Sunday, October 02, 2011

Do We Have a Viable Alternative Candidate for Washington State Governor?

Shahram Hadian
With a little over a year to go to our next governor’s election, both political parties in Washington State have once made our selection for us on who we get to vote for. The Washington State Republican Party has given us State Attorney General Rob McKenna, who has long had his eyes fixed on one day occupying the governor’s mansion. The Washington State Democrat Party has decided on 1st District U.S. Representative Jay Inslee to occupy the governor’s mansion next, given that current Democrat Christine Gregoire has announced she will not seek a third term.

The establishment in both parties have drawn the lines and decided that is our choices, whether we like them or not.

For too long now we have had party elites deciding on who we get to vote for on many levels. Woe be upon any candidate who doesn’t just go along with the party elites. I saw a close up and personal view of just that in the 2010 election as the GOP undermined and back stabbed a good conservative candidate to ensure Jaime Herrera, the hand-picked and groomed candidate of the GOP establishment’s choice won the nomination.

With this in mind, I am pleased to see a third candidate standing up and willing to give us another choice to look at. Shahram Hadian is stepping up to the plate and by all outward appearances is a man deserving of our attention.

He immigrated with his family to America from his native Iran in 1978 when he was 7 years old, shortly before the Shah of Iran was overthrown and a brutal Islamic regime of took over, months later to see the Ayatollah Khomeini become the country's Supreme Leader. He is a graduate of the Washington Law Enforcement Academy and served as a Police Officer for the City of Redmond.

Hadian ran for Washington State Representative previously and converted to Christianity from Muslim over a decade ago. He has served as a pastor, police officer, teacher, coach, and small business owner, now residing in Everett with his wife and two sons.

He remains a strong voice against radical Islam and imposing Sharia Law in America.

Little is known concerning Hadian here in Clark County, but there are steps being taken to get him down for us to see who he is and what he stands for.

If he is what we want for governor, we conservatives will have to stand against the establishment and block any undermining and backstabbing that will surely come down from the Bellevue Mafia to ensure McKenna is the only choice we are given.

McKenna has acted on our behalf and pleased many of us as Attorney General. But, he has also taken several positions contrary to our views over the years too. He is a moderate, not a conservative. If the choice comes down to either McKenna or Inslee, I will no doubt hold my nose and vote McKenna.

But it is up to us, the voters in Washington State and Clark County to weigh our options and decide for ourselves who we want to occupy the governor’s mansion and lead us. For too long, political parties have made decision for us.

The only way we will be able to make our own choices is by giving candidates like Shahram Hadian a fair and serious look when we can and decide based upon what we see and hear.

It is hoped we will have a meeting with him in the near future and I will announce when and where such a meet will be scheduled.

He at least deserves a fair assessment by voters.

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