Wednesday, May 12, 2021
May 12, 2021

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Letter: Reclaim centrist thinkers


The shabby treatment of Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, by political activists in Clark and Cowlitz counties does not characterize the beliefs of Republicans in general.

As a lifelong Republican, I fear for the party’s future. Our representative’s vote to impeach the ex-president was statesmanlike, justified and represents an important step toward remaking the party. There is a cadre of Republican supporters who have felt disenfranchised. How can the party retain this support while recapturing middle America? Jaime’s stance on impeachment seems key to retaining and reclaiming centrist thinkers.

Our congresswoman’s value to Southwest Washington is legend. She enjoys a wealth of support. It is frustrating to witness the dealings of local objectors. How can they fail to anticipate the consequential destructiveness and divisiveness? It is hard to conceive of a better illustration of “shooting yourself in the foot.”

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