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TACOMA: Mayor fails her constituents

Letter by Joyce Carl, Tacoma on March 14, 2011 at 9:49 am with 7 Comments »
March 14, 2011 9:49 am

Re: “Strickland shows common sense” (letter, 3-12).

The letter writer could not be more wrong about Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland. The most crucial point that people in Tacoma and Washington state need to know is that Strickland has put thousands of jobs in our region in jeopardy. She did this by meeting with the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, also known as Comac.

Ron Chow, one of her campaign contributors who also paid for her travel to China, set up a visit to Comac in China. Here are some facts about Comac I found in two minutes on the Internet: “Shareholders include the Chinese central government and the municipal government of Shanghai. This Chinese government-owned corporation will specifically try to design and attempt to build large passenger aircraft with a capacity of over 150 passengers to reduce the country’s dependency on Boeing.”

Orders from Chinese airlines are a big part of Boeing’s business as well as all the companies that subcontract out to Boeing all over the state of Washington.

Strickland could have found this information as easily as I did and made sure via the city’s attorneys that it was wrong to have certain travel paid for by a campaign contributor.

The letter writer uses terms such as “committed leader,” “common sense” and “breath of fresh air” to describe Strickland. She has demonstrated none of these qualities and should step down from office or be recalled.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Washington’s ignorant electorate struck again in the last two elections!! The ignorant electorate gave us a marxist/socialist in the White House and a not-so-bright bulb in the Tacoma Mayors Office!! The motto for Washington’s ignorant electorate is “nominate the unqualified and we will elect them”!!!

  2. geeterpontiac says:

    Looks like Strickland may be using the Gary Locke model looking for help from China in her future political endeavors.

  3. PumainTacoma says:

    Foreign practice corruption act= jail+ fine
    and recall,

  4. You guys are all just suffering from macho deflation. Good Grief! A woman Mayor. And one of mixed race? Mayor Strickland is a fantastic leader, honest, bright, totally committed to helping our city. I know its tough for you unshaven, beer-drinking, biker boys to think beyond your zipper inequality, but study all the great things she has made possible before you trash her. Your comments simply show your ignorance and bigotry.

  5. donjames says:

    Olemag says:

    “Your comments simply show your ignorance and bigotry.”

    And yours show ignorance and stereotyping.

    It seems whenever a liberal heeds the call to defend one of its own, the most convenient weapon is the race card… or gender card. In this case you managed to play both.


    “… but study all the great things she has made possible before you trash her.”

    Uhmm, greta things she has made possible? LMAO, for someone who has barely been in office for three months, you certainly have ms. strickland on a high pedestal.

    Bu then, I guess that would be necessary given the height of political graft in front of her.

  6. ttown508 says:

    Olemag – please name one positive thing that Strickland has done. Victory Gardens and being part Asian and part black and woman are not what I had in mind. None of those things kept Frank Russell or Sagem Morpho in Tacoma. She spearheaded a campaign called SHIFT Happens to help bring in more business to Tacoma. The only thing it brought was more embarrassment to Tacoma. I sat through her State of the City speech in front of less than 100 people and it reminded of a rally before a high school football game. Mrs. Strickland, please do the city a favor, step down.

  7. donjames says:

    Oops, make that a year and three months.

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