark County Republicans, a conservative political activist. I have lobbied successfully for pro-family issues. People, who know me, know that I am a conservative pro-life, pro-family, and pro-constitution and often say that I answer to an Almighty God whom I humbly fear.

I first learned of David Castillo when my longtime friend Danielle Turrisini, a conservative activist featured on CNN, had introduced me to David with hopes that I volunteer for a presidential campaign. I agreed to help and took on the challenge.


At this point, I never even met David in person but spoke to him on the phone a few times. Although David was running a campaign regionally, he was always accessible and appreciative of his volunteers. One day I told David on the phone that I would like to be invited to the presidential inauguration and asked if he would get me an invitation. David without hesitation gave me his word that he would try his best but added that there were no promises as invitations were limited per state. I didn’t give it another thought and imagined that this meant I probably wasn’t going to get an invitation.

After the election and shortly before the presidential inauguration, I received a call from the Washington State Republican Party stating that I had an invitation to the presidential inauguration! David Castillo, a man whom I never met, who gave me his word on the phone, had actually followed through! It was at this point that I knew David Castillo was definitely a man of his word and could be counted on.

However, this was not the only deciding factor for me to publicly endorse David. It was when I learned that Dr. Joseph Fuiten (Founder of Washington Conservative Leadership group, commentator, well known minister / activist), and Christian Coalition Director Rick Forcier, amongst other great conservative leaders, had endorsed him!

For these well-known honorable, hard working men to come out BEFORE a Primary to endorse someone is HUGE! It says that David is a man of integrity, of honor and a man of his word. I know that the conservative leaders in this state would never put their names next to David if he was not a man of honor!

With this, I urge you, my friends and family to VOTE, SUPPORT and ENDORSE David Castillo for Congress! Go to:


Warm Regards,

Josephine F. Wentzel
Vancouver, WA

June 23, 2010

Wa. Congresscritter Brian Baird Applauds Oil Spill Response

by lewwaters

Today’s Columbian headline, Baird applauds response to oil spill, After tour of Gulf, Congressman says Obama, BP doing ‘pretty good job,’ but not Louisiana Gov. Jindal

“I don’t think the public has an appreciation of the magnitude of the effort to respond to this.”

“We’ve got to give credit where credit’s due. The Obama administration has done a pretty good job, and compared to other companies, BP has done a pretty good job.”

“I have very little patience with the governor of Louisiana. The game is, if you are a local official, pick a tremendously costly, questionably effective and scientifically dubious measure, demand that the federal government do it, and if they balk for either fiscal or scientific reasons, blame them and say they just don’t care.”

Is Baird sucking up for an administration job in the Obama White House after he retires in January?

He seems to be the only person to date applauding Obama’s golf games while the Gulf of Mexico languishes in oil washing up on beaches. What has Obama done except play golf and visit for photo ops?

June 22, 2010

Who Is David Castillo?

by lewwaters

David Castillo, Republican candidate for the Washington State 3rd Congressional District seat being vacated by retiring Democrat, Brian Baird has had my support for over a year, ever since I met him, talked with him face to face and performed an email interview that I first wrote about at Castillo For Congress, 3rd District, Washington State.

He is a man of conviction and a strong conservative who embraces his faith. He has held a clear and consistent stand on issues that we all hold dear.

He has been subjected to some of the dirtiest politics from opponents within his own party, who can’t compare to him in experience or a clear articulation of the pertinent issues. Supporters of weaker candidates who enjoy the party establishment favor or who have a history of brash confrontations once launched a whisper campaign against him last year with some very rude and untruthful allegations.

A party chair, who has no problem maligning David, even wrote and posted an article calling for a stop to what she labeled “attacks” and to “elect republicans.” Of course, her idea of an “attack” was exposing her candidate’s actual record, while she uses the post for throwing a little mud at a large group who had endorsed David Castillo and David himself.

Recently, supporters of another candidate who has a questionable Military history that he has made claims of have decided to take videos of David and “edit” them to make David look like a person far different than what he is.

At forums, David Castillo clearly displays his command of and knowledge of the current issues, having served in sub-cabinet level positions within the Department of Veterans of Affairs and Department of Homeland Security under the Bush administration. He also served in the United States Navy during the Reagan years.

No other candidate in race can provide a résumé that compares, so opposition supporters must resort to such underhanded tactics, instead of standing on their own qualifications.

In a rare move for a candidate, this conduct has prompted David to bare his soul to the public.

David Castillo: Who I Am

If we really wish to see the possibility of a Republican winning the 3rd Congressional District seat, David Castillo is the one who can do it.

It isn’t an “attack” to openly discuss or speak of an opponent’s whole voting record in the legislature, or to being into question another’s claims of Military Service that just doesn’t add up.

