Archive for August, 2010

August 5, 2010

Reporters vs Black Conservative Leaders

by lewwaters

Would a Fox News reporter be allowed a pass for talking in such a manner to a group of Black Liberals Leaders?

H/T Human Events

August 4, 2010

David Hedrick said, “I Kept My Oath.” Just Exactly How, David?

by lewwaters

David Hedrick has released his first radio ad for our market and I must say, it sounds pretty good, very professionally done. I’m sure the 30 second spot will resonate well with those who support him.

If you haven’t heard the ad, you may listen to it on his You Tube page HERE.

Listening to the ad made me think some. There were some questions I recall from his words that remain unanswered. The first occurs early in the ad where he plays the recorded blast he said to Brian Baird at the August 18, 2009 town hall, “I kept my oath, do you ever intend to keep yours?”

If you recall, this was preceded by his declaration of, “I’m a disabled former Marine,” automatically endearing many of us to him, assuming he “took one for us” fighting terrorists, since the War on Terror had been going on for some 7 years by then. We all gained instant respect for the young “disabled former Marine.”

Our assumptions in this regard seem to be quite a bit less than accurate, though. Oh, I believe he served in the Marines at one time, but my first face to face meeting with him left me with a sour taste and a huge red flag raised as to our assumptions.

In February 2010 I met him face to face for the first time, previous emails not being answered. I asked him straight out, since many people had contacted me asking about his disability knowing we live in the same general vicinity, “just what is your disability?” Wearing my usual Viet Nam Veteran hat I wear and in spoken word, I let him know I was asking, “Veteran to Veteran.”

His reply floored me as he said, “I have a back injury (not wound) that I got in a classified mission.” Inquiring a bit further, he replied it “was one of those we were where we were not supposed be type of things.”

Most every Veteran will tell you that such claims are almost always pure bunk!

Weeks later I was at a forum for 3rd CD candidates hosted by the Clark County Republican Women and again, he stood before the audience stating the same thing, “injured on a classified mission.”

At the time, Afghanistan Veteran and candidate Chris Boyd was still running in the race and the look on is face at hearing the claim was one of complete incredulousness, knowing as I do, that such claims are almost every time bogus.

Later on, I asked and received a confirmation from the Columbian’s Kathie Durbin that he made the claim to the editorial board in an interview with the Columbian’s editors.

In spite of the claims of being “Marine Corporal” all over his campaign literature and several more of being “disabled Marine,” his web page makes no mention of his actual service, deployments, training, dates entered and left or honors received, as most other Veterans do, especially those seeking public office and running on their Military Service, other than the very first paragraph on his About Me Page, “David served in the United States Marine Corps as an infantry Non-Commissioned Officer. Since he is a disabled Veteran, he can no longer defend our freedom as an active member of the armed forces, but he can protect our freedoms by serving in the United States Congress.”

In a July 24, 2010 Columbian article, David W. Hedrick: ‘I like to fight for what I believe’ we are told, “Hedrick enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1997 at age 18, and spent part of his service as an infantry noncommissioned officer in Asia. He was discharged with a 30 percent disability, the result of an injury to his ankle during basic training at Camp Pendleton and a back injury he won’t discuss.”

In another article first appearing in the July 29, 2010 Centralia Chronicle, From YouTube Sensation to GOP Candidate, David Hedrick Picks Up Last-Minute Donations and Followers, amongst plenty of unspecific platitudes, we are told that he “Served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps..”

If that is accurate, he would have been discharged sometime in 2002, which fits with his My Space Bio Page showing he was enrolled in the Vancouver Campus of Washington State University in 2002. He also claimed remaining for a time in San Diego after discharge, working on the recall of governor Gray Davis, that actually did not play out until a year later when he said he was enrolled in the Vancouver Campus of Washington State University.

It also shows he must have chosen to leave the Marines sometime shortly after the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when the country needed as many qualified Marines as possible to deploy to Afghanistan and fight terrorists. A 30% disability rating isn’t all that severe of an injury, I know of many who have remained in to do their duty in “Keeping their oath’s” that could have qualified for a much more severe rating, especially during times when their country needed them the most.

