Posts tagged ‘Norma Jean Stevens’

July 23, 2012

Elmer Fudd for 3rd Congressional District

by lewwaters

I find it unbelievable that we in the 3rd Congressional District still cannot find a good conservative candidate to run. Democrats and a RINO have held the seat for far too long.

Democrat Brian Baird held the seat comfortably for several years with no challenger coming close to defeating him.

That seemed to change in 2010 when then chair of the Clark County GOP Ryan Hart requested I find out what I could about an Olympia area Republican stepping up to run against him and begin blogging in support of him. I met David Castillo shortly after and saw that we finally had a strong conservative with impeccable experience who was willing to step up and confront Baird.

Whether or not he could have defeated Baird became academic when Baird announced he was not going to run for reelection in 2010.

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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.

July 29, 2010

David Castillo Endorsed by National Defense PAC

by lewwaters

Republican, David Castillo, candidate for Washington State 3rd Congressional District, the first to begin campaigning against now retiring Democrat, Brian Baird, has picked up yet another important national endorsement from the National Defense PAC.

The PAC’s stated mission is;

“supporting the election of balanced-budget-committed Military Veterans to the U. S. Congress. We seek Military Veterans running for elected office who believe in limited government, will rein in the out of control spending of Congress, are committed to preserving and defending the US Constitution, and will support the independence and freedom of the individual as outlined in the Bill of Rights. Our purpose is to support Military Veterans for election to Congress who are dedicated to promoting the Free Enterprise System that created the greatest economic engine in the history of Planet Earth, who will CUT SPENDING and commit to the premise that raising taxes is not the answer to our spiraling national plunge towards bankruptcy. We sponsor candidates who will provide for a strong national defense and strong effective homeland security, work tirelessly to ensure illegal aliens are prevented from crossing our national borders and are deported when they do, and who will endorse the teaching of accurate US history and the Founding Fathers’ core values in educational institutions.”

In announcing the endorsement, Rear Admiral [Ret.] James J. Carey, USN – National Chairman & Treasurer said,

“David Castillo has NATIONAL DEFENSE PAC’s full support for election to the U.S. Congress. He served our country in the U.S. Navy, putting himself on the line to defend our nation when called, and is committed to keeping the promises made to our veterans when they agreed to risk their lives to face America’s enemies. David is who we want in Congress making decisions that impact our military veterans and today’s young Americans serving in our Armed Forces. He, as a Navy veteran, understands what it takes to train, fight and win. He also understands the importance of ensuring the decision to commit our military is right before we send our Nation’s most precious asset, our sons and daughters, into harm’s way.”

Of note, National Defense PAC Executive Director US Army Colonel (Ret.) Craig Carlson added,

“NATIONAL DEFENSE PAC has earned a reputation for endorsing winning candidates because we back men and women that have proven integrity forged in patriotic selfless military service. The American people trust our military and vote for our candidates. Our goal in 2010 is to endorse as many candidates that can meet our standard, and elect them all.”

David Castillo, a man from humble beginnings who came to sit across the desk from President George W. Bush, serving in sub-cabinet level positions in his Department of veterans Affairs and Department of Homeland Security, has amassed one of the most impressive list of major endorsements for office I have seen.

He continues to express specific ideas and values to turn our country around and grow out of the economic morass we find ourselves in that at times even has the Democratic Candidate, Denny Heck often in agreement with him.

Although running as a Republican, Castillo does not enjoy the party establishment backing and has been the subject of questionable tactics in favor of the party establishment candidate, who waited to enter the race less than 2 hours after Congressman Baird announced his retirement in December 2009.

Castillo continues to build support in the old fashioned grassroots style of spending much of his time on the road meeting voters one on one and laying out his vision for the office.

His service to the Bush Administration gives him a unique insight no other candidate currently seeking this office can share when it comes to caring for our Veterans, National Defense and working with other federal officials.

His beginnings in poverty give him the necessary background to see what is happening in our country from the perspective of the common taxpaying citizen struggling to care for their family.

As I said at the Rob McKenna Breakfast held for Castillo the morning of July 27, David Castillo remains the best chance I have seen in many years for the Republicans to gain this seat on Congress long held by the Democrats.

Visit www.CastilloFor Congress and see for yourself and let’s get behind the man best suited to represent us in “Keeping America, AMERICA.”

July 29, 2010

Battle Ground Forum Draws Small Audience

by lewwaters

Campaign for Liberty and We The People hosted an event they labeled a “debate” last evening in the auditorium at Battle Ground High School for candidates of the 3rd Congressional District hoping to replace retiring Democrat, Brian Baird.

