Email letters, June 19, 2012
Walcher part of ‘group temper tantrum’
Woody Walcher just doesn’t seem to get the fact that he lost the March GOP caucus vote by a significant margin. To accuse the “party hierarchy” of lining up against him is absurd. Having worked as an educator for years, I am familiar with child psychology, and Woody’s assertions are nothing more than the protestations of a 6-year-old who didn’t get what he wanted.
Bjorkland and the others who have chosen to join Woody in his group temper tantrum have viciously attacked one of the best conservative figures in Mesa County. Rose Pugliese is a fearless advocate of conservative principles and policies. She is smart, friendly and genuine, and she has a personal stake in the future of this county and its schools.
Woody and his bully brigade have been marginalized by no one. There is no conspiracy by the “party hierarchy” to oppose him. The local GOP is too busy planning to beat Obama and the Democrats in November to worry about Woody and his flailing complaints.
But Republicans and conservatives in Mesa County are paying attention to Walcher, his mean-spirited ads, his incessant whining about “the party bosses” and his underhanded and sniveling attacks against Rose Pugliese.
My message to Mesa County Republicans: If you want a grown-up for county commissioner in District 3, vote for Rose Pugliese.
Party bosses don’t dominate caucus system; Walcher treated fairly
Gary Harmon’s article noted the “dismay” by candidate Woody Walcher, spurned by those he calls the “party bosses,” who chose Rose Pugliese to be the GOP candidate for county commissioner. I do not know either candidate, Walcher or Pugliese. However, I do know a lot about party structure and so-called control by political bosses.
I have served as both a precinct committeeman and a county chairman in another county on the Western Slope. I have also worked in politics in other states where party bosses did have a heavy hand in candidate selection.
That said, serving as county chairman in La Plata County was the most neutering experience I had in three decades of political involvement; it requires administering the rules and total impartiality as to competing candidates who come before the county assemblies and primaries. The fact is, the caucus system and its various assemblies may be archaic, but they are not dominated by bosses—only by those who show up.
So, poor Woody ended up not meeting the threshold (it’s not a high bar) to make the primary ballot, a spot he competed for willingly, accepting the rules. Now he says the system was rigged against him, so he wants Republicans to vote for him. Why? What does he have to commend his candidacy?
With a guitar strumming in the background, he tells radio listeners that he is from here. His opponent has a funny name and is not from here. He is from here. His opponent is a lawyer who hasn’t been here as long as he has. He is from here, and he will donate his first year’s salary to charity.
To that I can say, Mr. Walcher knows what he is worth. His campaign is not worthy of support.
Pugliese lauded for acumen, experience, people skills
I am supporting Rose Pugliese for county commissioner in District 3. The recent endorsement of her primary opponent by the Democrat in the race has only strengthened my support.
I have been impressed how Mrs. Pugliese reaches out to people, from the young man who helped nominate her at the county convention to seasoned business owners and retirees. She has an ability to listen to people and to learn from them what problems and issues they face in their day-to-day dealings with the county.
In debates and candidate forums, Rose Pugliese was invariably the candidate who could answer every question intelligently and support her answers with facts, having taken the time and effort to learn the issues. With thoughtful responses, she displays experience as a community and business leader and conservative advocate. She applies conservative principles for practical solutions.
Rose demonstrates meticulous attention to detail, not only in her policy positions, but also in her financial responsibilities. The campaign finance reports just released show how seriously she takes such matters as campaign accounting and financial discipline. Rose has raised the most money from individual contributions in her race and has spent less than she has raised, leaving her with a surplus.
Her opponent, on the other hand, has borrowed 90% of his campaign funds and spent 100%; that smacks of wild desperation. A candidate with irresponsible borrowing and spending habits is not someone I want making financial decisions for the county using my hard-earned tax dollar; I would rather have a true fiscal conservative, such as Rose Pugliese, in that position.
In closing, I believe the above is evidence for why the Democratic candidate endorsed Rose’s primary challenger. He would be a much easier opponent in the November election.
Justice Dept. strikes out baseball players, lets government officials slide
It seems that the Justice Department has no problem spending five years, devoting thousands of man-hours and spending millions of taxpayer dollars trying to convict one baseball player of lying to Congress, yet it can’t justify hiring a special prosecutor for Fast and Furious or to look into White House leaks. The baseball player was looking at possibly 30 years if convicted.
However, government officials at worst will have to step down and live off their overblown government pensions for the rest of their lives. Sort of makes you wonder!
Pitbull robocalls against Henry are undeserved
Is Mesa County taking a page out of the big Denver politico playbook? In the eleventh hour, with no time to respond, attack ads against Ken Henry
full of venom, innuendos and false statements are relentlessly being robo-dialed to voters.
Henry and his opponent are both decent, good guys. The voters need to decide who has the most private and public experience to best represent Mesa
Ken has served on the Fruita council and as mayor in addition to years in business and community service. Ken has shown he will listen and respond to
the needs of citizens and taxpayers. He does not deserve this kind of attack on his character.
Pugliese takes ‘high road’ despite ‘low blows’
I am so glad that Rose Pugliese has chosen to take the “high road” in the county commissioner race. She is a smart, common sense, kind, soft-spoken young woman—the opposite of the person Woody Walcher portrays her as in his ads.
He says she is an East Coast (mob-like?) lawyer and an outsider. I was quite dismayed at his low blows. I hope this negative campaigning backfires on him. Rose has my vote and the votes of my family. We know she will be fair and do a great job!
Walcher vows to fight hard for conservative values
As a lifelong Republican, it is more important in these tough economic times to stress what I will do as a conservative. To me a conservative insists that government works for the people, not the other way around. Ronald Reagan believed this more than any president in the modern era; he had it right.
I believe it is flat-out immoral to use taxpayer money to advance a personal agenda. I believe that before we spend any county money we must promise our fellow citizens that it is the best thing to do. I will work hard to advance our county at every opportunity. I promise to be conservative of county money because it is not mine; it belongs to our citizens.
I will fight hard to advance the county as I am doing currently on the planning commission. I will work to bring in more industry and business, because, as President Calvin Coolidge said, “The business of American is business.” And, having run several successful actual businesses, I know how to get things done, and that means job creation, too.
I have lived, worked and paid taxes in this valley all my adult life; I am not new to the area. I do not have any hidden agendas and am not owing to anyone or party for your vote – except you!
I will fight like a dog to protect and promote Mesa County because that is the job of a good county commissioner. This is a real, full-time job with lots of overtime involved and is best done without outside distractions or another job.
Bottom line: I promise voters I will be 100 percent dedicated to doing the right thing for them, because that is the job and the morally right thing to do.
Serving the people of Mesa County is my goal, and I am working hard to win that honor. I have walked 148 miles and knocked on more than 1,500 doors, talking to Republican voters over the last seven weeks.