The actual oath he took, the same one that I took myself says,

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. That I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

Yet, shortly after our country faced the worst foreign attack in our history and Marines were being deployed, Hedrick, for reasons only he knows, chose to leave the Marine Corps.

Hedrick has made his time in the Marine Corps central, indeed the very foundation of his campaign. Yet, he is not very forthcoming about it. His few vague claims made leave many assuming something he might not be entitled to and he provides no clarification.

Campaign for Liberty members, Ron Paul supporters and We the People members might not agree or believe me, their prerogative, but this is not posted as a supporter of an opponent. I post it as a Viet Nam Veteran and concerned voter who has seen far too many instances of politicians propelled into office on claims of undeserved valor they are not entitled to, only to be exposed later to their and their supporters’ embarrassment.

Running for the House of Representatives is not the same as two aging Veterans swapping war stories and one upping each other at the local VFW. It may be a candidate creating an aura of valor that he did not earn.

David W. Hedrick has chosen to run on his service in the U.S. Marine Corps and it is now incumbent upon him to explain to voters, just how is it he “kept his oath.”

We demand an “open and transparent” government with “open and transparent” elected officials.

Shouldn’t we expect “open and transparent” candidates as well?

Tell us all, David, just how did you “Keep your oath?”

We are entitled to know.

August 4, 2010

Patty Murray Forgets Her Voting Record

by lewwaters

Patty Murray’s latest ad. Hard to tell if she is running against Dino Rossi or George W. Bush.

For all of her cries on Wall Street, did she forget that she voted twice for Wall Street bail outs?

Seems she is more of a friend to Wall Street than either Republican candidate.

August 3, 2010

Hedrick Supporters Prove Even They Don’t Believe The Polling

by lewwaters

David W. Hedrick, candidate for the 3rd Congressional District seat being vacated by Brian Baird is riding high on his ego after spreading his video of the confrontation he had with Baird last, ignoring the second confrontation where he was left with egg on his face.

Somehow, he magically has zoomed into the lead in the race, according to a highly questionable poll by Washington State Political Polls, besting even the establishment candidate, Jaime Herrera. I’m sure this alleged Marines chest is puffed out over this poll.

But, is it a true representation of district? I highly doubt it. And, if you read through comments both here and on the Columbian’s comments section, apparently even his supporters don’t believe it.

The poll results released August 1 show the alleged Marine holding 24%, Jaime Herrera 22% and Castillo only 5%, even though Castillo has made a clean sweep by being endorsed by all 4 major newspapers covering the district that make endorsements.

Hedrick did not gain a single endorsement!

Looking over the Survey Information page we can readily see the unreliability of this poll. They state in part,

“Survey participants are selected from our database of Washington State residents.”

“About 10,000 participants are selected in each district to complete the survey however we experience about a 10 – 15 percent return on those that are selected.”

“While we try to survey only registered voters, some people are able to take the survey that are not registered voters…”

“Our surveys are sent via email, and each survey can be responded to only via our website.”

So, an email survey of pre-selected recipients with a low return that may or may not include non-registered voters. No random results like more reliable legitimate polls such as Rasmussen.

While I’m sure Washington State Political Polls makes every effort to be unbiased, who ensures their database is equitable and unbiased? It can’t be done. It’s too easy for supporters to stack the database, much like we saw being done in 2008 with Ron Paul placing so well in polls, yet not placing anywhere in actual votes by voters.

I find no track record on the past successes of their polls on accurately reflecting voter’s intent in past polls.

But, if there was ever any question on how Hedrick supporters actually view this, all you have to do is look at comments throughout this blog and on the Columbian’s web site on articles and posts covering David Castillo.

If Castillo were really only polling at 5%, would Hedrick supporters be on a full court press smearing him and his family every which way they can? Would they be accusing him of being an “Anchor Baby” and born to illegal immigrant parents as commenter’s have been doing?

