I have been to these events before but this seemed different. There was something in the air that gave me the sense of patriotism and pride. I saw it in others too.
Of course, what he actually said he'd do was vague enough:
Mr. Beehler’s message of self accountability, responsible spending, cutting taxes and service to the community was without question the message that we all wanted to hear.
But, you don't really care what he wants to do, as long as he cuts taxes (without cutting services?) and is a Republican.
He commands respect from his years of experience, and he has a deep respect for his mother.
Which is good, because most candidates don't like their moms.
It’s time to get rid of the good ol’ boy network that appointed Karen Valenzuela and elect Pat Beehler.
Sweet, because he'd have to get rid of all the elected Democratic Precinct Committee officers in Thurston County, including me. I actually voted for Karen Valenzuela as my top choice. Not that I'm a big fan of the PCO system (very much not so), but following the law is hardly an ol' boy network.
Actually, within the letter of the law, I'd defend the process we had. It was open, all of the applicant material was posted online and at least one online forum took place including two in person forums. Pulling something like that together in the dead of a really crappy winter and holiday season was hard.
I don't hear Republicans calling the PCO appointment process the "ol' boy network" when they're replacing a Republican.