It is information voters are entitled to in forming an appropriate opinion of who to vote for.

David Castillo was the first to begin campaigning against Brian Baird in May 2009. He has been traveling the district since then, letting people know who he is and what he stands for. Unlike another who seems to live on name recognition only, while dismissing highly questioning votes on bills that are contrary to conservative beliefs, he has been building his support and his campaign the old fashioned way, one voter at a time.

He didn’t wait for the incumbent to announce retirement before throwing his hat in the ring.

He didn’t depend on a 3 minute confrontational video, while hiding from another video where the action was thrown back.

He did not receive instant backing from the party machine establishment.

No, he went out and sought support when it was thought to be a hard run against an entrenched incumbent.

He deserves better than what he has received from the Republican Party since he stood up for them and for us in seeking to bring this long held Democrat seat over to the GOP.

If you don’t already have a clear idea of who David Castillo is, I invite you to visit his website and read, Who I Am.

Then, stop in at his campaign website, David Castillo for Congress and see for yourself where he stands on current issues and what ideas he offers.

June 20, 2010

Obama Holding Border Hostage Over Politics

by lewwaters

Unbelievable, Arizona Senator Jon Kyl told constituents at a town hall that Barack Obama, in a private meeting with him, refuses to seal the Arizona border. Kyl quotes Obama saying, “The problem is, . . . if we secure the border, then you all won’t have any reason to support ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’” Sen. Kyl continued, “In other words, they’re holding it hostage. They don’t want to secure the border unless and until it is combined with ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’”

Once again, the agenda is more important than the safety and security of American Citizens

H/T RedState

June 20, 2010


by lewwaters

Once again, elections have rolled in on us. Oh, it’s not the all important presidential election, but mid-term elections that for the local community, are just as important. With the burgeoning deficits and ever deepening debt of the city, county and state, this might be one of the most important local elections we will see.

That’s why it is so important that we voters and taxpayers have some good choices in who to elect and that’s what we have this time around, some very good choices in who to select to represent and govern us. Our choices will give us the opportunity to effectively neuter the out of control over spending and taxation we saw this year. Or, continue on ever deeper into the morass of economic decline, increasing unemployment and welfare state.

At the top of the list are Senator Patty Murray, elected 18 years ago and who has voted nearly lock-step with the socialist agenda brought in by the strangely different Democratic Party that used to actually care about hard working middle class blue collar America.

We have 3 choices to finally replace her and bring some sanity back to our Senate, former gubernatorial candidate, Dino Rossi, former football player, super bowl winner and farmer, Clint Didier and a highly successful businessman, Paul Akers. This is the race I just can’t make my mind up on who to support, just knowing that Patty Murray has to go and any on of the 3 could do a better job in representing Washington State and bringing a touch of sanity back to the US Senate.

We also have a highly contested race to replace retiring Brian Baird, another Democrat, in our 3rd Congressional District. Of a multitude of candidates, three stand out as having any chance at all, Democrat Denny Heck and Republicans state legislator Jaime Herrera and Navy Veteran David Castillo, who also has held sub-cabinet level positions in the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Homeland Security.

My choice here is easy as only David Castillo has the well rounded experience we need to join in with others in turning America around. Heck and Herrera just don’t have it, Herrera too often choosing to join in with Democrats in a path that has brought us to where we are and Heck, a Democrat who would follow along that detrimental path.

At the state level we have several offices contested, one of which is the 18th legislative district seat that Jaime Herrera will be leaving, win or lose in her bid for the 3rd Congressional District Race. Hopefuls for that seat are Democrat Dennis Kampe, Independents Richard Carson and Jon T. Haugen along with Republicans Ann Rivers, Jon Russell, Brandon Vick and 18 year-old Anthony Bittner, just beginning a political career.

Since I don’t live in the 18th I really have no top choice, but by nearly all accounts, Ann Rivers stands out ahead of the rest as most likely to win.

We also see the seat in the 17th legislative district, won last election by Democrat Tim Probst challenged by Republican businessman, Brian Peck. Probst is one of those tricky Democrats who campaigned on promise of not voting for tax or spending increases and if you quickly look over his voting record, appears to have kept that promise. I say appears to because if you look closer, you will see that he doesn’t seem to support any alternative ideas put forth and voting no is easy when you know the spending measure will easily pass with the majority being so lopsided.

Then again, some bills he voted for would bring back door spending or tax increases, such as HB 1329, a bill that would have forced childcare centers to belong to a public union if they accepted state funds for low income families.

Peck, on the other hand, as operated a successful business that has won excellence awards 5 years in a row and knows the value of our hard earned tax dollars and how hard it is for us to earn them and support our families. Hands down, Peck would be my choice if I lived in the 17th.

