Posts tagged ‘Deb Wallace’

August 29, 2012

Rehashing Old Charges Against Sen. Benton Reveals Tim Probst’s Hypocrisy

by lewwaters

Tim Probst and Sen. Don Benton

There is little doubt that the State Senate race in the 17th Legislative District is one of them, if not the hottest race in the state this election. It is no secret that Democrats have long sought to see Senator Don Benton, elected to the Senate 4 times now, ousted and a Democrat take his place.

Tim Probst, Representative for position 1 in the 17th was enticed to leave his fairly safe House seat and take on Benton, a hard charging and very effective Senator, even though he has been in the minority party his entire time in the Senate.

Evidence of the urgency for the Democrats to defeat Senator Benton comes from several areas, but one of the best would be the words from a Democrat candidate for the State Senate running against Senator Ann Rivers, Ralph Schmidt, who openly says he realizes he has no chance of winning.

Schmidt told the Columbian,

“I actually don’t have a lot of money. The party is supporting me some, but mostly the 17th (District) is like a vortex sucking up all the time and money, because that’s where the competitive races are.”

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October 10, 2010

Peck, Harris Really Frighten the Columbian in the 17th Legislative District

by lewwaters

Once again, the Columbian has begun telling voters who they should vote for with their selection of chosen candidates to receive the much vaunted “newspaper endorsement.” We see this every election cycle and from most all papers in the dinosaur media, the Columbian being no different.

While Democrats are favored most often in the media, we also see once in a while a good call as we saw in endorsing Ann Rivers in the 18th and Craig Riley in the 49th legislative districts. When it comes down to the 17th legislative district, the Columbian goes into full press mode to go counter to voters in the primary and keep both seats out of conservative hands.

In the 17th they chose to select a young teacher’s union representative and former delegate to the 2008 Democrat Convention for Barack Obama, Monica Stonier and the questionable incumbent completing his first term in Olympia, Tim Probst.

That both were nearly slaughtered in the primary vote count by their opponents, business owner and political novice Brian Peck and Paul Harris is ignored as the Columbian raises blinders on the Democrats and digs for every little grain of sand they can find to throw at the two conservatives.

Peck bested the incumbent Probst in the primary by a count of 53% to 47%, with Probst spending an unbelievable amount of campaign cash in an uncontested primary, just he and Peck running and both guaranteed their party’s nomination in our top two primary.

Harris performed even better against two Democrats, gaining 56% of the votes to a combined count of 44% split between Stonier and Martin Hash, Stonier coming out on top.

Showing an all too obvious fear that the two seats currently held by Democrats were heading to conservatives, our wonderful people at the Columbian got out their journalistic shovels and started digging, but only on the right side.

Harris was blasted for having a business truck registered in Oregon that he paid a stiff fine to update. No one wastes any time searching for anything Stonier might have done as a Teachers Union Representative or sought out her view on the union causing Washington State to lose a $13.2 Million grant 2 years ago.

While I have no doubt she is a good teacher, do we really need a WEA representative sitting in the legislature when we can already see that Schools in Washington are poorly managed and amply funded? The WEA advocates for teachers first, students second.

Don’t expect to ever see the Columbian questioning a powerful union like the WEA.

It must have really shaken the ‘good old boy’ mentality at the Columbian seeing how a political novice like Brian Peck beat out an incumbent like Tim Probst, so the digging for mud began. Probst is no stranger to mud himself, slinging it readily in 2008, even though he agreed with his opponent then not to.

Peck came under fire for not including a certain wording on his campaign signs and his not fully listing the businesses he owns. This after once boasting of how his business earned an “excellence Award” 5 years in a row.

While they make a fuss over this news, Probst is held up as the quintessential embodiment of perfection in our legislature for not voting for tax increases, even though it is all too obvious that he votes against them with the permission of his party leaders in Olympia, knowing all too well the measures were going to pass anyway, what with the more than sufficient majority the left has held for some time now.

No one asks about what alternative measures proposed did he vote for or support and apparently no one at the Columbian saw fit to question Probst on his support and sponsorship of HB 2630, the so-called “Opportunity Express” bill, a bill “that will provide more money for training workers for key occupations…” and whether any of that money just might end up at Washington Workforce Association, the company Tim Probst just happens to be CEO of.

Shouldn’t voters be informed whether or not Probst fronted a bill that might have benefited this own company?

Then again, I can’t help but recall how the Columbian went after Bob Koski relentlessly when he had up his Clark Blog site for “copyright infringement” in his posting whole articles on his site with hyperlinks back to the Columbian, but Tim Probst lists a succession of complete articles from the Columbian with no hyperlinks back to the Columbian’s website and no one at the Columbian seems to be blinking an eye about it. (See update listed after post. Probst appears to be coming into compliance with copyright law after being contacted by the Columbian)

A query has been sent to Columbian staff as this is being written, but they have not had the opportunity to reply just yet.

It is all too obvious to me that the Columbian is very frightened that the 17th Legislative District seats, one held by Democrat Tim Probst and the other being vacated by Democrat Deb Wallace are very likely to be added to the Republican label this November.

So frightened that they will sling mud for the Democrats again and ignore voter discontent with the performance of the left.

