Posts tagged ‘Washingtons 3rd Congressional District’

February 26, 2010

Jaime Herrera Says Deb Wallace Is a Liar!

by lewwaters

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

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

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

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

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

“Dear Friends,

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 Deb Wallace, a Democrat, has withdrawn from the race for Congress in the 3rd District but on her way out wants to throw some mud at me.

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for reading this message.

Sincerely,

Jaime Herrera”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 9, 2009

David Hedrick ‘Sets The Record Straight’ On Brian Baird

by lewwaters

UPDATE: David Hedrick did well in town hall confrontations and I supported him then. He has never gained any support from me for a congressional run, especially after telling me to my face that the cause of his “disability” remains “classified.” Such claims are most often bogus and raise red flags to other Veterans.

David Hedrick will not give any information concerning his time in the Marines, such as when he entered, when he was released, how he was released, where he was stationed, what training he underwent, all of the usual basic information any Veterans is only too pleased to share.

He has made his Marine service central to his campaign, but continues to hide it. We are demanding an “open and transparent” government with “open and transparent officials.” How do we trust a candidate that will not be “open and transparent” about the very foundation he bases his campaign on?

David HedrickBy now nearly every American knows or has heard of the name, David W. Hedrick, the Marine Veteran who confronted Washington States 3rd District Congressman, Brian Baird at our August 18 townhall in Clark County.

The right has embraced his confrontation as representative of our anger and frustration as government moves us further and further away from our constitution.

The left, choosing to ignore the foundations of our country, sees him as a threat and representative of hate and to some, bigotry. They have lashed out at him and those of us who support his “rant,” as our local paper, the Columbian so eloquently put it.

As fate would have it, or maybe a set-up by the Baird camp, David received a second chance to confront the congressman, as I noted in my earlier post, Congressman Brian Baird Cheap Shots U.S. Marine At Town Hall.

It was my pleasant surprise to see that David Hedrick stopped by and left the following comment on that post, ‘setting the record straight.’ A comment that I feel deserves to be a post of its own.

There has been some comment about my reaction to Brian Baird’s response to my 10th amendment challenge. Please allow me to set the record straight.

The rules of the event were clear. Audience members who were selected to speak had three minutes to make a statement and/or ask a question. Then Brian Baird had three minutes to respond.

Brian Baird knows that creating a government health care entitlement program has nothing to do with the regulation of commerce between states. If it does, the power of the Federal Government is limitless because it could apply to anything and everything. If this is the case, why did our founders bother writing the rest of the Constitution? The fact is, liberal extremists have been abusing this clause for many years and taking advantage of the apathy of voters and a complicit judiciary. What’s next? Will Brian Baird claim that the second amendment gives us all the right to free ice cream on Thursdays? This would be just as absurd. What’s more, he knows it, but is hoping the average American voter doesn’t.

And yes, he did anticipate my question. In fact, at the beginning of the event, seeing me in the audience Baird pointed to me, made a comment to the moderator and handed him a folded piece of paper. When my number was called and I got up, the moderator said something to Baird and handed him back the piece of paper. This was an obvious signal.

I was also being closely watched by the police at the event. I thought this was strange at the time, but did not find out until last night why. I was notified by a police officer (that I have never met) that local law enforcement had been given my picture and told to keep an eye out for me at the Centralia event. One would assume that Olympia was no different and this explains all of the eyes on me. I am working on getting proof of this out to the media without bringing scrutiny upon the law enforcement officer who did the right thing by notifying me of this.

Since when does a Veteran and American citizen speaking his mind to his elected representative warrant special police scrutiny?

As for my reaction to what Baird said; I didn’t intend to show how much I wanted to grab that mike and expose his deception. In a debate, Baird would not get the protections built into the format he designed. Unfortunately, this was not a debate.

Our freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution will survive the night.

As for this event, the fix was in.

Thank you all for your support and lewwaters for this write-up.

David William Hedrick
Davidwhedrick.com

There’s not much I can add to that other than to thank David for taking his stand. I do know that he has received some pretty hateful comments and calls from the left and I’m sure threats as well.

Can you imagine the uproar if we conservatives called Democrat commenters in support of this massive healthcare takeover and threatened them or had the scrutinized by police at townhalls?

David says, “Our freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution will survive the night.” He is right, but only if you take a stand and vote out those who have become comfortable in ‘ruling’ us instead of ‘representing’ us.

David has followed in the finest example set in 2004 by the Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth, who exposed the Democrats presidential candidate, John ‘F’in Kerry for his treasonous activities during Viet Nam. He stood up.

The question now is, will you?

