Posts tagged ‘Ryan Hart’

August 1, 2011

Herrera Beutler Screws Us and She’s Frustrated?

by lewwaters

I can’t say I’m surprised to one, see Jaime Herrera Beutler (R Wa 03) support the largest debt increase in the history of the nation, two express frustration over the deal she voted for and three, justify selling out constituents.

But that is just what she has done, Herrera Beutler admits frustration with debt-limit deal

No one else should be surprised either. This is a pattern seen during her brief tenure occupying a seat as 18th legislative district representative. After all, she didn’t bat an eyelid when she crossed the aisle to help Democrats strip the last $229 Million of the states Rainy Day Fund last year.

She justified that boner as to prevent a tax increase too, just as she did in voting for this sell-out debt limit increase.

She didn’t even bother to check out a bill she co-sponsored and twice voted for that would have forced childcare centers into the unions. That one she justified by claiming it would do such thing and having her then campaign manager, Casey Bowman issue a press release stating that I and any others exposing her record were “spreading false information.”

Herrera Campaigns Attempt At Damage Control

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March 23, 2011

Herrera Beutler Has Many Faults, but Not Caring About Abducted Children Isn’t One

by lewwaters

Regular readers of Clark County Conservative know that I have little regard for 3rd congressional district representative Jaime Herrera-Beutler. I have never taken politics personal, but due to lies and the corrupt nature of her winning the nomination to run as the Republican candidate in 2010, being labeled a liar by her staff director Casey Bowman for documenting her lying about her support of a piece of legislation that would have forced child care centers into the SEIU, back-stabbing conduct from the likes of Anna Miller and Keath Huff, unethical conduct of 4 county GOP’s, including the majority of the executive board of the Clark County GOP, confirmed by seeing past chair Ryan Hart appointed as Herrera-Beutler’s district manager, fully explaining why he chose to violate an ethical pledge he spoke to me personally about party chairs endorsing candidates during a contested primary and several personal attacks against not only a Republican candidate who would not step aside for the “chosen one” but me personally, this one became personal.

In fact, I can’t stand the girl.

Still, unlike her and her campaign crew, I do not support lies, even if about her.

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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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January 4, 2011

GOP Chair That Led Herrera Beutler’s Election Handsomely Rewarded

by lewwaters

It’s no secret that I opposed the election of Jaime Herrera, now to be known by her husband’s name, Jaime Herrera Beutler, as the GOP nominee to replace retiring Democrat Brian Baird as Washington’s 3rd Congressional District Representative. It’s no secret that I resigned my PCO position right after being elected in August and distanced myself from the Clark County GOP due to what I saw as corruption and cronyism in creating an unlevel playing field that heavily favored her.

Herrera Beutler, who brings no substance to the office, won the GOP nomination and ultimately the seat against Democrat Denny Heck, who I also saw as not the best we could offer from our area. I have been accused of “sour grapes” since I no longer support the GOP over the Democrats, both being corrupt and infested with dirty tricks and cronyism in my estimation.

Although my blog is conservative in nature, my support of Republican David Castillo earned me the status of “the enemy” to many Clark County Republican Board Members. A heated exchange with past Clark GOP chair Anna Miller over me and my wife’s reasons for distancing ourselves from the party drew a comment from party chair Ryan Hart that I never saw or experienced anything I know I saw and experienced during the primary campaign.

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October 24, 2010

Columbian Remains Mum on Allegations Against Democrat Tony Golik

by lewwaters

In a follow-up release from Clark County GOP’s earlier October 13 notice of serious allegations of Prosecutorial Misconduct against Democratic candidate Tony Golik, running for Clark County Prosecutor, party chair Ryan Hart questions why the newspaper of record for Clark County, does not mention the allegations raised by Seattle attorney Neil Fox in Clark County Superior Court.

Hart mentions the Columbian’s response of “The official position of the Columbian is that they will not report the allegations until the judge has made a ruling.” Apparently, that is their “official position” only when allegations are raised against a Democrat candidate they have endorsed.

Hart rightfully notes the recent revelation in the Columbian of unproven allegations against the conservative group opposing tolling of a new I-5 Bridge to defray the cost of adding light rail to the project, NoTolls.com.

Complaint filed against NoTolls.com

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October 12, 2010

Marine Corporal David W. Hedrick Arrested, Pleads Not Guilty to Assault Charge

by lewwaters

Breaking news from the Columbian, the loud mouthed brash GOP candidate known for confronting retiring congressman Brian Baird in Washington State 3rd Congressional District and highly praised by Clark County GOP officials for running such a grand campaign, Marine Corporal David W. Hedrick was arrested from his Camas home early Sunday morning, October 10, 2010 for assaulting his petite wife.

Hedrick, who continually claimed to have “kept my oath” yet never openly discussed his brief career in the U. S. Marine Corps pled Not Guilty to one count of fourth-degree assault domestic violence, that could result in his serving year in jail and a possible $5,000 fine, if convicted.

Hedrick, who has been stumping throughout the 3rd Congressional District for GOP candidate Jaime Herrera, claimed he did not hit his wife, but pushed her to the floor when she tried to strike him with a folding chair.

His petite wife admitted to charging towards him with the chair only after being knocked to the floor by the Marine Corporal.

Hedrick quickly became a favorite candidate of some fringe elements of Tea Party groups from Southwest Washington after reneging on his word to support conservative Republican David Castillo. It rapidly became apparent that his goal was running interference for the establishment candidate that he immediately jumped behind the evening of the primary election.

Supporters of Hedrick’s often smeared Castillo on the comments section of the Columbian claiming he was a violent hothead and he was seen inciting a fight in a Centralia parking lot, some saying Hedrick was present and others claiming he wasn’t.

Hedrick who was shown to have displayed somewhat of a paranoid attitude on concealed carry of a weapon during an interview with Seattle’s alternative media, The Stranger in July, entered his not guilty plea and was released on bond is due to reappear in court for a pre-trial hearing November 2, election day.