Fortunately, I think voters are smarter than that and they will show it in the 17th Legislative District come November.

Elect Brian Peck

Elect Paul Harris

UPDATE: Lou Brancaccio, managing editor of the Columbian replied on Tim Probst’s copyright infringement:

Thanks Lew for the e-mail. I’ve been in touch with Tim and I’m told it will be coming down.

Lou

Last I looked, 11 PM Oct. 10, 2010, Probst seems to be complying with copyright law now.

February 26, 2010

Jaime Herrera Says Deb Wallace Is a Liar!

by lewwaters

Democrat candidate Deb Wallace withdrew from her bid to replace outgoing Brian Baird as Representative of Washington’s Third Congressional District and spoke out against fellow state legislator Jaime Herrera when she did.

Wallace accuses Herrera of “shirking her duties by being absent from the House floor ‘for hours on end’ during key votes over the last few weeks in order to campaign” and “cast votes for her while she is absent from the floor.”

I disagree with just about everything Wallace proposes but can’t say I find her to be a dishonest person. We have far different values, but she doesn’t impress me as an opportunist, just misguided in her liberalism.

Jaime Herrera fired back with “Deb has no credibility, she has no proof.”

Herrera also issued an email statement, sent out by the Clark County GOP that stated,

“Dear Friends,

Rep. Deb Wallace, a Democrat, has withdrawn from the race for Congress in the 3rd District but on her way out wants to throw some mud at me.

Wallace alleges that I have been away from the House floor “for hours at a time” during votes this year. That is false. I have one of the best voting attendance records in Olympia. In three years I’ve only missed a total of 10 out of 1,863 possible floor votes. All of the votes I missed took place before this year, and all were excused absences — I missed a few votes the day my car broke down on I-5 and the others on the day I attended my grandmother’s funeral.

Every single legislator is called off the floor from time to time for meetings. This happens most often when constituents arrive at the Capitol hoping to meet their legislators. When that happens, it is a longstanding House practice for the legislator to instruct their seatmate how they intend to vote, and allow the seatmate to push the legislator’s voting button while the legislator spends a few minutes with their constituents. I have done this, as has Rep. Wallace and virtually every legislator who has served in the House in at least the past few decades, but this does not equal “hours” away from the floor.

I am very active on this session as Assistant Floor Leader. In that role my duties include moving around the floor to work with legislators who are about to speak, and stepping into the wings of the chamber for leadership meetings. At those times I am not sitting in my seat but I am deeply involved in the legislative process.

I stand behind my voting record, which is available at http://www.washingtonvotes.org, and I stand behind my hard work and service to the people of my legislative district.

This is one of the first, but it won’t be the last untruth that is told about me this year. I’m ready for this fight. The goal of restoring America and representing the people of Southwest Washington is too important a goal to be sidetracked by this kind of nonsense.

Thank you for reading this message.

Sincerely,

Jaime Herrera”

Left out of Herrera’s denial and counterattack is having others cast votes for her during these “rare absences.”

Wallace’s allegations have some supportive evidence as well, since Ms. Herrera ignored her absence from the Legislative session Tuesday morning to attend a campaign fundraiser on her behalf in Seattle.

Also left out of the denial was her flight back to Washington D.C. Thursday for yet another high dollar fundraiser given on her behalf by mentor, Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers.

As the Columbian’s Kathie Durbin put it, “Herrera was scheduled to take a red-eye flight to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night for a campaign fundraising event Thursday.”

Saying she would be gone for “less than 24 hours,” I am left wondering why the event wasn’t scheduled a couple weeks from now, after the legislature adjourns or Saturday, on a weekend? Is it really that essential to pander to special interests in Washington D.C. for donations already?

While Jaime’s excuse is plausible, it still has holes and appears to be very carefully worded. If, as Ms. Wallace charges, others cast votes for Jaime during absences, doesn’t that throw water on the claim, “10 out of 1,863 possible floor votes missed?”

She says, “I stand behind my voting record.” Does that include her votes to force childcare centers into public unions and to place the operating and maintenance employees at a commercial nuclear power plant into a union also?

On a more personal note, I am left feeling more and more slighted by Jaime Herrera since she called my home three times on the evening of February 9 and in that call, promised to send me an email explanation of her reasoning behind her pro-union votes, beyond it being simply a “moral issue” to her.

If she cannot keep her word on such a simple promise, what else might she not be completely up front about?

February 23, 2010

Is Jon Russell Preparing To Withdraw?

by lewwaters

Updated: Feb 23, It’s official, Jon Russell, Exit Stage Left

Rumors were flying around Clark County yesterday, Feb 22, that Washougal City Council member and candidate for 3rd Congressional District, Jon Russell, was announcing he is following Democrat Deb Wallace and dropping out of the race for the seat in the House of Representatives being vacated by Brian Baird.

This morning, it is all still rumor as the Columbian’s Kathie Durbin wrote,

“rumors swirled Monday that Republican Jon Russell, a Washougal city councilor, also is about to pull out of the 3rd District race.

Russell, who is running as a Republican, refused to confirm it. He said he would issue a press release today announcing his plans.”

