September 01, 2004
Manly Man in a Dither
Touchy, touchy. Silly. That was celebrity Republican candidate and King County Sherriff Dave Reichert, storming off the stage at a candidate forum, upset his GOP opponents in the Sept. 14 primary for Jennifer Dunn's old seat (WA-8) had dared to question his GOP bona fides, his stance on gun control, and his financial management skills.
The manly, silver-coiffed lawman, who has gained national exposure for his pursuit and later, role in the life-without parole sentence for Gary Ridgeway, The Green River Killer, ended up answering his critics in the above-linked article. And, he seemed to back off from his declaration he'd do no more live forums with his GOP brethren.
Helping administer an approximation of justice to a serial murderer is apparently child's play compared to politics. A touchy prima donna is not who needs to replace the estimable GOP star, Dunne. Perhaps the challengers who nettled Reichert, former federal prosecutor Diane Tebelius or state legislator Luke Esser, would be more up to the task than Reichert, after all.
Posted by Matt Rosenberg at September 01, 2004
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I'm sad to hear about Reichert's response to past acts or positions when the facts are seemingly not in dispute. This is the rough and tumble of politics.
It also offered Reichert the opportuity to both clearly state without appology his reasons for his past positions and keep the spotlight on his campaign. That's a character and courage issue that would rebound to his benefit with almost all constituents.
Leaving the stage, he lets others define him; his opponents.
Dunn represented my District and I have a keen interest in her replacement. I want the seat occupied by someone who will stand by their record and not run away. How can he be heard if he leaves the stage?
Unseat the idiot in district #7.
_8_ people running in district #8.
Clowns only in district #7. Grr.
3. Haven't really paid a whole lot of attention to Reichert. Several people I've talked to plan to vote for Esser in the primary, but I think I'm going to vote for Conrad Lee, thanks to a good impression I got of him from the debate broadcast on KVI.
4. Matt--why the devil can't I get to your site? Did I miss something?
5. Timothy, to answer your question, with apologies, my own site (Rosenblog) has unfortunately been down for more than a week because apparently the server is crashed, and my friend/server administrator is/must be out of town. I am hoping things wil be back to normal by about Sept 8 or 9 at Rosenblog, if not perhaps sooner. In the meantime, and thereafter, of course, stay tuned to Sound Politics.
6. Yeah-- His actions yesterday crystallized who my husband and I are voting for. (We had come down to between Diane Trebillus. OR however she spells her name. And Chief Reichert. I love Luke Esser. But we can't afford to lose him where he is now. And Conrad Lee did not make a good enough impression when I heard him at the District Convention. Esp not with so many excellent candidates running) A candidate who walks out when issues of his past are brought out is not someone I can trust in Washington. I could see his point if they had slandered him, etc. (And even then not sure walking out would be appropriate) But when the problem is that they brought up problems, things that ACTUALLY happened in his past... Well I would prefer that he had dealt with them.
7. Whew. I was worried you might have given up on this whole blogging thing!
So D.R. is no politician.
Like being one is a good thing in the first place.
I have interviewed both Diane Tebelius and Sherriff David Reichert on Talk 770AM here in Seattle and will say that Reichert is a straight talking regular guy that definitely isn't "political" in his manner.
I can also say that while Tebelius comes across as a tough campaigner on air, she is a two-faced career political busybody when the mics aren't on and the cameras aren't rolling. After the atrocious way she treated the people around her that wouldn't directly benefit her or her bid for Congress, I made my mind up to NEVER vote for her--even if her Democrat opponent was the embalmed corpse of Lenin on roller skates... in that case I'd throw away my vote on the Libertarian candidate.
Of course, many people want a career politician in DC to fight among other career politicians. I'd have been more apt to go for Reichert had he not stormed off the stage and stayed to fight. My vote will probably go to Conrad Lee because he:
1) Is a true conservative
2) Is a business owner
3) Will easily win the minority vote (if he really campaigns on that strength)