Washington 15th District State Representative David Taylor (R-Moxee), is showing an independent streak in making the announcement he is endorsing Shahram Hadian for the office of governor. His district includes Sunnyside, and much of eastern Yakima County. He made the announcement in a press release, with a handful of other state representatives.
In an interview with this blog, Mr. Taylor states he made the endorsement because many people kept asking him who he supports for governor. He said, “I view primaries as an opportunity for individuals to look at candidates to see who most closely matches up with their beliefs.”
Taylor said once Washington’s top two primary is over, he will look at who is left and decide who to support then; adding that in his opinion, state agencies are out of control and need to be reigned in.
Told that Washington State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur has called Rob McKenna the “only credible” candidate for governor, Taylor was then asked why he is breaking ranks with many in state Party leadership to endorse Hadian. He said, “This is not the first time I have broken ranks with Kirby Wilbur, and other Republicans in the state.” He went on to explain that he does not view statewide contests as being different from national ones. Taylor pointed out that many Republicans have shown support for Ron Paul, and other candidates, not just to Mitt Romney, during the nomination process.
Taylor was then asked if he would support McKenna, if he is running against Jay Inslee in the general election. His response: “There is no doubt I will support McKenna over Inslee if those are the choices in the general election. I remember Jay Inslee when he was the Congressman for this area, and I would never cast a vote for Inslee.”
Editor’s note: Acting as an individual, I have officially endorsed Rob McKenna for Governor. My endorsement can be found on McKenna’s website: http://www.robmckenna.org/blog/2012/04/experience-matters
Here is the text of Representative David Taylor’s endorsement:
July 11, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2012
Representatives Brad Klippert, David Taylor, Jason Overstreet and Matt Shea Endorse Shahram Hadian for Governor
“We are honored to give our support and endorsement to Shahram Hadian as he runs for Governor of Washington State. Without question, he is a man of integrity and character willing to take tough stands based on Republican principles.
Shahram is steadfastly pro-life, pro-marriage and will fight to stop the implementation of Obamacare in Washington State. Specifically, he has committed to sign the Healthcare Freedom Act (HB 1946), opting Washington out of Obamacare.
“‘The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.’ When Patrick Henry made that statement he understood that an all-powerful central government was the enemy of freedom. Mr. Hadian is a staunch defender of property rights and someone who has the titanium backbone to push back against the onslaught of state and federal regulations that are strangling our economy. We need people now, more than ever, who will take government out of the way so small businesses can get Washington working again. This is how we will restore our Constitutional Republic at the State level. We firmly believe Shahram Hadian is the right person to help lead that fight.”
Please join us in supporting Shahram Hadian for Governor.
Brad Klippert (R) David Taylor (R)
State Rep., 8th L.D. State Rep., 15th L.D.
Jason Overstreet (R) Matt Shea (R)
State Rep., 42nd L.D. State Rep., 4th L.D.
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