Do you want this person representing you in the US Senate?

As everyone here knows, we have a big choice this year for who we want to represent us in the US Senate.  

Let's look at what one of the candidates has to say ...

Quote #1:

"Every attack on private health insurance markets should be resisted.  A genuine free market in health care will encourage competition and help reduce costs."

Wow, does this mean NO regulation of the health insurance industry?  That just letting them do their thing would be the best course of action?  Thank goodness we have a legal system to protect us ... oh, wait ...

Quote #2:

"Comprehensive Tort Reform would take the bite out of insurance premiums and promote personal responsibility.  Insane lawsuits awarding multimillions, punch taxpayers right in the fries."

Well, there goes our legal protection from that unregulated health insurance industry!  

Btw, can anyone explain what getting punched in the "fries" means?  

Quote #3:

"When reforms cannot make government services efficient, the private sector should provide them."

Sounds republican enough ...

Quote #4:

"This single act I believe could be the stimulus necessary to begin rebuilding the confidence that is lacking. Repeal of the capitol gains tax would eliminate the success penalty."

That sounds pretty Republican too ...

Quote #5:

"Nowhere in the Constitution does the federal governments' role does include providing or dispensing medicine. But, the enormous waste and the endless empty promises made by pandering politicians, has led citizens to believe otherwise. If the government took less of our hard earned money, and spent what they do take wisely, the seniors would be so wealthy they would ask the government for nothing. In the real world:  medical savings accounts would fare better than the bureaucracy."

This came in response to a question about government's role in helping seniors with prescription drug costs.  Not only is this pretty republican, it's downright cruel and wrong.

So, who is this senate candidate?  Mike McGavick?  Maria Cantwell?  Nope.  It's ...

Mark Wilson!

Geez, not only is this guy not a viable candidate,  he's not even a Democrat, as far as I can figure.  

What do you all think?

Oh, here are the links to back all this up:



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The "Cantwell vs. Guy Who Ran Against Jay Inslee" meme is getting a little old, but people who are shopping around in the primary should know that this guy doesn't stand for shit.

Mike McGavick has been a GOPer forever.

Maria Cantwell has been a Dem forever.

The Guy Who Ran Against Jay Inslee has been a Green, a Libertarian, and finally, a Dem.

Just hammering on him sort of keeps him alive, but it's important for the "goofball" wing of the party to hear the truth.

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by Belltowner on Wed Feb 01, 2006 at 05:14:37 PM PST

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  • agreed by vault, 02/01/2006 05:48:49 PM PST (none / 0)
  • how many more? by N in Seattle, 02/02/2006 12:35:22 AM PST (none / 0)
...but the truth is that there really isn't a choice in this race (unless you want to elect McGavick - but then you're at the wrong blog).

I'll say it one more time - Mark Wilson is a (slightly) more liberal version of Richard Pope (except he runs for offices that he's less qualified for than Mr. Pope - which is really saying something....).  If you don't like Cantwell (which is understandable), then please help us expand our majorities in Olympia, or fight against Eyman's newest atrocities - don't waste your time with Mr. Wilson - he's simply not worth your valuable time.

I'm with Obama

by willisreed on Wed Feb 01, 2006 at 05:37:24 PM PST

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  • I'm still not sure who... by Belltowner, 02/01/2006 09:05:04 PM PST (none / 0)
    • Fer the luva god... by willisreed, 02/01/2006 09:31:04 PM PST (none / 0)
      • I'M KIDDING! by Belltowner, 02/01/2006 10:35:27 PM PST (none / 0)
    • The other guy by gibney, 02/01/2006 09:34:53 PM PST (none / 0)
      • Yup by switzerblog, 02/01/2006 10:56:23 PM PST (none / 0)
        • I see, by gibney, 02/01/2006 11:12:25 PM PST (none / 0)
I'm on a number of progressive lists, and you'd be surprised how many good liberals are supporting Mark. They need to know this stuff.

by raincityman on Wed Feb 01, 2006 at 07:22:25 PM PST

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I like this thread. I believe that the voters should know as much as they can so that they may make a reasoned decision. So here are some actions of another one of the candidates:

Senator Cantwell voted in opposition to the majority of the Democratic Caucus as follows:

01/30/06 Against Fillibuster in the Alito Nomination

11/18/05 In favor of making the Bush Tax Scheme Permanent

11/17/05 Opposed an amendment to impose a windfall profit tax on the oil companies

11/17/05 Opposed an amendment to eliminate child poverty

11/17/05 Opposed an amendment to reinstate the 39.6% tax rate for millionaires and other measures to reduce the deficit

07/28/05 Approved CAFTA

03/17/05 Opposed amendment to repeal tax subsidies for companies that move American jobs overseas

02/10/05 Approved movement of Class Action Suits to Federal Courts

10/16/03 Opposed amendment to require Iraqi reconstruction funds be used for specific purposes

There are many more available here

Of course we know about the authorization to invade Iraq and permit George Bush to send 2245 Americans and thousands of Iraqis to their deaths. The continued support for any and all funding for that mistake. Then there are the votes to confirm Rice and Negroponte.......

Let's see, a libertarian view of healthcare reform versus sending troops off to die for no good reason; a recanted view on capital gains versus denial of access to the courts for consumers. There are some real choices here. Of course this is just coming from the "goofball" wing.

by The Left Shue on Wed Feb 01, 2006 at 10:50:12 PM PST

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It's good to see where someone comes from so you can see the evolution of their thinking.

From a Libertarian point of view in 2002, these comments make sense.  Let's turn the dial:

#1: Wilson will work to reinvest taxpayer dollars to meet human needs and at the same time protect the environment.

#2: "Career politicians have shown how poorly their policies protect Americans from corporate thieves and murdering terrorists," Wilson says. "We deserve better, and I will work hard to ensure our rights and safety are protected from both foreign and domestic threats."

#3: Universal health care and a single payer system.

#4: Support basic education from kindergarten through age 20

Of course, this certainly doesn't represent the views of the Democratic Party of 2004.  However the Green Party platform was a good fit.  Thank heavens he thought about it and talked to some people.


And what does he say now?  Doesn't look like his issue positions have changed very much.  Well, I guess that means he still doesn't represent the Democrats, does it.

Either people are allowed to change their mind, or they're not.  I guess a good Democrat like Cantwell who stands her ground against the grassroots on the Iraq War is better than someone from the grassroots who changes his mind after listening to the grassroots.

You're right, Mark probably won't win the primary.  Thank heavens he isn't the only grassroots candidate coming into the race.  Will it hurt Maria's campaign to know that she has some "token" opposition from the grassroots?  Not at all.  She doesn't listen to the grassroots anyway.

by chadlupkes on Thu Feb 02, 2006 at 06:37:25 AM PST

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there's only one thing that's a bigger waste of time than this diary ...

and that's Mike McGavick's campaign.

by asshat2001 on Thu Feb 02, 2006 at 11:24:37 PM PST

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