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August 28, 2013 at 9:36 AM
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Adam Smith of Bellevue on Wednesday called for supplying arms and humanitarian aid to Syrian opposition forces in response to last week’s apparent chemical attacks on civilians blamed on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
But Smith, the top Democrat on the House Armed Service Committee, remains unconvinced that military action by the United States and other western forces would do much while exacting long-term costs and putting “our troops in harm’s way.”
Smith issued his statement after visiting Syrian refugees at the Jordanian border. President Obama has ordered the Pentagon to ready for possible missile strikes by U.S. Navy ships in the Mediterranean.
“To be clear, I am not calling for an open-ended commitment to remove the Assad regime, but that does not mean we cannot act in a way that is consistent with our interests and values,” Smith said. “Simply lashing out with military force under the banner of “doing something” will not secure our interests in Syria.”
Smith has long been reluctant to get the United States involved in Syria, even on humanitarian grounds.
“Do we say if there is suffering anywhere we as the United States of America have a responsibility to try and fix it? ‘No,’ is the answer to that question, because it’s a challenge we can’t possibly meet,” Smith said in a March 2012 interview with Foreign Policy magazine.
August 5, 2013 at 11:15 AM
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Adam Smith has joined the call for boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia unless authorities there renounce a new Russian law against
In an interview with KIRO Radio’s Jason Rantz Show that first aired Saturday, the Bellevue Democrat that no athletes traveling to Sochi, Russia, for the games should be put at risk of arrest or deportation. Russian President Vladimir V. Putin signed the law last month making promotion of ”nontraditional” sexual relations among minors subject to fines and prosecution.
The New York Times said the law is so vague that it is widely interpreted in Russia as a broader effort to restrict open advocacy of homosexuality.
“We have not yet seen any assurances that I think are going to be necessary to make the Olympics possible,” Smith said in the interview, which aired again Monday.
Asked if he would support a boycott absent those assurances, Smith said, “yes.”
Last week, Vitaly L. Mutko, Russia’s sports minister, said gay and lesbian athletes are welcome to compete, but “should respect the laws” of the host country.
December 10, 2012 at 6:00 AM
Big weekend for gay marriage in Washington state. So, what do voters across the country think about gay marriage? A new poll reported in Politico says a plurality — not a majority – of Americans favor gay marriage. The Times’ Carol Ostrom reported Saturday about people in our state who voted against both gay marriage and marijuana legalization. The U.S. Supreme Court will take up gay marriage, two cases.
U.S. Rep. Adam Smith stays put on armed services: The News Tribune of Tacoma has an interesting piece on Adam Smith, formerly of Tacoma, who has recently moved to Bellevue. The point is Smith may have moved out of the Tacoma area and away from close proximity to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, but his interests are still with armed services. Smith is staying on as the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee in the upcoming Congress. Smith, by the by, moved closer to the center of the newly-drawn 9th Congressional District.
Booker on the move: Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker is making plans. Or thinking about a move up in politics, anyway. Booker, one of the rising stars in Democratic politics, is pondering a run next year against popular New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Wouldn’t that be a fun race? Christie, a Republican, aggravated members of his own party for the hug heard round the world during the presidential race. (You might remember Christie embraced and praised President Obama in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.)
June 28, 2012 at 6:05 AM
U.S. Rep. Adam Smith has served eight terms in the 9th Congressional District, but last year’s redistricting drew two Democratic opponents who say he’s now too conservative for the new boundaries.
Two Republicans are running against him, too. But only one of his three opponents even lives in the new 9th District.
You don’t have to live inside a district’s boundaries to run for office, but candidates usually do.
Democrat David Christie, a LaRouche PAC Democrat, lives in North Seattle, outside the boundaries of the 9th. He said he didn’t want to run against his congressman in the 7th, Jim McDermott.
Democrat Tom Cramer, who says he has worked on 48 campaigns for Congress, says he lives “100 feet” from the new district’s boundary, but would move to Newcastle if he wins. He lives in the 1st Congressional District, which is flooded with well-known candidates.
Republican perennial candidate Boleslaw “John” Orlinski lives in the 9th District. But the other Republican in the race, retired aeronautical engineer Jim Postma, does not.
The incumbent, Smith, lives in northeast Tacoma, well within the new boundaries.
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