Jason Chaffetz in Spokane? Really?
Dear Group, This Saturday, June 2, the Spokane County Republican Central Committee will hold its "Lincoln Day Dinner 2018" at the Davenport Grand Hotel on W. Spokane Falls Blvd in downtown Spokane. Former Congressman Jason Chaffetz with "special guest," FOX news contributor Deneen Borelli are featured. McMorris Rodgers is not listed as a speaker at the dinner, but she will likely be in attendance. Rest assured she will endorse the talking points. Apparently the wedding of the GOP to Rupert Murdoch's Fox News propaganda empire is complete. Chaffetz, after resigning from the U.S. House of Representatives last year, immediately signed on with FOX as a contributor, a position that, according to Politico, is likely to pay better than his Congressional salary. It is also a position that will allow him to push his repugnant views to a large, receptive audience. For an exhaustive and thoroughly referenced list of his "Positions" I recommend reading Chaffetz' biography in wikipedia. They read like comprehensive list of positions McMorris Rodgers would heartily endorse if she could just induce all her constituents to rely on Fox News for their opinions. That the Spokane GOP is embracing Chaffetz and Borelli as signature speakers (much like bringing Nigel Farage to Spokane last year) speaks volumes about the direction of the Party. It is a shame most citizens do not take the time to explore the background of the folks who pose themselves as legitimate Representatives. Jason Chaffetz became infamous with his nationally televised iPhone gaffe during the debate over repealing the Affordable Care Act. You can watch his 52 seconds of fame here. The following is a quote from another article in the Boston Globe: Before his announcement that he would not seek reelection, Chaffetz was criticized for equating health care coverage with purchasing an iPhone. “Americans have choices and they’ve got to make a choice. And so maybe rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest it in their own health care. They’ve got to make those decisions themselves,” Chaffetz told CNN in March. For me, Chaffetz' comment is emblematic of the entire Republican Party's disconnect from the realities of life in the United States. He clearly has no idea of the cost of an iPhone or the cost of health insurance, no idea of the risk of medical bankruptcy, no idea of all the tripwires and bombs in the fine print a citizen needs to avoid in the "free market" health care system to which he wishes to return. Chaffetz was elected to the U.S. House in 2008. In 2017, citing family and foot surgery, and after experiencing a hostile town hall and the fallout from his CNN interview, he withdrew from Congress. He took his repugnant policies to Fox News...and now he gets top billing at the Lincoln Day Dinner. Lincoln would gag. You and a partner could meet Mr. Chaffetz at a private reception right here in Spokane for a donation of a mere $1000. Here is Saturday's schedule: 4:00 PM Private Roundtable Discussion in Governor's Suite with guest speakers, Congressman Jason Chaffetz and FOX News Contributor Deneen Borelli. 5:00 PM VIP Reception in East Terrace Room and Cocktail hour in the Grand Ballroom. 6:30 PM Dinner and Program begin in Grand Ballroom. 9:00 PM Program concludes. Here is another opportunity to take a walk...with a sign. Keep to the high ground, Jerry P.S. If you're wondering why Chaffetz got so much coverage in the Boston Globe click here. Check out the section on "Early Life and Education." Then read the section concerning the "U.S. House of Representatives, Election, 2008." In the latter you will read an instructive story concerning polls, money, and winning elections.