The other seat in the 17th is open, being vacated by retiring Democrat, Deb Wallace. We see Republican Paul Harris, a businessman and former Evergreen school board member filing to run against Democrat Monica Stonier, a middle school teacher.

Both seats in the 49th legislative district currently held by Democrats Jim Moeller and Jim Jacks are being challenged this time. Moeller’s seat is challenged by another very successful businessman with a lot of experience in healthcare, Craig Riley. Jacks, who has proven the words he spoke in his 2008 campaign, “I don’t know how to fix it, I’m no tax expert” as very truthful, is facing Republican Bill Cismar, a Veteran with 3 decades experience in the high-tech field.

With how the Democrats have driven the state economy to the brink of ruin, both Jacks and Moeller voting to do so and since I’m in the 49th district, my choice here is easy to support both Cismar and Riley.

Moving down to more local races, we see County Commissioner Steve Stuart being challenged by Alan Svehaug, a Republican of varied experience, including contracting and teacher of chess and speed learning. Given the performance by Stuart, raising the ire of many in Clark County and having sat down and discussed with Svehaug his ideas on improving and restoring Clark County, Stuart just may see a tough challenge this time around.

A hint to fellow Clark County Commissioners Marc Boldt and Tom Mielke. Just because you’re Republican doesn’t mean your seat is safe in the next election. Both have not been acting all that “Republican” all too often.

Several in the community were upset over the appointment of Bart Hansen to replace Tim Leavitt, who was elected mayor, on the Vancouver City Council, with little or no citizen input heeded. I have watched Bart sitting on the council and his thin-skin and lack of knowledge of the civil rights opposition of the Democratic Party of old concerns me.

Challenging Hansen is John Jenkins and Jack King O’Neal III. O’Neal is a relative unknown, but Jenkins, 56, a retired information technology professional has ran for the seat before and shares many concerns with citizens on the cities purchase of the Columbian Building downtown for a new city hall as well as the council ignoring citizens on forcing light rail from Portland, Oregon upon us against our wishes.

For county assessor, three Republicans and one Democrat are vying to replace Democrat Linda Franklin, retiring due to medical reasons. David Horowitz, a retired certified public accountant, Daniel Weaver another retired CPA and certified appraiser Peter Van Nortwick. Janet Seekins, a Democrat currently with the County Appraisers office, threw her hat in the ring as well.

Given the problems seen in the County Appraisers Office in the last couple years, I think it is time for some new blood and I will be supporting Peter Van Nortwick.

Art Curtis, County Prosecutor is retiring this year so that seat is also up for grabs. Filing to run for the seat is Democrat Tony Golik, Independent George A. Kolin and Republican Brent Boger, of the City Attorney’s Office. As can be expected, Golik, a Democrat, enjoys Prosecutors Union support as he is currently in the Prosecutors Office, which would continue the current problems in the office should he be elected. Kolin is a private attorney from Washougal. I like Boger because he has some new ideas to make the Prosecutors Office more efficient and end some expensive frivolous prosecutions that shouldn’t even be brought to trial.

As you can see there are several races contested this time, only a few being uncontested. We have choices this time around and it is incumbent upon each of us to learn who these candidates are and work hard to elect who we think is the best suited.

We need to get away from just checking next to the familiar name and actually take part in our democratic process by knowing who we vote for and what they stand for.

Our forefathers left us this marvelous system of self governance and as shown above, we have choices this election.

Let’s do as they showed us and become familiar with the best candidates and actively exercise our choices. And, once elected, we must begin holding each and every one of them accountable.

June 19, 2010

Sorry Keath, But Bogus Polls Don’t Make Your Candidate Better

by lewwaters

In what will inevitably prove more of an embarrassment than a campaign enhancement, the campaign for Jaime Herrera commissioned a poll on her behalf, obviously designed for her benefit and running with it as if it is representative of the entire 3rd Congressional District. Such actions are truly a sign of desperation on the behalf of her supporters.

Our local paper, the Columbian, which rarely has any positive word for conservative Republicans, ran an article on it recently, initially titled, “Poll says Republicans, Herrera trending in 3rd Congressional race.”

Shortly after the article appeared on line, they re-titled the piece more accurately with Herrera’s pollster says she looks strong in 3rd District congressional race.

Pacific County GOP Chair, Nansen Malin, who tries to act neutral, as party chairs should be prior to the primaries where multiple Republican candidates are vying for the same seat, showed again that she is neither neutral nor objective as she first ran with a short blog post, Good News for Republicans in WA. 03 as if this were an unbiased poll.

The poll, conducted by what I presume to be as reputable polling outfit as any other, Moore Information, strangely seems unavailable on their website.

