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Our primary endorsements for the U.S. House

Post by TNT Editorial Board / The News Tribune on July 14, 2012 at 6:28 pm with 7 Comments »
July 13, 2012 6:33 pm

This editorial will appear in Sunday’s print edition.

The U.S. House of Representatives may be the most partisan room in the Western Hemisphere, yet Washington voters pick their candidates for it with a nonpartisan primary. It’s one of the state’s many political incongruities.

The top two vote-getters in August – regardless of party – will proceed to the November election. But despite the top two system, most Washingtonians align with either the Republican or Democratic Party, and they’re looking for candidates who reflect their views and have a fighting chance in the general election.

That’s why, except in the 9th Congressional District, we endorse a candidate from each party for the South Sound’s House seats.

• 6th District (Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Olympic Peninsula)

A rush of candidates is seeking to replace Norm Dicks, who is resigning from this seat after a long and distinguished congressional career.
His anointed successor – broadly supported by the Democratic establishment – is state Sen. Derek Kilmer of Gig Harbor. The Democrats know who they want, and we won’t second-guess them.

On the other side is a slew of Republicans. The strongest among them are Bill Driscoll, Doug Cloud and Jesse Young. Cloud and Young are principled, determined candidates who’ve hungered for this seat for a long time.

Driscoll, however, is an exceptional new candidate with a broad business background and record of community service. There’s no questioning his patriotism. When the United States got embroiled in Iraq and Afghanistan, he’d been out of the Marine Corps 18 years – but he rejoined and was deployed to both countries.

Driscoll, a Tacoman, is a thoughtful, soft-spoken candidate who exudes competence and gravitas. Republicans could hardly do better.

• 8th District (East Pierce and King counties, Kittitas and Chelan counties)

Some Democrats have seen U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert as low-hanging fruit since he was first elected to this seat in 2004. But the Auburn Republican has fended off one vigorous challenge after another. He has challengers from the Republican right this year, but he’s clearly his party’s best candidate.

The same goes, on the other side, for Karen Porterfield of Issaquah, a smart and engaging new Democratic candidate who may connect with voters in the 8th more successfully than Reichert’s previous challengers.

• 9th District (Northeast Tacoma, South King County, Bellevue)

We don’t think this race is a contest. U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, a Tacoma Democrat, has represented the 9th capably and energetically since 1997. He keeps getting re-elected in this purplish district because he serves his constituents and the region well.

He’s being challenged by a Democrat, Tom Cramer; two Republicans, Jim Postma and John Orlinski; and an adherent of conspiracy-monger Lyndon LaRouche. We don’t see any of them even remotely as a potential trade-up.

• 10th District (Puyallup through Olympia)

The Democratic side of this fight is an easy call: Denny Heck of Olympia has been involved in state affairs for many years, including 10 years as a member of the Legislature. He co-founded TVW, served as Gov. Booth Gardner’s chief of staff, and seems to have public spirit pumping through his veins.

The two Republicans are Stan Flemming of University Place and Dick Muri of Steilacoom, both members of the Pierce County Council. Each has an impressive record in local government and in the military, where each served as a high-ranking military officer.

We especially like Muri, who focuses relentlessly on improving the performance of the public agencies he has supervised. His sturdy and steady libertarian-conservative philosophy is a good fit for 10th District Republicans.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. Oldfaithful says:

    For The News Tribune to endorse the weaker Republican, Dick Muri, is not unexpected. This sets the 10th District for an upset to the TNT endorsement as Jaime Herrera Beutler did in the last election.

  2. olympicmtn says:

    We have 3 no votes for Sen. Kilmer… Voting for Jesse Young.

    Remember Sen. Derek said:
    (construction package)… “what we want to look at is a responsible approach that has the state making investments that make sense,’’ the Gig Harbor Democrat said.

  3. GTalcott says:

    The TNT got it right – we need someone in Congress who will “relentlessly improve the performance of our government agencies” and Dick Muri’s done that well.”

    I served in the WA State Legislature with the other Republican in this race. While that candidate has a charming family, he voted with the Democrats 98% of the time – not exactly helpful in moving sound fiscal policies forward. After two years of that, voters in Lakewood, UP and Steilacoom voted Flemming out of office.

    Contrast that abysmal record with Dick Muri’s record of building bridges with his colleagues to move policies forward with bi-partisan support. Personally and politically, I believe we’re fortunate to have Dick Muri ready and willing to serve as the representative in the new 10th Congressional District.

  4. randydutton says:

    You’re short sighted. Vote YOUNG. Jesse Young is the private sector job creation candidate. Young has the Information Technology education and experience that we need in Congress. IT is where the next war will be fought. IT is where most job creation starts.

    As a retired Navy Commander, I agree military service helps show the mettle of a patriot, but it’s not the only means.

  5. TheKingPrawn says:

    You’ve missed the mark in the 6th. For 36 years Dicks ruled the roost with the power of incumbency easily handing him election after election. For the first time since many have been born the district can make a choice from a clean slate.

    Jesse Young is the only candidate with a vision for the future of this district. His experience in the private sector, his ability to set and accomplish goals, and his pledged accountability to the citizens of the district raise him above all contenders. He is intelligent, compassionate, and truly representative of the people who live here. Jesse Young is candidate this district needs, and he deserves our full support.

  6. ggd11thacr says:

    Dick Muri is by far the better candidate for Congress in the 10th District, he has demonstrated a real concern for his constituents and always studies the issues, he has demonstrated strong leadership and honesty. After serving successfully on the Steilacoom School Board for 8 years, and now concluding a successful 8 years on the Peirce County Council he is ready to serve the new 10th District in Congress. His opposition on the other hand hasn’t demonstrated the ability to follow through on any of his endeavors.

  7. Knowing both Dick Muri and Stan Flemming and just recently being cut out of Jesse Young’s District in the 6th and planted in the 10th now, my vote will be going to Flemming. Muri is more of a Politician in every aspect if his being. Stan is genuinely a wonderful person looking to serve the 10th district, who has been in the leadership role as a Brigadier General who will help lead this District down the right path.

    For the 6th District it is clear that Jesse Young is the best suited Candidate for the job but I am sure most already know that. It’s the sheep of the republican party that don’t. Keep in mind, The truth is, if Mr. Driscoll did not have his (liberal) family fortune to fund his campaign, no one would even be mentioning his candidacy and the Republican party wouldn’t be drooling over his money. The guys has NO plan, or vision unlike Jesse Young.

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