The following blog post describes what prevents Washington conservatives from making progress: their own elected officials, masquerading as conservatives and winning elections because they wear an “R,” work against them—consistently, clandestinely, conscientiously. “Everyone” in the 4th district “knows” but no one can positively document the hidden connections between the establishment’s chosen replacement for Senator McCaslin, Mike Padden, and the three county commissioners, in particular Richard and Mielke. Liberals all. Elitists who “know better” than the duly elected Republican Precinct Committee Officers of the 4th District. By what authority do these commissioners demand “papers” of the lawfully nominated candidates for the senate seat from whom they are lawfully required to choose the 4th district’s next senator? Read what Washington Campaign for Liberty leader Alex Rion has to say.
Filed under: Action Alert, Elected Officials & Candidates, NewsOn January 5, 2011, the state senate seat in the 4th Legislative District was vacated when 30-year Senate veteran Bob McCaslin retired.
State law specifies when a state legislative seat is vacated during an elected official’s term, the precinct committee officers [of the outgoing official's party] in that district gather to nominate three people for the job. It is then the duty of the county board of commissioners to select and appoint one of these nominees.
If the commissioners fail to act within 60 days, the Governor has the authority to make the appointment.
Time is of the essence
On Saturday, January 15, 2011, Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) from the 4th Legislative District in Spokane County, met to select nominees to fill Senator McCaslin’s seat. The nominees are:
- Matt Shea, an attorney and sitting State House Representative from the 4th LD
- Jeff Baxter, a local businessman and former school board candidate, and
- Roy Murry, also a local businessman.
Representative Shea was the first nominee selected and also received the highest number of votes.
The nominees have been submitted to the Spokane County Board of Commissioners; now the commissioners must choose an official replacement. The commissioners have set an extraordinarily long due diligence review period, until March 4, 2011.
In the interim, the 4th Legislative District is without senatorial representation.
Why is it taking so long to appoint a successor?
Local political insiders note that the Spokane County Board of Commissioners may be facing pressure from outside groups and interests.
Meanwhile, voters from the district are understandably frustrated that they are without representation during this critical period of the legislative cycle when bills are being introduced and agendas set in Olympia.
The commissioners are on record indicating that they feel they must complete a diligent review. Surely the sentiment is commendable, but it doesn’t add up. Why would it take up to 60 days to complete a review?
The law is unambiguous about the process, the elected party officers have made their choice, the next steps are clear. It leads to the uncomfortable question – are the commissioners playing politics?
Urge the commissioners to action
We encourage all citizens to contact the commissioners at the numbers below to provide input to the decision-making process and encourage a speedy resolution. The Commissioners have set a February 2, 2011 deadline for public comment on the nominees.
(509) 251-3643 cell
(509) 477-2742 office
(509) 220-2200 cell
(509) 477-2267 office
(509) 994-4351 cell
(509) 477-2741 office
Comments may be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to:
Clerk of the Board
1116 W Broadway Ave
Spokane, WA 99260