In Clallam County politics, musical chairs is running the same (tired, corrupt, old) people for public office over and over again, and expecting different results.
A vacancy created by state Sen. Jim Hargrove's decision to step down at the end of his current term has led to speculation of possible political musical chairs, with state Rep. Kevin Van De Wege calling the tune.
“The big decision for me is whether I want to step into a heavy campaign,” Van De Wege said.
“I personally enjoy campaigning, but my family doesn't always share that,” he added.
Said Steve Tharinger: “I don't know what Kevin's going to do, but he's the first choice.
“I don't plan to run for the Senate, but you should never say 'never,' ” he added.
Clallam County Commissioner Mike Chapman, who is not running for a fifth term, said he is interested in running for the state Legislature but will postpone his decision until Van De Wege announces his plans.
Chapman said he would not run in opposition to Van De Wege for either the Senate or House. He would possibly run for the uncontested position.
“I will watch what Steve and Kevin are going to do and run for whatever seat is open,” Chapman said.
The former Republican, who later became an independent, joined the Clallam County Democrats in November.
Please note how these people's clear, cold political calculation and ambition is dressed up in faux "thoughtful deliberation" and disingenuous "Aw shucks, should I do it?" pondering in public. These aren't public servants; these are self-serving, two-faced con artists angling for position. Look at Chapman's quote, which make this clear: "I will watch what Steve and Kevin are going to do and run for whatever seat is open."
Musical chairs...Played to a dirge...
From my perspective, none of these losers deserve any more votes, or anymore publically-funded paychecks. The only way to see real, positive change in Clallam County is to change the people elected to represent you.