Hedrick won praise from the Columbian’s managing editor Lou Brancaccio and was lauded by Clark County GOP chair Ryan Hart as “an asset to any campaign he chooses to support.” Past Clark GOP chair Anna Miller, although claiming to be a strong supporter of his eventual GOP nominee Jaime Herrera, urged Republicans to give Hedrick a “serious look” during the campaign.

Ironically, Hedrick’s review article ran by the Columbian was titled “I like to fight for what I believe.”

After a surprisingly good showing in the primary election, Hedrick quickly got behind former opponent Herrera saying of her, “I like Jaime. I have a lot of respect for her.” He was also quoted at the time saying, ““we need to return to the values that our nation was founded on.”

Respect for his wife is currently questionable and spousal abuse is a “value” I never learned growing up.

A Sheriff’s Department Spokesperson said that possible charges against Hedrick’s much smaller wife were referred to “Clark County Domestic Violence Prosecution Center for review.”

The Herrera campaign has not released comment on the matter or whether or not they will continue to use Hedrick in promoting Ms. Herrera at public events.

Hedrick, known for witty quips during the campaign, has not made any comment to the media when contacted.

I look forward to comment from the former Marine, who never saw a single day combat according to his DD 214, on this, his second marriage.

Hedrick is the second Republican candidate in recent days to face arrest, the first being former 18th Legislative District candidate Anthony Bittner, arrested and charged on multiple felony counts of drugs, home invasion and possible counterfeiting.

Clark County GOP chair Ryan Hart stated in August concerning Hedrick, “He’s passionate with his beliefs. I love his energy and enthusiasm, and we want him to stay involved.”

Party chair Hart might want to reconsider his thought now.

UPDATE: Hedrick was acquitted, February 18, 2011. A jury of 10 felt the prosecution did not make their case, given that for some reason, Hedrick’s wife recanted her story.

October 3, 2010

Is Hedrick’s Book, ‘The Liberal Clause’ Just a Scam?

by lewwaters

Updated after post

I have not kept it a secret that I lost all respect I once held for “Marine Corporal” David W. Hedrick due to his trying to foist off a canard of his being injured on “a classified” mission when I first met him back in February and even more so once he reneged on his word given to the campaign of then 3rd Congressional Candidate David Castillo and surreptitiously ran interference for the establishment GOP candidate.

This blog and others called upon him to come clean on his claimed Marine service and upset a lot of people that I, a Viet Nam Veteran who served a little over 8 years active duty in the United States Army, with 18 months boots on the ground in South Viet Nam, had to audacity to question Hedrick’s claims of service, some supporters even qualifying him a “war hero,” even though he never saw combat or a combat zone, according to copies of his official Marine Discharge Document received.

Clark County Politics discusses his record at the link and shared them with me.

A lot of questions came up about this person and through the efforts of mesmerized adherents to his flashy but bombastic speaking style, were poo pooed and never answered. One such highly questionable matter was revealed after several people contacted me about ordering the book he says he wrote and finding out they were actually making a campaign contribution to his campaign only after ordering the book, a definite FEC violation, covered at Hedrick’s Children’s Book, A Hidden Campaign Donation.

If you will note in the post above, from early August, the book had a release and shipping date of July 15, 2010. People ordered it months before the initial release date given and by early September, had not received their copy. Efforts at contacting Hedrick have been ignored, they tell me.

The books website actually disappeared for a while and everything led back to the campaign website shortly after a story broke of a highly questionable poll sharing certain cyber fingerprints with Hedrick’s campaign and book page. That I recall an excuse was given by followers of consolidating pages or some such nonsense.

Funny thing, though. The book website is back up directing people to order by mail with a promised shipping date of October 15, 2010 now. No explanation shown as to why the original July 15 shipping date has been pushed back to October 15 or why the price has increased.

Given that Hedrick began taking orders for this book back in May and several people claimed to have not received it and cannot receive a refund either, plus the books website going down for a while and now reappearing with a new shipping date given, I’d be very leery if I was thinking of purchasing a copy.

Adding to my wariness was finding a YouTube Video advertising the book with comments disabled. Wouldn’t an author love to hear reviews and compliments on their work?

A search for independent reviews of the book was disappointing as I only found one review and it isn’t exactly what I would call “independent,” given the person claiming to have read the book back in early May also authored a wildly unbelievable claim of battle heroics attributed to Hedrick and posted here.

This person claims to be “one of the few individuals that was blessed with an advanced copy” back in early May 2010. Yet, several other people have claimed to have never received a copy of the book they ordered around the same time and 4 months later, after the initial release date has passed, a new date is given?

I wonder too where the reviews of the other individuals to have received an advanced copy are? The “reviews” listed on the order page above are very vague and questionable given that several sent money and received nothing in return. Supposedly, those people are from all over the country and claim to have received and read the book long before the original shipping date.

So, why didn’t others receive their copy and why have their calls for refunds for not having received the book been ignored?

It all sounds quite shaky to me.

Given that his Dad is facing similar troubles in Central Florida, sued by Seminole County over accepting money for services and not performing those services, it all looks even more suspicious.

Right after the August primary election, Clark County Republican Party chair Ryan Hart said of Hedrick, “[he will be] an asset to any campaign he chooses to support.” Hart goes on to say, “He’s passionate with his beliefs. I love his energy and enthusiasm, and we want him to stay involved”

Perhaps Hedrick could apply some of that “passion, energy and enthusiasm” towards manning up and sending refunds on book orders never shipped.

Just what kind of an “asset” is someone to any campaign that offers a product and leaves buyers feeling ripped off?

Man up, David. Send those people refunds or their books they were promised months ago.

UPDATE: November 1, 2010 people are finally beginning to receive the book they were promised in July. Reviews on the book itself are quite dismal, though.

