Opinion

PubliCola Picks Patrick Reed for State Rep., 31st District, Position 2

By PublicolaPicks August 3, 2010



There are three Republicans in this south King County northeast Pierce County race: Republican Patrick Reed, Republican Daniel Geske, and Democrat Christopher Hurst.

We wanted to hold our noses and endorse incumbent Hurst, but the more we dug in to his record, the less we could justify telling the 31st District (Auburn, Bonney Lake, Buckley, Edgewood, Enumclaw, Sumner) to support this anti-environmental, anti-public-disclosure, anti-jobs,  anti-transit, pro-Tim Eyman "Democrat."

Hurst was the prime sponsor of legislation restoring a Tim Eyman-backed measure limiting property tax growth to one percent a year; supported changing state law that allows criminals to plead not guilty by reason of insanity; voted against transit, clean energy, and green jobs, earning him the ranking of "Green Dud" from the Washington Conservation Voters; supported legislation blocking inmate access to certain public records; and supported a slate of anti-terrorism provisions that were strongly opposed by the ACLU.

(Oh, and he calls himself an "Independent Democrat" because the rest of the state's Democratic caucus is too far to the left for him.)

Either Republican would be a more honest choice. We recommend Reed.
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