Protest stunt at Bellevue only heightened tension
Guest columnists Pramila Jayapal and LeeAnn Hall grossly misrepresented the “GOP’s response to the Bellevue protest” [“Why immigration is a major issue for women,” Opinion, Nov. 16].
In fact, my response was swift and oft-quoted by news sources throughout the state: “We are happy to have dialogue with anyone on the important issue of immigration reform … anyone who wants to talk with me can call to schedule an appointment.”
Instead, the writers claimed the “GOP response” was a tweet from the former state party chair, Kirby Wilbur, who no longer lives in Washington state. Simply put, Wilbur’s tweet was a disgrace. While insulting his political enemies, he also insulted Republicans over an issue where there is common ground on both sides of the aisle.
Our immigration system is broken. Republicans have been out in front on comprehensive immigration reform before President Obama was elected and are working toward answers under the leadership of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. While the left uses immigration as a vote-getter, the Republicans are seeking fair solutions for all immigrants. The protest stunt funded by a couple unions at a quiet Bellevue office building achieved nothing useful, except to draw out hot-heads on both sides of the issue.
As the new chairwoman of the state GOP, my job is to elect good Republicans to work with good Democrats to do good for the people of Washington state. Let’s move forward and work together.
— Susan Hutchison, chairwoman Washington State Republican Party