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BEREN: "RESTORE SEATTLE'S TWO-PARTY SYSTEM"

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Below are excerpts from a column by Joel Connelly in the July 26, 2006 Seattle Post-Intelligencer.  Entire article available online at: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/connelly/278854_joel26.html?source=rss

…Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., has secured the nickname "Congressman-for-life." Democratic voters have been crammed into Seattle's 7th District….

"I'm running to improve the political climate of Seattle by restoring [its] two-party character," said the 54-year-old [Republican and Seattle businessman Steve] Beren. He is a former Democrat and Vietnam-era anti-war activist….  "Having been a liberal, having been where Seattle voters are now, I can speak to them."

Seattle is not just an anti-war bastion. Many of its left activists are infected with an ideology that blames America for every problem in the world except -- maybe -- wheat rust.

These activists are McDermott's core constituency. Heads nod in unison as the anti-war congressman speaks at Town Hall: Dramamine is needed if you're not a true believer.

By contrast, Beren sees "a justice, even a nobility" to the U.S. commitment in Iraq. "It is the most important issue between me and McDermott, between Republicans and Democrats," he argued.

"This is absolutely a real war ... (Islamic fundamentalism) is just as much a danger to people of this planet as were Hitler and the governments of Italy and Japan."

Believing that McDermott has been "given a pass" by Seattle voters, Beren has a solution: "We should give them debates."

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