It’s a crappy (although hilarious) book that has quite a few grammatical and punctuation errors in it.”

What a waste of $20.00. It should not have been sold for more than $4.00.”

Sorry David, but that is what people have said.

September 1, 2010

Castillo Continues to Show He Would Have Been the Better Choice

by lewwaters

David Castillo, subjected to dirty tactics, lies and smears from 4 County GOP’s in Southwest Washington may have been defeated in the primary, but he continues to speak out, countering ads recently released by his former adversary, Denny Heck from the Democratic Party.

As mentioned in an earlier post, Heck has released an ad playing to his base that I am sure will resonate well with them. While the establishment candidate sits around waiting for talking points to be provided, Castillo has posted on his new blog why Heck is wrong.

Castillo wrote in part,

“The other night I had the opportunity to see my first general election ad broadcast in the 3rd Congressional District. The ad was put out by Democrat Denny Heck. Notwithstanding the odd timing of the ad (the last week in August), I was struck by the complete lack of any true understanding of the problems confronting the people of the 3rd Congressional District.”

“Heck’s ad (available here) was striking in its tone deafness. I was stunned that his first ad for the general election, the one that will presumably introduce him to voters, focused on Wall Street reform! Wall Street reform! Seriously, is there anyone in the country, outside of the progressive enclaves of Berkley, CA, or downtown Seattle, discussing Wall Street reform around the kitchen table? I highly doubt that. Especially when we are living in a country that has nearly 10% unemployment, and a district where unemployment is 12%. We are living in a country that has $14 trillion in debt. A country that, in 10 years, will spend more on debt service than China does on its defense budget. And, Denny Heck is focused on Wall Street reform.”

Please read the rest at The Color of Things.

Throughout the campaign, David Castillo has maintained the race was never about him, but about correcting what has gone wrong and is hurting Southwest Washington. He never wavered in that and this post countering Heck’s ad is further proof.

After ensuring he was stunningly defeated by several dirty tactics, some from within GOP boards, only Castillo is speaking in opposition to Denny Heck’s campaign. The establishment candidate and doughboy are sitting in silence, ready to throw away an early 14 point lead in the polls.

The GOP’s that promoted the establishment candidate and engaged in the dirty tactics to ensure Castillo’s defeat also remain quiet, after releasing their own ad that was little more than handing the Democrats an effective FEC complaint on a silver platter.

Castillo could have easily and justifiably gone back to work and just got on with his life. Who could blame him after the ill treatment he received at the hands of the leaders of the party he sought to represent?

But, he chooses to remain engaged and counter the Democrats, even if it means electing the ditz that would not even acknowledge he was a good guy on a recent Victoria Taft interview when asked.

It will not do any good to write in Castillo’s name, other than to make your self feel better. FEC rules prevent his name being written in from being counted.

We are stuck with who we are stuck with to choose from, Tweedle Dem or Tweedle Dumb.

But, as far as I am concerned, there are at least 4 County GOP chairs that owe David Castillo a very public apology for their ill treatment as well as several Board Members from the Clark County GOP who knowingly engaged in such underhanded tactics against him.

David knows he was screwed over by these counties and the tactics initiated by supporters of two of his opponents.

And still, he remains the only one actually standing up to counter this misleading ad by Denny Heck.

Castillo not only shows he would have been the better choice. He shows he is also the better man.

Hang your heads in shame, Republicans. If this election is lost to the Democrats again, you have only your selves to blame.

March 16, 2010

Can You Hear us Now, Congressman Baird?

by lewwaters

Tuesday March 16 saw the Just Vote No gathering held outside of Congressman Brian Baird’s Vancouver, Washington office at Howard House to send Congressman Baird the message from We The People, Vote No on this current monstrosity of a health care reform bill!

Baird maintains he has not made up his mind on how he will vote, but some Democrat loyalists see him as a “weak yes” vote. On a 2-day notice, between 150 and 200 people gathered outside of his Vancouver Office to let him know we expect a NO vote.

Being such short notice I was surprised to see how many were able to make it and was impressed at the number of candidates who were also able to come on such short notice.

Thomas Hann, of We The People got the event going with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer. He then gave a short speech on why we were there and why we expected Congressman Baird to vote NO, his legacy of honoring the will of the people in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District.

Kirby Wilbur, radio host from Seattle also appeared and he too inspired the crowd with his talk.

Samuel Adams made a visit from the past to inspire the crowd with his words spoken by Tom Niewulis.

Clark County GOP Chair, Ryan Hart, thanked all for attending and speaking out.

Next came candidates Chris Widener, running against Senator Patty Murray, David Castillo, running for Baird’s seat, Jon Russell, who recently dropped out of the race for Baird’s seat and now hopes to win the seat held by Jaime Herrera in the state legislature and arriving late, due to legislative business, Jaime Herrera who also hopes to take over Baird’s seat.

Castillo and Widener were seen mingling amongst the crowd meeting voters and letting them know where they stand on issues. The Columbian’s Kathie Durbin was present interviewing candidates and listening to the short speeches.

Although past gatherings drew accusations of rowdiness or other untoward conduct, none was seen this time, either.

Shortly before 5 PM, the group marched down Evergreen Boulevard to the I-5 overpass for some sign waving and to let people know many share their concerns on how this healthcare reform bill has been put together and the methods that are planned to force it upon the American people.

I enjoyed seeing so many come out on a cloudy wet day and lend their voices together to let Congressman Baird and Clark County know that We The People still have a voice and we expect our voices to be heard and our will heeded.

UPDATE: The rally made the front page of the Columbian, Health care protesters rally outside Baird’s office along with the usual leftist twits and their bogus claims in the online story.


Columbian’s Online Poll, March 17, 2010

March 13, 2010

Brian Baird Death Threats: End Of Story?

by lewwaters

Some might recall the disquietude seen in August of last year when Democratic congressman, Brian Baird was refusing to hold face to face town hall meetings with constituents by claiming it was out of concern over the security of attendees due to some alleged death threats issued to Baird.

