GOP Response to Dicks on DefenseFebruary 9th, 2010 by Steven Gardner
Yesterday in writing the story on U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks’ probable future as chairman of the House Defense Appropriations committee I tried to contact Kitsap County Republican Party Chairwoman Sandra Lacelle and Dicks’ Republican opponent, Doug Cloud. I was unable to reach either for the story, but LaCelle left a message and Cloud couldn’t reach me when he called back, so he sent a statement via e-mail.
Congressman Dicks, if he is elected Chairman, is to be congratulated. He has wanted this for a long time, but not under such circumstances. The taxpayers and working people should be concerned, however, as Congressman Dicks has shown no fiscal responsibility whatsoever in his current role.
LaCelle said the blessings are mixed. “It brings some clout to our area, certainly,” she said. But that comes with a cost. “Sometimes that clout is coming with distrust from the electorate.”