Would they be smearing him for being the only 3rd Congressional District candidate invited to speak before the National Doctors Tea Party opposing Obamacare?

No, they would not.

If he truly was only holding a 5% in the polling, they would turn their backs and move on, ignoring such a poor performing candidate.

That they have begun such a full court press against only one candidate, it is only too obvious that they know this is not a true reflection of voter intent in Washington States 3rd Congressional District. They know that Castillo is ready to slaughter the alleged Marine who hides behind claims of “classified” service instead of speaking of even the basics concerning his service, come August 17.

They know that his cries of “keeping my oath” are questionable, what with his bailing out of the Corps sometime after the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 instead of deploying off to the War on Terror and defending the country.

Oh, he wants you to think he served in such a capacity, but he told the Columbia he enlisted in 1997. He told the Longview Daily News he served 5 years. He was in college in 2002, so he had to have decided to get out sometime after 9/11 and not standing up for the country he says he defended.

He makes noise about authoring a bill to repeal Obamacare. A great sound bite, other than such bills have already been introduced.

The smears coming from his camp proves beyond any shadow of doubt that they remain afraid of Castillo and know they cannot match him on ideas, stature or record.

No one focuses so heavily on the candidate that doesn’t stand a chance, no one!

They only focus so heavily on the one they know is beating them.

Ignore the hot air and smears from Camas and support the real conservative who will actually make a difference, David Castillo, the one a boastful alleged Marine is afraid of.

UPDATE: Apparently, I am not the only one who questions this method of polling. From Washington’s 7th Congressional District, SNOOKERED

August 2, 2010

Anthony Bittner’s Missing Voter Pamphlet Statement

by lewwaters

Several of you have contacted me inquiring about young Anthony Bittner and what is going on with his campaign. Other than reading in the Columbian that he is conducting a “stealth campaign,” I honestly do not know.

Some have felt he might have dropped out since no photo or candidate statement appeared in the voters pamphlet, but I can report that is not so.

I received the following just today concerning his missing statement,

Hey supporters! I actually DID send in a voter’s statement and photo. Still trying to get to the bottom of why it was not in the pamphlet. Here is the statement I submitted. Please forward to all your friends and supporters. I appreciate you all.\!

My name is Anthony Bittner, running as a new generation of Republican. I am not a politician, not bought by special interests, but rather a statesman and citizen who will listen to you, not talk at you.
I am running to balance our State’s budget by offering fiscal solutions, not more complaints. My Agency Reduction Act, and business tax break proposals, will lower State spending of your money and get Washington on the road to recovery.

I support State’s rights, 2nd Amendment rights, Civil rights, Right to Life, and limited government intrusion. www.anthonybittner.com

I have no idea why, if he sent it in, it was not included, unless they received after the deadline. But, it’s nice to hear he is still campaigning.

We’ll see how it all shakes out come August 18th.

Remember, vote and get your ballots in before August 17.

August 2, 2010

Ann Rivers Endorsed by the NRA

by lewwaters

Way to go, congratulations, Ann.

Ann Rivers Receives NRA Endorsement
“It’s Your Freedom – It’s Your Vote! Vote for Ann Rivers.” – NRA

The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund announced today that they have endorsed Ann Rivers as candidate for the State Representative in District 18, Position 1. “Ann Rivers is a fellow NRA member and has indicated strong support for the Second Amendment and working knowledge of the issues surrounding this most important debate,” states the NRA press release, “so please be sure to spread the word to your family, friends and fellow gun owners to vote for Ann Rivers on Tuesday, August 17!”

Rivers was honored by the Friends of the NRA in February for her work on behalf of the Clark County Competitive Shooters. She and her husband Fred have been an NRA members for many years. “It is such an honor. First to be honored by the Friends of the NRA in February, and now to be endorsed by them, I am truly grateful,” states Ann.

Growing up in a family of hunters, Ann has hunted many times with her husband and two children. “One of the many legacies I want to leave behind is the right to hunt and to insure that families coming on after mine will continue to enjoy this fantastic hobby and adventure,” Ann said.

