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Democrats endorsing Pam Roach? Yes, hell has frozen over

Post by Cheryl Tucker on Sep. 21, 2010 at 7:00 am with 9 Comments »
September 20, 2010 5:21 pm

First we had Republican Steve Vermillion endorsing Democratic incumbent state Rep. Dawn Morrell over Republican Hans Zeiger in the 25th district. (Read about it here.) Now three of the 31st district’s most prominent Democrats are endorsing a Republican for state Senate – and Pam Roach at that.

It’s not that they like Roach all that much; in fact, they call their decision to endorse her a “painful” one. It’s just that they really don’t like her Republican opponent, Sumner City Councilman Matt Richardson.

Richardson has been in the news lately for questionable use of city e-mail and a website set up by a Roach supporter detailing allegations of personal misconduct.

The three Democrats are state Rep. Christopher Hurst, Yvonne Ward (who has twice run unsuccessfully against Roach) and Karen Willard (who ran unsuccessfully against Pam Roach’s son Dan for state representative).

In their press release announcing their endorsement, the three Democrats essentially say that even with all her much-publicized outbursts, Roach is the better choice for the Senate seat since the two Democrats running for it were eliminated in the August primary. (We co-endorsed both Democrats, Raymond Bunk and Ron Weigelt.) Hurst, Ward and Willard make some serious charges against Richardson that we’re uncomfortable repeating here.

Leave a comment Comments → 9
  1. Weirdest election cycle ever.

  2. So much for the Roach clip.

  3. jimkingjr says:

    You are uncomfortable repeating what a Democratic state legislator and former Democratic nominees have to say? Is “discomfort” reason enough to not inform voters?

  4. jimkingjr says:

    It having come to my attention that the discomfort is over liability, the issues in the news release not having been independently vetted by the News Tribune, I’ll apologize for assuming that the discomfort was over the nature of what was being said in the news release.

  5. Just thinking out loud, but maybe we should adopt the Nevada Option. They have a place on their ballot to mark “None of these candidates.” :)

  6. thoughtfuldox says:

    Roach is the better candidate, hands down. D or R should not matter, in my opinion. I vote for whom is best and don’t subscribe to any party…. just who will get the job done.

  7. I’m not sure why you’re surprised Hurst is endorsing Roach; with his outbursts against Dem’s and his voting record, he’s hardly a Democrat anymore. As for Ward and the crazy hat lady – who cares? If they had done their homework like the TNT did, they would have backed the better candidate to begin with. With REAL Democrats behind him, Ron Weigelt would have taken Roach out.

  8. jimkingjr says:

    Ron Weigelt couldn’t pull even one voter out of five- he wasn’t going anywhere.

  9. mhrichardson says:

    If these so-called prominent Democrats spend the same amount of time researching the bills and policies they support as they did looking into the truth about me, then it’ s obvious why they should be disregarded as viable decision makers for the problems we face as a state.

    With regard to Hurst, I’m disgusted that a former police officer is so uneducated about what an expungement and vacate order (that’s signed by the prosecutor) actually means. Especially ones dealing with a 30 year old accusation against a minor. This dispicable act has words to describe it that are also un-printable.

    With 4 weeks left until people start voting, I will only be addressing the important and relevant issues from here on.

    M H Richardson

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