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.

5 Responses to “Castillo, Herrera and Heck”

  1. Thank you so much for doing what you do to keep us in the know. Thank you.

  2. Thank you for the compliment. I always enjoy them.

    Nice blog yourself. I’ve added it to my blogroll.

  3. I’m Hispanic and I am embarrassed for Ms. Herrera.

    Angela Rodriguez

  4. Although I am not Hispanic, Angela, my wife is. She too can see through the charade built around Jaime.

    BTW, I met your daughter at the convention. Nice lady, as I bet you are.


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