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July 3, 2006

A new Republican congressional candidate

Posted by David Postman at 9:27 AM

Issaquah School Board member Larry Ishmael, a Dino Rossi pal, is now also a congressional candidate, running against incumbent Democrat Jay Inslee in the First District.

Ishmael was welcomed to the race by state Republican Party Chairwoman Diane Tebelius. But Ishmael's announcement is the latest example of Republicans attacking the Republican-led Congress, a phenomenon that now qualifies as an official trend.

Ishmael said, "I have been listening to people complain about Congress, and decided it was time to make a real difference. The First District needs better leadership; Congress needs better leadership." Sure there's a shot at Inslee in there. But if Congress needs better leadership and people are complaining about Congress, wouldn't that be a reflection of the party in charge? Shouldn't the approach here be something more like "With Republicans in charge the First District needs someone who can get the ear of Congressional leadership"?

Ishmael's right that people are complaining about Congress. People like his fellow school board member Mike Winkler, who said in the campaign announcement, "Congress's weak understanding of education shocks me."

I don't mean to pick on Ishmael. I heard the same thing from Republicans at the state Republican Convention last month in Yakima. Doug Roulstone, running against Rick Larsen in the Second, reprimanded Congress in his speech, saying, ""The first thing we have to fix is to instruct our Congress that we want no more dithering, no more exploiting our difference for its own ends, no more partisan harping. We want it to get to work. Now!"

If only Republicans knew someone in charge in D.C.

UPDATE: And if you know anyone in charge, tell Mike McGavick, because as his new TV commercial says, "Washington D.C. is broken."


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