The Top Two Primary System In Washington
Once again the top two primary system is in the news, but this time it is due to some candidates getting creative with their party label they are listing on the ballots. Some are not listing anything at all (like Curtis Fackler, who is running for state insurance commissioner) or they are getting very creative with labels: America’s Third Party, The Party of Commons and The Salmon/Yoga Party.
As the FoxNews story I linked above notes that even Dinno Rossi has opted for G.O.P. (Grand Ole’ Party) instead of using Republican, but then again Dino already has name recognition and most people know that GOP is synonymous with the Republican brand.
Though FoxNews does note that one Republican is not backing off calling himself a Republican at all. Steve Beren had the following to say:
“Have bold colors, wave the Republican flag boldly. Wave fiscal conservatism, social conservatism, immigration conservatism — boldly,”
Good for Steve for standing up and telling the voters who he is and what he stands for. The real down side to this creative labeling is that it has given the Democrat party something other than the issues to talk about and that will only hurt all the campaigns. Just see what Dwight Pelz had to say about it:
“Dino Rossi and these folks that are trying to hide the ball … they’re trying to hide who they are, what they stand for, where they come from. I think it’s shameful,”
I am sure this is just the start of what the Democrats will use as a way to steer the direction away from issues such as Gregoire’s out of control spending (and the benefits of it to her donor’s) and McDermott’s calling our troops mercenaries.
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