McMorris Rodgers should be returned to US Congress

The Spokane Republican represents her rural Eastern Washington district well.

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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers continues to do a solid job representing her conservative Eastern Washington congressional district. We recommend voters return McMorris Rodgers to Congress for a fourth term.

McMorris Rodgers, a Republican from Spokane, has a firm grasp on issues important to this rural region.

She has taken a keen interest in the situation at the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center. She regularly meets with administrators and VA officials to ensure progress is being made in upgrading care at the Walla Walla facility.

McMorris Rodgers, along with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., was relentless in her effort to make sure the local medical center remains open to serve the veterans of this region.

McMorris Rodgers' challenger, Democrat Daryl Romeyn of Spokane, is enthusiastic. He isn't, however, a traditional Democrat -- or even a traditional congressional candidate.

Romeyn worked as TV weatherman in Spokane for years before losing his job this spring for economic reasons. It was then he opted to jump into this race as a Democrat even though he is best described as an independent. He has beefs with both political parties and supported Republican John McCain for president in the last election.

His entry into the race rubbed the Democratic establishment wrong as he knocked off its endorsed candidate, Clyde Cordero, in the primary.

Romeyn said he decided to run as a Democrat because he needed a label from one of the two major parties to have any chance to win. He went Democrat because he said he now finds himself agreeing with Democrats more often than Republicans.

If elected to Congress, Romeyn would likely be a maverick irking both parties in short order.

For those looking to make a protest vote aimed at Republicans or Democrats, Romeyn is a viable option.

But Romeyn isn't prepared to serve in Congress. His knowledge of the issues is somewhat shallow. He is learning as he goes. Romeyn is sharp, very energetic and easy to like. Perhaps he needs to make a run for a local or state office.

McMorris Rodgers' extensive experience in the state Legislature has served her well in Washington, D.C.

McMorris Rodgers understands how to get things done in Washington, even as a member of the minority party.

And when she focuses on issues she does it like a laser. Right now McMorris Rodgers sees reducing federal spending as the nation's top priority. She believes a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution is the answer.

As we've said in the past, McMorris Rodgers often takes principled stands and does not back away from confrontation. She believes in what she is doing.

McMorris Rodgers has earned a fourth term in Congress.



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