Washington state residents recently began receiving, completing and returning their 2012 election ballots.
This past week a series of letters to the editor in the U-B caught my eye. I was not sure why at the time, but something made me put them aside rather than recycle them.
Then in the Oct. 28 edition there was a full page "Cathy represents me" ad along with a series of quotes from several of the "represented."
Then I started drawing lines between the letter writers of this past week and the list of the "represented" in the Sunday ad. By the time I was through it looked like a 12-hour graph of commercial airline flights across the country.
Then this quote in the header of the Sunday ad caught my attention: "As a person who understands agriculture, Cathy has served our district well."
Oh really? After serving eight years in Congress, Cathy does not hold a major agriculture committee position. By now she should hold a chair position. She's wasted eight years of her time and ours and needs to be replaced with a rising star who from day one will focus on becoming a major voice if not chairman of an agriculture committee.
As I looked for links between Cathy and the 12-hour graph it took less than "six degrees of separation" to discover that some of Cathy's top campaign donations to date are from Walla Walla.
While looking at the lists of "top five" donors in both direct donations and in donations to Cathy's PAC, I noticed one local business was listed in both "top five" categories.
Suddenly the 12-hour graph of lines looked like a 24 hour graph. Lines going everywhere. I had no idea Walla Walla was such a financial contributor to the GOP side of Congress.
I scratched my head in confusion. The 5th Congressional District is all about agriculture. Why then doesn't Cathy hold a senior agriculture position within Congress and in direct line with that significant shortcoming, why then is Walla Walla in two "top five" categories of Cathy donations keeping company with the likes of Wells Fargo, Potlatch, Moneytree and Blue Cross/Blue Shield?
Did Cathy choose to skip the recent Chamber of Commerce candidate debate rather than risk answering why she's not the chair of an House Agriculture Committee?