Here in Washington States Third Congressional District, Baird’s district, it received much attention, as any death threat must be taken seriously. As it turns out, perhaps it was deliberately taken too seriously this time.

For those of you who are not here in Wa. 03, you can read about it at Baird Milks Ryder Truck Comment, Congressman Baird, What Happened To The Death Threats?, and The Columbian: Mouthpiece For Democrats.

After calls from constituents to Baird’s offices and pressure placed on the Columbian’s editorial staff, in November, over 2 months after the claims of the death threats surfaced, we were to discover that they were not considered “credible” by the FBI, case closed.

Or, so one would think.

On February 27, 2010, my friend and fellow blogger on Clark County Politics posted the results he obtained from a Freedom of Information Act query into the so-called death threat that concluded in the heavily redacted report, “Incident close request sent 2009-08-14 19:59:46.0.”

In other words, congressman Baird KNEW at the time he relented to town halls and made the off-color remark at a Rotary Club luncheon on August 19, 2009 that there was no serious death threat made or pending. It had been investigated; contact with the offending person had been made and settled as the untoward frustrated comments from a person in Kansas, not here in Washington State.

Nearly two weeks later, we are treated to articles from our paper of record, the Columbian informing us of much the same. FBI releases details about Baird threat probe.

Managing editor, Lou Brancaccio also penned, One more Baird story saga lamenting the saga and in essence, trying to appear as if they were on top of it all long.

In late October, I had some email exchanges with Lou asking about updates and was told there were none. In comments on the papers website we were told they were making frequent calls back to D.C. asking for updates and were not receiving answers, which I too did not receive when I made calls myself to both of Brian Baird’s offices and to the Capitol Police.

That they were unwilling to answer my inquiry two months after the case was closed strikes me as odd. Of course, I’m not a journalist with press credentials either, which I would think would grant inquiries by the press more leeway to information.

In another email exchange with Lou, after they published in November that the threats were found “not credible,” I asked if writer Kathie Durbin was going to apologize to Clark County GOP Chairman, Ryan Hart for her published indications of his being offended by the August 19 comment at the Rotary Club luncheon as off-base.

After revelation today of the case being close on August 14, I feel Hart is owed a public apology by the Columbian even more as his being offended was right and in order.

Fortunately for Baird, he has announced his retirement this past December or this would definitely be a campaign issue, indicating his dishonesty with constituents.

For the Columbian, I am left to ponder if this was journalistic malfeasance on their part of not wanting to pursue a story shedding light on a Democrat they have long supported and wanting to allow the story to simply die. Or, were they duped by Baird and his staff and not wanting to look further into it.

Perhaps it is a combination of both. If journalists had treated Richard Nixon in similar manner during the Watergate scandal, he might have retired an honored man, instead of being forced to resign in disgrace.

Regardless, the Columbian recently emerged from financial bankruptcy.

Let’s hope they can also emerge from such journalistic bankruptcy as well.

January 17, 2010

Clueless Blue Donkey’s In Clark County

by lewwaters


I am always amazed at just how clueless and spiteful Democrats can be. Maybe because for the first half of my life, I was a Democrat, born and raised into a staunchly Democrat household in South Florida.

I’ve watched as they high jacked the Civil Rights movement they so strongly fought against and filibustered in the 1960’s and even how they coerce a Republican President into how necessary tax increases are only to use that tax increase they pushed for as a campaign gimmick against that same Republican President.

I guess it should have come as no surprise to see that same level of cluelessness coming out of the chair of the Clark County Democrat Party, Dena Horton into today’s Columbian.

While Ms. Horton may have a short leg to stand on in complaining about Ann Donnelly’s description of the Blue Jackasses convention (I wasn’t there so I don’t know), her other vitriolic ramblings are remarkably clueless.

Horton brays, “The Columbian is often accused of being a ‘liberal rag’ by the conservatives, which the Clark County Democrats find baffling when The Columbian continues to print columns by conservative columnist Ann Donnelly while offering no alternative view as a counterpoint.

I am left wondering just how many John Laird’s, Lou Brancaccio’s, Tom Koenninger’s and Kathie Durbin’s must the Columbian publish to equate one Ann Donnelly column every other week in Horton’s world?

Laird runs a weekly column that I have yet to see any pro-conservative stance ever taken. Brancaccio is more even handed, but definitely leans left. Koenninger leans further left and I doubt Kathie Durbin has a kind thought ever towards anything conservative. If so, I can never tell by her writing, especially as she trumped up a controversy last September, Podunk Reporter Creates Issue, Boasts of Resolution.

I saw no “counterpoint” printed in regards to that manufactured controversy and even just last week, John Laird copied it with his vitriol masked as humor, Confessions of a new Republican.

Dena has the audacity to actually state, “We have important elections coming up in 2010 and it does not serve The Columbian’s readership, the general public, or the integrity of the elections process to cause mass confusion about the process by printing inaccurate information.”

Does she really want to go there? Outright lies against President Bush and 8 years of vitriol and demeaning hatred thrown at the man by her party? Does she forget the fraud of the 2004 Washington State Governor’s election?

As far as that “important elections” goes, yes, we are watching Massachusetts very closely too and it isn’t looking all that good for their State jackasses back there right now.

Unbelievably, Horton cries, “Unfortunately, it seems as though not much has changed and our pleas for truth and fairness have fallen on deaf ears.”

Dena dear, you Democrats wouldn’t know “truth and fairness” if your donkey’s tail was bitten. We sat and watched as every sort of hatred and mean-spirited message was sent out against the GOP and President Bush.

We saw as you used the Troops and the very war your party voted to authorize as a campaign tool for political gain.

We watched as your party seized control of Congress with lies, innuendoes, subterfuge and dishonesty straight out of Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals.’

We watched as despicable conduct by a President from your party was excused, just to have you come back later and point fingers at others over similar “immoral” conduct.

