Rob McKenna, who wants to be Governor and wants conservative Christians to vote for him, once again raised eyebrows and questions.
Most people know McKenna is "pro-choice"---the preferred description for pro-abortion, but many thought he was soundly behind the effort to repeal Obamacare.
Evidently not. Although he was part of the group that sued to overturn it, he told a news conference in Seattle following the Supreme Court ruling to uphold it, he "opposed congressional efforts to repeal the law."
The Seattle Times says his comments, "Angered some conservatives and put the GOP gubernatorial candidate at odds with many prominent national Republicans."
I'm told there are more than a few local Republicans that also feel at "odds" with the positions of Mr. McKenna.
Monday, McKenna was in Yakima where he seemed to be trying to walk back his comments.
Mike Faulk of the Yakima Herald-Republic reports:
“I wish I had been better prepared with a better articulated response than the one I gave at the press conference,” McKenna told the luncheon audience after an attendee accused him of changing his stance. “Frankly I didn’t think we were going to lose so I wasn’t ready for that question.”
McKenna insisted he was only asked whether Congress would go forward with repealing the act, not whether he thinks it should be repealed. But a recording of the June 28 news conference shows Seattle Times reporter Jim Brunner clearly asking McKenna, “Do you support it being repealed?”
“No,” McKenna said.
At the news conference, McKenna did say Congress should review parts of the act and that without more reforms it will ultimately drive up prices.
“We continue to have concerns on how much this is going to cost the state and how the heck we’re going to implement it successfully,” McKenna told the Chamber.
McKenna said his campaign intends to publish an op-ed on his policy regarding the Affordable Care Act now that it has been upheld, but did not say when that would be released.
Faulk is right. The recording of the Seattle news conference does show McKenna specifically saying "No" to the question of whether he supports the repeal of Obamacare. The link to the TVW recording is linked in the Seattle Times article I have linked above. Listen to it.
How hard is it to say "Yes" when asked if you support the Republican effort in Congress to repeal it?
Of course it's a complicated bill. It's disastrous, that's why the Republican Party is trying to repeal it---and will do so if they win the presidential election.
There is another interesting link in the Seattle Times article. Please check this out. The words "angered some conservatives" is actually a link to the "Hadian For Governor" website, although the Times does not mention his name.
Shahram Hadian has an incredible story of Christian conversion.
I'm sure the Seattle Time's motive is to merely redirect votes away from McKenna to Insley, but Hadian deserves an honest look.
Please take a few moments and review his story, his positions and his experience. It is very difficult to rise above the noise of the secular media that gives most all attention to McKenna and Insley. Unfortunately, there are also those within the Christian conservative community, even some pastors, who are saying, "At least McKenna is better than Insley."
Really? How do you know?
I believe it was Ron Paul who once said, "Voting for the lessor of two evils is still voting for evil."
Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.