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ELECTION: Disappointing campaign in 31st district

Letter by Camille Buchanan, Sumner on Sep. 21, 2010 at 5:25 pm with 7 Comments »
September 21, 2010 5:25 pm

All this media coverage, due to the unsavory election strategy of both Pam Roach and Matt Richardson, has diverted the attention for any real discussion and debate on what the candidates will do to represent us.

The unauthorized Matt Richarson website Chris Clifford created and promotes – and obviously Pam Roach – get in the way of real debate to earn each vote for the November election. Clifford’s ex-wife denounced in the paper the content of Clifford’s website smear of Richardson. The ongoing saga reported in all news media further adds confusion as to what is truth and what is bully campaign tactics.

So we the voters are cheated out of a fair election where the media surge has sucked all the oxygen out of any hopes of knowing who is honest, fair and what they will do to represent us. I would like to see a town hal-style meeting prior to the absentee ballots being distributed so both Roach and Richardson can be on the hot seat to answer our questions on how they will handle all the issues and represent the voters of the 31st district. Otherwise what has occurred cheapens our political process, and we the voters are in a no-win situation.

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  1. bobcat1a says:

    After 20 years of Pam Roach, one would think she would be a poster child for the Tea Party mantra of “throw the bums out.” Is Washington better off now than it was when she was first elected? How about we all start a drive to add a “none of the above” to ballots in Washington.

  2. Bobcat1, 20 years of any politician is more then enough. I don’t care if they are “R”s or “D”s. That’s to much time feeding at the government trough. And I’d support a “none of the above” choice.

  3. We have the option now of voting for None of the Above. You can abstain from voting. Or write in None of the Above and your vote will get recorded.

    I’d like to see, in addition, a law stating that if None of the Above gets a plurality of votes, that a do-over election must be held.

  4. OldLefty says:

    If you expect anything but sliming from Roach, you need to lower your level of expectation.

    Another with “strong religious convictions” that doesn’t practice as preached.

  5. summit98446 says:

    This is bad & worse. I’m voting write-in: NONE OF THE ABOVE.

  6. dickcferguson says:

    On numerous occasions I’ve seen elections where the candidates were outstanding and the citizens would benefit regardless of the outcome. This isn’t one of those occasions. I cannot recall a race where the citizens lose so much no matter which sorry candidate receives the most votes.

  7. Sumner401 says:

    Why hasn’t a serious write in campaign been started?
    It seems nearly everyone agrees that neither of these two are good for the district or the state and in fact most everyone agrees they should be in jail or padded rooms.
    Why do we let our own system do this to us?
    Voting for none of the above doesn’t change anything, one of them will still win, we need a write in to make sure they don’t win.

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