Sunday, February 1, 2015

A dust-up in SW Washington.

To set the stage, here in Southwest Washington we have a Republican representative in a fairly evenly split district.  Jaime Herrera Beutler (JHB) was a Republican operative who was politically connected at the state and federal levels and was rewarded by the Party's support when she ran for congress when incumbent Brian Baird vacated his seat.

Congresswoman Beutler makes a great deal out of being a conservative, but votes as a slightly right of center centrist on most issues.  A creature of the establishment Republican Party, she most often votes the party line along with centrist Appeaser of the House John Boehner.

Earlier in January this year, the county Republican Party Precinct Committee officers, entertained a motion to place in the next quarterly PCO meeting an agenda item to discuss Censure against JHB. This motion to discuss this matter was approved largely based on her repeated support of raising spending limits, and her support for john Boehner, who is seen by many as the personification of all that is wrong with the top-down leadership of the Establishment Republican Caucus.

Such a motion was not necessary under the local party bylaws.  Any PCO can make a motion from the floor for any reason, and the motion could have just as easily been to censure JHB straightaway.  Instead, placing it officially as an agenda item for the next quarterly meeting gives everyone a period for discussion, and a chance for JHB to answer the criticisms - something she's been remiss in doing so far during her tenure in congress.

Her first communication after this was a shockingly ill-informed and dismissive letter to the PCO's, with an odd statement that it was paid for from her campaign money.  Here is that letter.

What follows is my response to the Congresswoman: