Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Russell's posse takes it in the chops: Post-Record endorses everyone else.

So, The Russell herd has been corralled and loaded on the box car to head for the slaughterhouse.

Russell is joined at the hip with Mike Delavar, Connie Jo Freeman and Caryn Plinski. Delavar is the incumbent; Freeman and Plinski are the challengers.

Ultimately, Russell's political career is over. His insistence on the unforced errors of calling himself a Christian, fake conservative who made 5 figures working for the PRO-tax side on the Port Levy... a college graduate, lying to the PCO's about his fundraising acumen, and his truly bizarre fixation on referring to his wife as a doctor... not to mention his exceptionally strange desire to assume multiple identities on various comment sites on blogs and newspapers... all very Christian, you understand...

All combine to make him politically DOA around here. And, of course, those he supports get caught in that splatter.

So, Russell tries to run a couple of unheard ofs so he can try and circumvent the mayor... taking over that position in a de facto manner of speaking... political allegiances being what they are.

They're not remotely qualified to hold positions on the city council, either by experience (One of his herd just attended her first city council meeting a couple of weeks ago) or temperament. Russell's history of campaigning is, of course, an outright disaster; the only campaign he won was against the woman who ran against him in his only contested city council campaign... and the reason for that?

Well, she filed... and that was about it.

He brings those same mad skills that made his congressional campaign and state representative campaigns such a disaster to the table when he tries to "assist" in the campaigns of others. And these are no exception.

The Post Record notices these things, I'm sure... and here's their take:
Washougal City Council races: Vote for Morris, Lindsay, McDaniel and Coston

It won’t be long before General Election ballots begin arriving in local mailboxes, and what voters in Washougal will find are eight City Council candidates — all with very different backgrounds and viewpoints on local issues.
During the past three weeks articles profiling these candidates have been published in the Post-Record, and four of those individuals stand above the rest.

When considering the Washougal City Council elections, voters should cast their ballots for Rod Morris (Position No. 2); Joyce Lindsay (Position No. 4); Jennifer McDaniel (Position No. 5); and Molly Coston (Position No. 7).

In the Position 2 race, incumbent Rod Morris is the clear choice against Caryn Plinski. Morris possesses the experience of 16 years on the council, during which time he has demonstrated balanced decision making and thoughtful consideration of the issues that are important to the citizens of Washougal. He also has shown a general willingness to work with his fellow council members, even those he may disagree with.

And while Plinski seems to have enthusiasm directed toward a run for the seat, she lacks knowledge of the issues or distinct opinions on how Washougal can and should move forward successfully.

In Position No. 4, Michael Delavar’s experience of two years on the council does not outweigh Joyce Lindsay’s clear passion for Washougal and her desire to keep the city on the right course. Lindsay has done her homework. From mailing out questionnaires to citizens, knocking on the doors of residents, and setting up meetings with business owners and local officials, she has set out to understand what the city’s constituents think about local issues. Her life experience, which includes owning a small business, will serve her well as a councilwoman.

Delavar, on the other hand, has spent a good deal of his efforts on City Council championing state and national issues that Washougal doesn’t need to spend its time addressing. While topics including immigration, abortion, the ethics of using stimulus funding and the state and federal deficit are important, they are best tackled in different arenas.

In Position No. 5, while Niki Anderson has that hometown spirit and seems to truly want to listen to and give back to her community, incumbent Jennifer McDaniel has served the city well during her first term in office by working hard, weighing the issues and making the best decisions she can — even when they are not always popular with all of her fellow council members. Her style is quiet, civil, and straight forward, yet strong and authoritative. She should be allowed the opportunity to continue to serve the city.

In another election, against a different opponent Anderson might be the choice to serve. But in this election, she doesn’t offer enough reasons to unseat McDaniel.
Sitting in Position No. 7 since May 2005, Molly Coston has consistently been a diligent, hard working council member, who stays abreast of the issues and votes her conscience. Although her desire to have a City Council that works together better and more efficiently is noteworthy, she could stand to take a harder stand on issues of importance.

Coston’s challenger Connie Jo Freeman seems enthusiastic about becoming involved in the city, and wanting others to be involved. But she falls short when it comes to having a real knowledge of the issues, or offering ideas on how to solve problems impacting Washougal. Coston, by contrast, has earned a second term on the council.
Cross posted at Clark County Politics.


  1. "And, of course, those he supports get caught in that splatter"-
    What were those people, Connie Jo and Caryn, thinking? Is Jon-boy that charming? Did he wow all of you with his great oratory skills or did he throw in some really great scripture quotes?

    If you two had just attended 'a few" city council meetings before you decided to jump on this grand campaign wagon thing- you might have seen just now manipulative and deceitful this little clay footed beastie-by is.

  2. And all of them failing surprises you how?

    On his blog, Jon says he is easily impressed (yesterday). No sh*t. Plinski and Freeman impressed you, as well as your loser-boy Delavar. Obviously you impress easily.

    I see your Vancouver candidate Barnes got arrested as well. Good company Jon.