Oddly enough, asking about links back to the poll for verification and determining the propriety of the poll brought back charges of not complaining of other sites not linking it from Nansen Malin, who maintains, “I am proud to be the first to break the story.”

Also strange was reading at Nansen’s blog a comment from someone named ‘Evan,’ who I must assume is connected in some way to Northwest Digest of, “But part of being a ‘credible’ citizen-journalist, is respecting the anonymity of sources.”

I didn’t realize a poll, whose results are made public and lauded as indicative of one candidate’s popularity, is considered “an anonymous source.”

After all, have we conservatives not complained for years that such polling on the behalf of Democrats and in the mainstream media were not made available to the public for such verification and that renders them meaningless?

Then comes young Keath Huff of Cowlitz County, who was the first county party to issue an endorsement of Jaime Herrera months before the primaries, who chooses to blast David Castillo, the first to enter the 3rd Congressional race long before the announced retirement of Brian Baird, not within 2 hours of the announcement as did Jaime, for questioning the poll.

Yes David, there is a grassroots! Another politician disconnected from the people!

Castillo shares my view on this so-called poll and was quoted in the Columbian article on it,

David Castillo, Herrera’s leading Republican opponent, called the survey “a name ID poll” and told The Columbian, “I take it with a grain of salt.”

“The sample size is too small,” he said. “Where in the district did they poll? The vast majority of voters have no idea there is an election going on.”

With a sampling of only 300 people somewhere within the 3rd Congressional District that is comprised of some 7 counties and about 500,000 registered voters I have a difficult time accepting that .06% is somehow truly representative.

Of those 300, it is claimed 81 prefer Herrera, 24 each prefer David Castillo and David Hedrick and 147 are undecided. The numbers provided still leaves 24 voters unaccounted for as the percentage claimed adds up to 276, not the 300 claimed.

Who wouldn’t question such a poll result and sampling? In fact, Castillo, in my estimation, is being very generous by saying he “takes it with a grain of salt.” I would say it much differently in terms much stronger.

Huff goes on to state, “he showed why the grassroots is having trouble with his candidacy… Arrogance and a disconnect with the grassroots.”

Grassroots Keath? The party establishment is grassroots? The establishment county parties that have prematurely endorsed Herrera, are grassroots? And, bogus polls initiated on behalf of an establishment candidate and promoted by the establishment parties is grassroots? The candidate that proclaimed that since she and her husband rent and drive used cars, they are not “your typical Republican conservatives” is grassroots?

I thought most people grew out of that ‘teenage know it all attitude’ by the time they entered their 30’s, but it doesn’t appear so in Keath Huff’s words.

In the rest of Huff’s rant he comes across as more sour grapes than anything else since David Castillo doesn’t suck up to him and cater to sparsely populated Cowlitz County.

And, of course, he is also one who just so happens to agree with Jaime Herrera’s poor choice in co-sponsoring and twice voting for a measure that would have forced child care centers that accept state funds for low-income families into a public union, such as the SEIU and who sees no problem with her abandoning her party companions in Olympia to join in with Liberal Democrats in raiding the last $229,000,000 from our rainy fund, ostensibly to keep taxes from being raised further, which they were anyways and with the looming budget deficit coming next session, will be again.

As more and more people question this liberal tactic of commissioning a poll an reporting it as objective and blocking any access to the poll itself for verification, this will turn into yet another embarrassment for the Herrera campaign as did her pro-SEIU votes in the legislature.

As for “grassroots,” Keath, you wouldn’t believe how many supporters of Jaime’s have come up to me and thanked me for writing about her involvement with the SEIU bill and waking them up to what poor representation she would bring to the district.

Then again, Keath, since Jaime said that she and her husband have been saving up to buy a house, just which Washington do you think that house they wish to buy is located in? Obviously not the state.

June 18, 2010

Clark Republican Women Host Legislative Candidates Forum

by lewwaters

June 17 saw the Clark County Republican Women hosting another “get to know your candidates forum” luncheon at Club Green Meadows, this time to give voters a chance to question and get to hear candidates for the legislative candidates vying for election this year.

Attending the event to answer potential constituent questions were, Paul Harris (17th legislative district position 2), Brian Peck (17th legislative district position 1), Ann Rivers, Jon Russell and Brandon Vick, all 3 vying for the nomination to replace Jaime Herrera in the 18th legislative district, Craig Riley (49th legislative district position 2), Bill Cismar (49th legislative district position 1) and Brice Chandler, incumbent 15th legislative district representative.

Candidates attending the luncheon, but not participating in the question session were John Jenkins (Vancouver city council position), Alan Svehaug (Clark County Commission), Peter Van Nortwick (Clark County Assessor) and Daniel Weaver (Clark County Assessor).

