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Rep. Maureen Walsh steps down, bipartisanship loses

This is too bad:

Rep. Maureen Walsh stepped down Thursday as vice chairwoman of the House Committee on Early Learning & Children's Services.

Walsh, R-College Place, was one of two Republicans tapped by Democrats for top committee posts in December, in a nod to bipartisanship. Rep. Tom Campbell, R-Roy, was also named chairman of the newly formed Select Committee on Environmental Health.

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"When it boiled right down to it, the fact that I had some folks in my caucus who would view me a little different or not see me as a team player ... I don't need that. I don't need that at all."
She said that even if those people had an inaccurate perception of her appointment, "it's better for me to get along with members of my caucus."

House Minority Leader Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis, said he agreed with Walsh's decision to step down.

"I wouldn't say she was being disloyal (to the Republican caucus), but it was just very cumbersome," DeBolt said, adding that there were questions about which party she would side with in the committee.

Jimmy at McCranium had this to say last week about Walsh:

The Democrats with a vast majority understand that bi-partisanship is in the best interest of the state.  When Richard Debolt took the debate to a new low with the phony and politically charged "sex offender notifications", he effectively shut out republicans who supported that move from potential leadership positions in the heavily democratic dominated legislature.  But if you read The Columbian's latest editorial, you would almost think that her appointment to the Early Learning and Children's Services Committee was a partisan move simply because she was a moderate Republican.

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   And doesn't bode well for future bipartisan action. I really miss Senator Eugene Prince.

Dave Gibney Pullman

by gibney on Fri Jan 12, 2007 at 10:07:05 AM PST

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up fairly concisely right here:

It's a partisan system. It always has been and always will be.

Broadly speaking, the main distinction to be made is this: you can be partisan and try to tell the truth the best you understand it, or you can be partisan and tell whatever lies you think will further your political fortunes. Each party will have some individuals who fit one or the other category, but what's important is the overall institutional character of each party.


by Pen on Fri Jan 12, 2007 at 12:18:02 PM PST

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