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Hans Zeiger wants to shift campaign conversation; Dawn Morrell defends record

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Sep. 20, 2010 at 9:22 am |
September 20, 2010 9:23 am

There’s at least one thing Hans Zeiger likes about the Girl Scouts. From his news release:

As laughable as my teenage descriptions of the Girl Scouts are, let’s talk instead about a skill that our legislature could learn from the Girl Scouts: fiscal responsibility.

The fact is, Zeiger never wanted to spend his campaign for state House talking about Girl Scouts and Islam.

But inflammatory content in the Republican candidate’s writings made them easy targets for Democrats.

Now he wants to change the subject to his opponent’s record. Rep. Dawn Morrell, he says in a release issued late Friday, has supported regulations and taxes that have hurt the state’s economy.

Let me repeat that I have moved on from my immature adolescent writings. Meanwhile, Rep. Morrell must defend her repeated unsustainable budgets, including the one written as recently as last year. As the leader of the House Democratic Caucus, she has been a reliable vote for more taxes, more spending, and more government.

Morrell responded by contrasting herself with Zeiger and his attacks on people’s faiths. She said in an e-mail:

As a nurse, mom, and longtime advocate for military families (like mine) and vets, I was drawn to public service by life experience and wanting to make sure EVERYONE, regardless of religious or education or economic standing, has a voice.

At a candidate forum Saturday, the two candidates were polite and mostly avoided direct attacks. Morrell defended legislative Democrats’ record passionately to the small audience at a South Hill church, talking about the “sleepless nights” and “tears” she went through while helping build the state budget.

She particularly lashed out at accusations from interest groups that Democrats’ cuts were too harsh. “I didn’t create this national recession,” she said. “It was created and passed down to me. I spent time trying to save the programs that needed to be saved to make sure that people were taken care of. And it makes me very angry when people (who) don’t work as hard at it (criticize.) Well, bring me some problems and bring me some ideas to make those cuts, but don’t just say that we made cuts that hurt people because we wanted to, because we didn’t.”

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