After enjoying a delicious ham lunch, candidates sat down and began taking random lessons from those who came to hear where they stood on relevant issues. Questions were submitted by paper and placed in a basket, then randomly chosen to be asked. Due to time constraints, not all questions were asked, but enough to give voters a better view of who the Republicans have running for office.

With a mixture of humor and seriousness, candidates each answered the random questions in short statements.

Brian Peck stated he supports a balanced budget, privatizing the liquor control board, the Puget Sound Ferry system and would like to see e-verify, the free system to conform citizenship, implemented for receipt of entitlements.

Bruce Chandler added that he would like to see e-verify mandated for public employees statewide as well.

Ann Rivers said she would like to see the state budget written by the state auditor write the budget and legislators explaining each piece of extra spending they try to attach to the budget.

Adding some humor to the afternoon, in reply to whether or not they would support e-verify to determine citizenship on hiring, Bill Cismar answered “si,” drawing an expected laugh from all in attendance.

Recalling how his incumbent opponent, Jim Jacks boasted of being governor Gregoire’s “mouthpiece” in Clark County in the 2008 election, Bill Cismar stated, “Gregoire doesn’t need a mouthpiece, she needs an ear piece,” indicating the governor needs to listen to taxpayers, not dictate to us.

Also in regards to Jack’s often stated “listen and learn” stand in 2008, Cismar said he would listen to main street and take that to Olympia to tell them instead of just listening to senior party officials. Cismar says Jacks “listened and learned” from Olympia, not from small businesses.

With the recent slate of tax increases and yet another burgeoning budget shortfall and seeing that Jim Jacks voted lock-step with the majority in passing those bankrupting taxes, I agree.

Indicating how the new taxes have hurt small businesses, Brandon Vick said the B & O Tax should be renamed the “B & O Penalty.”

Craig Riley expressed his desire to increase jobs and lower taxes to a more reasonable level, alleviating the burden on small businesses and the average taxpayer.

Jon Russell said he advocates cutting off public unions from contributing so heavily to campaigns, especially those that serve their interests.

In another questioned posed, whether or not the candidate would support another should they not receive the nomination, Harris and Peck both reminded all they had no opponent from the GOP in a humorous manner.

All said yes, but Jon Russell left the audience a bit confused when he replied, “I will if they’re pro-life.” Jon knows that every single person sitting at the table with him is pro-life, so it remains unknown who that was directed at.

Be it a cheap shot or seed planting to suggest another in his race isn’t pro-life is unknown. Jon should explain that strange comment.

In all, though it was very informative luncheon and I have no regrets in going. A young lady sat at my table that had never been to one of these forums and also said she learned a lot.

Thanks must be expressed for the efforts of the Clark County Republican Women in hosting these forums and making candidates openly available to voters.

I hope you make the effort to attend the next one. Not only will you enjoy a great meal, you will come away with a better idea of what candidates running for office intend to do.

June 17, 2010

Jon Russell Still Exaggerating His Worth

by lewwaters

Jon Russell, Washougal City Council Member, former candidate for Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, who bailed after seeing any hopes me held dashed by the entrance of Jaime Herrera, and current hopeful to replace Jaime as she steps down from her seat in the 18th Legislative District, is still trying to build a resume’ exaggerating questionable accomplishments.

After he tucked tail and slinked away from the 3rd CD run, obviously sucking up to Herrera by endorsing her after she destroyed any prayer he had, I placed Jon on ignore. But, sometimes, I just can’t ignore obvious bogus and exaggerated claims.

The claim? Look at the bottom of the follow flyer Jon is spreading around and you’ll see, “He forced a corrupt elected official in his own party to resign.”

Although Stacee Sellers did step down before her time was fully up, I have yet to hear of any charges of corruption filed against her or of any criminal charges filed on anybody over the mis-actions that she and the city council allowed to occur.

Jon also doesn’t say that he was on the oversight committee, signing off on the very expenditures he says were corruption.

Although Stacee Sellers did step down before her time was fully up, I have yet to hear of any charges of corruption filed against her or of any criminal charges filed on anybody over the mis-actions of her and the city council.

Russell Shows Lack of Experience on City Council

Russell’s Apologists Cover For Poor Council Performance

Jon Russell Says, “The People Deserve To Know The Truth”

To me, it only stands to reason that since Jon had oversight on the mayor’s expenditures and signed off on those expenditures, can he be any less corrupt than he accuses her of being?

Jon, clean up the mess you helped create in Washougal before you try to get to Olympia to create new ones.

