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ELECTION: Richards’ military ‘career’ worth investigating

Letter by Lee M. Greenawalt, Gig Harbor on Oct. 11, 2010 at 10:37 am with 6 Comments »
October 11, 2010 10:37 am

At Tuesday’s candidate forum, Doug Richards again touted his “Navy career” as a qualification for 26th Legislative District representative. He only served 21 months of active duty on an eight-year commitment. That hardly qualifies as a “career.” His refusal to reveal his DD Form 214, Copy 4, caused me to think that we should investigate that “career.”

Richards cites his military experience in asking us to employ him in our state’s government. We should reject his military service as a consideration for his employment if he fails to produce DD form 214. More importantly, Richards’ basic judgment is in doubt when he tries to claim his 21 months qualifies him to be selected for the job instead of the captain of battleships, incumbent Larry Seaquist, who served years with distinction.

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  1. Nothing like the Democratic Precinct Committee Officer of PRECINCT 26-218 “Swiftboating” Republican Doug Richards!

    Why do I get the feeling you never asked for the DD Form 214, Copy 4 for 2004 US Presidential candidate John Kerry?

    You know darn well that Doug Richards had only a two year active duty commitment and it is common to get a waiver for the last few months. Why just ask John Kerry about that!

  2. There is something odd about this. Despite the LTE writer being in the Democratic party I have been following the 26th legislative races and actually been supplying voters with information on the candidates.

    Here is the story on this DD214 thing. Doug and Larry provided a copy of their service record DD214’s to the Kitsap Sun. A group of veterans probably supporters of Seaquist asked the paper to have Doug give them a full copy of the DD214 to the Sun with the discharge information. His record did not have this information. At the Eggs and Issues debate a question about this was asked of Doug. Doug briefly showed Larry a copy that supposedly had the information of his discharge. However, he would not provide a copy to the Seaquist campaign nor did he ever give a copy of the complete form to the Sun even though the Sun requested it a second time. Perhaps he just forgot. It would be nice if he would just give a complete copy to either the TNT or the Sun and clear this up. My son is going through tons of paperwork he must provide for teaching jobs. Is this that much to ask for this job interview for state representative to produce this one form? A lot of voters treat this thing as a job interview. What are your qualifications, what was your past performance, how successful were you etc? Then they vote and do not just vote party.

    I am not a Democrat. In fact Democrats are angry at me for supporting Jan Angel, Republicans are angry at me because of facts I presented about Doug’s voting record as a citizen and his recent home foreclosure. In the 26th stick with the incumbents they have all done an excellent job. There are problems with the challengers. Why go there? Sumner would be OK, but he simply does not have the experience Jan has and he supports I1098 and right now we have to cut the state budget. This is my conclusion after watching the debates, checking their background and reviewing their accomplishments. TNT got it right. Thank you TNT!

  3. If you stick with the incumbents, one Republican Jan Angel, two Democrats Larry Seaquist and for State Senate Derek Kilmer, you have made the best choice. All of these have a significant list of positives such as:

    Larry Seaquist – He first and foremost has become the leading legislative expert on the ferries and has been instrumental in divulging the major problems of the system and has actually taken some actions to fix some of them. This is a huge undertaking. Prior to this no one in the legislature really investigated the system and tried to do anything about this Brobdingnagian mess. For that reason alone this guy needs to go back. There are many other reasons as well, but to sum it up this guy is bright, extremely talented and gets things done.

    Jan Angel – If you have a personal problem with state government her office is one of the most effective at handling citizens complaints. This in itself is a huge asset for her constituents. Her experience as a Kitsap county commissioner is vital in the next two years to help counties deal with their budget issues due to state mandates.

    Derek Kilmer – He has an incredible in depth understanding of legislative details and is considered to be one of the most effective senators in the state by both parties despite only having served one term in the senate. . He was key for keeping bridge tolls down for commuters, speeding up the construction of Burley/Olalla interchange and getting funding for Highway 16 completion to I5. There are dozens of other things he has done for his district.

    In addition they are all fiscally conservative and opposed the flurry of taxes and the recent state budget which was out of line with the future revenue projections and in this period of high unemployment raising taxes is not a wise choice. These three get it. We are lucky in the 26th – vote for them!

  4. What’s the big deal about DD-214s?

    John Kerry never provided his and he was running for President!

  5. Bush never provided his either and might not have been President if he had.

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