September 16, 2004

Doc Hastings To Let DeLay Go Uninvestigated

According to a story from The Hill, courtesy of DailyKos, Washington State Congressman Doc Hastings (R-WA 4th) will be part of burying an ethics investigation into Tom Delay's (R-TX) fundraising tactics. To its credit, the Seattle P-I ran a brief AP story on the investigation, but failed to mention that a Washington State representative would be involved in the decision to let Delay off the hook.

Kos listed the members of the committee and their D.C. office numbers. If you live in Hastings' district, give him a call.

Doc Hastings (WA-4)

If you live in another state, head over to Kos and see if there's a representative serving on the committee you can talk to in your area. If you live in the same state, but not the same district, call your own representative and ask them to please raise a fuss about it.

Wherever you live, check your local paper and see if they mentioned this conflict of interest in any stories they may have written. If they haven't, consider sending a polite letter with links to these stories, and be sure to mention the involvement of any representatives in your state who might be involved. Ideally, we can get a few members of the press to start calling their offices for statements.

This Working For Change article lists the donation amounts made by DeLay's tainted PAC to four of the Republicans supposed to be sitting in judgement on him. Hastings, for example, received $1,410 from ARMPAC in what the FEC report declared to be in-kind contributions. None have recused themselves. This should matter to everyone, if only because DeLay is one of the most powerful men in Washington, and his legislative agenda is what our representatives get to vote on.

So please, do something about it today. Even if you only make two phone calls or send out a couple of emails, it counts.

Posted by natasha at September 16, 2004 11:46 AM | WA Politics | Technorati links |

DSCC is fighting back for Patty Murray!

Looks like the DSCC is taking Patty Murray’s race seriously – they put together a website about George Nethercutt (her opponent) that launched today. If you don’t know, Nethercutt is the congressman from Spokane who beat Tom Foley in 1994 by running on term limits, then changed his mind in 2000 and decided to stay put. Guess he likes the lobbyist money!

Anyway, their site is at Patty Murray’s site is She’s been targeted as the second most important pickup by the Republicans, so they’re dumping money into Nethercutt’s campaign, and sending Bush out there to help him out. The Nethercutt site is pretty funny, though! :)

Posted by: John Jackson at September 16, 2004 03:36 PM

Hastings is a schmuck. Most of the people who elected him are just north of a six-fingered banjo player. Whenever I drive through that part of Eastern WA, I hear that 'Deliverance' theme in the distance.

Don't get me wrong, there are a few decent folks living in places like Yakima and Moses Lake but they're in hiding ... or in disguise.

I head back to the homestead in Omak to see my parents and, as much as I try to avoid these goons, I inevitably get into a one-sided debate about that idiot Bush. The Repugs control every corner of my hometown's politics. They worship at the teat of the Right Wing.
Sheesh, I'm lucky I got my liberal butt outta there when I did.

Damn, you can't turn over a rock in the 4th Dist. or 5th Dist. without finding another slimy Republican towing the fascist line.

Posted by: David Aquarius at September 16, 2004 04:25 PM