Email letters, June 7, 2012
Woody Walcher makes much of the fact that he is a 45-year resident of Mesa County and a Colorado native. From one who can match both of those qualifications, I have a question for Walcher: Why is it that, in those 45 years, up until about six months ago, I had never heard of you?
My 45 years includes years of inclusion in Mesa County’s business, educational and political affairs and yet, Walcher never appeared on the scene in any of those venues. When Walcher attacks his opponent’s lack of experience, how are we to know what it is he has to offer?
Rose Pugliese and her husband, John, chose Mesa County as the place they wanted to live and raise their family. From the day of their arrival Pugliese has stepped forward to become a part of this community. As a point of fact, I’m sure far more people know who Pugliese is, as opposed to her opponent, and are far more likely to trust her.
Electing “young, inexperienced people”? What a novel idea. In case Walcher hasn’t noticed, our future is in their hands. He speaks of “having a choice.” Mesa County Republicans did have a choice, and they overwhelmingly made that choice, Pugliese.
To even hint that we were not willing and capable of choosing our candidate is to insult the intelligence and integrity of every person at that convention. In addition, violating the Golden Rule of political parties, that of speaking negatively about a fellow Republican, is a violation that I take seriously. Snide, patronizing remarks have no place in a primary.
Perhaps in another 10 years we can truly know who Walcher is. He should come back for consideration then.