Peter Goldmark is a refreshing independent Democrat running against a Bush loving first term Republican in Eastern Washington. He is a candidate any Washington district would be proud to have as their Congressman.
And you know what, you can have him as your Congressman, because guess what? Goldmark’s vote in Congress would carry the same weight as Jay Inslee’s or Rick Larsen’s or Brian Baird’s or Jim McDermott’s or Darcy Burner’s or Adam Smith’s or Norm Dick’s.
And a Goldmark vote in Congress would be one less Republican supporting the sell out of America to the large corporations and oil companies. Because to stop the continued Republican steamroller that is turning back years and years of progress to help the citizens of America, Democrats need to win back control of Congress. A Goldmark in Congress will fight for the people in the 5th Congressional District in Washington State and also for the rest of us.
I consider Peter Goldmark a dark horse candidate. He is fighting to get recognition and respect as a viable candidate because even people like PI reporter Joel Connelly continue to repeat what some so called “national pundits” and so called professional Congressional ratings newsletters speak in their infinite wisdom. They say that the 5th Congressional District is a “safe” Republican seat.
But as Peter Goldmark responds “”Just because they don’t think it winnable doesn’t mean it’s not winnable.”
For 30 years, the 5th Congressional District, which includes Spokane, was represented by Democrat Tom Foley. And Tom Foley rose to become Speaker of the House of Representatives. The Spokane area also elected Democrats to the state Legislature.
Curiously, in an era of authoritarian, centralized government, Peter Goldmark is stressing what used to be bedrock conservative values.
“The fiscal irresponsibility is absolutely intolerable. It is immoral to saddle future generations with the enormity of our current debt,” he said, speaking to the Bush administration’s $400 billion budget deficits.
Goldmark wants a Congress that would again act as a check on the White House. He promises to get a seat on the House Agriculture Committee and be “a voice of moderation, working across party lines.”
He recalls the bipartisan cooperation that gave us such laws as the National Environmental Policy Act.
McMorris was the chairwoman of a stridently partisan House Resources Committee task force on the act, whose “streamlining” proposals were unveiled before a Washington, D.C., lobbyists’ breakfast.
“There are more important issues for Eastern Washington than throwing away protections that have helped our air, sea and land,” Goldmark said.
Republicans have used social issues to get a lock on the inland west. In bread and butter terms, however, they’ve done little to help rural communities and rural families.
What makes Peter Goldmark different is that he is truly eastern Washington. He understands eastern Washington. He is eastern Washington. He is a wheat and cattle rancher in rural Okanogan County. But he also served as a Regent at Washington State University for almost 10 years, resigning this year to run full time for Congress. And he has a science background, a PhD in Molecular Biology, which he has put to use on his ranch, developing varieties of wheat.
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links to read more about Peter Goldmark:
Peter Goldmark’s Campaign website
Congressional Candidate Peter Goldmark Starts Galloping in Eastern Washington – MajorityRulesBlog 7/16/2006
Peter Goldmark – Eastern Washington’s Dark Horse Congressional Candidate – MajorityRulesBlog 6/26/2006
On the Campaign Trail with Peter Goldmark – Evergreen Politics 5/24/2006
Peter Goldmark Officially Announced his Campaign for Congress – npr radio 5/24/2006
Democrat Peter Goldmark Rides into Spokane to Kickoff his Campaign for Congress – MajorityRulesBlog 5/23/2006
Goldmark hopes to round up change – Spokesman Review 5/25/2006
Former Regent Enters Congressional Race – The Daily Evergreen 5/25/2006
Rural Democrat Mounts an Uphill Battle – Seattle PI 3/27/2006