Posts tagged ‘Political Corruption’

January 6, 2011

Did Herrera Beutler Forget a Pay Off?

by lewwaters

Jaime Herrera Beutler, Washington State’s newest Representative for the 3rd Congressional District has achieved her dream of officially becoming a full-time professional career politician in the history books. How she did it never mattered to her, just that she made it and like other establishment career politicians, has began paying off those who helped her step on others to get where she is.

The Republican freshman began by announcing the appointment of past Clark County Republican Party chair, Ryan Hart as her District Director. Hart, in violation of words he spoke to me personally, publicly endorsed her while still chair of the party and promoted her candidacy from the chair, largely ignoring any other Republican Challenger, helping to create an unlevel playing field for the nomination.

Self-professed “Tea Party Icon,” Marine Corporal David W. Hedrick, former opponent of Herrera Beutler, told too many people that he was not going to file in June 2010 so he could back another candidate to “stop Herrera from winning” the nomination. I received several first-hand accounts from some very prominent people, some elected officials, of such words spoken to them by Hedrick.

Naturally, this was all before he ran the vicious campaign he did against the candidate he continually labeled as dead last in the polls and not being anywhere near he and Herrera, who were tied for first place in said polls.

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August 24, 2010

Honest People of Character Don’t Stand a Chance

by lewwaters

David Castillo, former candidate for Washington States 3rd Congressional District has released his statement urging his supporters to elect Republicans. David continues to shine as a man of true honesty and integrity with character that is seemingly non-existent in politics today.

My Statement on the Results of the Aug 17th Primary Election

I applaud David’s stand as he continues to show the state he is a man of integrity and that it was never about him, unlike others. I have very serious reservations as to whether or not, if the situation were reversed, any such statement would have come from his opponent.

Although I was often accused of being on David’s staff or working directly for him, that just isn’t true. I do consider David as a friend today as from when I first met him his true character was easily detected and what I saw in him is something we have needed in political office for far too long, and apparently, something we may never see.

David says to us,

I respect, immensely, the feelings expressed by those of you who have determined to ‘vote your conscience’ in this campaign, but I want to implore all of you to set aside any notion of sitting out this election, conducting a write-in campaign or, worse, voting for Denny Heck.”

This is the very rift I have spoken of that party insiders ignore and act as if it doesn’t exist; having ensured the establishment candidate of choice won the nomination.

I have made no bones of the dirty tricks and underhanded tactics I witnessed in this campaign. My trust in the GOP leadership was shattered as I saw it all unfolding and last evening, in an effort to severe my ties with the local GOP, it became all the more apparent as I was basically informed that I did not see what I saw and even when confronted with the emails that stirred much of it up, they were marginalized.

The corruption within the system that drives many voters away from the polls and convinces potential voters that there is no difference between the parties will never be corrected as long as you are not willing to stand against it, expose it and squash it.

The task cannot be laid on the shoulders of one person and then not stand up behind them. As Irish philosopher Edmond Burke has long been credited with saying, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

Both prominent political parties have sold us down the drain again and we are once again faced with candidates more interested in self than actually serving the public. We are reduced to a choice of Tweedle Dem or Tweedle Dumb.

David Castillo has stood up and for his effort slapped back down by the establishment political machine. And still, he stands up showing style and class in urging unity to mend a rift, caused not by him but the very political establishment that slapped him back.

His former opponent posts a facebook comment.

That’s the nature of an arrogant career politician.

As for me, I have seen the dark underside of partisan politics and am walking away from it. I can no longer support political parties having seen the corruption and dirty tricks used and the excuses and efforts given to deny it exists, even when confronted with the dirty trick.

In many ways I have fought to try to save a country whose people don’t want saved for over 40 years. I’m tired and overdue a vacation.

It’s time I went camping and maybe get a little bit drunk for the first time in many decades.

When I return I’ll weigh my options and decide what to do. But I still think it will not amount to a hill of beans difference who gets elected.

Good luck, America. You need it.