Sunday, March 18, 2012

My take on the Madore/Boldt situation.

I've been giving this some thought over the past several months I was aware it was going to happen.  (Yes, I knew almost immediately after the decision had been made... months ago... that David Madore was likely to take Marc Boldt on for county commissioner.)

As Marc Boldt's brother-in-law and his legislative assistant for almost 6 years, I've had the opportunity to observe him close up and interact with him, on both a professional and personal level.

The Marc Boldt we have now bears scant resemblance to the Rep. Marc Boldt we used to have.

Rep. Marc Boldt was a warrior.  he was a man of integrity, of honor, of principle... Republican principles... conservative principles.

That man is long gone.

As this election spools up, you'll come to know Marc Boldt by those who support him and those who attack his opponent.

The downtown Mafia, CRUDEC, the CRC, the Columbian (who has, in the past, publicly raped Boldt for his then unpopular-with-the-downtown-Vancouver-set politics) will all support him and finance him... just like they will the leftists running against Tom Mielke.

They will do that, because, of course, Boldt has sold out and become one of them.

He's been one of them for years.

There are a long list of very real political sins, beginning with his multiple endorsements of Steve Stuart against Tom Mielke (who had been Marc's fellow conservative warrior and seat mate in the legislature for several years) and ending with his recent, obvious, provable multiple conflicts of interest votes... with a great deal of sell outs in-between: voting to confiscate our fire arms in the event of a county-declared emergency; voting to increase our taxes repeatedly... allowing county employees to avoid paying anything for their health care premiums... and several other issues I'll discuss later.

That is not to say that I'm sold on David Madore, either.

The problems I have with Madore are this: he's politically naive and unfocused, and has, in the past, surrounded himself with people that he SHOULD have known better to depend on... including Jon Russell, and that gives me pause... serious pause.

He has failed to take the steps that would have guaranteed his election, and now, it may be too late.  Madore SHOULD have organized the commuters, a step that would have made his election to almost any position a foregone conclusion.... a strategy easily accomplished... but completely ignored.

That said, Marc Boldt represents a local version of Barack Obama.  He has disappointed so many... he has completely ignored GOP principles... he has jacked up our taxes, even in the midst of this horrific local economy... he has likely broken the law... he has failed to defend us from the gigantic CRC rip off.... and he has done many other things which, by themselves, would cost him election... but combined?

Boldt can be beaten.  Easily.  But the effort has to be professional, focused and relentless.  Madore must jettison anyone local... because those local have made him more a punch line than a political powerhouse.

Madore has the money.  Does he have the sense?  That's a question, because frankly, he SHOULD have publicly started this effort 6 months ago.

The people must be taught who Marc Boldt is, and both what he has done to them... and what he has failed to do for them.

Marc has been "disowned" by the local GOP, and that has happened for a variety of reasons.  Now, he's in a position to be fired by us all because of his failure to remain the young, hard-charging, conservative he once was... the man we needed to have... the man who has had two terms to serve us, but instead chose to serve THEM... at our expense.

More... much more... later.

15 comments:

Martin Hash said...

Very savvy read.

It seems unlikely a semi-popular (read Democrats and centerists) incumbent Commissioner with a long and successful political history can be unseated, especially if his own party is ambivalent?

Now if you were to run against him, just the race would be entertainment enough!

Anonymous said...

Aside from the myriad of issues that I have with him, I agree with Kelly in that Madore is going to have to deal with his wuss factor. To win, he is going to have to come out strong and not shy away from the strength of his detractors.

I am at a loss for this election in my district. I have lost all respect for Marc Boldt, but neither can I support the hypocracy of David Madore, who claims that character and integrity are primary values, yet he throws his money at candidates that display neither of those values. As this is my district, I will be paying close attention to how this plays out....

Greg Owens

Jack said...

So you'll be sitting out the election, Greg?

Anonymous said...

"As this is my district, I will be paying close attention to how this plays out...."

Does that sound like sitting out to you?

Greg Owens

Blogging around the Pacific Northwest said...

Greg, you are so expansive in your comments in the blogs. Will you be running for elective office?

Anonymous said...

No, I won't. Too many skeletons in my closet. My wife keeps pushing me to, but there would be too many distractions from the issues that it wouldn't be worth it for me. I am, however, getting more involved with particular candidates and issues as time goes on.

Greg Owens

Jack said...

No Greg, it sounds like you're going to "pay close attention" and will surely bitch all the way, but you don't sound like you're actually going to vote for anybody. That's why I asked.

Anonymous said...

Well, Hillbilly, that's what you get for doing your own thinking.

Greg Owens

Jack said...

I sure kick your miserable ass, Greaseball. You haven't won an argument yet, you know. Maybe you ought to go back to school.

Anonymous said...

You let me know when you find that left-handed gene, hillbilly, then we'll talk.

Greg Owens

Jack said...

Let us know when you've found that elusive "Gay" gene, Greaseball. Maybe it's in your navel lint. Nobody else has ever been able to find it. Maybe your wife "hid" it from you.

Anonymous said...

Really, hillbilly, your total lack of understanding is beyond comprehension sometimes.

Let me spell it out for you, hillbilly. There is no gene yet found for being left-handed, hair color, or many other human attributes.

Get it now, hillbilly?

Greg Owens

Jack said...

Poor Greaseball, you just can't find that "Gay" gene, can you? Homosexuality is a form of mental illness you know. "Hair color" is not. Maybe you didn't know that. Go back to school.

Anonymous said...

Keep posting away, hillbilly. It is fun to watch you continually make a fool of yourself by posting something like that. Did you know that we no longer consider epileptics to be demon-possessed?

Greg Owens

Jack said...

Show us that "Gay" gene, Greaseball. What's that you say? You can't find one? No one else can find one either? Gee, I guess then that means that Homosexuality isn't "genetic", is it? if it isn't "genetic", then it's a form of "mental condition". That's OBVIOUS.

Sorry you don't like that. Keep looking though, maybe you'll find your "Gay" gene yet. I'm sure you must have one somewhere.