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Suzan DelBene, Woman Of The People

Update: Much ado over nothing. As Mary so kindly points out below, and as a search of King County property records confirms, it appears that this home doesn’t belong to the DelBene’s. Mary, I disagree with everything else you said, though.

Liz Mair had an interesting post today about Suzan DelBene, Dave Reichert’s Democrat challenger in Washington’s 8th Congressional District. As she says, it’s purely gossip but I like a good bit of gossip as much as the next person, so let me chime in.

DelBene’s home is on the market, so I looked the listing up on the John L. Scott Web site. The listing includes the information that the home is just under 3,000 square feet and was built in 1941. The pictures show that there’s been extensive remodeling, resulting in a very nice but – for the area – very modest home.

Most of these ’40s era lake front homes have long since been replaced by homes that, when I was growing up, would have been called mansions but have become so common they could just be called MS Homes™. I was starting to feel just the tiniest bit of grudging admiration for Ms. DelBene for having chosen to buck the trend of tearing these places down and replacing them when I noticed this at the bottom of the description:

Set of plans for a 6k sqft hm available upon request.

As Liz notes, the current home is “possibly not the kind of place one wants to be caught living in if trying to appeal to average folks while running against Reichert, who cuts a pretty non-elite profile.” I agree completely…and add that planning to tear down a home that most people would love to own to replace it with yet another waterfront house-on-steroids might not strike quite the right note either.

I’m guessing that Dave Reichert’s neighborhood is just a bit different than DelBene’s, which includes these homes, also on the market.

Yeah. That Suzan DelBene; she’s just folks.

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What’s So Special About Trilogy Interactive?

Since I chastised Patty Murray for hosting her campaign Web site out of state with Trilogy Interactive, I don’t think it would be fair to let Jay Inslee off the hook. True, his Web site is hosted with a Washington company, but that doesn’t mean that Trilogy hasn’t been getting their share of his campaign business.

More than their share…Inslee’s campaign paid out $6,125 to Trilogy during the first quarter of 2010, compared to $405 to Blue Utopia, his in-state web host.

What’s so special about Trilogy? Do they offer two-fer deals to far left extremists?

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James Watkins Speaks at Tea Party

James Watkins spoke at Everett’s Tax Day Tea Party. Watkins is running against far-left extremist Jay Inslee in WA-01.

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Speaking Out Against Charges Of Racism

“This movement isn’t just about taxes and it has nothing to do with the color of the President’s skin. It is about returning this country to the principles of limited government, free markets and individual rights that our Founding Fathers intended.”

Jennifer Burke speaking at Seattle's 2010 Tax Day Tea Party

Jennifer Burke is the wife of Matthew Burke, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington’s 1st district. She is the youngest of 6 from a working class family. She is originally from the great state of Texas. A graduate of Texas A&M University, she has a degree in Psychology and has lifetime teacher certification in Texas. Jennifer taught Math, History and Speech Communications to 5th through 8th graders for 11 years. She is mom to 3 kids and 4 dogs.

She’s also a newly minted Tea Party activist. Recently, Jennifer had this to say about charges that the Tea Party movement is racist.

“The Tea Party movement has been wrongly and unfairly characterized as a racist movement. As evidence of this, detractors of the movement like to point out that there are very few people of color involved in Tea Party activities. I believe that the reason there are not many people of color in the movement is due to a misunderstanding of what the movement represents. I also believe that minority groups have been taken in by the distortions and misrepresentations that are reported in the media and disseminated by a Democratic Party that is feeling very threatened.

This movement isn’t just about taxes and it has nothing to do with the color of the President’s skin. It is about returning this country to the principles of limited government, free markets and individual rights (granted by God, not the government) that our Founding Fathers intended.

