It's hard to take the tea party seriously when they pick the candidates they do. Eight Republicans, two Democrats, and two Independents are competing to fill Doc Hastings' 4th Congressional seat. It's been 20 years since a Democrat held the seat. An Independent has never held the seat.
The Republicans dominate the eastern part of the state. A conservative, even Libertarian-leaning, tea party candidate, with the qualifications and acumen to make a difference in this do-nothing Congress could take the election from more mainstream Republicans. Instead, the tea party is backing Clint Didier.
It's impossible to enumerate all Divider's extreme pronouncements in a 200-word letter, but at the League of Women Voters-sponsored candidate forum Didier said that the United Nations was behind the Common Core initiative, and pledged to get the U.S. out of the U.N. and defund the Department of Education. Then, getting on a roll by his closing, he said he'd stop all foreign aid, and defund all the federal agencies.
There are several Republican candidates with legal, legislative, and leadership experience that make the tea party candidate look like what he is -- extreme and an extremely poor choice.
RICHARD BADALAMENTE, Kennewick