I was at the Hilton the evening in November 2008 when a junior senator was propelled into the Presidency by playing the race card and one of your number placed the sign outside the ballroom, “The night America came together.”

None of you have yet to explain why America cannot “come together” unless a group of jackasses controls the country and continues to bankrupt us.

The whiny column written by Blue Donkeys Chair Dena Horton is indicative of spoiled little children who don’t always get their way and throws a tantrum.

If Clark GOP Chair, Ryan Hart, wrote such a column every time a leftist column appeared in the Columbian, he’d have to be on full time employ.

Americans are waking up to the ploy, Dena. I suggest you get used to not having “fair and balanced” being your point of view only!

As a famous Democrat once said, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

I guess that was back when Democrats cared about more than remaking America into a socialist mecca and carbon copy of the failed Soviet Union.

October 20, 2009

“Boss” Pollard Stoops Even Lower

by lewwaters

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UPDATE: LEAVITT LIED, he is as bad as Pollard was.

Resorting to known Democrat dirty politicking, Mayor of Vancouver, Washington, Royce “Boss” Pollard, apparently worried about his bid for another term, has sent out a flyer trying to paint opponent Tim Leavitt as “unqualified” because he “introduced gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi” last year.

Has “Boss” Pollard gotten so desperate that he now campaigns on whom his opponent endorsed and introduced at a campaign event?

Clark County GOP Chair Ryan Hart sent out the following this evening,

Dear Republicans:

The Clark County Republican party decided earlier this year to not make any endorsements in the 2009 non-partisan races. We did send out a voter information guide for the purpose of informing our members of identified Republicans running for office. Since there were many cases of Republicans running against Republicans, and Democrats running against Democrats, we have made it clear that we as a party have taken no official position in these non-partisan races.

Today I was disappointed to see a mailer sent out by the Royce Pollard campaign attacking Mayoral Candidate and City Councilman Tim Leavitt for supporting Dino Rossi in 2008, and for introducing Rossi at his final appearance in Clark County the weekend before the 2008 election. The mail piece states, “The Leavitt-Rossi agenda will move Vancouver in the wrong direction.”

As Chairman of the Clark County Republican Party, I remain proud of Mr. Rossi and the campaigns he ran in an effort to move Washington forward. Furthermore, it was an honor to have Councilman Tim Leavitt introduce Dino Rossi.

Mayor Pollard needs to understand that tens of thousands of Vancouver residents voted for Dino Rossi, and that Rossi won Clark County in both 2004 and 2008.

Christine Gregoire, however, now has an approval rating around 30 percent. It is her failed policies, and those of the Democratic majority, that are hindering Washington and, more specifically, Clark County from moving forward. It is doubtful that the majority of Vancouver voters approve of Governor Gregoire’s job performance today.

Tim Leavitt was right to support Dino Rossi, and I applaud him for it.

Sincerely,

Ryan Hart
Chairman, Clark County Republican Party

“Leavitt/Rossi Agenda?” With the dire situation the city is in, under “Boss” Pollard, could we not say how the “Pollard/Gregoire Agenda” has drug our city down? Can we not say the debt Vancouver currently has and the strong possibility of doubling that debt should “Boss” Pollard succeed in bailing out the Columbian by having the city purchase their empty and over priced building is in “the wrong direction?”

Looking over the endorsements on Tim’s site, Leavitt4Mayor I am unable to find Mr. Rossi’s name or endorsement listed. I have not seen or heard of Dino Rossi in town campaigning for Tim.

And what if he were? Does supporting a candidate “Boss” Pollard doesn’t make you an unworthy person in his eyes? If so then “Boss” Pollard is in big trouble with 51%, 91,301 Clark County voters having voted for Mr. Rossi in 2008.

Are we to believe than in his entire tenure as Vancouver’s Mayor, “Boss” Pollard has never had a cordial exchange with Dino Rossi or a Republican?

Could we not also claim “Boss” Pollard is unqualified due to his endorsements? After all, he proudly displays endorsements from Portland and even a former Oregon Governor.

Is this supportive of citizen charges of his “Portland envy?”

If endorsements are to be held against Vancouver voters, will he harbor grudges against Tim’s supporters, including the Latino Leaders of Clark County and Vancouver?

As desperate as he now seems, I doubt that will be a problem as Vancouver’s voters are seeing the actual harm brought by “Boss” Pollard and his heavy handed misguiding of Vancouver.

It’s time to put an end to the “smoke filled back room” style of “Boss” Pollard and turn the reins over to a younger and more open mayor, Tim Leavitt.

October 17, 2009

A Message For Clark County From The Clark County GOP

by lewwaters
October 6, 2009

Congratulations Clark County Democrats

by lewwaters

repub-demFollowing suit behind the Republican party of Clark County, Washington, the local Democrat Party has announced they too will host the 2010 mid-term convention for their party here in Vancouver.

This can only be good for Clark County who remains the county with the highest unemployment within our Democrat Party dominated state.

Both conventions will be held in the Hilton Hotel in Vancouver in June 2010.

Clark County GOP Chairman Ryan Hart said at the June announcementof the GOP convention,

“We are thrilled. This is really big, not just for the local Republican Party, but for all of Clark County.”

Dena Horton, chairwoman of the Clark County Democratic Central Committee says of their announcement,

“We are proud and honored to host our fellow Washington state Democrats for the convention and look forward to organizing fun and exciting events to welcome them and show off our community.”

I congratulate both Ryan Hart and Dena Horton for their tireless work in bringing both conventions to economically repressed Clark County.

The conventions are scheduled for June 10 through 12 for the Republicans and June 25 and 26 for the Democrats.

The Clark County GOP has confirmed and announced conservative columnist Michelle Malkin and former governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney so far as speakers.

The Democrat Party has not yet announced who their speakers will be.

