Both Republicans vying to be the next member of Congress from Central Washington’s 4th District say they want to cut federal spending.
But while tea-party favorite Clint Didier talks of slashing all sorts of federal subsidies — “we have to get back to sacrifice,” he recently told a radio interviewer — GOP establishment pick Dan Newhouse is signaling he won’t make voters give up their own hard-won government benefits.
In a new TV ad, Newhouse attacks Didier for past statements favoring a phaseout of Social Security and Medicare in favor of private-sector retirement and health-care systems.
The ad shows an angry-looking Didier waving his arms, while Newhouse is shown speaking reassuringly to farmers. “Clint Didier is wrong,” the narrator says. “Dan Newhouse has a better approach. He’ll protect Social Security and use common-sense solutions to cut wasteful spending and balance the budget.”
The 30-second spot never says what wasteful spending Newhouse would cut, nor does his campaign website’s issues page.
Of course, in political ad-speak, “wasteful spending” means the cash that winds up in someone else’s wallet.
Update (11:05 a.m.): In a statement, Didier campaign manager Larry Stickney said the ad “looks like it came straight out of the Democrat party’s playbook trying to scare people with the ridiculous claim that Clint wants to cut off their government benefits.”