That sure sounds as if a withdrawal is in the air.

Russell, whose campaign has struggled, especially since the entry of party insider Jaime Herrera, had earlier announced plans for a “Hometown launch” of a campaign he has been in for months now.

Maybe reality is now setting in for Jon.

Thinning of the field in this race is in order as under our top two primary system we could end up with two candidate for the general election that neither party really wants.

The seat held by Baird for the last 12 years is a prized seat in the House and one the Democrats wish to retain as much as the Republicans desire to gain.

Meanwhile, of the top two Republicans running, Jaime Herrera prepares to fly off to Washington D.C. in order to gain donations from special interests outside of the district as David Castillo continues to work for donations from within the district.

Ask yourself, just which candidate will really represent us? One who couldn’t let the ink dry on Baird’s announcement before jumping in and beholding to big money donors in Washington D.C.?

Or the one who has been doing the grassroots legwork long before Baird announced retirement within the district?

February 21, 2010

Deb Wallace Withdraws, Reportedly Points Finger At Herrera

by lewwaters

A surprising announcement from Clark Counties Democrat candidate for the Washington State Third Congressional District seat being vacated by Brian Baird says she is withdrawing from the race.

Deb is the current top fundraiser from Clark County, which makes this announcement all the more surprising.

First in making this known was Politics is a Blood Sport, a noted Democrat blog spot and apparently based off of a report received from a Vancouver For Peace mail list.

The email release stated,

“Deb Wallace just announced her withdrawal from not only the 3rd congressional race, but also her seat in the state legislature when it expires in January. She has not yet announced her endorsement for the 3rd race, but she is endorsing somebody named Monica Stonier (the last name I’m not sure) for her state spot.

I attended our neighborhood clubhouse where Deb had reserved for this. (She’s lives in Pinebrook as I do.) I thought she’d talk about her race against Baird. Instead she said she was withdrawing so that the best Democrat would win. She said Jaime Herrera, R, looks like the candidate for the Repugs and Deb said Jaimie is often absent at the legislature and others press her vote.

Deb did not have an answer when I asked what she’ll do. She supports Monica S, a pro-choice woman for the 17th District.”

Of particular note is the words credited to Deb Wallace above, “Jaime Herrera, R, looks like the candidate for the Repugs and Deb said Jaimie is often absent at the legislature and others press her vote.”

Ignoring the blatant slap at Republicans, if true about being absent and having others press her vote, this could have Jaime Herrera facing an ethics investigation, according to Clark County Politics.

The announced withdrawal has been confirmed now in both the Columbian and the Olympian, neither including the comment about Herrera’s having others press her vote.

In her release, Wallace states, “We cannot let the 3rd Congressional Seat go to an anti-choice, anti-health care Republican. We must come together and support a Democrat who will keep the people at the heart of their mission to serve,” a misrepresentation of Republicans and indicating that the slaughter of the unborn is of utmost importance to Ms. Wallace.

This also leads me to suspect the Democrat Party machine, although they did not pressure Wallace in dropping her bid, according to Wallace, has decided to throw the support behind multi-millionaire Denny Heck, a former Democrat Representative noted for his polarization.

In his initial announcement, Heck said, “I’m personally a little tired of politics by shouting.” Yet, in a 2003 interview when asked about partisanship in Olympia, he replied, “I’m probably part of the problem. I’ve played partisan politics for keeps. I believed in the punishment side of the reward/punishment equation when it comes to internal self-discipline.”

Do we really need more polarization? Even Vulnerable Democrat Senator Patty Murray is now saying, “What worries me about inflammatory language is, it drives us further apart,” in a February 21, 2010 Columbian article.

As this field begins to thin it is more apparent to me than ever that the only real choice for true reform and real representation of Wa. 03 will be David Castillo.

Unlike Herrera, he is not a party insider being manipulated by Washington D.C. insiders nor does he face allegations of ethics for having others press his vote. He is not a heavy partisan who helped set this current recession in movement in a previous occupancy in the House in Olympia that admits to heavy partisanship, but whines about being tired of it today.

We have a unique opportunity to elect a man to send to Washington D.C. who will actually represent us and not the party machine. The candidate who will stand his ground and draw others from across the aisle to his view.

Let’s begin actually bringing America back together.

Let’s elect David Castillo, Washington State Third Congressional District.

January 28, 2010

What Is Kathie Durbin and The Columbian Up To Now?

by lewwaters

Any regular reader of the Columbian knows that we can always count on Kathie Durbin to fawn all over Liberal Democrats and write against Republicans. It’s almost a given that whatever she writes will always be biased towards the left.

Nothing illegal in that, but objectivity in reporting is not her strong suit.

That is why I was a bit surprised to see her pen the January 26, 2010 article, Herrera pushes GOP health care reforms as if 3rd Congressional District candidate Jaime Herrera is a driving force in Olympia.

As one of the least experienced Representatives of either party in Olympia, she isn’t.

Odd in all of this is that the health care debate and program is a federal policy, not a state policy. What possible effect could state policy on health care have in regards to federal policy?

But, why that headline? Why publish something with a headline as if Jaime Herrera is the second coming?

