Tuesday night was a big night for Tom Mallams, Jim Bellet, Gail Whitsett and Doug Whitsett. All of these candidates won their respective primaries and are highly likely to see victory in the general election come November. In addition all of these candidate share something else in common — their public stance against the KBRA. Another way of looking at it is all of the candidates who favored the KBRA lost on Tuesday night.
This isn't a coincidence. This was almost predictable with a level of certainly close to 100%. The foundation for such a bold claim is the fact that time after time, when people are asked directly or are to choose candidates for or against KBRA, KBRA ends up on the losing side.
State Representative Girrard and Senator Whitsett's conducted a telephone poll in 2009 which showed under whelming support for the agreement. Dennis LInthicum's defeat of John Elliott in 2010 was based around whether KBRA was a good idea or not (Linthicum, against the KBRA, won). In 2011 there was the public hearing on the KHSA and KBRA where a margin of 3:1 were against both agreements. Finally, this year four more elections, with KBRA being a front-and-center issue, show us winners who believe that the KBRA is a bad idea.
However, don't expect KBRA to go away quietly. A few individuals and groups have spent countless hours and dollars defending the agreement and will continue to promote it as "not perfect" but better than what we have. Setting aside the fact that choice is a false one (no one is in favor of doing nothing or living with the status quo), KBRA is a bad idea on several fronts and needs to be put down once and for all. Maybe now with all three commissioners, our state representative and state senator all against the KBRA, Congressman Walden will see the light and stop straddling the fence on the issue. Despite all the warm fuzzies that surround the KBRA, it is a liberal idea that is a loser in Klamath County.