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ELECTION: Incumbents need to be voted out

Letter by John L. Wittreich, Gig Harbor on Oct. 21, 2010 at 1:38 pm | 7 Comments »
October 21, 2010 2:26 pm

During this last legislative session our state senators and representatives voted to throw out the clear will of the people: they overturned I-960, raised our taxes and hemorrhaged those dollars to the point of a $4.5 billion deficit.

Here in the 26th District, Democrats Derek Kilmer and Larry Seaquist voted against that irresponsible bill. Good for them, but it doesn’t matter: They should still be voted out of Olympia.

Why? Because they are partisans and they will, again, support their party leadership behind the scenes. If Democrats retain their hold on both chambers, Kilmer will reconfirm Lisa Brown as Senate Leader and Seaquist will do likewise for Frank Chopp. They must, or they may never receive a juicy committee appointment or get a bill of their own to the floor.

Kilmer and Seaquist will re-empower the same big spenders to put us further down the drain, rewarding behavior that would land any of us in bankruptcy or worse.

So I can no longer support these gentlemen. If the Democrats retain power, Brown and Chopp will again manipulate the legislators’ votes in order to pass bills against our will, allowing Kilmer and Seaquist to vote against wildly unpopular bills so long as a slim majority of votes can be coerced from other districts.

I will be voting for their challengers this time: I have no other choice.

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