The following day, the Columbian ran an article on the House in Olympia approving a bill authorizing Child Care workers to Unionize, a move that will surely impact and hurt single parent households and low income families that must rely on child care to watch their children while they work.

This will be the third time Jaime Herrera, supposedly a conservative Republican, has voted to authorize such a policy and somehow, she does not receive praise from the Columbian for this vote.

Could the reason they fail to mention her ongoing support for such a pro-union vote be that they know full well conservative Republicans do not agree with such moves?

How many conservative Republican candidates do you know of that receive financial support in their campaigns from the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) as does Ms. Herrera?

How many conservative candidates do you know of who even support more Unionization today?

Maybe Jaime appreciates how well the Unions have helped out the automakers and large cities like Detroit, New York and others and wish to see Washington State follow suit?

Still, I was left wondering why the Columbian did not tie her to a pro-union vote, but Kathie Durbin praised her effort on a health care position.

Then, it dawned on me. We saw this back in 2007 and 2008 as the media strongly supported the nomination of John McCain, probably one of the weakest candidates we have ever ran, for president. Obviously, they knew he was weak and having him nominated for our party would give the Democrat candidate an easier run, as we saw happen in the November vote.

Is this the move now? Is Ms. Durbin selecting such headlines and stories to convince GOP voters to select Herrera over more qualified and stronger candidates, to give the Democrats an easier run in replacing retiring Brian Baird?

After all, if they are so proud of her work in advancing health care, shouldn’t they be equally as proud of her work in advancing union membership, even though it will hurt low-income workers with children?

Let’s not allow the media to bamboozle us again and stick us with a weak unelectable candidate.

Do your homework and see for yourself just who really has the best interest of citizens in the 3rd Congressional District at heart.

January 4, 2010

DeBolt Declines To Run For Baird’s Seat, Supports David Castillo

by lewwaters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Jan. 3, 2010

CONTACT: Richard DeBolt (360) 304-7900

Statement from Rep. Richard DeBolt to the citizens of the 20th District

“Since the announcement of Rep. Brian Baird’s retirement, I have been encouraged by the words of support and the thoughtful perspectives many of you have shared on the merits of running for Congress. While there is a strong appeal to bring solutions to the failures of Washington, D.C., I will not be a candidate for Congress this year. Instead I will continue to represent our communities in the state Legislature.

“As Republican Leader in the State House of Representatives, there is still incredible opportunity to bring needed change to the state of Washington. There is unfinished business in that regard for me and my Republican colleagues in Olympia. Making government more accountable and creating prosperity for Washington families is still my passion. This coupled with the considerations of my family and the need to keep my focus closer to home simply made it the wrong time for me to consider a bid for Congress.

“As some of you know, I have given my support to David Castillo, who announced that he was running for Congress in Washington’s 3rd District, even before Rep. Baird made public his plans to retire. David still has my unwavering support and I believe he would be a strong partner as we work together to provide a voice for the families of Southwest Washington.”

Voters in the third district, David Castillo is the first candidate to file to run aganst Brian Baird. He did not wait until the “coast was clear” by Baird’s announced retirement. He was prepared for a hard fought campaign against an entrenched incumbent.

David has the experience, having served in the Department of Homeland Security and Veterans Administration.

He has the ideas and conservative values taught him by his single mother.

It is no secret that Clark County Conservative wholly endorses and supports David. I do so because  when I first met David, I saw something that I have not seen in a politician of either party for some time, sincerity and confidence.

He has not been “groomed” by party insiders for party agenda. He does not have a former employer in D.C. fronting for him or calling in favors to advertise his entry into the race.

What he has is a desire to actually represent all of us in the third district, Democrat and Republican and yes, Independents too.

Organize a get together of your own and ask David to attend. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by what you see and hear with this young man.

David Castillo, Republican for Congress, Wa. 03

DeBolt Opts Not to Run for Congress in 2010

January 3, 2010

Happy New Year From David Castillo

by lewwaters

David Castillo For Congress

December 29, 2009

Pack It In Jon; It’s Not Going To Work

by lewwaters

Showing even more inexperience than he has with his failures to provide proper oversight on the Washougal City Council, Jon Russell persists in acting like he has a chance in the upcoming election.

Apparently some local Ron Paulies have come running to his aid and helped stack an online unscientific poll to boost him to a second place position, just a hair under Republican opportunist, Jaime Herrera, legislative aid to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, turned state representative.

The truth is shown in campaign funds raised, which places Jon in a distant third place, far behind every candidate except David Hedrick, who although not gaining any steam, displays more guts and honesty that Russell has to date.

That online poll stacking trick didn’t work for Ron Paul, but apparently they think it will help boost Jon, who really doesn’t stand a snowballs chance in this election as more people jump in.

All Jon stands to do now is split the GOP ticket, which just may enable the Democrats to finish in the top 2 primary positions.

Sorry Jon, one opportunist in this campaign is enough.

Showing even more inexperience, Jon now announces Seven Town Hall Meetings in January & February showing he actually doesn’t have a grasp on what town hall meetings really are or what function they serve.

