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ELECTION: Becker deserves re-election in 2nd District

Letter by Wendy Lake, Auburn on July 27, 2012 at 10:38 am with 1 Comment »
July 27, 2012 12:47 pm

Instead of a split endorsement (editorial, 7-16), 2nd District state Sen. Randi Becker deserves The News Tribune’s full support. She proved her mettle when she defeated Marilyn Rasmussen, a fixture in Olympia for two decades, by a wide margin in her first election four years ago.

Becker has been an attentive and effective servant of her constituents for the past four years. She has proven her ability to work across party lines and get things done. Becker is not a politician by trade; she is a genuine person who truly cares about the future of our state and beloved country. She deserves a second term.

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  1. MyBandito says:

    In the first sentence you say that “She proved her mettle when she defeated Marilyn Rasmussen,” and in the next one, you contradict yourself with, “Becker is not a politician by trade.”

    Good thing you didn’t write a third sentence.

    Here is what WashPIRG had to say about her:

    April 3, 2011

    “Seattle – A state senator who has accepted at least $2,400 in campaign contributions from one of the state’s largest healthcare providers is behind an amendment to deny consumers access to information on why their healthcare premiums are going up.”

    Why would she do such a thing if she is such “an attentive and effective servant of her constituents, Wendy? It sounds to me like she’s been bought and paid for.

    “The Senate is poised to consider SHB-1220 this week, but an amendment offered by Sen. Randi Becker (R-Eatonville) would effectively gut the bill and keep rate filings secret until after they’re approved – a move supported by Premera, which has contributed thousands of dollars to Becker’s election campaigns, including:”

    $800 on 8/14/2008 for her 2008 campaign (http://www.pdc.wa.gov/rptimg/default.aspx?batchnumber=100268998)
    A total of $1,600 for her 2010 campaign (http://www.pdc.wa.gov/rptimg/default.aspx?batchnumber=100268998)
    $800 on 9/17/2009
    $700 on 6/30/2010
    $100 on 11/12/2010

    http://www.washpirg.org/news/wap/randi-becker-%E2%80%93-%E2%80%9Csenator-premera%E2%80%9D-%E2%80%93-attempting-block-insurance-rate-transparency

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