McKenna for governor

2012-10-16T00:45:00Z 2012-11-06T11:32:36Z McKenna for governor Longview Daily News
October 16, 2012 12:45 am

Oct. 16 Daily News editorial

The Daily News' Editorial Board has chosen to endorse Rob McKenna, the state's current attorney general, in the Washington gubernatorial election.

We feel McKenna's management record in the Attorney General's office, his strong grasp of the state budget and his ability to work with persons from all parts of the state holding diverse political points of view make him a superior alternative to former U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, the Democratic candidate.

Washingtonians last elected a Republican governor in 1980, but have seldom been given a GOP alternative as qualified as McKenna. While we don't regard Inslee as unqualified for the governorship, we also think the environment in Olympia might be in need of "climate change," as a succession of Democratic governors have teamed with long-term Democratic majorities in both legislative houses to bring about a de facto form of one-party government that hasn't always served the state well.

McKenna bills himself as a "Northwest Republican" and often stakes out independent territory rather than adopting all the positions held by the national GOP. While he holds many conservative views, we feel his record marks him more as an administrator seeking responsible solutions to the state's revenue and budgetary issues rather than as an inflexible ideologue.

We see the larger issues facing the state much as they were four years ago. Washington's economy is still struggling. Locally, unemployment in Cowlitz County is still over 11 percent. The state budget continues to face revenue shortfalls, estimated at $1 billion for the next biennium. The pressure on budget issues has only increased in the wake of a decision by Washington State supreme court that K-12 education must be "fully funded" and that the present method for funding it must be changed. 

In terms of what we've seen and heard from the candidates, we prefer McKenna's education plan — even though it makes assumptions of revenue growth that could require adjustments — to anything proposed to this date by Inslee.

If McKenna is a somewhat atypical Republican, we feel Inslee's done too little to counter perceptions that he's a fairly typical Seattle-area Democrat, attuned more to the needs and preferences of the Puget Sound region than to the state as a whole.

This includes an environmentalist agenda that recently generated headlines when Associated Press reporters developed a story focusing on investments Inslee made in several "green energy" companies and votes he'd taken in Congress that were likely to enhance the value of those companies. Asked about potential conflicts of interest, Inslee's reponse was to say "The only perfect way to avoid any conflict ever is to be penniless."

We found that less than reassuring.

We commend both candidates for running reasonably ethical campaigns, for holding frequent debates and for making an effort to visit all parts of the state. While we enjoyed our opportunity to meet and talk with Inslee, we note that McKenna has been a regular and engaged visitor to Cowlitz County since he was first elected AG. Of the two contenders, he struck us as most familiar with our regional needs and concerns.

McKenna's also been endorsed by the Seattle Times, the Tacoma News Tribune, the Olympian and the Vancouver Columbian. For western as well as eastern Washington, we feel he's the best choice.

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(12) Comments

  1. justthefacts
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    justthefacts - October 16, 2012 5:54 am
    I find it interesting that neither the Daily News nor the Columbian mention McKenna's greatest accomplishment to date in their endorsements. That would be joining the Tea Partys from other states in order to reverse the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    Neither the people of Washington nor the Governor nor the Legislature requested that of him. He just packed his bag of right wing ideals, grabbed a few of Washington State's dollars to cover the costs and went off to war.

    And failed.
  2. Cheney119er
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    Cheney119er - October 16, 2012 6:25 am
    He didn't come to Cowlitz County because we don't matter. He didn't talk to your editorial board because you matter even less. Nobody cares what you think. Mckenna is losing and will not be elected governor despite you ignorant biased editorial.
  3. owlcreekcats
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    owlcreekcats - October 16, 2012 8:49 am
    Voting any republican into office right now is dangerous! Look at what some of the other states have gone through with their newly elected (2010) republican governors. We don't need that in our state.
  4. Diane Dick
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    Diane Dick - October 16, 2012 11:18 am
    Ditto as to his stance on health care. I haven't heard diddly on how McKenna expects to fund increases in education. Sure he hopes his version of creating an improved business climate will increase revenues from business, but both parties are sitting on that same raft and hoping for the rising tide. His support of charter schools will suck more money out of the sytem and possibly to private businesses out of state. How could he possibly be more friendly to business than Gregoire has been?
  5. Netmonkey
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    Netmonkey - October 16, 2012 11:28 am
    Imagine if a Democrat attorney general had disregarded orders from a Republican governor in pursuing a lawsuit against the federal government before running for governor himself. That would be all this editorial board would need to endorse the GOP candidate. What McKenna did is insubordinate, and TDN isn't doing anyone any favor by failing to even mention it.
  6. Old Fibre Guy
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    Old Fibre Guy - October 16, 2012 11:38 am
    Why is that not a surprise, that the Daily Fish Wrap would endorse a Republican. Ever wonder why your readership is declining?
  7. Old Charlie
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    Old Charlie - October 16, 2012 9:45 pm
    Good call TDN, as we do not need a carbon copy of Obama and his failed policies for governor of our great state! We have already suffered enough with the current governor.
  8. Diane Dick
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    Diane Dick - October 17, 2012 8:56 am
    Neither of the candidates inspires much confidence in their ability or wisdom. The choice boils down to which political party platform do you support because that is what will drive policy for the next four years, and which candidate is least offensive.
  9. American Patriot
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    American Patriot - October 17, 2012 2:12 pm
    It sure is Diane. People can choose Communism or Freedom. One would think it was an easy choice, yet we still have many of these races that are neck and neck because the Communist side offers freebees stolen from others to lifelong "victims". Eventually though, they run out of other peoples money to take.
  10. Diane Dick
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    Diane Dick - October 18, 2012 5:05 pm
    Government and commerce have become so intertwined that it's hard to say who really owns what. You might even say the money has been "comingled" and is now "community property." The best we can hope for is that it be fairly apportioned. And what do you think the Constitution means in the intro when it states, "promote the general Welfare"? (And thank you Jon Stewart.)
  11. verata
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    verata - October 19, 2012 7:47 am
    Why, oh why, do you pull out the old "communist" argument, AmPat? As soon as I see the word, my brain immediately discounts everything else you say. Democrats are not communists. Put down a good, compelling argument without ridiculous smear tactics, and people might actually listen to what you have to say.
  12. ariannar
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    ariannar - October 22, 2012 10:10 pm
    It is absolutely horrific that TDN would endorse Mr. McKenna as governor. In Cowlitz County, the poverty rate is extremely high and jobs are greatly needed. Now, for those of you who know what the GOP stands for, you would know that Republicans are not interested in bettering individuals, the middle class, or public education. They hate people in our county! Practically none of us have a level of wealth that compromises with GOP behavior. We need to vote Mr. Jay Inslee and better our community.
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