“A town hall meeting is an informal public meeting. Everybody in a community is invited to attend, voice their opinions, and hear the responses from public figures and elected officials, although attendees rarely vote on an issue. In today’s heterogeneous communities with large populations, more often, town hall meetings are held so that people can influence elected officials in their decision making or to give them a chance to feel that their voices are being heard.”

What a town hall meeting is not is campaign event, which is what Jon is actually holding. The clever renaming to “town hall meeting” fools no one, as Jon holds no official power of any sort outside of one seat on the Washougal, Washington city council.

If Jon were holding real town hall meetings he might be faced with hard questions from constituents asking things like why, in his 2007 campaign for city council, did he pay a young single woman $700.00 over 2 months for “campaign consultant,” when the young lady lists her profession as an “Independent Beauty Consultant?”

We all know Jon likes to look pretty, but c’mon, $700.00 in 2 months for a small town city council seat?

Add that to Jon’s rush to throw a fellow Republican under the bus as he distanced himself from the scandal that sunk mayor Stacee Sellers re-election bid and his admission of failing to rally support amongst 6 council members to perform the oversight of the alleged misuse of city funds he claims she prevented him from doing, it becomes clear Jon is just another agenda driven politician trying to get on the fast track to that $175,000 a year salary and access to perks available to House members.

I think we’ve had enough of cheesy politicians whose main goal is to fatten their wallets and travel the world on our dime.

It’s time we had real representation in Washington’s Third Congressional District.

Pack it in, Jon. No one is falling for the snow job.

December 24, 2009

Castillo Statement on Senate Health Care Vote

by lewwaters

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Our elected officials in Washington D.C. should be focusing on reigning in the out-of-control cost of health care, increasing access to those not covered, and ensuring that those of us happy with our coverage can keep it. This is what they promised us and they have yet to deliver.

Instead, they have chosen to steal $500 billion from Medicare – from a promise we made to our parents and grandparents. In addition, the Senate bill includes a government mandate that will force Americans to purchase health insurance or face a fine, or jail time. It is an unconscionable overreach of government authority that I believe will be deemed unconstitutional.

Also, I am by no means convinced that federal funds will not be used to fund abortions, and the majority of Americans have been consistent in their view that taxpayer dollars should not be used to pay for this procedure.

It is time that our elected representatives listen to the American people, or be replaced by those of us who will.

SOURCE

David Castillo for Congress, WA 03

December 19, 2009

Castillo Remains Focused and Unfazed By Crowded Field

by lewwaters

An article appearing in the Friday, December 18, 2009 Centralia Chronicle headlines, Candidate Unfazed by Crowded 3rd District Field in regards to current front-runner David Castillo of Olympia, running for the seat incumbent Democrat Brian Baird is stepping down from next year.

I suspect the entry of GOP insiders favorite, Jaime Herrera is expected to shake up those candidates like David, who was the first to file to run against Democrat incumbent Brian Baird, months before Baird announced not seeking reelection.

It hasn’t. As the article notes, “he is still focusing on creating jobs, lowering taxes and pushing for fiscal responsibility,” and carrying his campaign on just as focused as before.

David rightfully tells us, “The saying isn’t ‘when the going gets easy,’ it’s ‘when the going gets tough’. There’s a reason people respect that. It goes to character.”

Character! How long have we desired and looked for a candidate with character?

Is it character to be groomed by party insiders while claiming, “I am not more the same?”

Is it character to throw others under the bus for a scandal in which you didn’t adequately perform your duties?

Is it character to travel for your elected employer and claim nearly $500.00 for meals over a 3-day trip? Can anyone actually eat close to $60.00 worth of food at each meal 3 times a day?

Is it character for a male candidate to pay out $700.00 to a female “Independent Beauty Consultant” over a month and a half as a “campaign consultant?” Does any candidate really need to look that good?

Is it character to say, “I think that we have balanced the budget on the backs of the poor and the powerless,” as you cast a “yes” vote on a state budget bill or enhance your resumé, claiming to be a “highly decorated” peacetime Veteran due to a couple of commendation medals? Shouldn’t just the fact of serving be honorable enough?

Is it character to work diligently to force a multi-billion dollar bridge and light rail on a citizenry that continues to indicate they don’t want it?

Is it character to enter our country illegally, accept an amnesty to seek citizenship, then attend a school becoming a lawyer and now advocate more for others who illegally enter the country?

No, none of that is illegal, but do you feel it shows character?

Since first meeting David I have been impressed by his strength in character. It would be very easy for a lesser person to throw in the towel now with many entrenched politicians jumping in to run for Baird’s seat.

But that isn’t David. His dedication to his fellow man over his desire to climb the political ladder is what has propelled him to the current front-runner position.

In David, I see a self-made man, a Veteran of the US Navy and someone who comes from a broken family background, who could have very easily ended up on the wrong side of society like many others, if not for the strength, determination and values instilled in him by the single Mother who raised him.

David Castillo brings to the table a strong and discerning position on many issues before us, as noted HERE and on the issues page of his web site.

In the weeks and months ahead, we will be treated to claims of who is the best candidate based on gender, ethnicity, record and even party favoritism. We can expect to hear which one is best for the Democratic Party and who is best for the Republican Party, instead of who will best serve voters of both party’s in the 3rd Congressional District.

