5th CD Congressional Race

Monday night, I sent the following letter to several active local (5th CD)Democrats including the leadership of the various local committees:

I have been an active part of the organized Democratic Party since 1983 or so. Since I live in the 9th LD and Whitman County, I've had to get up and continue after a loss, more often than not. I've lost primaries and been at the winner's office the next day offering my help and support. I've walked this walk I am about to talk

I would hope that the organized Democratic Party groups of the 5th CD are pragmatic, wise and grown-up enough to accept the results of the only poll that matters. Daryl Romeyn  is the Democratic winner of the primary election. So what if he was not the endorsed choice of the organization(s). If not for the unfortunate "top two" fiasco we are stuck with, this would have been an ordinary contested primary. There was an insider, an outsider, a perennial, and even a "nutjob" or two.

Under the old rules (which are possibly still the rules in some local bylaws) the Central Committees would have remained neutral until last week. AND promptly come together and worked hard to win the general!

This time the outsider won. Although it has been said, there is no solid evidence  that Daryl Romeyn is a republican or "democrat in name only (note I avoided the acronym :). I've heard he voted R in the Presidential beauty contest primary. Well, so what, haven't we all thought of a cross over vote at times in the past. I never acted, but I certainly thought about it.

Daryl's positions on healthcare, environment and current war(s) is solidly Democrat. And on the jobs, economy and labor, he is probably left of me. I still have some hope that "free trade" can become "fair and free trade". I'm not sure I'm ready to return to protectionism and tariffs.
The bottom line is that Daryl won, there is a chance that with his effort, name recognition, media savvy and TV face and skill, we can send Cathy to her next job as a DC lobbyist. Or, we can take our toys and go home and pout.

I held my misgivings mostly to myself at the convention. I voted aye at the 5th District caucus. I formally supported the 5th CD endorsed candidate when WCD considered naming both candidates in a newsletter. I plan on staying in the game with my eyes on the prize.

You should have seen him at the Lentil Festival for his first encounter with Cathy. Believe me, she won't be taking him for granted.

One final and blunt thought. It is easy to argue that we of the organized party need Daryl, much more than he needs us. All the GOTV calling, emails and newsletters and time spent couldn't get the endorsed candidate above 4th place on August 17.

UPDATE: Quoted in the Spokesman Wednesday August 26, WSDCC Vice Chair Sharon Smith, states under the party's rules "Daryl ... cannot be considered their nominee". But, local party organizations are free to endorse as they see fit. I understand several local committees have endorsed or are planning to endorse.


Daryl and his supporters will continue to run and run hard for this office, with or without the support of the various organized Democratic committees. Please join us.

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