I take issue with The News Tribune’s endorsement of Rob McKenna for governor (editorial, 10-14).
Although I identify myself as progressive, I have found compelling reasons in the past to vote for the person rather than the party. Unfortunately, times have changed. The political atmosphere is so charged that I, for one, don’t trust that the Republican Party wouldn’t dictate the “correct” doctrine to a Republican officeholder. It may be true of the Democrats as well, but I happen to agree with many of those positions.
I think McKenna has done a fine job as our attorney general – at least until he became part of the Republican “defeat Obama” pack and joined other states in filing the lawsuit over “Obamacare” that divided the state and the country, diverted our attention from the issues at hand and ultimately lost in the Supreme Court.
I’m afraid that we can expect more of the same if he is elected governor. McKenna is not calling the shots; extremists on the right are, and I no longer have confidence that the McKenna who stood up for abused and exploited elders and supported the state workers who respond to their needs as King County attorney and state attorney general is the same McKenna who is running for governor.
Context is important, and the Republican Party has lost it.