Some have experience, even though minimally in the state legislature, city council or advocacy groups. But, in these tough economic times, only one will have experience actually answering to people for handling their money instead of just voting on legislation to take our money.

If you are as tired of the same old pandering politicians and political opportunists as I am, David is the candidate you need to give serious consideration to.

Clearly, he holds the strength of character desperately in need today.

David Castillo For Congress

December 17, 2009

Jaime “I’m not more of the same” Herrera

by lewwaters

As we all know by now, Jaime Herrera, state representative for Washington’s 18th district, seems to have finally made up her mind and is solidly running for the seat Democrat Brian Baird intends to leave next year.

I say finally because Jaime initially announced she was running within 2 hours of Baird’s announcement, only to come out the next day saying she was “seriously considering” running. Tuesday, after spending at least the whole weekend “seriously considering” jumping in, she announced she was indeed going to run for the Republican nomination.

She says several people have been after her for some time to run, which I know is at least somewhat factual as many GOP party officials were asking her of her intent last spring after she won against Democrat VaNessa Duplessie to retain the state representative seat she had just been appointed to a few months earlier in December 2007. At that time, she let it be known she was not running, had just gotten married, happy in her job, all of the usual denials.

Jaime says of herself on her web page “I’m not more of the same.” An odd statement considering the speed her campaign being put together indicates to me that she is a favorite of party insiders all the way back to Washington D.C. as her entry into the race is the only one to merit any mention the Hill, “a congressional newspaper that publishes daily when Congress is in session, with a special focus on business and lobbying,” the ONLY announcement of her running that made no acknowledgement of others already in the race several months ahead of her.

Undoubtedly placed there by Jaime’s former boss and political mentor, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane.

But think a minute, when was the last time you heard any politician, Democrat or Republican running and admitting they actually were “more of the same?” Don’t they all claim to be “not more of the same” and if a challenger, saying something along the lines of “America is on the wrong track” and we need them to put us back on track?

Returning from her job with congresswoman Rodgers in Washington D.C. and winning the appointment to replace Richard Curtis after a 10 year hiatus from the state as rapidly as she did concerns me, though. Another local blogger who has been involved with Clark County politics several more years than I have been says he knows of some shaky dealings that won her the appointment. Although I attended the meeting where she initially won against several others, I had been a PCO only 2 days and do not have the behind the scenes knowledge he does.

I will be watching his blog, Clark County Politics as he reveals what he knows.

Still, I have some concerns of my own with Ms. Herrera, beyond the appearance of opportunism by jumping into the race so soon after Brian Baird announced he was not going to seek his seat again.

Looking over Interest Group Ratings for Jaime, we see she earned,

· 100 from the Washington Farm Bureau, 88 from the Association of Washington Businesses,
· 100 from the Washington National Federation of Independent Businesses,
· 33 from the Washington Conservation Voters,
· 71 from the Washington Children’s Alliance,
· ‘A’ from the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund,
· 20 from the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO.

Her voting record looks fairly conservative, which causes me concern seeing she has such a low rating from unions, yet supported and voted ‘yes’ on 2 Union supported measures, HB 1329, Providing collective bargaining for child care center directors and workers, HB 1389, granting employees of nuclear power plants a legal and binding document on interest arbitration and shortly after she was appointed to the state house, HB 2449, Providing collective bargaining for child care center directors and workers.

Collective bargaining is unionization, if you don’t realize it.

Both measures on child care collective bargaining were strongly supported by the SEIU, whose members in St. Louis, Missouri this summer were video taped beating up a Black man, Kenneth Gladney, who was in opposition to the health care reform bill, the Washington Education Association and American Federation of Teachers.

Opposition was from YMCAs of Washington; Washington Parents for Safe Child Care; Washington Policy Center.

Ms. Herrera also accepted campaign donation from the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) during her 2008 run. Her endorsement page lists SEIU Local 925, SEIU Local 775 NW and SEIU Local 1199 NW as endorsers in 2008, among several other Unions.

Did she vote with Unions in an effort to bring her Union rating up? Conservatives usually don’t fair well with Unions nor do they receive support from them usually.

She claims, “I’ve worked with both Democrats and Republicans on important issues.”

President George W. Bush went to Washington D.C. with a strong record of reaching across the aisle as the governor of Texas and we saw how much cooperation he received from Democrats over his 8 years as President, didn’t we?

Jaime is no doubt very attractive, but if a seasoned politician like Bush and many other conservative Republicans who have been sent to Washington D.C. couldn’t get cooperation back from across the aisle, how does she expect to as a novice?

Most people I talk to have told me they are tired of Washington Insiders, party favorites who say they will not follow the direction of party leaders, but owe party leaders and special interests for their office and end up doing just that.

The rapidness of Jaime’s ascension in the political hierarchy, as well as announcing within 2 hours of Baird announcing his retirement smacks of political opportunism. This is a large part of what the TEA Parties have been protesting against across America.

The speed with which the party seems to be dumping a strong candidate who has been doing the legwork, building his support across the district and preparing to break six figures in campaign funds troubles me greatly.

This is part of the very action that cost the party congressional control and the White House as conservatives abandoned the party.

