The citizens of the new 10th Congressional District will have a choice between two Republicans, Dick Muri and Stan Flemming. Both currently serve as members of the Pierce County Council. Both have long, distinguished military records. Both have served on boards of education. So who to choose?
As a member of the University Place City Council, Flemming did not protect the property rights of area merchants or the taxpayers when he supported building of the new Town Center.
This project was designed to bring upscale retail outlets to the area, while at the same time building a new city hall. To make room, and before a single “upscale” merchant had been successfully recruited, the power of eminent domain was used to force out existing taxpaying merchants (remember Stortini’s?) and a topnotch modern library was torn down.
To date, all University Place has to show for this is a new city hall, a replacement library, fewer taxpaying merchants and a multimillion-dollar debt service that city taxpayers will bear for many years.
In public debates, Flemming refers to himself as a conservative. His action on the City Council was not one of conservative caution; it was the action of a politician who got caught up in a grandiose plan and the hope of leaving a legacy.
Well, the legacy he’s left in University Place is one we can’t afford in Washington, D.C.