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NORM DICKS: Editorial gives congressman a pass

Letter by Randy Dutton, Montesano on Feb. 13, 2012 at 3:46 pm with 7 Comments »
February 13, 2012 3:46 pm

I take exception to The News Tribune puff piece on Rep. Norm Dicks (editorial, 2-12). You refused to report the facts in your editorial to curry favor with the 35-year incumbent.

K&L Gates law firm, Dicks’ fourth-largest political contributor, was represented on the Puget Sound Partnership Board, which hired David Dicks as executive director. David Dicks then falsified the urgency of a service contract so as to bypass the work being done by the attorney general’s office.

David Dicks priced the contract at $19,999 so as to bypass the mandatory public bidding process. When it was obvious that would be skirting the rules, he lowered it a little. Then he issued it as a sole-source contract to K&L Gates at an hourly rate up to $478. The contract exploded to more than $50,000, and the deadline slipped twice. So much for urgency.

Do you not see the conflict of interest? What about David Dicks sending $10,000 of taxpayer money to the Cascade Conservancy where brother Ryan was working? You think it’s a coincidence?

Norm Dicks has not had a town hall meeting in Grays Harbor County in more than eight years. He has helped destroy the Olympic Peninsula logging industry. He helped tear down the Elwha Dam, which conservatively had generated more than $350 million in electricity since its construction.

He has foisted inefficiency upon America’s energy production, while mandating the corrosive solvent ethanol into our fuel supply. The U.S. debt was less than $1 trillion when he took office'; now it’s $15 trillion.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. Jupiter25 says:

    Great letter! Almost anyone should be able to see through these schemes, but no one seems to care.

  2. ManuelMartini says:

    I can see through Randy Dutton’s scheme. He’s a Washington GOP mouthpiece.

  3. HistoryFan says:

    Mouthpiece? Sounds like there are several points of facts presented that can be verified.

  4. johnesherman says:

    Let us not forget the world trade support Norm Dicks gave to export manufacturing within Washington State to elsewhere not in the United States; as a result, manufacturing that’s not here anymore.

  5. ManuelMartini says:

    This is an attempt to paint Dicks with a broad brush for election purposes.

    Good Luck, History.

    “He helped tear down the Elwha Dam, which conservatively had generated more than $350 million in electricity since its construction”

    Which part did Dicks do? Did he set the charges that blew it up? Yeah. Facts. No hyperbole, right?

    Lets try this fact –

    “However, today the combined power output of both dams only provides the equivalent of 38% of the electricity needed to operate one paper mill, the Daishowa America mill.”

    Where is the $350 million in electricity? Does that mean that Daishowa uses about $600 million a year in electricity???? Having been to Daishowa more than once, I’d say no.

    The problem with Republican facts is that there is generally a more than slightly nuanced political leaning.

  6. There are two GOP candidates running against Dicks – Bob Sauerwine and Jesse Young. Maybe it might be a good idea to listen to either one of them in order to get an idea of what type of representation we should have.

    I don’t care who you are, three decades is way too long for anybody to be in an government office.

  7. aislander says:

    Says the Democrat mouthpiece: “I can see through Randy Dutton’s scheme. He’s a Washington GOP mouthpiece.”

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