Both conventions are expected to bring around $1 Million each for local businesses and attendees of approximately 2,000 are expected of each.

Both won against stiff competition from other cities around Washington State.

The community owes a big vote of thanks to both Ryan hart and Dena Horton for their tireless efforts in securing two such events for our area.

September 20, 2009

Mitt Romney to Visit Clark County

by lewwaters

Press release received from the Clark County Republcian Party,

For Immediate Release
September 21, 2009

Mitt Romney to Visit Clark County

Presidential Candidate will Keynote the 2010 State Convention

The Clark County Republican Party announced on Monday that former Massachusetts Governor and Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney will keynote the General Session of the 2010 Washington State Republican Convention at the Vancouver Hilton next June.

Clark County Republican Chairman, Ryan Hart, said local party leaders worked with local Romney supporter and friend of Romney, David Nierenberg, to bring the former governor to Vancouver for the GOP convention.

“We contacted Romney almost immediately after we learned Clark County was awarded the 2010 Convention,” Hart said. “We are extremely happy and honored to welcome Governor Romney to Clark County,” he said.

There is wide speculation that Romney will run for President in 2012. A poll released in July by national pollster Scott Rasmussen showed a tie in a head to head race between Romney and Obama in 2012.

The Clark County Republican Party announced in July that nationally syndicated columnist and conservative blogger Michelle Malkin will keynote the Friday night dinner at the convention.

“This really is shaping up to be a historic convention,” Hart said. “I attended my first state convention in 1994 and I don’t recall a line-up of such high profile political figures over the past 16 years like we have coming to Vancouver in 2010,” he said.

Hart hinted that there may be more big names to come. “This convention is really catching fire and I’m hopeful there will be other announcements over the next few months,” Hart said. “We are working on a few more things, so stay tuned,” he added.

This is shaping up to be one the best conventions ever held in the state and will surely bring much needed revenues to Clark County.

I hope we see increased interest in our party in the coming year.

Contact your PCO’s or the Clark County Republican Party for futher information or to volunteer.

It’s up to you, Republicans, “Be The Party.”

September 20, 2009

Benton Endorses Castillo, Russell Outlines Campaign

by lewwaters

Saturday saw the quarterly Clark County Republican Party Central Committee Meeting called to order at Club Green Meadows by Party Chair, Ryan Hart. Those in attendance were to be treated to a very good meeting and receipt of much information that was not only interesting but also relevant to Clark County.

State Senator for the 17th Legislative District Don Benton made an appearance telling of progress made for Republicans in the State Senate and announcing his endorsement of David Castillo for the Third Congressional District Representative, the seat currently held by Democrat Brian Baird.

Of interest was his noting that Baird had claimed he supported term limits of 12 years and as 2010 will be Baird’s 12th year, will he remain true to his word. Baird is said to have answered, when asked about that, “we’ll let the voters decide,” showing he is not thinking of remaining true to his word.

Chairman Hart announced that in addition to columnist Michelle Malkin speaking at the 2010 Washington State GOP convention to be held here in Clark County, former Massachusetts Governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney has also been signed up to speak.

Sean Salazar was present and gave a very motivated speech in regards his candidacy against US Senator Patty Murray, outlining his desire to return to conservative values that have built America and telling all the conservative message needs taken to those who like us least as they have been misinformed about conservatism and many discover their values are what we share.

He congratulated Clark County on the work and growth of the Republican Party but acknowledged the counties in the Puget Sound area have been lacking and it is they who have been holding back the conservative message in Washington.

Craig Williams, also hoping to unseat Murray, was present and outlined his visions and experience for the office and his candidacy in his own speech to all.

Brian Peck, candidate for 17th District Representative announced the launching of his campaign to be held September 25 2009 at an event to be held at the Cameo Café located at Club Green Meadows at 7 PM. Special guest will be Portland Oregon radio host Lars Larson. More information may be found at Elect Brian Peck.

Lisa Schmidt, a member of the Clark GOP Executive Board announced launching of our new party slogan, “Be The Party,” an effort to remind Clark County residents that they are the party, not just PCO’s and Board Members.

Also speaking was candidate Peter Van Nortwick, running for Clark County Assessor, a seat now held for quite some time by Linda Franklin. Van Nortwick, himself a Certified General Assessor outlined how Clark County Properties are often over assessed and how tools and technology available to give fair assessment are currently not in use.

Bill Turlay spoke of his candidacy for Vancouver City Council and how tolls proposed for a replacement bridge over the Columbia River will place an unfair financial load on Clark County residents who work in Portland while leaving Portland residents paying for very little of any proposed replacement bridge.

Bill Turlay is a man the Vancouver City Council needs. More on Bill coming in the future.

Brent Boger introduced a resolution expressing our displeasure at Brian Baird hypocritically voting to censure S.C. Rep. Joe Wilson for his own inappropriate outburst at Barack Obama after Baird’s own inappropriate comments towards constituents over the summer.

Baird stated often that he had apologized for his comments, considering the matter closed, yet condemned Wilson even after he personally apologized to Obama and the apology was accepted.

The resolution was adopted unanimously.

Clark County’s own Jon Russell spoke late in the meeting announcing his campaign of “Actions Speak Louder Than Words.”

He spoke of his experience on the Washougal City Council and his clinics, soon opening a second clinic. He outlined the success of the clinics by relying on charitable organizations and churches instead of government. He stated his preference for term limits, vowing to only serve 6 years, should he be elected.

Uncalled for in his speech was a subtle but obvious slap towards David Castillo when he said words to the effect of any candidate can speak of work in the government that may have done and that he was the only candidate to make the effort to speak at the Tax protest held in Olympia September 12.

David was in Washington D.C. on that particular day.

I hope Jon’s campaign will rely more on his positives than trying to tear down other Republicans running for the same seat.

In all we had a very informative meeting as the Clark County GOP is growing in a positive direction under the chairmanship and visions of Ryan Hart.

