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  •  Well then, how about we put my little corner of (0+ / 0-)

    the world on that list...

    (WA-03)

    The incumbent, freshman congressman (R) Jamie Herrera Beutler, won a 60.12% to 39.88% against the challenger (D) Jon Haugen.

    Haugen had ZERO support from county or state Democratic Party, as he was not endorsed at the County Convention in June, they only endorsed him a couple weeks prior to the general election, in October.

    Mostly because he opposes (for good, fiscal reasons) the CDC (Columbia River Crossing), which is a Boondoggle just waiting to be hatched. Proposed plans put it at about $3 billion - to tear down the I-5 bridge over the Columbia river (and it's 6 lanes of traffic) and replace it with... a new bridge with the same 6 lanes of traffic. Haugen suggested we leave that bridge up and build a new one instead, with less 'fluff', for about $700 million. The local and state Party was not happy about his stance, to say the least.

    He had about ZERO campaign money (and spent his last year hitting every political event and meeting in the District instead, hoping face-to-face meetings with party members would be worth more than fundraising dollars), and still managed to grab just under 40% in the general election.

    All 3 local State Rep races were won by (D) candidates, with, respectively, 59%, 60% and 60% of the vote.

    The 3rd is a mixed bag, with the largest county (mine) Clark holding almost half of the voting population of the seven counties in the 3rd, and Clark is almost exactly a 50/50 split, when you count national, state and local races.

    We've been seen as "leaning Republican" for about three cycles now, and I think that could change with just a little bit of assistance to the Democratic Party US House candidate in 2014, whomever it may be.


    "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization" -- me

    by Angie in WA State on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 12:33:16 PM PST

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    •  But that's the thing (0+ / 0-)

      40% is the "if your name is on the ballot" level; this is a theoretically winnable district, but that guy raised $12K total. That's pathetic.

      •  I acted as his campaign manager for part of the (0+ / 0-)

        year, Jan-March, until personal family issues made it impossible to continue, on my part.

        He was unmovable on the issue of raising money, would not authorize any fundraising efforts, other than accepting donations people gave without being asked via the website. I don't recall his exact words, but he definitely found campaign fundraising "icky" business.

        Lacking public support from endorsement by the County and State Party hurt him terribly through the summer and fall, both in terms of $$ and volunteers.

        It wasn't that there isn't support for (D) candidates here, the 3rd gave Brian Baird five or six terms (90s to 2008).

        I'd love to see this guy, Craig Pridemore, take another run at the office in 2014: http://votesmart.org/...

        Craig lost his primary bid for WA State Auditor this year and will be out of his WA State Senator gig in January. So he'll be open to think about it. He ran in 2008, but lost out to Denny Heck (the newly elected US Rep from WA-10) that cycle. He went for the in-state seat this go round, but he might be back in 2014, I certainly hope so.


        "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization" -- me

        by Angie in WA State on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 03:52:52 PM PST

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          •  Should have been in my shoes, trying to find a (0+ / 0-)

            way to get some funds to start getting some PR out...

            comedy of errors doesn't even come close.

            Still he was a smart guy who would have been a solid supporter of the Obama Administration, and who would have acted in the best interests of The People of the District.

            He was just unable or unwilling to acknowledge that to run for national political office meant taking off the blindfold about how politics still works in America. He put his principles above his desire to be a Congressman.

            Call me crazy, but isn't that last thing something we should want in a politician?


            "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization" -- me

            by Angie in WA State on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 06:46:33 PM PST

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