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ELECTION:TNT errs in endorsing Dave Reichert

Letter by Clifford D. Allo, South Hill on Oct. 13, 2010 at 11:04 am | 6 Comments »
October 13, 2010 12:00 pm

The News Tribune’s not-so-ringing endorsement of the incumbent in the 8th Congressional District (editorial, 10-12) cites Dave Reichert’s “refreshingly congenial and bipartisan temperament,” his possible “clout” and his “growth.” Wow.

Voting with his caucus nearly 90 percent of the time is bipartisan only in comparison to other Republicans. Mavericky departures from Republican orthodoxy — and his judgment — demand skepticism when this back-bencher cannot resist bragging about his prowess in casting tactical votes. When the Seattle Times calls out Reichert’s lack of integrity in presenting his motivations, I am particularly disappointed that The News Tribune instead finds such misrepresentations congenial and bipartisan.

The national Republican agenda is to restore the policies that got us into the current mess. How could gaining a little “clout” justify empowering Michelle Bachmann, John Boehner and challengers like the candidate with the Nazi uniform in Ohio’s 9th Congressional District to dig the hole deeper.

Since re-election in 2008, Reichert has voted for Wall Street over consumers, to deny insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions, to protect employers that discriminate against women and against extending unemployment insurance benefits. That’s not growth; that’s callous indifference to the needs of his constituents.

Replacing this incumbent with Suzan DelBene – a younger, smarter, better-educated, experienced business executive – would be a valuable step toward protecting the nation from a return to the borrow-and-spend, trickle-up economics of the previous decade and a giant leap in the quality of knowledge, insight and judgment deployed on our behalf. Please reconsider this endorsement.

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