Did you happen to see this article in The Columbian today?
Fairly boilerplate and to be expected, Republicans trending big and Jaime Herrera the front runner in the 3rd CD race.
No big news, the grassroots have known that CONSERVATIVES would win big in November since last April, 2 months after the first Tea Party events that sparked a revolution. Then we had the Town Halls, the Governor races, a Senate race and the recent primaries.
So what struck me as odd was the quote by David Castillo:
David Castillo, Herrera’s leading Republican opponent, called the survey “a name ID poll” and told The Columbian, “I take it with a grain of salt.”
“The sample size is too small,” he said. “Where in the district did they poll? The vast majority of voters have no idea there is an election going on.”
Okay…. lets go through that quote.
The sample size was small, only 300. It was a name ID/support poll (Jaimie wins hands down) AND a no name Republican vs. Democrat poll (Republican wins).
I agree…. take any poll with a grain of salt..
We hear you David, the poll makes you look bad (polling 8%) and you have every right to ask questions…
But then he showed why the grassroots is having trouble with his candidacy… Arrogance and a disconnect with the grassroots.
“The vast majority of voters have no idea there is an election going on.”
Really? Vast Majority? Really?
Have you been to a Tea Party event? Have you had any contact with the grassroots bursting with eagerness for November?
Do you watch the news? Have you seen the recent primaries? Was he at the conventions or caucuses?
People are tuned in, angry and making noise on an epic scale. They are READY to vote!
I noticed this lack of understanding of the grassroots and this attitude of entitlement last summer when the Cowlitz County grassroots asked David to attend a candidate forum, using any format he was comfortable with. He declined, citing no need to give credence to any other Republican candidates. They wanted an opportunity to have a voice in choosing the next Republican candidate, he did not want the grassroots to have that choice.
I personally asked him his opinion on the Tea Party movement and if he had been to any events. He mumbled something about the town halls and changed the subject.
When talking about Jaimie’s original appointment to the 18th Leg. Seat, he calls into question the validity of the grassroot effort in Cowlitz County that rallied duly elected PCOs behind her. He discounts the long deliberate process by the PCOs that included multiple meetings and candidate interviews. Who can deny the PCOs, the only ones who could vote, duly elected by their fellow Republicans as the grassroots?
Now he is claiming some National Republican Senate Caucus (or “establishment”) involvement in the grassroots votes at three county conventions that gave Jaimie Herrera the endorsement of Cowlitz, Pacific and Wahkiakum county Republican Parties. Three of the most conservative counties in the district with delegates made up of the grassroots, elected by the grassroots.
All while he gladly takes the endorsement of a D.C. lobby group claiming to be the “muscle” behind the Tea Party movement (last I checked the muscle was We The People!). No interviews, no questionnaires, no inquiry with the real muscle, just a blind endorsement (turns out not to be completely blind, they did know David, he used to work for them.)
Last summer David kicked off his campaign with a big time campaign consultant, a lot of arrogance and very little need for the grassroots.
I warned him and his campaign manager that the paradigm had shifted and that the Tea Party movement and the grassroots as a whole was where the real political power was. (It seemed obvious to all of US!)
This poll and his quotes is just one more example that they have not been listening to We The People!