PubliCola lays it out in a particularly cogent way, given the moronic babble about Heck as the "establishment candidate" yesterday:
4. While one candidate for U.S. Rep. Brian Baird’s open seat in the 3rd Congressional District, state Sen. Craig Pridmore (D-49), withdrew from the race yesterday—another candidate, state Rep. Jaime Herrera (R-18), is holding her kickoff breakfast this morning in Vancouver.
Herrera has the nod from the GOP establishment. Her former boss, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-5, WA), and former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton (R-WA), are featured guests at Herrera’s event. Cola reporter Chris Kissel is there and will file a report later today.
Herrera has about $90,000 more cash on hand—according to the most recently available FEC reports—than her opponent in the de facto Republican primary, David Castillo, a financial adviser and former chief of staff for the state House GOP caucus. Castillo, who’s angling for the Tea Party vote over Herrera’s establishment cred, was also a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of Veteran Affairs under President George W. Bush.
Yup... Herrera is McMorris's pet project and THE GOP establishment's candidate.
That's what we need... the same kind of Republican who spent us into pre-bankruptcy during the Bush years.
That's what we need, all right.