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WSD Chair Comments On Hastings Resignation

posted Feb 13, 2014, 7:04 PM by Douglas County Democrats   [ updated Feb 13, 2014, 7:33 PM ]



For Immediate Release

February 13, 2014

Contact: Misty Shock Rule

(206) 724-4721


 Statement on retirement of Rep. Doc Hastings

SEATTLE – Today, Rep. Doc Hastings announced that he is retiring after 20 years of representing Washington’s 4th congressional district. Jaxon Ravens, Chair of the Washington State Democratic Party, released the following statement:

“Whereas Senator Patty Murray, Senator Maria Cantwell, and Washington’s congressional Democrats fight every day for Washingtonians, Rep. Doc Hastings has ascended the party ranks of a dysfunctional and irresponsible Republican Congress.

"Hastings is just the latest proof that House Republicans can no longer defend this reckless Republican Congress that stacks the deck against the middle class. This began with his broken pledge in 1994 to run for re-election only twice. As Chair of the House Ethics Committee, he covered up for corrupt Party leadership and blocked investigation of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay."

"Hastings represents some of the most pristine land in the country. But as Chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources, he’s made it his mission to gut regulations and hand over our land to Big Oil and other corporate interests. He’s blocked legislation to expand wilderness areas, he’s expanded offshore drilling and mining, and he is now trying to dismantle the Endangered Species Act."

"Time after time, Doc Hastings has chosen his Party over the people. The Washington State Democratic Party is eager to support a Democratic candidate who will responsibly represent the people of the 4th congressional district. It’s time for voters in the 4th congressional district to decide if they want to turn the page or continue with the status quo.”