Posts tagged ‘Dirty Tricks’

October 31, 2012

Don Benton, Waste Deep In Ridiculous Attacks

by lewwaters

Yes Don, we’re with you. We know of the negative hype Tim Probst is well known for and reject it.

October 1, 2012

Lies, Deceit and Desperation in the 17th

by lewwaters

Democrats have long been known for their ‘win at any cost’ strategies and tactics. Our National and Gubernatorial elections have been seen rampant with dirty tricks, apparent fraud, deceitful claims and more.

It is also well known that Washington State Democrats have long wanted to take over the seat of State Senator Don Benton in the 17th Legislative District and flip the house seats back to their party. To that end now we see even more underhanded campaign tactics to include attacking Republican Julie Olson running for the open seat and being challenged for the seat by Democrat Monica Stonier, who has shown how desperate she is for public office in the past 2 years.

To that end, a Republican PCO residing in the 17th recently received was alleged to her to be an “Opinion Poll” from the 702 area code in Clark County, Nevada. The “poll” began with a few questions on the presidential race, and then quickly turned into a slam session against both Senator Benton and Julie Olson, as you can hear below.

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August 18, 2010

It’s Denny Heck and Jaime Herrera. Good Luck Republicans, You’re Going To Need It

by lewwaters

The dirty politics and smears worked their magic last evening as the GOP once again prepares to lose another National Election. Herrera’s hatchet man and his supporters did their job masterfully in ensuring that she waltzed to an easy victory for the GOP nomination in Washington States 3rd Congressional District.

From phony polls, to Anna Miller’s “senior moments” and stirring up contentions with Republican voters, to Pacific County GOP chair Nansen Malin labeling Senator Don Benton a “liar” for speaking the truth about Herrera and for her strongly trying to influence Chris Boyd to stay in the race, Herrera successfully received 27% of the votes in the district, to Heck’s almost 32%, granting her a place in the top two to run in November, the one Democrat Denny Heck will now coast to a landslide victory in.

It is unknown at this time just where they will try to find another hatchet man to go after Heck and highly doubtful they will be able to.

The Republicans continue to make the same mistake in the 3rd district year after year as they repeat the folly of fronting weak candidates heavily promoted by the establishment party machine.

Although they did not back the winner of the top two in 2008, the GOP lost that race 34% to 64%. In 2006 they lost by a 37% to 63% margin. In 2004, they lost by a margin of 38% to 62%. In 2002 they lost again by a margin of 38% to 62%. In 2000, a year Republicans performed fairly well nationwide, they lost 41% to 56%.

In 1998 they lost by 45% to 55%. In 1996 they barely won by a 50.1% to 49.8%. In 1994 they won a three-way with 52% to a 45% and 3%. In fact, 1998 and 1996 are the only two election cycles the GOP has won this seat since 1970, as far back in records as I can access.

Undoubtedly many of you will accuse me of sour grapes and being bitter and to an extent, you are correct. Seeing what dirty tricks were played by the machine against a strong conservative candidate has opened my eyes a lot as to why the GOP in Washington State wins so few National Elections.

From Luke Esser at the top all the way down, the Washington State Republican party lacks any real leadership. Cronyism prevails over quality. Self interest comes before conservatism. As is often said, “it is what it is.”

The dust and smoke is settling and I see no change coming as the vote count is finalized. Herrera and her handlers prevailed and she has the nomination. All she has to do now is defeat a well trained and highly successful Democrat who will not soft ball her but will give her the education of a lifetime in hardball politics.

The animosity created within the GOP to get her the win will be very hard to overcome. It is going to be interesting to see just how she manages that.

I vowed long ago that should she receive the nomination I would no longer write anything against her and that vow will now be honored. This will be the last mention I make of her. What I have previously reported will not be removed.

She won and now it’s up to her to defeat the Democrats.

The only question in that regard is, since she was too cowardly to be willing to oppose Brian Baird, how does she think she will stand up to Denny Heck, who is just as, if not more, politically ruthless?

August 9, 2010

Strange Things Going On In the 3rd Congressional District Race

by lewwaters

It’s been a very heated competition for the nominations for the top two in our primary election this year. Probably the most heated I can recall, getting very nasty actually.

Oh, the Democrats are off the hook this year as there is little doubt that their candidate, Denny Heck, will easily win one of the coveted slots. It’s the Republicans that have gotten down and dirty with supporters of the candidates at times seeming ready to come to blows and dirty tricks galore.

We have 3 candidates running, David Castillo, Jamie Herrera and YouTube figure, David W. Hedrick, known for his bombastic confrontation against Brian Baird lasting some 3 minutes almost a year ago.

