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ELECTION: Flemming’s actions not conservative

Letter by Randy Chushcoff, University Place on June 5, 2012 at 3:06 pm with 3 Comments »
June 6, 2012 11:14 am

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.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. Sounds like someone is trying vulture capitalism on Lakewood.

  2. took14theteam says:

    So that ad looks like it came from the Democrat side of the fence. Elsewhere on this blog you will find people on the left complaining about money in politics, and that it pays for elections. Recent example is they claim the recall vote in Wisconsin was paid for. So if they don’t like money spent on candidates on the right side of the fence, they should start working to get the money out of the democrat side of the fence….

    But we all know it is just talk.

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