My apologies to any I may have skipped over, but the meeting was very active and many gave information very relevant to all.

2010 is shaping up to be a very active year and a good year to be Republican. Information on upcoming events and ongoing programs to better Clark County may be found at Clark County GOP.

Remember, Clark County, “Be The Party.”

September 10, 2009

Rep. Baird, The ‘Silent Middle’ Is Speaking Out, You’re Not Listening

by lewwaters

Now that the August recess is over and our congrescritters have returned to their ‘Ivory Halls’ in Washington D.C., Barack Obama went before the nation last evening with his pitch to salvage his heavily flawed takeover of our Health Care System.

Reactions are predictable, Democrats praising any word that comes out of the false messiah’s mouth and Republicans continuing to point out the lies and other fallacies in this ‘pie in the sky’ campaign speech.

In that regard, Washington States 3rd Congressional District Representative Brian Baird is quoted in day after article appearing in the Columbian newspaper, August 10, 2009 saying, “It’s time for the ‘silent middle’ to be heard.”

He also says, “The silent middle is going to have to speak up — the silent middle who have listened and taken the time to understand this.”

Congressman Baird, with all due respect, are you a simpleton?

Who do you think it has been confronting you at town halls? Who do you think it is that has flocked to town halls to express their displeasure with this proposed takeover of our Health Care System?

David Hedrick is the “silent middle.” Nansen Malin is the “silent middle.” I am the “silent middle.” Every single person that braved organized union thugs to speak out against this pig in a poke proposal is the “silent middle.”

Nansen Malin is the “silent middle” when she invited you to her home.

Ryan Hart, Clark County GOP Chair is also part of the “silent middle” who is speaking out when he called this ‘pie in the sky’ plan “too expensive for the nation to afford as it struggles to emerge from the deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression.”

We, the “silent middle” are no longer silent. We are sick and tired of being ignored by elected officials such as you, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid and so many of the rest who we send to Washington D.C.

We are the ones who have chosen to blog about matters long ignored by the media, who are little more than propaganda mouthpieces for the Democrat Party.

We are the ones who have tired of being spoon fed talking points in this biased media outlets who only speak in glowing terms of Democrats and demonize our long held values and beliefs.

It is we who take to time to read bills that you and your cabal in D.C. vote into law without reading it yourself and we send you emails, letters and call your offices to express our displeasure, usually only receiving form letters in response, but always ignored.

You unknowingly supplied me that proof when you switched your position on the Iraq Theater of the War on Terror. After meeting you at the Vancouver Barracks on Memorial Day and expressing my support to you, I received and email answer to an earlier an email I sent you days earlier expressing my thanks.

You did not thank me for that expression of support, but sent me an explanation of and justification of your changing your stance. In simple terms, you did not even read my email.

When you were embarrassed by David Hedrick at the August 18 town hall in Clark County, you didn’t just move on, but took another opportunity to ‘knock him down’ with a cheap shot.

You did not return to your district to listen, but to preach.

You lied when you said you hadn’t made up your mind on how to vote. You did not listen to any opposing comments from the “silent middle” that are no longer silent. You defended and justified every portion that concerns us.

Congressman Baird, the “silent middle” as you call us is no longer silent. We are waking up and we are angry, angry at being ignored by you and the rest back in D.C. We are speaking out and demanding you listen.

We have legitimate concerns and we want answers.

We have grown tired of being treated like children who must be taught potty training by government.

We are frustrated at being taken advantage of by government and having our paychecks tapped more and more for government programs, those who still have jobs that is.

You ask for the “silent middle” to speak out.

We did, all during the month of August.

You blocked your ears and didn’t listen.

This “silent middle” you ignored intends to speak out again in November 2010.

August 23, 2009

Clark GOP to Dems, No You Don’t

by lewwaters

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Sunday, August 23, 2009. Clark County residents were treated to an unusual softball game today as the Clark County Democrats squared off against the Clark County Republicans in a charity softball game to benefit Share, a local charity.

About 100 spectators gathered at Memory Field to watch as politicians, candidates and party activists from both parties took to the field to battle in the game.

A sunny day, it was a good game for all to watch as young and aging players batted the ball, ran and dropped it too.

The Republicans took an early lead with a score of 16 to 9 mid-way.

The Democrats, showing some spunk fought back hard and tied the score going in to the ninth inning.

But, the Republicans pulled it off with a final run to best the Democrats with a score of 17 to 16.

There was no call for recounts.

It was hoped attendance would be better, but having what was there is nothing to complain about.

David Castillo, candidate against Brian Baird for the 3rd Congressional District and his campaign manager, William Lohr came down from Olympia to play in the game. It’s too bad that congressman Baird didn’t announce attendance as it was felt by many that his attending would have drawn even more spectators who would then donate to Share.

Perhaps Mr. Baird felt that a softball game benefiting charity is more dangerous than town halls.

Jon Russell, also challenging Baird was unable to attend as well.

Clark GOP Chair, Ryan Hart, initially approached Democrat Chair Dena Horton with the idea of a charity game to benefit a mutually chosen charity. He was somewhat surprised to hear that the Democrat Party was thinking of approaching the Republicans with a similar idea.

The Democrats had Senator Craig Pridemore, Representative Jim Jacks, County Commissioner Steve Stuart, City Council member Jeanne Harris, former candidate Pam Brokaw and party chair, Dena Horton, amongst others on their team.

Along with Castillo, for the Republicans, Senator Joe Zarelli, Representative Ed Orcutt, former candidate Tom Langston, County Assessor candidate Peter Van Nortwick, candidate for state Representative 17th District Brian Peck and Party Chair Ryan Hart added to the GOP line-up, along with PCO’s and party activists.

KPTV 12 out of Portland had one of their cameramen in attendance that conducted interviews with candidates and spectators.

There really was no loser in this game as Share was handed over $2800, raised by both parties.