Ann is running for the open seat vacated by State Representative Jaime Herrera. The NRA indicated that Ann Rivers’ primary opponents were not endorsed because these candidates indicated hostility towards the second Amendment.

To learn more about Ann Rivers and her campaign, please visit www.electannrivers.com.

Ann Rivers continues to outpace her opponents and this latest endorsement, added to the Longview Daily News and the Columbian along with several others, shows the quality of who she is.

Ignore the smears being leveled her way and reject the despicable cur who initiated them.

Ann Rivers is truly One Working for All.

August 1, 2010

Ann Rivers Endorsed By the Longview Daily News and the Columbian

by lewwaters

The Longview Daily News has today, Sunday August 1 issued Ann Rivers an endorsement to advance as one of the candidates in our top two primaries to win the seat being vacated by Jaime Herrera for the 18th legislative District.

They also included Washougal’s scandal ridden council member, Jon Russell.

Rivers was considered the favored to win the seat Herrera was appointed to in late 2007, until Herrera suddenly appeared and became the hands down favorite, somehow.

The Daily News says of Rivers,

“[She] has a professional’s understanding of the political process that likely would be of considerable value in Olympia. She is president of AMR consulting, a government and public affairs consulting firm. Rivers has managed a number of political campaigns, as well as advised corporate clients on political issues. She has worked with the Republican Caucus in the Legislature and as consultant with the House Republican Organizational Committee in Southwest Washington.”

They also said,

“Rivers is the candidate most familiar with Cowlitz County, having lived here for many years. As Rivers pointed out during our editorial board meeting, she is the only candidate in the race who has lived in both Cowlitz and Clark counties.”

Of Russell they said,

“[He] is the only candidate for the 18th District House seat who has served as an elected official. He’s been a member of the Washougal City Council since 2006.”

What they neglected to include was Russell’s dismal performance while on the council where $100,000 came up missing and he pointed all blame on the Republican mayor, Stacee Sellers that he threw under the bus in order for Democrat, Sean Guard to be elected.

Russell Shows Lack of Experience on City Council

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

Russell, seriously lagging in both funds and supporters, is resorting to the sleazy tactics he is known for by trying to link his opponent to a blogger who has exposed Russell’s own corruption and shortcomings continually on the blog site Jon Russell Watch due to a past business arrangement.

He condemns Ann Rivers, even trying to begin a rumor that she is not pro-life knowing her actions in regards to pro-life is something impossible for him to match, by “guilt by association” and gives himself a pass for throwing a Republican under the bus in favor of a Democrat in 2008.

Jon Russell Watch is also where Jon was exposed for claiming an Academic degree he does not hold, as picked up by the Columbian.

Ann Rivers, besides being the best qualified candidate, has remained above the fray. Although she knows this blogger, so does Jon Russell, they also having worked together in the past.

Ann Rivers is the candidate that called on ALL candidates to respect and restore each others campaign signs as they became vandalized, a call Russell seems to have ignored as far as I can tell. Rivers and her husband have maintained that pledge since making it, restoring and repairing competitors’ signs.

Ann Rivers, along with the lone Democrat, Dennis Kampe, received the primary endorsement from the Columbian, who said,

“Rivers is the most visible, effervescent and persuasive campaigner among the four GOP contenders. To balance the state budget, she would send it first to state Auditor Brian Sonntag, who this year in performance audits identified millions of dollars in potential savings.”

Of Jon Russell they acknowledge,

“[He] has been mired in multiple controversies of that council and has been less than forthright in describing his academic background.”

While I concur with the Daily News on Ann Rivers, if I lived in the 18th legislative district, I’d give serious consideration to Brandon Vick for one of the top two spots.

August 1, 2010

Castillo 4, Heck 3, Herrera 1, Hedrick 0

by lewwaters


For all of the smoke and hype associated with political campaigns, newspaper editorial endorsements seem to reflect some of the better polling on candidates. No, they are not always right and they don’t always choose the best candidate, at least according to our own thoughts.

