I found it on the ground at the post office. I picked it up to throw it away, then out of curiosity, looked at it. It is an 8-1/2 by 11-inch glossy attack ad against Carolyn Long, paid for by the Washington State Republican Party. The charges against her are shocking, the claims of damage she is to unleash on us are enormous.

The small print at the bottom tells you the sources of these warnings are from more than two years ago. They were proven wrong then, and are more wrong now. Fright tactics are unworthy of a politician who wants our trust and vote, so

I wanted to get in touch with Jaime Herrera Beutler.

These flyers are supposed to help her campaign. I was sure she would want to distance herself from them, and tell the party to cease spreading such nonsense.

I turned on my computer and was pleased to see that I had an email from her office. Perhaps she’d already been notified? Perhaps she was already on it?

But the email was letting me know that she had sponsored a bill that had been passed in the House to help with getting information about the U.S. death rate among women giving birth — the highest in the western world.

In 2018, she was instrumental in getting passed a bill to do this. Now, two years later, it is still not funded. The new bill is different, but the problem remains.

Her maternal health care bills are passed, with no change. The Republican Party is spreading lies about what Carolyn Long would do about health care costs. Find out for yourself.

Do you want someone who goes only half way — only to bragging rights but not to action? Or do you want someone who understands from personal experience how important health care is for all of us. With covid-19 raging around us, can we afford to have someone in office who only wants window dressing?

We pay for Jaime’s insurance. We should reasonably be able to expect her to find a way to protect us as well as we are protecting her.


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