Just one of the reasons I can't vote for Rob McKenna is spelled out here:
Categories: PoliticsThe most-read story on Politico this morning is headlined GOP Gov. Candidate: 'I'm not Scott Walker.' That would be Rob McKenna, hoping to become Washington's first Republican governor in three decades, telling a group of union carpenters that he's no Scott Walker, Wisconsin's anti-union GOP governor who is hoping not to be recalled in June. McKenna's taped disavowal of his fellow conservative was leaked to the D.C. website by Dems hoping to embarrass both Walker and McKenna.
"We need to have a good strong relationship between labor and management in this state," McKenna said at the April 11 campaign talk, according to an audio tape that was secretly recorded, Politico says. "Now unfortunately because of a couple of governors, particularly Scott Walker - everyone thinks that someone who's going to be a Republican governor, they're going to be Scott Walker. I'm not Scott Walker. This is not Wisconsin. This is Washington state."
More:The tape went over big with some of Walker's Democratic detractors in Wisconsin, happy to hear a Republican shying away from the embattled first-term governor. The tape was also a hit with lefties Rachel Maddow (below) and Ed Schultz on MSNBC. Washington state Dems pounced, of course, seeing it in another light: McKenna really is Scott Walker.
The problem, of course, is that Rob McKenna, who NEEDS to be Scott Walker, lacks the testicular fortitude to do what has to be done.
We've already seen the impacts of Walker's efforts in Wisconsin; compared to Washington, Wisconsin is Utopia.
But McKenna, who early on referred to Walker as "terrorizing" unions equates obviously needed reforms with terror, clearly either doesn't know the meaning of the word or he intends to not even pay lip-service to getting rid of the collective bargaining that rapes us all on a financial basis every day in this state... ignoring Walker's example of what MUST be done... all in the name of his own political expediency.
Of course, McKenna... a Harvard-trained lawyer, was quoted as saying: “Collective bargaining is a right. It’s not the problem." My response then, as now?
Collective bargaining, or "collective extortion" as the taxpayers call it, is, of course, NOT a "right."
Public employee unions are not a right, so, of course, anything connected to those unions is not a "right."
Clearly, McKenna will sell us all out to get elected. Public employee unions and their democrat puppets have buried us in debt, with unfunded retirements, pay and benefit increases in the midst of a horrific recession, law suits to keep screwing us, and a failure to even pay a fair amount for health care premiums. Our income goes down, and our taxes go up. And Rob seems OK with that.
To that I add, this is a system abused at the negotiating table every time, as unions "negotiate" with those they've paid off or intimidated, either directly through campaign contributions or indirectly using their typical threats and intimidation to get what they want.
I don't blame the dems for using this as ammunition against Walker. They'd be fools not to.
But I damned sure DO blame McKenna for providing them with their bullets.