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Shane D’Aprile tells us that 50 or more Democrat seats are set to change hands. Please, God, let some of them be in Washington.
John Koster, WA-02 (Rick Larsen*)
Jaime Herrera, WA-03 (Open, Brian Baird retirement)
Doc Hastings*, WA-04
Cathy McMorris Rodgers*, WA-05
Doug Cloud, WA-06 (Norm Dicks*)
Steve Beren, WA-07 (Jim McDermott*)
Dave Reichert*, WA-08
Dick Muri, WA-09 (Adam Smith*)
Washington has one of the more left-leaning Congressional delegations. It’s not too late to make a contribution of time or money.
More from Allahpundit writing at Hot Air.
Video of the entire debate from Monday, October 18, 2010.
Part 1/11; Opening Statements
Part 2/11; Is Inslee going to run for Governor?
Part 3/11; Taxes
Part 4/11; Earmarks
Part5/11; Immigration and Term Limits
Part 6/11; Jobs
Part 7/11; Health Care
Part 8/11; Wall Street Reform
Part 9/11; Social Security
Part 10/11; Special Interests
Part 11/11; Global Warming
Would Jay Inslee even recognize the truth if it walked up and punched him in the nose? Which is sort of what it did this week when he lied about his reason for missing a ceremony to rename a post office for local Medal of Honor recipient Bud Hawk.
Giving credit where credit is due, Inslee was responsible for passing the legislation renaming the post office, but when it came down to showing some personal gratitude and respect for Mr. Hawk’s extraordinary heroism, Inslee was M.I.A.
Inslee asserts on tape that he was in Washington, D.C.
“I don’t know if my opponent understands what it means to carry the hopes and dreams of the 650,000 people I represent to Washington, D.C., but it means standing up for them every single day and that is what I do.
I honored Bud Hawk by passing a bill and I honored you by voting in Washington, D.C.”
Congressman Inslee was most certainly not voting on the day in question, February 26, 2010. A quick check of Congressional records shows that Inslee missed all six roll call votes taken that day.
So how does Congressman Inslee stand up for me when he’s not in the other Washington voting? Apparently by speaking at a luncheon of local business leaders. You know, the kind of people who can make big contributions to his gubernatorial campaign. The takeaway here is that Inslee’s willing to honor vets…as along as it doesn’t get in the way of some quality face time with potential donors.
It may be the case the Congressman Inslee wasn’t lying intentionally. It may be the case that this ceremony honoring Bud Hawk was so insignificant to the Congressman that he just didn’t remember what he was doing that day, but is that really any better?
When asked very directly by James Watkins if he were running for governor, Inslee spoke for nearly four minutes on a range of topics…none of which included his plans on a run for the governorship; I don’t even think he said the word “governor.”
And why is Inslee so keen on being governor anyway? I fervently hope it’s not because he sees a governorship as a requisite step on the way to a run for the White House. That’s a pretty frightening thought.
I had the opportunity to pass by the defaced campaign signs that Bryan Myrick first reported on. The first thing I noticed was that the Dennis Richter signs, which were mostly intact in Bryan’s photo, had been destroyed. Someone had also added a hand-lettered sign: “Vandals Support Democrats, do you?” (Sorry, no photo…I was driving.)
It’s also worth noting that the destruction isn’t limited to just this one location; The location in these photos is just north the King-Snohomish county line, but I’ve heard it’s happening all over King County.
How very sad and pathetic is it when the best way someone can think to support his candidates is to vandalize their opponents’ campaign signs?
(Photos by Eric Allan)
Update 1: From the Richter campaign. (This is a Facebook note, so I’m not sure if everyone can see it or not.)
James Watkins spoke at Everett’s Tax Day Tea Party. Watkins is running against far-left extremist Jay Inslee in WA-01.
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.”
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.