In attendance where Democrat, Cheryl Crist, Independent Normal Jean Stevens, Republican and alleged Marine David W. Hedrick and proxy for Republican David Castillo who couldn’t attend due to a prior commitment Candice Jackson, a local attorney. Democrat Denny Heck also had a prior commitment and Republican Jaime Herrera could not attend, no reason given and their campaigns sent no proxy.

Maybe 60 people, many Hedrick devotees, attended to hear the candidates.

Although listed as an unbiased forum, it was clear from the start that the forum was expected to make alleged Marine David W. Hedrick a star. The questions asked were written and asked by Campaign for Liberty; a Ron Paul inspired group and We The People, both of whom are supporting Alleged Marine, David W. Hedrick.

I give credit to Katja Delavar and her husband Michael for trying to make it appear balanced and for excellent time keeping plus holding candidates to their time limits.

The format seemed a bit odd to me as a question was asked and whichever candidate wished to answer first raised their hand, with others offered a short amount of time to reply as well. Each was given ample opportunity to rebut.

I thought it also a bit odd to witness Hedrick during the Pledge of Allegiance, not holding his hand over his heart or doing a Military Salute, as Veterans and active duty Military are now allowed to do when wearing civilian clothes, but holding his right hand up as if reciting an oath. Maybe he has done that before and I just never paid attention, but that struck me as bit odd since proper pledge etiquette is the right hand over the heart or a salute.

The questions were often lengthy during the first half of the forum and each candidate was given scant time to reply, 60 seconds in some cases, 45 second later on.

I witnessed Hedrick often waiting until one or more of the others replied, then he would jump in to make his regular replies. Unfortunately for him, Castillo proxy, Candice Jackson, is a well educated and well versed attorney who knows Castillo very well and often schooled Hedrick.

Hedrick seemed to be getting nervous as he began taking subtle pot shots at Castillo, then a little later taking direct pot shots at him by name, saying “Enterprise Zones” were unconstitutional. He agreed with Ms. Jackson reply on free market would bring about green energy sources if actually needed, but had to add a slam that he doubts Mr. Castillo believes that.

Alleged Marine David Hedrick seemed quite comfortable slamming a candidate that was not present in such cowardly personal attacks.

After not being admonished for his personal slurs against Mr. Castillo, he took a shot at absent Democrat Denny Heck, claiming he once left Mr. Heck red-faced in a debate and the audience laughing at him.

At one point he took a shot at Cheryl Crist, saying how much he likes her personally, but doesn’t want her to “be elected to anything.” At this point, Michael Delavar, moderator from Campaign for Liberty, advised all of the candidates not to make such personal comments.

Hedrick supporters in the audience were their usual boisterous self, loudly clapping and cheering after each comment. When a request was made from the moderators to refrain from applauding and cheering after each comment, many yelled back “hell No, we’re here to support our candidate.”

Katja turned around requesting the same and telling them they will get to more questions if they refrain and was largely ignored by the Hedrick supporters, prompting other candidates supporters to act likewise.

Cheryl Crist was treated to groans a couple times for her views as a progressive and silence met much of Norma Jean Stevens comments, who had a much better stage presence this evening that before.

Ms. Stevens gave well thought out answers to most questions while looking out to the audience each time. I applaud both Ms Crist and Ms Stevens for their replies and for having the courage to face such an audience that at times must have seemed a slight bit hostile.

In all the star of the evening was Candice Jackson, prompting some supporters of alleged Marine Hedrick sitting near me to comment she was smarter than Castillo, not realizing her replies were Castillo’s, who she strongly supports.

A questionable comment from the alleged Marine was when asked about how they would vote in Congress, by the wishes of their constituents or by their principles, Hedrick replied that he would vote his principles, ignoring polls.

A couple minutes later, he boasted of a questionable poll he claims shows him neck and neck with Jaime Herrera, not commenting that Denny Heck placed higher on that same poll than both. He also took the opportunity to slap Mr. Castillo again saying his polling numbers were very low.

I guess his like of polls depends on where his ego places him.

Undoubtedly he will again brag about how he put everyone to shame, but it was obvious that Ms. Jackson, sitting in for Mr. Castillo amply schooled him on many subjects.

For all of you Hedrick supporters who will take exception to my labeling him as “alleged Marine,” as a Viet Nam Veteran myself with over 8 years active duty in the United States Army and since he makes his service central to his campaign, while not disclosing such basic information pertaining to his service, such as BPED, ETS, MOS, training, units served in, where deployed and 3 times now has replied as to the nature and place of the injury that grants him a disability being a “classified mission,” this Veteran will view him as only an “alleged Marine” until such time as such information is supplied by him and supported to voters.

While I am sure he did serve, he owes voters at least basic information.

I thank Campaign for Liberty and We The People for their efforts and hope the next time they will be less obvious.