June 17, 2010

Is It Any Wonder The Left Labels Tea Parties As Racist?

by lewwaters

Despite knowing for a fact that Tea Parties are not racist in our protests or attendance at events, some, a very small some, goes out of their way to ensure that label is hung around our necks. Although their numbers are extremely small, they supply just what the left looks for to falsely paint the movement as racist.

A good example of this would be a post placed up on the We The People website in an effort to taint Washington States 3rd Congressional District candidate, David Castillo.

Candidate for Congress makes Spanish available on his website
Posted by Donald Sampelton on June 16, 2010 at 12:00am

Most of us live in America, we go to work, come home to our families, enjoy the evening and go to sleep. We repeat this many times a week and hundreds of times a year.

We don’t go to work because we want to, but because we must to provide for our families.

I have been put out of work 4 times in the last 8 years not because of lack of work, but because the employer could pay someone else less to do the work. ( and they could not speak English )

I happened to stumble across this YouTube video that really expresses my views on people in this country that are not able to speak or read english. They want this freedom we all love but with it comes a price. If they won’t take the time to learn our language, how will they ever understand our values.

Now this Congressman put’s his website on the internet with a Spanish option. We really need to go back to basics here if we are going to go forward.

Whoever did these YouTube videos must also be upset but at least they brought some humor into it.

Check out these videos and comment. This Candidate for Congress that is in Washington State is a good example of what we don’t want in Congress.

David Castillo is American born to America parents. He’s served in the United States Navy and held sub-cabinet level positions in the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Homeland Security. And now, because he included a link to Google Translate on his webpage, which only translates a small portion of his webpage, he somehow is not qualified to run for congress?

That he advocates e-verify and bringing back the SAVE Act for passage means nothing, just that he provides a link to Google Translate to a drop down box for Spanish. What about the other languages within the drop down box? There’s Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Hebrew, Yiddish, Norwegian, Dutch, German, you name it.

His Issues page translates over to Spanish, telling them in their original language his stand on Illegal Immigration.

Here’s a little news flash for Mr. Sampelton, ILLEGAL ALIENS MAY NOT LEGALLY VOTE.

We have several naturalized American Citizens within our country who are still trying to learn our version of English. They may legally vote and many do.

We have the Republican Hispanic Assembly which just might contain some of those naturalized Americans that come from Spanish speaking countries.

Does it escape him that making a portion of his website in their original language might make it easier for them to discover who and what Castillo stands for? Yes, they are learning English, which to others coming to America legally, it one of the more difficult languages to learn.

Most Hispanic people hold conservative values from their culture. Do we just ship them off the Democrats to keep voting for them? Do we not want conservative people of all groups joining us voting for conservatives and conservative values?

Apparently Mr. Sampelton is more comfortable with trying to keep his lily white hands pure; exactly the opposite of what conservatism is about.

Both of David Castillo’s Republican opponents have similar views on securing our borders and dealing with Illegal Aliens. One is even being billed as the “Latina” in the race, but no one seems concerned that she is labeled as such, which would also appeal to Hispanics.

I don’t know which opponent is behind taking such cheap shots at David, but apparently they know they cannot hold a candle next to him when it comes to experience, knowledge and ability to hold the office they seek.

So, they resort to such cheap shots.

David Castillo is clearly the best conservative candidate we have had in many years in Washington States 3rd Congressional District. He is the best bet we have in converting the seat held by now retiring Brian Baird back to Republicans.

Listening to him at events or forums, he clearly has a better command on the issues and offers ideas that make sense and would help get our country going again.

He enjoys broad Tea Party support, in spite of efforts by a fringe within to paint him as otherwise. He has received numerous conservative endorsements, including from FreedomWorks, several Republican leaders and conservative citizens.

See for yourselves at David Castillo for Congress.

Let’s ignore the cheap shots and actually run a strong conservative that will win this time, David Castillo.

June 17, 2010

The Personal Side of David Castillo

by lewwaters

David Castillo for Congress. He wasn’t afraid to run against Brian Baird.

I assume due to the tactics of Castillo’s opponents in taking his videos and doctoring them, embedding has been disabled. If you click on the link shown within, you may still see the video on YouTube.

I guess that since his opponents cannot compare with him on the issues, they resort to such childish tactics.

June 16, 2010

Herrera Gains More Establishment Endorsements

by lewwaters

For all of the cries of not being the “establishment candidate,” Jaime Herrera, candidate for the 3rd Congressional District, seems to keep rolling up the premature establishment party machine endorsements and boasting of the endorsement by our RINO Secretary of State, Sam Reed, at a recent forum.

With the primaries not held until August 17, the so far three county Republican Party endorsing her and doing their members and voters in their counties a huge disservice, as I previously wrote about when Cowlitz and Pacific Counties decided to make decisions for their voters and issue endorsements long before the primaries are held.

