In Congress, experience equals power. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has that experience. She’s been a powerful representative for Eastern Washington and deserves re-election to an eighth term.
That competition is good for Eastern Washington. Voters have a distinct choice between two good candidates with strong records of public service but different philosophies.
Brown has a stellar record of getting things done for the Spokane area. As Senate majority leader, she was instrumental in securing the new medical school at WSU Spokane and, as chancellor, oversaw the creation of that program. Her demonstrated leadership speaks volumes about her potential in Congress.
McMorris Rodgers embraces the American Dream and sees herself as a product of that. The self-described “farm kid” believes in helping people who are in need but also in creating an environment in which people can prosper and provide for themselves. She supports Medicare and Social Security, despite accusations that she does not.
As far as leadership, McMorris Rodgers is the highest-ranking Republican woman in the U.S. House and the fourth-highest Republican leader. She chairs the House Republican Conference. Regardless of which party controls Congress, it would take years for a newcomer, even as skillful a politician as Brown, to achieve that level of influence.
Her influence counts not only in legislating but in helping constituents deal with federal agencies, an under-appreciated but critical part of a representative’s job.
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However, as Republicans pointed out before the Affordable Care Act became law,
Because of McMorris Rodgers’ political influence, top federal officials come to Eastern Washington to understand our challenges and assets firsthand. Fairchild Air Force Base hosts the Congressional Military Family Summit and VA Secretary Robert Wilkie on Oct. 17.
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In these midterm congressional elections, the specter of national politics hangs over the Brown-McMorris Rodgers race. But regardless of which political party gains or loses seats in Congress on Nov. 6, what should matter to voters here is which candidate would best represent Eastern Washington.
That person is Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
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