In all it was enjoyable afternoon and an escape from the hardball politics usually played for some softball.

But in the end, the GOP changed the Democrats ‘Yes We Can” to a “No, You Don’t,” at least for the game.

Thanks to all who played and all who attended for a well disciplined game with no partisanship.

Good game, Democrats.

August 21, 2009

Baird Milks Ryder Truck Comment

by lewwaters

Ron Paul CrybabyBrian Baird, congressman from Washington States Third Congressional District has lashed back at Clark County Republican’s for our outrage at his Ryder Truck Gaffe made before the Rotary Club this past Wednesday.

The Columbian’s Kathie Durbin, still fawning over Democrat Baird, wrote an article, Death threat disclosure by Baird draws criticism, critical of those of us who were offended by Baird’s insensitive comment and claiming he was just “recounting a death threat he received.”

Baird made National News for not holding public townhalls and labeling constituents Brown Shirt’s and alluding to Lynch Mobs.

He allegedly apologized for those cracks, claiming his words were not at constituents and reconsidered his no townhall stance,
holding one Tuesday evening at the Clark County Amphitheater, where he received an earful from several angry voters.

His Ryder Truck crack came the very next day before a Rotary Club luncheon, attended by several Republicans who found it unsavory. Clark County Chairman Ryan Hart issued a statement against the remark and has appeared on the Victoria Taft radio program discussing the insensitive remark.

The Columbian’s Kathie Durbin wrote,

“But after Baird alluded to the threat during brief introductory comments to the Rotary Club of Vancouver on Wednesday, Clark County Republicans denounced him for invoking the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.”

“Commenting on why he was initially reluctant to hold town hall forums on health care reform, Baird told the Rotary Club audience: ‘If there is a Ryder truck parked out front, it has my name on it.’”

Sorry, but that last paragraph doesn’t even make sense. The context presented doesn’t make sense. A “botched joke” excuse would have made more sense.

But instead, our elected representative Baird slaps back at us with,

“This is a new low. Rather than condemn those who made the threat, I am being criticized for talking about the threat.”

No Brian, you are being criticized for your insensitivity and trying to play victim over some alleged poster of Obama as the joker being faxed to you and now, an anonymous phone call that you claim said,

“You think Timothy McVeigh was bad, there is a Ryder Truck out there with your name on it.”

As a Clinical Psychologist, Baird should be able to see this for what it is, if it even actually happened. Disgruntled people make outrageous comments they will never carry out all the time.

Still, I can see it serious enough to report to the authorities, which Baird claims to have done. According to Kelly Love, Baird’s Vancouver district director,

“The message left on Baird’s office voice mail was turned over to the U.S. Capitol Police.”

However, fellow blogger Bob Koski, of Clarkblog.org actually called the U.S. Capitol Police and according to Koski, “there is no record of any such complaint.”

The Columbian, for their part, made no such call to the U.S. Capitol Police to confirm any such threat was ever made or reported. They publish an article critical of voters and subscribers, after not saying anything about voters being offended by the comment, telling us we have “reached a new low” and the more commonly seen Democrat claim, “my words were taken out of context for cheap political gain.”

The residents of Washington State’s Third Congressional District deserve better than to be continually slighted by an elected official who has no problem repeatedly selling out constituents.

UPDATE: If Brian Baird and the Columbian are really so concerned about Death Threats, why not expose Kill a dissenter….save a life?

August 19, 2009

Brian Baird Steps On His Tongue Again

by lewwaters

Washington States congressman, 3rd District, fresh off of a controversy over referring to constituents as “brown shirts” and “lynch mobs” apparently hasn’t learned anything.

He claims to have apologized for the references in a press release saying, “Frankly, I have had concerns about how we can have constructive dialogue and, unfortunately, in response to some of the things we’ve been seeing across the nation I have said some things myself that I regret.”

Again last evening, at Baird’s first townhall this recess at the Clark County Amphitheater, he again reiterated to the audience that he “had taken the words back” and “apologized” for them.

The sincerity of that apology is highly in doubt after a comment he made at a Vancouver, Washington Rotary Club luncheon today, August 19, 2009.

The following is a press release from Ryan Hart, Chairman of the Clark County GOP. I was with Ryan at Party headquarters late this afternoon as he received confirmation from others of Baird’s words,

BAIRD DOES IT AGAIN!

“Congressman Brian Baird reverted back to making the same comparisons and comments today that he apologized for last week. Baird was the guest speaker at the Downtown Rotary Club on Wednesday where he was quoted to say “if there is a Ryder truck parked out front, it has my name on it.

Clark County Republican Party Chairman Ryan Hart said he received a call from an individual who attended the meeting informing him of the comment. “I called several other people who attended the meeting and they all confirmed that Baird made the remarks.

Baird’s remarks were a reference to domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh. “This is just unbelievable,” Hart said. “You would think he would have learned a lesson or two over the past two weeks,” he added.

Hart said the comparison linking critics of the Democrat’s health care reform proposals to domestic terrorists makes one doubt the sincerity of his Baird’s apology.”

Is Baird that out of touch that we do not know what he is talking about? Is he trying to milk this alleged death threat he says he received?

Congressman Baird, if you really desire to see death threats issued to a politician, look no further than what was thrown towards President Bush during his time in office.

I suspect in the next few days will we hear an exasperated Brian Baird telling us to get a sense of humor, just another “botched joke,” ala John ‘F’in Kerry in 2006 when he disparaged our Troops saying, “You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

We didn’t laugh at Kerry’s disparaging comment and congressman Baird, we are not laughing now.

Most people who apologize take steps to not recommit the offense the very next day.

UPDATE: Is the Columbian running cover for Baird? I’ve tried 12 times to post this quote in their comments section on various articles and it will not take. It just disappears. I’ve made other comments after trying to post this quote and they readily take.

They claim they don’t censor, but I find it very odd that I can post other comments, but this particular quote is not accepted.