PubliColaTV: Denny Heck on the Issues

By Bryce McKay September 14, 2010


Denny Heck, a former state legislator and founder of Olympia's "TVW" public affairs TV network, is seeking the seat of retiring Rep. Brian Baird in the third congressional district. Last Friday, Heck sat down with us to talk about the issues.

Heck’s opponent for the open seat is state Rep. Jaime Herrera (R-18), a traditional conservative with insider-GOP backing. Chris Kissel reported from Herrera’s kickoff, where U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-WA,5) introduced Herrera.

Heck says the economy and jobs are his highest priority. His latest TV ad attempts to tap recession-related frustration in the third district, with Heck noting dramatically that the district has the highest unemployment rate in the state. “As a small businessman, I used to think politicians in Washington, D.C. made me mad, until I saw what Wall Street was up to. And I decided, instead of just getting angry, I’ll get something done,” says Heck in the ad.

Heck's hard focus on the economy includes a critical perspective on the financial regulation bill signed into law in the Spring. He says it didn't do enough, particularly with regard to breaking up the status quo of the banking industry—Heck wishes the bill would have brought back the Depression-era Glass-Steagall Act, which at one time strictly partitioned commercial banks from investment banks (it was repealed under the Clinton Adminstration in 1999 and didn't manage a comeback this year despite being a pet issue of Sen. Maria Cantwell).

Heck has raised just over $1 million (including $350,000 of his own money), with a little over $700,000 on-hand.  Herrera lags far behind in funding with $410,000 raised and $296,000 on-hand. But the latest SurveyUSA poll has Herrera ahead by thirteen points.
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