On July 22nd 2014 the Editorial staff at the Everett Herald met with Candidates for Washington’s 1st Congressional District, including Susan DelBene, Ed Moats, Pedro Celis and myself (Robert J. Sutherland), to discuss issues like “why are you running”. The staff included Josh O’Connor, Neal Pattison, Carol MacPherson and Peter Jackson.
Ironically none of the staff ever asked us the question: “Why are you running for office?" Instead, we were asked, among other things, about the Ex-Im bank (Export-Import Bank). Why? Who knows. After many months on the campaign trail talking with thousands and thousands of folks here in Washington’s 1st Congressional District I can say this however: Not a single person I talked to has ever asked me about the Ex-im bank. Zero. Nada. None. It appears there are more pressing concerns for real Americans, like the economy (another question NOT asked by the staff), the lack of quality care for Veterans at the VA hospital (again, NOT asked), and the rising National debt (yep, you guessed it: NOT asked).
But the Ex-Im bank issue was apparently important enough for the Everett Herald staff to ask the four of us, three Republicans and an incumbent Democrat. Do you smell a rat yet? The Herald describes the Ex-Im bank as “the 80-year-old institution that promotes U.S. exports and costs taxpayers zero.” Who could possibly be against that right? Keep reading.Continue reading