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Rep. Herrera Beutler faces challenger within GOP

Republican Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, of Camas, Clark County, already is facing an opponent in next year’s primary election.

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VANCOUVER, Wash. — A Republican has emerged to challenge U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler in 2014.

Washougal airline pilot Michael Delavar, a board member of the Clark County Republican Party and a former Washougal City Council member, announced over the weekend that he intends to run against the Camas Republican. He said he’s unhappy with Herrera Beutler’s voting record on budget issues and her support of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which affirmed President Obama’s authority to detain U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism involvement.

“I am tired of congressional representatives, like Herrera Beutler, playing political theater with the budget,” Delavar said in his announcement. “There are solutions to the budget dilemmas, but kicking the can down the road only increases the size of the correction.”

Delavar was one of 14 Clark County GOP board members to send a letter to Herrera Beutler earlier this month that criticized her vote to end the partial government shutdown and extend the nation’s borrowing limit. In the letter, the board said her vote was a disappointing surrender in the fight to reduce the nation’s debt.

On Oct. 15, Herrera Beutler said she no longer supported House Republicans’ budget-negotiation demands that the 2010 Affordable Care Act be dismantled or defunded. She said it was time for her colleagues to “face reality” and seek more practical ways to change it.

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