I was drawn to the Tea Party Movement as I watched the core integrity of my country being pulled away at a rapid rate. Granted, we had been on a slippery slope for quite some time, but 2009 was a full speed, head on attack on the principles, values, history, and citizens of this country. On election night, I was astounded that so many Americans fell for the picture the media painted of Obama as a centrist. I paid attention to the truths that came out about his background and affiliations. When looking at what he stood for, his voting record as a Senator, things he’d said, and what he’d done in the past, I knew he was not a centrist, but rather a radical leftist. It disappointed me greatly when I heard people speak about how the election of Obama was a realization of the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. My belief is that his election was quite the opposite; contrary to the vision of Dr. King. If America truly judged this man by the content of his character and not the color of his skin, then all controversies surrounding his past would not have been denounced as racist. Nearly every argument against him both during the campaign and since the election have been denounced as racist. There is a movement to silence the voice of the people by defaming them.

The Democratic policies to expand the welfare state and grow government do not help. It simply keeps people stuck in a place in which many can no longer see their way out. When you have generational welfare with even the youngest believing that is their lot in life, a thought process that I worked hard to counter in my years as a teacher, then there is a problem. Couple those policies with their constant use of class warfare and race baiting and you have not a party or President seeking bi-partisan solutions in an attempt to bring the country together, but a party and President seeking to pit Americans against each other using clearly partisan tactics.

I felt that I had to address these attacks on the Tea Party movement. To ignore their attacks would simply help perpetuate their stereotype and allow them to silence and shame us into submission. The fact that there have been many vocally criticizing this attack on the Tea Party movement as itself being racist has caused the left to pivot and search for yet another claim to make. Now, the attack being made is that this movement is one of sedition. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of sedition is incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority. If it is seditious to expect that our government leaders will follow the Constitution, then we have a problem here in America. Contrary to what many, including our president, would like you to believe, the Constitution is not a ‘living and breathing document.’ That idea is being pushed for the sole purpose of transforming this country into a place that is completely counter to what the Founding Fathers intended. The people that came before us did not go through everything they did for us to slip quietly into the night and become another European society.”

To for more information about Matthew Burke, visit his campaign Web site.

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WA-01 Candidate Matthew Burke Speaks At Tea Party

Matthew Burke is running for Congress in Washington’s 1st Congressional District, a seat currently held by far-left extremist Jay Inslee. He addressed a Tax Day Tea Party in Bellevue, Washington, on April 15th.

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McKenna Endorses James Watkins in WA-01

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From the Watkins campaign:

Attorney General Rob McKenna has endorsed James Watkins in Watkins’ bid to unseat 1st District Congressman Jay Inslee.

“James has the real-world experience and solid principles to be a great congressman working for the 1st District,” said McKenna. “He will make a big difference in D.C. and help put our nation on a better path.”

“Rob McKenna is a great public servant and a good man, and I’m so proud to have his endorsement,” said Watkins.  “His support not only means a lot to me personally, but also to this campaign.

“We’ve shown that Congressman Inslee is vulnerable, and Congressman Inslee has shown us that he’s not terribly interested in being the 1st District’s representative, but is already itching to start his 2012 campaign for governor.  (See here and here)

“With the support of Attorney General McKenna and people throughout the 1st District who want change in Washington, D.C., I look forward to retiring Mr. Inslee this November so he can devote himself full-time to seeking yet another political office.”

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No. Safe. Dems.

None at all.

Congressman Jay Inslee won re-election in 2008 with 68% of the vote. It looks as though he won’t be having such an easy time of it in 2010. A poll of WA-01 released yesterday by James Watkins’ campaign shows Inslee to be more vulnerable than this WA-01 resident had previously had the audacity to hope.

You may remember me wondering back in August how Inslee has managed to pass himself off as a moderate. The answer is that he apparently hasn’t had to do anything; his constituents don’t have any idea what he’s been doing back in D.C. Of course that’s just the sort of complacency that got us to where we’re at today but the upside is that it also means that there’s the potential to change people’s minds. With 2/3 of district residents describing themselves as fiscal conservatives, Inslee’s own record is going to be a powerful tool.

Update 1: More from Liz Mair.

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