A breakdown of the counties can be seen at Jaime Herrera Watch

From Herrera’s website,

Wahkiakum County GOP Votes to Endorse Jaime Herrera
Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Jaime Herrera announced today that she received the endorsement of the Wahkiakum County Republican party in her campaign to replace retiring Brian Baird for Congress in Southwest Washington’s 3rd Congressional District.

Last night, grassroots individuals from the Wahkiakum County GOP voted to support Herrera’s candidacy during their central committee meeting. Wahkiakum became the third county Republican organization to endorse Herrera, adding to a list that includes the Pacific and Cowlitz County parties. She remains the only Republican candidate to have earned endorsements from county grassroots GOP organizations.

“This citizens’ movement to bring fresh leadership to Congress and restore jobs to Southwest Washington continues to grow,” said Herrera. ‘The only way to win this election is by having grassroots individuals throughout this region get on board. I’m honored by this endorsement’.”

I hate to burst Jaime’s bubble, but organized parties are not exactly “grassroots individuals,” they are organized parties. Same Reed is hardly a conservative. I would describe as a bit left of center, hardly what one would classify as “grassroots” either.

There remain two other candidates, David Castillo and David Hedrick. To date, Castillo is the only one is consistently articulating clearly on his stand on issues or background.

Jaime remains vague on issues and didn’t even make a statement on immigration until AFTER goaded into it and then, it too was vague. Does Anyone Know Jaime Herrera’s Stand On Illegal Immigration?

She has yet to fulfill the promise she made to me on February 9, 2010, when she called me at home, to provide her reasoning for co-sponsorship and voting for HB 1329, a bill that would have forced childcare centers into public unions, after those child care centers had declined the offer to join voluntarily. A Phone Chat With Jaime Herrera.

Instead, weeks later, her campaign manager sent out a memo accusing those of us who dare ask about her questionable judgment of spreading falsehoods about her. Herrera Campaigns Attempt At Damage Control.
Left unexplained is just Who Is Jaime Herrera? What is it that brings her followers, after barely over two years in the legislature, never serving a day in the Military, never holding any private job, sketchy voting record and eagerness to leave the job just over two years ago she claimed there was nothing else she would rather have, that merits such Ron Paulian backing?

And now, she comes forth with the thought that a third establishment party endorsement is “grassroots?”

I guess she was correct when she chimed in that she is “not your typical Republican conservative.”

Imagine the rude awakening she and the establishment parties promoting her will receive should they succeed in getting her the nomination and she folds like a house cards against Democrat Denny Heck.

At the convention this past weekend, you said you and your husband were saving to buy a house. Is it safe to assume that house you are saving for is not located here in Washington State?

Sorry hon, but you’ll get no favors from him like you did others to get where you are today.

June 16, 2010

Clark County Commission, Are You Listening?

by lewwaters

After all of the complaints and efforts being made to vote out Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart, imagine my shock this morning to go to the Columbian’s website and read Mielke urges higher vehicle fees to fund road projects, seeing that out two Republicans favor adding additional license fees onto our cars and the lone Democrat, Stuart, opposed.

Has our two Republicans not heard the outcry over Olympia’s loading us down with additional fees and taxes?

Commissioner Mielke says, “that increasing licensing fees would take the burden off developers from having to pay as much in traffic-impact fees.”

Commissioner Boldt, the other Republican says he “supports increasing licensing fees on the condition property taxes were lowered,” both desiring to pass road improvements on to drivers and away from property owners.

I guess the thought that property owners are also drivers escapes them?

Stuart, the lone Democrat says, “the county needs to work with existing funds, ranking projects on a need-based scale that favors safety and attracting business development.”

Stuart has taken many disappointing stands on the County Commission, but how did it come down to he is the one now talking sense while the two Republicans are sounding like Olympia Democrat protégés?

Since I will soon be losing a portion of my property under Eminent Domain and even though the county will be paying me a fair price, is it really that necessary to tear up a perfectly good sidewalk so they can rebuild the sidewalk closer to my home to add a bike lane in a road widening project?

I have the same argument here that I have with many of the other “temporary” tax increases Olympia gave us. That being, if they lower property tax, what guarantee do we have they will remain lowered and not raised later, giving us an increased license fee and increased property tax?

Has Mielke and Boldt forgotten we are still seeing double digit unemployment in Clark County? Have they forgotten businesses are hurting and homes are not selling?

We are seeing Light Rail shoved down our throats, an expensive new bridge with tolls proposed that will not alleviate congestion, higher taxes on much of what we consume and a continuing faltering economy.

That last thing I would expect to see from Republicans is talk of increasing any fees, while the Democrat says we must live within our means.

