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Sen. Pam Roach defends office’s location outside district lines

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on June 21, 2010 at 10:33 am |
June 21, 2010 3:43 pm

Sen. Pam Roach's office

Sen. Pam Roach is used to being hit from all directions — her Republican opponent says she can’t be effective because of restrictions on her communication with staff, while the most well-financed Democrat in the race calls her erratic.

But now she’s being hit about her map directions.

A news release sent late last week by the other Democrat in the race, Ron Weigelt, criticizes Roach for locating her Senate district office in the 47th Legislative District, instead of the one she represents, the 31st.

Turns out the office Roach recently opened at 311 Auburn Ave. in Auburn is about six blocks outside the 31st District.

Roach calls the attack “nit-picking,” but Weigelt says with business vacancies piling up, he would put his office within the district boundaries.

Weigelt has some fun with those “boundaries” in his news release.

While I had read about Senator Roach having no boundaries with her staff and co-workers (having been disciplined 5 times since 1998 for behavioral problems), I didn’t realize she had problems understanding other boundaries.

Weigelt also complains the condition of the yard is “an embarrassment.” He has pictures of the unmowed grass on his website.

Roach says she only rents one room in the four-room office. The rent is affordable and the office is visible to constituents driving to and from work, she wrote in an e-mail.

I opted for convenience, visibility, and low price. My constituents know that I value how their money is spent. I gained a heightened sense of frugality by watching Weigelt’s party waste money by not using any common sense and by having to have the new office buildings instead of something older. I like to concentrate not on nit-picking but on results.

By the way, both candidates say they know their directions. Scout’s honor. Weigelt:

31st Legislative District candidate Ron Weigelt was a Boy Scout and he served 12 years in the U.S. Army where he became expert at reading a map.  However, he says he didn’t need any of those map reading skills to realize that the 31st legislative District Office is in the wrong legislative district.

Roach:

By the way, I am the mother of three Eagle Scouts and taught orienteering for 9 weeks of a girl’s summer camp. I have a built-in compass that focuses on doing what is right. Weigelt is just another one who throws mud. I hope not at the rented house.

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