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September 9, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Wisconsin governor holds think-tank fundraiser

Protesters not losers

About 300 people, mostly labor union supporters, protested outside the Sheraton Hotel in Seattle where Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gave a speech on Sept. 5, 2013. [Mark Harrison, The Seattle Times.]

About 300 people, mostly labor union supporters, protested outside the Sheraton Hotel in Seattle where Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gave a speech on Sept. 5, 2013. [Mark Harrison, The Seattle Times.]

I was in that group of folks who rallied to protest Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s presence at an annual fundraiser intended to champion his divisive strategies in Wisconsin. [“Conservatives can ‘reclaim’ nation, Wisconsin governor says,” NW Friday, Sept. 6.]

Sen. Slade Gorton, the people at that rally were actually what one would call “salt of the Earth.” They were carpenters, union members, retired teachers and at least one clinical social worker who spent a career working with veterans. Losers? I should think not — be careful who you call bitter.

We were there as a spirited representation on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Wisconsin, who are now being arrested for singing in the capitol of Wisconsin.

The last time I checked, the Constitution allows the peaceful assembly of citizens without interference from the government. Remember the U.S. Constitution, Gov. Walker?

My impression is that the Republican Party is trying to win back America. Win it back for whom? The wealthy folks at that dinner? The Koch brothers? What are you reclaiming, and why?

Christine Wheeler, Edmonds

Put aside partisanship

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in 2012. [Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images]

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in 2012. [Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images]

The elephant is an endangered species in the Seattle area, but Gov. Walker brought some life to the Washington state GOP.

In contrast, former Sen. Slade Gordon identified the 300 or so demonstrators as losers. Walker focused his speech on his accomplishments during his term, like turning a budget deficit into a surplus.

He may be branded as conservative, but political races are not about winners or losers, they are about ideas and results. It is a time for leadership, not partisanship.

If you see the ship sinking, react: Cross party lines and rebuild to a better future.

Karen Gonzalez, Redmond

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