Maybe it’s time we replaced the whole commission with responsible people.

See also, at Clark County Politics blog: Role reversal? Where have the Republicans gone on the county commission?

June 14, 2010

David Castillo Speaks at the Veterans Memorial Museum

by lewwaters

Taped on June 9, 2010, David spoke before a group of Veterans and others at the Lewis County Veterans Memorial Museum at a campaign kick-off breakfast.

See video HERE

David Castillo remains our best hope to defeat the Democrats and retake the 3rd Congressional seat to conservatism.

He did not wait until it looked like an easy run for an open seat.

He does not boast of unrealistic accomplishments based off of 3 minutes of fame.

He does not speak of his Military service in vague words.

He does not enjoy the backing of a party machine establishment.

We have waited far too long for a candidate like David Castillo to run in the 3rd Congressional District and he deserves our support.

June 14, 2010

Why Exaggerate Military Service To Get Elected?

by lewwaters

Over many years of my life, I have followed several political campaigns from candidates of both parties. Many candidates display quite an impressive Military Record as part of the reason they should be elected, or so it seems.

While we have had many honorable people elected who performed heroic feats in their Military Service, some have either lied or grossly exaggerated their service in hopes voters see them as brave and honorable soldiers, ready to fight for the voters.

In my opinion and many others, doing so is a grave disservice to voters. It is false advertising, selling us a bill of goods while unable to actually deliver.

No one who ever served honorably should be ashamed of what they were assigned to do while serving, all jobs being necessary to complete even the smallest mission. From Company Clerks to Cooks, Motor Pool Mechanics to Artillerymen, Supply Clerks to Infantry, each and every job is important and must be performed so the mission can be successfully accomplished.

So, why do some feel the need to exaggerate their service?

I guess they feel it makes them brave in the eyes of others. It’s one thing to spin such yarns to your children or friends and neighbors, even at the VFW bar where we can easily pick out such braggarts by their ridiculous claims. But, to sell yourself to the public by either exaggerating your service, or omitting the truth of your service allowing others to assume you served in war, when you did not, is taking on to yourself something for which you are not entitled.

Look at the recent news of Connecticut’s Attorney General, Richard Blumenthal, who gradually insinuated he served in Viet Nam when he never did. Or Mark Kirk, who overly boasted of a minimal unit citation as if he were personally awarded a citation of high merit.

Think back to 2004 and the claims made by Democrat John ‘F’in Kerry (who is said to have served in Viet Nam) and his being exposed by former shipmates, even though the media denigrated the shipmates, not Kerry.

Even Hillary Clinton boasted in 2008 how she tried to enlist in the United States Marine Corps, but was turned down due to wearing glasses. Then, recall her story of dodging sniper fire in Bosnia, only to be revealed a falsehood.

Some candidates hoping for office claim a disability from their time serving, revealing the nature of the injury, as former Senator Bob Dole did during his time in the Senate.

Others have not stated the injury, where it happened or how. Some have even tried the old Bovine Scatology of claiming they are not permitted to discuss where they were or how it happened, being some mythical “top secret” operation we are supposed to just buy in to.

Ask just about any Veteran who actually served in a combat zone and see how they view such claims. We know better.

Voters deserve truthful statements from candidates who claim Military Service, not bravado or even silence of where they served or how they served, especially if they make their service a major part of their campaign by claiming the rank they last held in campaign ads.

What voters don’t need is more candidates seeking office by either exaggerating or relying on lies of omission to pad an otherwise weak resume’ in hopes of fooling enough voters to see them as they aren’t.

In introducing an amendment to a war spending bill, to make inaccurate or misleading statements about one’s military service record a punishable offense, this past May, Senator Orin Hatch (R. Ut) said,

“It is sad that there are those who attempt to inflate their record and make these claims. To do that defiles the sacrifice and service of those who have served in combat. Worse yet, it dishonors the sacrifice of the brave men and women in uniform who have given their lives in combat so that the freedoms we enjoy are defended.”

“It is a crime to dishonor the sacrifice of so many by falsely representing combat service for the purposes of self-promotion or benefit. My amendment would deter those who would falsely prop themselves up in order to appear worthy of the award and title of ‘combat veteran’.”

We deserve honorable and truthful elected officials, not someone who would exaggerate a claim or make vague statements, allowing others to believe an injury received in basic training was due to combat service, when they never served in such an area.

It matters not how bold or in your face their speeches or confrontations with others in the past may be, exaggerations and lies of omission are still dishonorable and not worthy of my vote or support and in need of being exposed to voters, regardless of party affiliation.

If we are to have honorable, truthful and reliable elected officials, it should begin in honest and open representation of any Military Service claimed.