Herrera leads in the funds raised. Castillo outshines all in endorsements received, including every major newspaper that covers the 3rd Congressional District and makes primary endorsements. Hedrick has remained dragging the rear while making some noise, but basically going nowhere, gaining only some fringe support.

All that seemed to change suddenly, very suddenly in fact with Hedrick recently touting some poll no one has ever heard of showing him out in front of Herrera and with Castillo so far down it would be physically impossible for him to make up the difference in time for the August 17 vote.

Needless to say, eyebrows of people who pay attention were raised as this just seemed far too unlikely.

Further raising many more eyebrows is the vitriolic assaults launched against the supposedly last place candidate, Castillo, by many Hedrick supporters on forums, blogs and in the Columbian’s comments sections.

You may see what I mean by scrolling through comments found HERE and HERE, just for 2.

It is highly unlikely that supporters of a real leading candidate would so vehemently attack and belittle a real last place candidate, while ignoring the third candidate that is supposedly in a statistical tie with that “leading Republican” candidate.

Some light was shed on a possible answer this past Wednesday, August 4 on KPAM 860’s Victoria Taft program, when a caller named ‘Jason’ called in expressing the same disbelief many others have and identified himself as an individual familiar with computer forensics and searching out questionable computer sites for the Attorney General’s office in the past.

Questioning the validity of this poll like many of us have and also being a “poll junky,” he looked closely at the poll and saw, amongst several red flags, just how unreliable their methodology was in that it is an internet poll with no safeguards to prevent selectees of the poll from sending the link on to others to participate in.

He laid out the steps he took in discovering an unlikely coincidence in that the polls host site and domain registrar were shared by FreedomsAnswer.com, a company whose sole ownership is listed as belonging to Washington 3rd Congressional District Candidate, David W. Hedrick.

Realizing that although an unlikely coincidence, it was still possible, he looked a bit deeper and was shocked to discover that the IP address of the poll was on the same block as the sites owned by Hedrick.

You can read the full report ‘Jason’ wrote HERE

Admittedly, I am no computer sleuth or techie sort. All of that goes right over my head, much as it does most others today. But to those who dabble in such computer research, it makes complete sense. Therefore, I had the full 7-page report reviewed by a person I am acquainted with online who does understand such computer lingo.

In confirming the data ‘Jason’ revealed, he said,

“The most DAMNING of all of the data comes in point nine (and ten further.)”

“Most website owners or professional web coders or computer programmers reuse code or professional libraries of code to save production time. Every hour that someone creates a website site or computer program is VERY expensive. Especially in the United States. A library of code is like a bible.”

“And also coding structure usually is similar to the coder who creates it. No one wants to recreate the coding wheel when he has a library of code to use that he has used on previous projects. That shortens website development time. And most of that coding has a fingerprint or coding style within it (as he explains in further detail there) so why does Hedrick’s code look so similar in each of his websites or a piece of masthead, a beginning of a site is so similar?”

In closing, my acquaintance added,

“All I would finally say [is] I would not want to be the damn fool who was associated with this site, whoever coded it or is hosting it. It was a tragic error to do, looks too much like an attempt to smarm or live in some fantasy that one would think David Hedrick is in any way have an ability to be in the leagues with David Castillo or Denny Heck. It looks like a juvenile attempt to make someone look better than they really are.”

Any that choose to read the report ‘Jason’ submitted, I would only hope you have your own computer techie’s review it for themselves and your peace of mind instead of just fuming.

Something just doesn’t add up with this campaign and it stinks to high heaven.

As I’ve said before, it isn’t unusual for a newspaper to make an endorsement and get it wrong, not endorsing who the people over all vote for. It is highly unusual that four major newspapers of different ideological, political, regional and historical backgrounds from within the same congressional district to agree on one candidate and that candidate be polled dead last in any legitimate poll.

Add to that the vitriol thrown at David Castillo by supporters of David Hedrick, who proclaims in ads that he is “the leading Republican” in the race, while completely ignoring Jaime Herrera, although she is in a statistical tie for the nomination Hedrick claims is his, just doesn’t make sense.

Something very strange is definitely going on in the race to replace retiring Brian Baird in the 3rd Congressional District.

And, it stinks!

UPDATE: The Columbian’s Kathie Durbin also covered this subject at New poll’s validity panned by experts

The Centralia Chronicle also editorialized on it, Our Views: Hedrick Shouldn’t Push Questionable Poll where they said,

Why should we care whether the poll is accurate and/or credible?

Many people don’t want to “waste” their vote. Dyed-in-the-wool Republicans don’t want to see their candidate beaten in the general election. They’ll often go with who could win come November. If Hedrick shows such promise now, it certainly helps sway more votes his way.

Hedrick said, “It’s not my job to vet polls. I don’t have time to study them.” Is that how he would conduct himself in Washington, D.C.?

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