|Didier Speaking at a Tea Party Event in Yakima, July 2010|
As recently as May 28th, Clint Didier was touting how he was a team player, and would support whoever faced off with Patty Murray this November. This is what he said on the David Boze radio show:
"If it is Patty Murray and whoever - it's whoever. Vote against Patty Murray. And we gotta stimulate this movement in the state of Washington that whoever comes out of that primary we gotta get behind. And believe me, if it's not me, whoever it is, I'm gonna get behind them. I'm gonna work as hard for them as I did for me. Because it's not about me. It's about our kids, our grandkids, and assuring they have that same shot at the American Dream. It's about America."
Following the primary election however, Didier reversed course and refused to endorse Dino Rossi, who will face off with Murray. Didier instead drew up a list of demands for Rossi to sign, before giving an endorsement. These demands include having Rossi sign a pro-life pledge, and promising to vote against increased spending and taxes.
Nevermind that these are things that Rossi has stood for all along. In fact, he has a legislative voting record of balancing the state budget, and holding the line on taxes. He introduced legislation to protect the unborn while in the state senate, and is a Roman-Catholic. Rossi is on record as having said that abortion is morally wrong.
Near the end of the primary campaign, Didier attempted to smear Rossi as pro-abortion. His evidence for this consisted of one vote Rossi took in the state senate. The vote was to allow women who are victims of rape, to take the morning-after pill. By opposing this, are we to assume that Didier is in favor of impregnating women by rape? If we follow the logic of the Didier campaign, this is the case.
Rossi might make exceptions for women who are victims of rape and incest. Didier is making clear he favors impregnation by these methods. I would expect better of a farmer from eastern Washington.
Rossi is a bona-fide fiscal conservative. He has signed the Tea Party backed "Contract From America." He has a voting record in the state senate that showcases his philosophy. In addition, his two statewide campaigns for governor have gotten voters acquainted with him. Now that he is the top dog for the U.S. Senate race, Didier is showing us how much of a sore-loser he is.
Didier is also showing how dishonest he is, not only in trying to paint Rossi as a tax and spend politician, or questioning his pro-life beliefs, but also breaking his own promise to support the Republican facing Patty Murray in November.
As a person who is pro-life, I would rather have Dino Rossi in the Senate, than Patty Murray. What's wrong with you, Clint Didier?
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