I appreciated your article on Dr. Stan Flemming’s bid for the new 10th Congressional District (TNT, 5-29). Flemming has a remarkable résumé and as a Pierce County Council member, he has often sought a middle ground between partisan politics.
Centrist Republicans are a dying breed, and their disappearance from politics has created gridlock and havoc in Congress. So they should be encouraged to run for office. However, even the best of today’s Republicans tend to have one disqualifying tendency for higher office.
A congressional representative needs to be able to determine policy using the best available scientific data. They …