We do not need another elected official who parrots the party line while saying they will not follow the direction of party leaders.

December 15, 2009

Silly Season Hits The 3rd, I’m Staying With Castillo

by lewwaters

Since incumbent congressman Brian Baird made his announcement last week of not seeking another term in office, a wise decision I feel as members of both parties are not happy with him, it seems the field of candidates has begun to grow rapidly.

Understandably, the Democrats weren’t really fielding any one against him when he announced, other than Cheryl Crist who was thinking and gearing up to square off against him again.

For Republicans, we have current front-runner, David Castillo who was the first to file to run against Baird, followed by embattled Washougal city councilman, Jon Russell, who is currently a distant second.

David Hedrick, the former Marine who made news in August with his confrontation of Baird at our town hall just recently threw his hat in the ring and although a good guy and gutsy, let’s face it, he is a novice and really doesn’t stand much of a chance, although I’d label him as more honest than Russell has been with voters.

Democrat state representative Deb Wallace threw her hat in the day after Baird made his announcement.

Republican representative Jaime Herrera announced her intent within 2 hours of Baird’s announcement and then backed off saying she would “seriously consider” entering the race.

Rumblings were heard from Democrats Sen. Craig Pridemore and Rep. Jim Moeller

Today, December 15, 2009, the Columbian tells us, “Pridemore, Herrera running to succeed Baird” announcing both Craig Pridemore and Jaime Herrera are making it official.

We also hear rumors of Sen. Joe Zarelli considering running for the seat Baird is abandoning and the potential of other yet unnamed Republicans and Democrats entering the race.

Democrats jockeying for the nomination is no surprise and there is nothing really out of the ordinary for more Republicans to join in, although my wife and I will continue to support David Castillo over Jaime Herrera.

Don’t get me wrong; Herrera will undoubtedly pull most of her local support from Jon Russell and personally, I think she just may be a better candidate than Jon. I also think she has a bright future in politics as she learns and gains experience.

But, Castillo was the first to enter the race and was in it when it was thought it would be a tough race against Baird. He didn’t wait until the ‘coast was clear’ and the race would be easier. He was in it to win against a very tough opponent who was solidly entrenched.

That is leadership over opportunism, what has been missing for too long in our representatives both in Washington State and Washington D.C.

Castillo has been traveling the 3rd District to build support from the bottom up and show voters he is the different candidate. He hasn’t shied away from voters or gotten embroiled in scandals where he felt he must throw others under the bus to distance himself from.

In late August 2009, the Clark County Republicans and Democrats got together for a friendly softball game to benefit SHARE in Clark County. Castillo, who lives in Olympia, made the drive to appear and play on the Republican team. Neither Jon Russell nor Jaime Herrera were able to make it, although Pridemore did.

The 3rd Congressional District has been a Democrat District for some time, but has begun leaning towards conservatives somewhat in the last few years. We have a real good chance of winning this race with a candidate like David Castillo who has steadily stood up and was prepared for the tough fight to win the congressional seat.

We need that strength and determination in turning America around. We need a candidate who isn’t afraid of a tough opponent and who hasn’t shown that personal ambition is more important than accepting responsibility.

Castillo has shown his willingness to accept responsibility years ago when a dot com company he and three partners tried to get going was caught up in the dot com collapse.

He didn’t point fingers and lay blame on others. He didn’t throw his partners under the bus or pull anything untoward. No, he went through liquidation and rebuilt to where he is today, a financial adviser.

That is fortitude and character, also sorely missing today in our elected officials.

Undoubtedly there will be some more that decide to throw their hats in for what they see now is an easy run. Given the current attitude across the country with the economy worsening so much and unemployment increasing rapidly under their total control in D.C., Democrats have a tough row to hoe.

It is not a sure thing for Republicans by any means, but strong candidates who have shown their willingness for a tough run, displayed fortitude and character like Castillo has, is who we need running.

For my wife and I our support remains with David Castillo, Republican for Washington States 3rd Congressional District.

December 10, 2009

Herrera and Wallace Announce Run For Baird’s Seat

by lewwaters

As the shock of yesterdays surprise announcement from incumbent Brian Baird, Washington’s 3rd Congressional District of not seeking another term in office, Republican Jaime Herrera, State Representative for Washington’s 18th Legislative District and Democrat Deb Wallace, State Representative for Washington’s 17th Legislative Districts, have announced an intent to run for the seat Baird is giving up.

Herrera is in her first elected term in the State House, having been previously appointed to replace former State Representative, Richard Curtis, after he resigned in disgrace.

Herrera, 31 and recently married, has compiled a mediocre-business record in her time in the House, scoring a perfect 100 in 2008 on votes important to the National Federation of Independent Business, and garnering an 88 rating from the Association of Washington Business, in spite of throwing constituents over board in favor of the SEIU backed forced unionization of childcare centers. She previously served as a policy assistant to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Washington D.C. before returning to her native Clark County in order to obtain the seat vacated by Curtis.

Herrera says she entered the race after extensive calls for her to run saying, “This tells me that the people of our region are concerned about the direction of our state and country. I share those concerns,” even though many still wonder Did Herrera Even Read HB 1329?