September 6, 2009

Congressman Brian Baird Cheap Shots U.S. Marine At Town Hall

by lewwaters

At one time, I respected David W. Hedrick for his stance against Brian Baird. I still feel Baird’s comment on VA Healthcare to have been out of order, but have lost the respect for the man I once thought was a “wounded warrior” who now refuses to explain his time in service, choosing to hide behind the all too familiar claims of “classified,” as do many who aren’t being up front about their service.

That David W. Hedrick chose to pull this disappoints me. Although I never felt he had what it takes to be a congressman, I did respect him for serving. That he apparently misled many into believing him to be a “wounded warrior” from the war on terror I find reprehensible and as despicable as Brian Baird’s conduct.

David Hedrick, the U.S. Marine Veteran who made news by confronting Washington State Democratic Representative Brian Baird at an August 18, 2009 Town hall in Vancouver, was fortunate enough to receive a second chance to address our congressman for the 3rd district.

At a town hall event held in Olympia, Washington, Monday evening August 31, Hedrick again confronted the congressman and unfortunately, didn’t do as well this time. From the video below, it would almost appear that Baird was anticipating his question.

As you can see, Hedrick, knowing the congressman carries a small copy of the constitution around in his pocket, asks Baird to read the 10th Amendment from our constitution out loud, which reads, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

You can obtain a pocket constitution of your own at Heritage.org

After it was read, Baird, who had already gotten Hedrick to agree that he felt Medicare was also unconstitutional, went on to state that many scholars and others had also read the amendment and was of the opinion it was constitutional for government to give health care. He ended by telling Hedrick “you are not the only one entitled to interpret the constitution.”

Basically, he had Hedrick and was obviously prepared this time. Which is why I find it to be an awfully cheap and uncalled for shot for the congressman to inject what he did at about the 3:23 mark, “I don’t see where in here it says we have a VA health care system.”

How tacky is that for a congressman, who never served a day in the Military, to tell a U.S. Marine Veteran, or even to hint, that the Veterans Health Care initiative is either a free entitlement or something unearned.

As a Viet Nam Veteran, hearing the congressman stoop that low is more than offensive to me.

For the record, congressman Baird, we Veterans have paid for that health care which just a short time ago, your own party was labeling as sub-standard care in the effort to blemish President Bush in any way they could. Many paid for it in blood, sweat and severed limbs.

Those of us not severely disabled due to combat wounds gained protecting your privileged butt, pay for the coverage we receive, in dollars.

While you are off “studying” coral reefs on expensive snorkeling vacation trips, on our dime, we Veterans were standing in Harm’s Way, being shot at and all too many receiving wounds. All for sub-standard pay much less than we could earn as civilians and much, much less than the $175,000 a year salary you congressmen start off at.

In fact, those of us who do face America’s enemies will never see the amount of wages you make in the beginning of your political career if we stay in the Military and retire.

And you begrudge us a health care system that we didn’t ask for, but was made available long before we were born as a way to repay a small portion of the debt we are owed for keeping America safe?

I know the fringe left thinks that system is just a freebie we receive, but it is not. Some Veterans receive substandard care, depending on location and staff. I have been fortunate, but have not had a major problem yet either.

But, to stand up and appeal to the fringe left, who applauded your answer, is beneath the dignity of a sitting United States Representative and elected by the very people you face.

Congressman Baird, you are a disgrace. You cannot wiggle your way out of this, as you did the Ryder Truck comment you made here at the Rotary Club. Kathie Durbin cannot run to the rescue and throw up her smoke screen or claim you were just describing some alleged threat you received.

No sir, you continue to sneer at and offend constituents without a care. You continue to twist words and lie to the public.

We know you have already made up your mind on supporting this massive healthcare take over. Your continual supportive comments and defense of every aspect of it betrays your lies. Your 1996 survey answer stated you supported a Universal Health Care system.

But, throwing the VA Health System in a Veterans face is over the top and offensive.

To quote the recently resigned Democratic ‘Green Czar’ Van Jones, in his earlier description of Republicans, you’re an asshole.

August 5, 2009

Rep. Baird’s Fear of Bused In Protestors to Townhalls?

by lewwaters

Representative Brian Baird, Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, isn’t holding a Townhall locally out of fear of bused in protestors and operatives?

Who usually stacks Townhalls or buses in protestors and supplies professional signs?

Rep. Baird, why do you fear the common people, but will speak to radicals?

Democracy For Vancouver

“These speakers are being sent here by the Win Without War coalition. They have long experience in foreign policy and are being sent specifically to answer the Baird arguments for continuing the surge.”

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August 28, 2007 Vancouver’s the Columbian, “The publicity [on Baird’s change of view] drew military activist Jon Soltz from New York to confront Baird directly.”