UPDATE: Since several Hedrick supporters have expressed displeasure with my labeling Hedrick as “alleged Marine,” we are clamoring for a more “Open and Transparent” government. We desire more “Open and Transparent” elected officials.

How do we trust one who will not even be “Open and Transparent” about the very thing he bases his campaign on?

If seeking that very “open transparency” we say we want makes me a “hatchet man,” so be it.

July 23, 2010

Seattle Times Endorses Castillo & Heck, Ignores Herrera & Hedrick

by lewwaters

A stinging announcement today that must worry the Herrera camp as the Seattle Times, one of the larger newspapers in Washington State, issued an endorsement of Republican David Castillo and Democrat Denny Heck as “the primary picks in the 3rd Congressional District” in the upcoming August 17 primary election.

Denny Heck and David Castillo the primary picks in the 3rd Congressional District

The Times says in part,

“Whoever represents Southwest Washington in Congress must be an independent thinker willing to buck his or her political party. With that in mind, The Seattle Times endorses Denny Heck, Democrat, and David Castillo, Republican, to advance to the general election.”

“Both have worked in the public and private sectors and have a strong grasp of the challenges facing the district, most notably its unacceptably high unemployment rate. Both appear creative enough to tackle tough issues from an independent vantage point.”

“The need for jobs and an improved economy overshadow most other issues. Heck touts the need to proceed with a new Columbia River crossing as an economic stimulator and the need to keep Washington ports humming. Castillo emphasizes the needs to improve infrastructure, including flood areas along Interstate 5, and create enterprise zones to help economically distressed counties.”

Herrera, the establishment candidate has billed herself as the front-runner since her rapid entry into the race, less than 2 hours after retiring Brian Baird announced his retirement. As the GOP machine lined up behind her, abandoning other candidates with more experience and better resumes’ campaign donations flowed into her campaign, although she has trouble taking a definitive stand on issues and is often vague and general in answering voters questions asked of her.

Recently, Clark County Conservative compiled a list of quotes showing that Ms. Herrera has not been being very honest with voters in the 3rd Congressional District.

Jaime Herrera Says, “Trust Me”

Viewing her self as “the chosen,” “the anointed” to represent the GOP, missing such an endorsement has to sting, but obviously the Seattle Times editorial board saw through her façade.

David Hedrick, who gained cyber fame for a 3-minute confrontation with Baird in August 2009, and never wishing to discuss how Baird ambushed him when he tried it a second time, has been making noise, but has not been too ready to discuss his Marine service, although he has made that service central to his campaign by labeling himself “Marine Corporal” in every release or forum he attends.

Calls for clarification either go ignored or have resulted in claims of “Classified” in the past, automatically raising red flags to any Veteran who served in a combat zone.

In spite of facebook claims of how superior he is to all others, Hedrick too is often vague in replies or issues forth warmed over 2008 Ron Paul talking points, at times hiding behind the constitution as if his interpretation merits more attention that constitutional lawyers and scholars.

His fund raising ability has been abysmal.

I have maintained for some time now that the race to replace Brian Baird should be between Castillo and Heck.

Both men are personable, approachable and whether you agree with their views or not, they are the only two who consistently stand and express specifics in their views and ideas for the country and the 3rd Congressional District.

Heck “was elected to five terms in the state House of Representatives. He served as House Majority Leader, and later, as chief of staff to Gov. Booth Gardner. Heck was an early investor in RealNetworks, a digital-entertainment company, and co-founded TVW, the C-SPAN of Washington State.”

Castillo service in the United States Navy and after having a business fail in the dot com meltdown years ago, liquidated and rebuilt, becoming eventually a sub-cabinet level position in The Department of Veterans Affairs and at the Department of Homeland Security during the Bush administration.

Both men have resume’s the others can only dream about.

Clark County Conservative, while issuing no official endorsements, has been in support of Castillo since shortly after he began campaigning, expecting a tough run against Baird.

Although I do not support Denny Heck, a face to face chat with him earned my respect for the man.

The Seattle Times says it all with, “Voters would be wise to pick Heck and Castillo to clarify their strengths and weaknesses in the general election.”

July 8, 2010

Large Turnout at Leadership Clark County 3rd CD Forum

by lewwaters

Direct Link to CVTV video of the Forum, with thanks to Jeremy for posting it in comments : http://tinyurl.com/29ygogo

For any who may think politics are boring and few are paying attention, this evening’s forum for 3rd Congressional Candidates, held at Clark College’s Gaiser Hall should put that to rest as the auditorium was near capacity as Clark County voters turned out to hear what just may be the only chance we in Clark County have to see and listen to all 6 candidates running to replace retiring Brian Baird.

Attending the forum were Democrats Denny Heck and Cheryl Crist, Independent Normal Jean Stevens and Republicans, David Castillo, David Hedrick and Jaime Herrera. All answered questions posed by moderator, Elson Strahan.