Wallace, has 4 terms representing the 17th District as a Democrat. Former President of the Downtown Vancouver Association, she also has served on the boards of Lower Columbia River Estuary Association and 211-INFO. She recently gained favor with many Clark County residents from both sides of politics for her efforts at ending Oregon residents sales tax exemption when they make purchases here.

Wallace is married with 2 grown children and has lived her 21 years.

In a release appearing in the Columbian, Thursday Dec 10, Herrera is quoted now as saying she is giving the idea “serious consideration” and will “make an official announcement about her plans next week,” seeming to back off the definite sounding announcements of yesterday when she threw her hat in the ring less than 2 hours after Baird announced his retirement.

Current front-runner for Baird’s seat, Republican David Castillo remains confident, looking forward to a clean and interesting campaign.

As soon as Herrera again announces she definitely will run next week, she undoubtedly will draw much support from Jon Russell, whom she easily defeated in 2007 for the appointment to replace Richard Curtis.

Mouthy former US Marine, David Hedrick, who made national News this past August for confronting Baird at our Clark County town hall, also has filed to run, but doesn’t seem to be gaining much steam currently. An official entrance into the campaign will surely finish off both Russell and Hedrick’s bid.

After the shocking announcement of 6 term Baird not seeking re-election yesterday, Clark County Senator Craig Pridemore and State Representative Jim Moeller also expressed a desire to run for the open seat, but have not yet made any actual announcement.

February 26, 2009

Protect Our Children First!

by lewwaters

Washington’s Legislature has several pressing issues currently, none of which directly addresses repeat sex offenders being released into our community preying on our children. Can any issue be more important than protecting our children?

13 year-old Alycia Nipp lost her life, brutally murdered in a Hazel Dell field because someone decided a level III sex offender, ones considered most likely to repeat their offense, released into our community wearing only a GPS tracking device was acceptable.

Today’s Columbian has an article, Repeat sex offer receives maximum prison term. That “maximum sentence?” 12 years! If he serves a full sentence he will be 55 years old upon release and he too would be released back into our community, presumably also wearing a GPS tracking device that accomplishes little more than to place the criminal in the vicinity of a crime, but not until AFTER a crime has been committed.

Why does society feel compassion and sympathy for these perverts who prey upon our children and not the ones they harm or kill? After another child is killed, it is too late to say ‘coulda, woulda, shoulda.’ We must begin saying it before another child is harmed!

In 2006 Senator Don Benton proposed SB6389, a bill to “enhance the penalties for, and monitoring of, sex offenders.” It died in the Judiciary committee.

This issue transcends partisanship and must be addressed. We can no longer put the safety of our children on the back burner. What good is a new bridge, stimulus packages, waterfront projects and the like if we ignore our children’s safety?

Personally, I am sick and tired of hearing these repeat offenders “have rights” that must be considered. Alycia Nipp had rights too. Her parents had rights to expect grandchildren one day, to watch their daughter blossom into a grown woman and live her life freely and raise her children to carry on our society. Who worried about their rights as a repeat sex offender was brutally murdering their 13 year-old daughter?

Why are the rights of repeat sex offenders more important than ours?

I urge everyone, regardless of party affiliation, to contact our legislators listed below and DEMAND legislation that will protect our children from these predators. GPS tracking has failed, as many knew it would. Early release, treatment and such has shown to be ineffective time and time again for level III and higher offenders.

I’m ready to put other issues on the back burner for now and place the safety of our children first. We are now told there are 9 other level III sex offenders listed as transient in Clark County, meaning they too are freely roaming about somewhere with only a GPS tracking device strapped on them.

Please, contact all of the below and DEMAND strong legislation be passed urgently.

Representative Jaimie Herrera, Herrera.Jaime@leg.wa.gov; Representative Ed Orcutt, Orcutt.Ed@leg.wa.gov; Senator Don Benton, benton.don@leg.wa.gov; Senator Jim Honeyford honeyford.jim@leg.wa.gov; Senator Joseph Zarelli, zarelli.joseph@leg.wa.gov; Senator Craig Pridemore, pridemore.craig@leg.wa.gov; Representative Tim Probst, probst.tim@leg.wa.gov; Representative Jim Jacks, jacks.jim@leg.wa.gov; Representative Jim Moeller, moeller.jim@leg.wa.gov; Representative Deb Wallace, Wallace.Deb@leg.wa.gov.

Outside of Clark County or if you prefer to write or call on the phone, contact information for each legislator currently in office can be found here.

Representative Ed Orcutt said to me, “I have asked staff to draft a true Jessica’s law and will seek to get it passed this year. Since we are past committee cutoffs, it is a bit more tricky, but I will still push for it.” We need to DEMAND that members of both parties’ join with him and support this effort.

We must hold our elected officials feet to the fire and accept no excuses from now on. Alycia Nipp did not have to die nor should any of the rest of our children be harmed again by these repeat perverts allowed to just walk our streets.

UPDATE: Alycia’s Godmother, mother, aunt and others, have a facebook page up now, Mothers Against Sex Crimes and a MySpace page, MASC – Mothers Against Sex Crimes. Please lend your support to the struggle to keep these predators off of our streets.