We are preparing for the overwhelming flood of TV ads as a result of Citizens United unlimited campaign funding. Much of it will come from 17 angry billionaires who think there should be less Wall Street and environmental regulation, larger tax cuts for millionaires and smaller entitlements benefiting the middle class. They may have their way if the Republicans take over at all levels of local, state and national government.
As a result I’m knocking on doors and calling citizens in my precinct urging them to support Democrats at all levels: Barack Obama for president, Maria Cantwell for U.S. Senate, Jay Inslee for governor, Bob Ferguson for attorney general, and Democrats for the other statewide and county offices.
I’m supporting Denny Heck in the new 10th Legislative District and, in the 25th Legislative District, Dawn Morrell and Bill Hilton for the state House and Eric Herde for state Senate.
There are occasional good Republican office holders who supported the values of my parents when I was growing up in Oregon. No-compromise tea party folks and Grover Nordquist (never raise taxes) shout down the moderate Republicans.
Support middle-class values rather than those 17 angry billionaires who need our tax dollars to build their next mansion in Bermuda.
(Beckendorf is a Democratic precinct officer in the 25th Legislative District.)