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October 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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The Times endorses McKenna for governor

McKenna’s partisan politics

The Times wants us to believe Rob McKenna [“McKenna for governor,” Editorials, Oct. 7]. I can't imagine why.

After his surprising waste of public funds on an unwanted attack on health-care reforms, trusting McKenna is not possible. Those reforms made it possible for me and my pre-existing conditions to get health insurance. They ended the deceit of cost shifting the care of the uninsured onto the bill I pay when I get hospital care.

McKenna will look appealingly moderate until elected, but he'll look like a partisan extremist once he is safely in power.

— George and Patricia Robertson, Seattle

Need for a women’s rights advocate

I cannot tell you how disappointed I am in your endorsements of Rob McKenna [“McKenna for governor,” Editorials, Oct. 7] and John Koster [“Koster, 1st District,” Editorials, Oct. 4]. These are two people who wholeheartedly oppose women's rights.

In case The Times is unaware, women do make up approximately 50 percent of the population. It sickens me that the editorial board is all too willing to ignore women's rights under the guise of their supposed fiscal responsibility.

Who entered into a lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Health Care Act? Rob McKenna. That's right, wasting Washington taxpayer's money to advance his own partisan agenda. That didn't work out too well for him, as I recall.

Get a clue. Neither one of these jokers is any more qualified than their competition. They're just small-minded individuals who seek to impose their personal values on others. The Seattle Times should be ashamed for getting sucked into their agenda that has nothing to do with “moving our state forward.”

If The Seattle Times had any sense, it would retract its endorsement.

— C. Samuel, Clyde Hill

McKenna puts people first

As a Democrat, I support Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna for governor. McKenna puts people and issues first, over the party and positioning.

McKenna worked with me, the prosecuting attorneys and the sheriffs of our four counties from the 19th Legislative District to restore anti-meth drug task force funding, combating the meth epidemic in Southwest Washington. SB 6239 was the result, restoring funding to fight this serious drug crime. It passed the Legislature unanimously and is still a major crime-fighting tool today.

McKenna defends rural natural-resource jobs. McKenna recently petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court along with 31 attorneys general from both parties to reverse a California federal court’s decision that trumps our state’s forestry laws.

McKenna has worked with me and other Democrats in the Legislature to get the job done. I’m proud to support McKenna for governor of Washington.

—Mark L. Doumit, Former Washington state senator, 19th District, Olympia


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