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I just finished watching the debate for Washington's 5th district (www.khq.com) between first term congressional member Cathy McMorris(R) and her democratic challenger Peter Goldmark(D) (www.votepetergoldmark.com).  My general impression is that both candidates played a rather conservative strategy.  I am not surprised considering the make-up of this district and that it was the first debate.   That being said, there were some distinct differences between the candidates, namely their positions on the Iraq war.

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Goldmark did a very good job defining his position on the issues pertinent to this district.  I do think he missed and opportunity when he was asked to offer his opinion on the Demoratic's position on Iraq.  Iraq is the one issue that local republicans do not want to discuss.  The Iraq war is extremely unpopular in this district.  Peter seemed hesitant to attack the administration.  However, the door is open for him to do so in the future.  McMorris on the other hand, was eager to point out that, "We have made great progress in Iraq", and further went on to say that she is not for the "cut and run" strategy that the other side supports.  I was surprised that she would tie one of Bush's many anchors around her neck.  In doing so she has handed Peter Goldmark a gift that will play well in this district.

For those of you unfamiliar with Washington's 5th district, it is large in area but small in population and covers most of eastern Washington.  Spokane is the largest city in the district and leans moderately republican for most elections.  Rural areas like in most districts remain to be stubbornly conservative.  This race does not show up on many forecasts as one that can be won by the Democrats.  Peter is a great candidate for this district, so don't be surprised if you see his name with a check next to it on November 7th.

Originally posted to passback on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 02:15 PM PDT.

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  •  He's on my list (1+ / 0-)
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    Land of Enchantment

    I list Goldmark as a 3rd tier race in my latest House Race Update that I do for the Virginia folks at "Raising Kaine".

    For Virginia blog news, check out: http://www.raisingkaine.com

    by DanfromRaisingKaine on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 02:16:53 PM PDT

  •  Great progress eh? (1+ / 0-)
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    PatsBard

    Yeah, right.

    Breaker 1-9, Is anyone there? C'mon back truckers and talk to Teddy Bear.

    by quaoar on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 02:17:58 PM PDT

  •  She also praised the suspension of Habeas Corpus (1+ / 0-)
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    PatsBard

    and called it "good legislation".  She also came off as too DC insiderish, while Peter sounded like the people he's going to represent.  They probably suspect that ol' Cathy "ain't from there anymore".

    •  Well then, that's the image to play up... (0+ / 0-)

      Send a message to Peter and get him going on how out of touch with the voters she has become.

      Anti-incumbent fever is high and works especially well when it isn't a stretch.

      -6.5, -7.59. If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention.

      by DrWolfy on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 02:25:57 PM PDT

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  •  re (1+ / 0-)
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    PatsBard

    Hmm. I won't buy her till she gives us a first hand account...

    ..outside the Condi-Green-Zone.

    "Steve Holt does not allow predators to roam Congress." - Steve Holt

    by cookiesandmilk on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 02:20:33 PM PDT

  •  Is McMorris a member of Al Qaeda? (1+ / 0-)
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    lipris

    Then her statement would be true.

    "Everything's shiny, Captain. Not to fret."

    by rmwarnick on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 02:25:49 PM PDT

  •  McMorris has repeatedly voted against Veterans (0+ / 0-)

    . . . benefits. Did they mention this at the debate?  

    Her votes against Vets includes her . . .

    *vote against health insurance for thousands of Reservist and Guardsmen (HR 1815, Vote #221).
    *vote against additional funding for veterans programs on five occasions (HR 5385, Vote #173; HR 5385, Vote #174; HR 2528, Vote #224; HRS 95, Vote #82).  
    *vote to increase health fees for retired vets under 65 (HCR 376, Vote 158).  
    *vote against ending the Military Families Tax (HR 5122, Vote 144).  
    *vote against debt assistance for returning Guard & Reservists (S 256 vote 107).
    *vote against additional job assistance for veterans (HR 27, Vote 47).  

    Eastern Washington Voters told this to motorists in downtown Spokane the other day, and a couple weeks ago.  Traffic count was 9,000 cars each day.   Very soon, there will be more info about this at EWpolitics.

    Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

    Bryan E. Burke, Chair of Eastern Washington Voters; www.ewvoters.org

    by bryanb on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 03:23:10 PM PDT

  •  Great progress? Yeah, right! (0+ / 0-)

    Great progress?   Yeah, right!

    http://images.dailykos.com/...

  •  local play more important (0+ / 0-)

    Here on dKos, we already know about Goldmark.  We already know what an authentic, appealing, standout candidate he is.  

    The problem is that the voters of WA-05 aren't nearly so informed.  The major player in the Eastern Washington news business, the Spokane Spokesman-Review, has done its level best to ignore Peter's campaign.  It's not just that the paper is conservative and Republican -- there are lots and lots of newspapers in that camp.  It's not just that the S-R will endorse Cathy -- that was a foregone conclusion from Day One.

    No, it's that for the longest time they simply didn't report anything, positive or negative, about Goldmark.  For readers of the paper, it might have seemed like there wasn't even a Democrat running for the local Congressional seat.  For a candidate whose strength as a candidate is evident from first instant you see him, whose greatest challenge is simply getting himself known by the voters, being a non-person in the most widely-disseminated news source in the district has been a very difficult hurdle.

    You're only young once, but you can be immature forever -- Larry Andersen
    Blogging at Peace Tree Farm

    by N in Seattle on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 04:08:51 PM PDT

  •  Here she is for 'girl's club' photo op (0+ / 0-)


    Laura Bush, Cathy McMorris, Gale Norton (lovely!)

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