I am baffled that Mayor Tim Leavitt and County Commissioner Steve Stuart would attack Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, for wanting to hold a vote on the Columbia River Crossing project. They asked her to “take a position,” but when she did, they skewered her. They really want her to join the crowd of government agencies who favor the big light rail/CRC project.
The voters are allowed to choose whom they want to represent them, and they should also get to choose which bridge project they will be forced to pay for. It seems that only Herrera Beutler understands our concerns.
If Leavitt and Stuart think they know which bridge project Clark County residents want, they are misreading the tea leaves. Remember: the last time voters sent a message on paying for the bridge, they thought they were putting a “no on tolls” mayor in office. We were fooled once.
Commissioner Stuart and Mayor Leavitt, if you’re still unclear, here’s the message to you: Ask us directly.