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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 with 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.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. OldLefty says:

    So what you are really saying is that Republican incumbants are OK?

  2. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Washingtons legislators have earned the right to be unemployed for violating the will of the governed!! The only way to get that message across is to “FIRE” all incumbents! Suggestion – vote for the most conservative & fiscally responsible candidates!

  3. villager98 says:

    All that has saved the Republic and made it possible for progress toward a civilized society is that there were legislators standing up to “the will of the people”.

  4. truthbusterguy says:

    Great letter John,
    People have figured out that Seaquist and Kilmer got a free pass on votes in Olympia and will vote with their party if needed. It’s high time to restore some balance in Olympia and elect some republicians so we can have some different ideas other than tax our water.

    I hope voters follow your suggestion. If they don’t they deserve to have the democrats in Olympia in their pocket.

  5. It seems like all politicos play the same game! If a Bill comes up the public doesn,t like and the incumbents are sure the bill will pass without their yea vote,they will vote against the bill.That way they can campaign for reelection by saying,Look I voted against that bad bill,knowing all the time the bill would pass with out their approval.

  6. V98 – very astute and accurate comment. Bravo!

  7. menopaws says:

    Sad but true–what the public wants is the equivalent of a spoiled child…….Give us the services of government–but we don’t want to pay for them…….No new taxes will be our rallying cry until, like the Titanic, the giant iceberg wins……..Somewhere along the line, the voting public became reality challenged and while government can be wasteful–it’s nothing compared to the over-leveraged voter with credit card debt and over-priced houses and cars…….And, yet, that is somehow governments fault……

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