I found some of the questions a bit curious, not readily seeing the relevancy to the 3rd Congressional District, but at the same time I realize a congressman will have to vote on and address issues outside of our district. Also, such questions do give voters the ability to see how well each candidate is informed on all of the issues and their ability to think on their feet.

I was immediately disappointed to hear Jaime Herrera state she placed “dead last” on Evergreen Freedom Foundation’s Big Spender list. Disappointed because she is but one of 20 that placed that low on their list.

Asked bout the Columbia River Crossing project, Denny Heck stated he supports a new bridge with light rail and as for tolls, he quoted, “No Tolls, No Bridge.”

David Hedrick, 31 year-old former Marine and accountant spoke of his last employer being a bridge builder, granting him insight into such a project.

Cheryl Crist surprised me as she stated she is receptive to a new bridge, but not to tolls, saying the Federal Government should either for the cost 100% or form a partnership with Oregon, Washington and the Federal Government to fund the project.

Adding her anti-war leaning to the answer, Crist added that if we can build state of the art facilities for Baghdad, they should be able too across the Columbia River as well.

Jaime Herrera agreed with Crist and David Castillo drew a laugh as he stood up saying “the apocalypse is upon us” as he agreed too.

Asked about the ongoing war, Crist responded that we had killed over one million in Iraq and we should bring the Troops home from both theaters and spend the money elsewhere.

Hedrick spoke of the constitution giving congress the authority to vote for and fund the war, but the president is Commander in Chief.

Herrera replied that Barack Obama did the right thing in firing General McChrystal and that he should create a “Unity of Purpose” between the public, Congress and himself.

Castillo pointed out that Iraq is a success and on the road to being a “Muslim version of Israel” in implementing a Democratic form of government.

Denny Heck remarked that Afghanistan is now America’s longest war and what do we have to show for it? I would answer no additional terrorist attacks on our soil during the remainder of the Bush administration, Denny.

Asked about the current Health care reform that recently passed, Jaime Herrera called for a complete do over, but expressed admiration for Obama in that he made health care a “priority” where the Republicans completely failed on any health care.

Castillo is running on a promise to fight to repeal the health care reform bill and pointed out that Herrera’s comment earlier that she favors free market solutions in reforming health care do not fly since she voted in the legislature to give the state Insurance Commissioner more control over private health care insurance and that is not a “free market” solution.

Denny Heck spoke of ways to bring the cost of health care down while Norma Jean Stevens said the bill was not the way and that there are many ideas out there to look at.

Hedrick claimed he would personally author a bill to repeal health care reform and that should Obama veto it, it will be his last veto as he is going to be gone in 2012. I think he might have overlooked that before it can get to the president’s desk, first the House must pass the bill and then the Senate and both must be in agreement with each other.

Sorry Corporal, but you missed some important steps in your rhetoric.

Herrera called for an immigration system that works, reminding the audience that we immigrated here too.

Castillo continued his call for sealing the border, placing National Guard troops there, implementing e-verify, use drones and find illegal’s within our jails that did not commit a capital crime and immediately deport them.

Denny Heck said the current Arizona law is an example of the failure of the Federal Government in handing the problem of illegal immigration and that he favors a comprehensive immigration reform, while Hedrick chimed in that we cannot afford not to deport all of the illegal’s currently in the country.

Cheryl Crist spoke of no fence, lightheartedly referring to it as communist fence, but favored electronic monitoring along the border. She also called for what she labels a “compassionate but vigorous path to citizenship” for illegal’s currently residing in the country.

The candidates were asked 9 questions in total and each gave their answer, Norma Jean Stevens saying she wasn’t up to speed on some of them.

After the event, I had occasion to speak to several people who all came away with a better understanding of the candidates. One lady did not know about Herrera’s support for the pro-SEIU bill, HB 1329 mentioned by Castillo or of her joining in with the Democrats to raid our last $229, 000, 000 from the rainy day fund, with yet another $3 Billion budget deficit facing us. She was very interested in hearing some particulars on it.

Leaving the hall I ran into Denny Heck and also had a pleasant conversation about the forum. He stated he too is particularly impressed with David Castillo and his command of issues, even ones he does not share David’s view of. I have to admit, I found Denny and his family very likable, even if we do disagree on many political issues.

In my estimation and that of several others present, once again Democrat Denny Heck and Republican David Castillo showed over all that they are the two we should see in the general election as they are the ones who continually exhibit the best knowledge of the issues and present the most specific ideas of how to address them.

August 18 will show us just who faces who in November, though.

I congratulate Leadership Clark County and Miller Nash Attorney’s at Law for hosting and sponsoring this opportunity for Clark County to see all of the candidates together in this pivotal campaign.