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ELECTION: Driscoll at odds with Republican platform

Letter by James T. Carender, Bremerton on July 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm | 6 Comments »
July 20, 2012 10:24 am

Sixth Congressional District candidate Bill Driscoll is at odds with at least two of his own “claimed” party’s platform planks at all levels – national, state and the counties of the 6th District. He has stated, for the record, he is for same-sex marriage and abortion rights.

A review of the Republican Party platforms of 6th District counties illustrates that the parties of most counties want marriage only between a man and a woman and agree that life is precious from conception to natural death. Curiously, Kitsap County Republicans removed the word “traditional” from their platform plank on marriage at their recent county convention.

The national Republican Party platform holds that: “Because our children’s future is best preserved within the traditional understanding of marriage, we call for a constitutional amendment that fully protects marriage as a union of a man and a woman, so that judges cannot make other arrangements equivalent to it.”

The Washington State Republican Party platform holds that: “Government’s responsibility is to uphold and respect traditional institutions, such as marriage between one man and one woman … and to defend the unalienable right of human life, from conception to natural death.”

Yes, Driscoll served his country in uniform. I served in uniform, as well. Yet service alone qualifies no one for public office. Nor does being a nice, wealthy person, born with a silver spoon, qualify anyone.

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