But, they have the chance to actually view the candidates the most and spend the most time sitting down and discussing more issues one on one with them in order for their editorial boards to select who to endorse. They see the candidates back stage and view how they interact with campaign staff and others, something most voters never see.

I believe such is the case now that the larger newspapers are issuing their editorial board endorsements for Washington State 3rd Congressional District candidates.

At least 2 camps I’m sure will disagree and complain, but what else is new from them?

So far, the Seattle Times, the Columbian, the Longview Daily News and the Centralia Chronicle have chimed in for our primary election coming August 17. Since it is a primary election on who to choose to move forward to the general election, each chose two they desire to see win the nomination in our top two primary.

Every single one has chosen Republican David Castillo for one of the top two slots. Three chose Democrat Denny Heck for the second slot and one chose Republican Jaime Herrera for the second slot.

None chose David Hedrick who says he served in the Marine Corps and acts as if he and he alone know best about the constitution.

Also not selected was Democrat Cheryl Crist, a gutsy lady running on an anti-war anti-military platform. I say gutsy because she is willing to stand before audiences where the majority disagree with her and often jeer her. She does not back down from them and cower.

Norma Jean Stevens, the lone Independent was also not endorsed. Norma Jean Stevens is a political novice who entered the race late but has shown much improvement in her delivery and confidence in expressing herself. Should she not win in this primary and choose to continue pursuing public office, I believe she will fair well in the future.

The Seattle Times was the first to issue an endorsement in this race, selecting Castillo and Heck. Of the 2 men they stated,

“On numerous issues ranging from financial reform to federal spending, Heck elevates the discussion with his vast knowledge and solution-oriented approach. Castillo wraps no-nonsense earnestness into conservative principles, which have room for compassion for people living in poverty.”

Next Came the Columbian who chose to endorse two Republicans, David Castillo and Jaime Herrera. Of the two Republicans they said,

“The new voices of Castillo and Herrera resonate more compellingly with both traditional and visionary values,” adding “Castillo entered the race early, months before Baird retired, and wasted no time attacking both the incumbent and the Obama administration. His cut-spending, promote-the-private-sector platform is imbued with bedrock GOP principles, but he also proffers innovative ideas.”

Next came the Longview Daily News, who also chose David Castillo and Denny Heck. Of the candidates they said,

“Heck and Castillo impressed us as the most capable candidates in this crowded field, and they would offer voters in a district that trends both red and blue an excellent choice come November. Both hold fast to the principles of their respective parties, but they have the maturity and experience required to understand the practical value of moderation and cooperation.”

Lastly we come to the Centralia Chronicle who also chose Republican David Castillo and Democrat Denny Heck. They consider the nomination of Heck a given, considering he is the lone Democrat running at the top. Of Castillo, however, they state,

“Castillo’s combination of military service, work with the Department of Homeland Security, his tenure as the deputy assistant secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs for the Department of Veterans Affairs, his presidential appointee for the Intergovernmental Affairs Office with the U.S. Department of Labor, his time as Chief of Staff for the state House Minority Leader, his master’s degree from Gonzaga University, and his successful business as a financial advisor, give us the most assurance he would be able to handle himself and stick to his conservative principles when he leaves the Evergreen State to represent us back East.”

After apologetically saying Hedrick did not have what it takes, they said of Herrera, who had some support on their editorial board,

“we question her overall experience to navigate during these most trying of times in our nation, from fighting two wars, a deep recession and a push by the Democrats for Big Government at every turn.”

The Chronicle ends their endorsement with,

“Castillo is in line with our views on the economy. We can trust he will remain true to his fiscally conservative outlook. Castillo is the right choice for this primary election.”

With the condition of the nation’s economy and the ever deepening recession, we need to send a well qualified and sincere person to Washington D.C. We need not only strong leadership and representation for the 3rd Congressional District, but we need a strong voice of conservative sanity, one that doesn’t feed an ego off of a YouTube video or that is just too naïve to understand what she is doing.

We need David Castillo, the only candidate endorsed by all 4 major newspapers in the 3rd Congressional District to date.