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POLITICS: Voters know what party vote means

Letter by Richard Champion, Federal Way on Jan. 22, 2013 at 11:31 am | No Comments »
January 22, 2013 1:29 pm

Re: “No violence in state Senate, and voters likely unperturbed” (Peter Callaghan column, 1-15).

Callaghan’s column about the Senate Democrats who have thwarted the will of voters was an aberration from his usually fine work. He claims that many voters “voted for the winning (candidate) because they like him or her.”

If a person’s vote were simply for swell men and women, then kindly Democrats in Okanogan County and genial Republicans in Seattle would get elected. But that’s not the case, and Callaghan knows it.

Callaghan has spilled barrels of ink onto the pages of The News Tribune decrying the decennial farce that is “nonpartisan” redistricting, which he correctly observes results in incumbent-protection maps; now more than three-fourths of districts are represented by a single party. If Callaghan’s claim were true, then that would never happen. But he knows that’s not true, and claiming otherwise is intellectual dishonesty.

The fact is a vast majority of voters know what a vote for a Democrat or Republican means in terms of taxes, women’s choice, the safety net, etc., and a majority of voters in Sens. Rodney Tom’s and Tim Sheldon’s districts used that knowledge when casting their vote. In our new majority leader’s (Tom’s) district, more than 61 percent of the votes Nov. 6 were for President Obama and the two state representatives, including one who had never been on a ballot before.

A large majority of voters there voted for Democrats for a reason – to implement Democratic policies, not thwart them. To claim otherwise is to not be straight with your readers.

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