Conservative News & Commentary

Mar 11, 2016 — by: G.W. Washington
Categories: Government

On Tuesday, former Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum and local businessman E. Werner Reschke filed to run as State Senator and State Representative. The following day, State Senator Doug Whitsett and State Representative Gail Whitsett decided not to run for re-election and withdrew their names from the ballot.

The Herald and News is busy trying to kick up dust in a rain storm as they are out beating the brush to find anyone who will say that the process was unfair, that it was unethical or it was illegal — anything to support their view, which is any conservative in office is a bad thing. However, nothing could be further from the truth. From where we stand Linthicum and Reschke will be excellent replacements for the Whitsetts. Their political views are nearly identical. If you were planning this election cycle to vote for either Whitsett and were not upset that they were likely to be unchallenged, then you should have no problem supporting and voting for Linthicum and Reschke, who are now in a very similar position.

Those that say this process was unfair are the ones that didn’t think to run against the Whitsetts. Apparently Linthicum, who has run against an incumbents previously (John Elliott in 2010 and Greg Walden in 2014), and Reschke decided the risk was worth the $25 filing fee. The fact that they waited until the last moment is actually a shrewd strategy, certainly not unethical. Perhaps those who are complaining and were not courageous to step forward, also are not savvy enough to be your Representative or Senator. If they were so timid to be this easily out-played, how would they fare in Salem — where the professional politicians live?

Our advice here at is not to believe everything you read — especially when Herald and News is doing the “reporting”. The Herald and News editors are leftists at heart. Moreover the local paper is in the business of creating controversy where there is none in order to sell papers. Besides the Whitsett’s deserve far more respect from us. Together they have fought the good fight for our values during the past decade. The least we can do is to thank them for their service and dedication to our cause. They stayed true to rural, conservative values when the opportunity was plentiful to compromise and step in line with Salem’s political class. To that end we give the Senator and Representative a big salute.


  1. Carol & David Warren ~ Mar. 11, 2016 @ 1:28 pm

    Both Doug & Gail worked long and hard for all of us in Klamath County, and for all Oregonians. The air-heads in Salem are losing two people with much wisdom & knowledge. We need to throw a big party for them! And who better to replace them than Dennis and Werner? YOU both are the best! But, it's a dark pit you'll be going to. Hold on to 1-Cor.16:13. When can we start delivering yard signs? #
  2. Jan Craig ~ Mar. 11, 2016 @ 4:16 pm

    Jumping up and down for joy!!! Have been a fan of both Doug and Gail and they have earned a big THANK YOU and you will be missed. Rest up! How wonderful to have two great Conservative Patriots to fill your shoes! Now our Greg Barreto will have back up and superb partners in the fight to get Oregon on track. In light of the muck Oregon has been drug through of late, it needs a stem to stern house cleaning and these are the men to do it...with support of 'we the people'! YaaaHooo! and Welcome! #
  3. Vivian Kirkpatrick-Pilger ~ Mar. 11, 2016 @ 5:32 pm

    Yipee! Dennis Linthicum! Love this guy! (And his wife!) #
  4. Susie Clark ~ Mar. 12, 2016 @ 6:24 am

    Dennis Linthicum will be a wonderful Senator, and great for the people of Oregon, especially for people in the rural areas. #
  5. Just Plain Mad ~ Mar. 12, 2016 @ 11:09 am

    Excellent summation by the Bend Herald. Hear ye! Hear ye! By order of his royal majesty King Doug Whitsett and her royal majesty Queen Gail Whitsett, the rights of succession to their seats of power in the Oregon Legislature are hereby enjoined to former Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum for the king’s Oregon Senate seat and businessman Eric “Werner” Reschke for the queen’s Oregon House seat. Whereas, the Whitsetts have taken into royal consideration the great benefits and advantages of effectively deciding their successors by themselves. Whereas, to fortify the expedient settling of the new order of the Republican Party in Oregon, the Whitsetts thought fit to declare their intentions after the deadline for filing for the race had past. Whereas, the Whitsetts thought fit that their loving subjects shall be strictly forbidden from having an opportunity to decide if they, too, might want to run for the seats of power under the Republican banner. Whereas, if you are a member of another party in the aforesaid Republican-dominated districts and had felt you might not have much voice in determining your representative, your voice is hereby lessened further. Whereas, the Whitsetts thought fit to do this without sufficient concern for the pain and displeasure it would cause. Whereas, we are also desirous of pointing out the Whitsetts have, for the most part, served well and stood up for their districts. Given at the Court at Klamath Falls the 11th Day of March 2016. God save the King and Queen. (Any similarity to the British royal proclamation of Oct. 7, 1763, is no accident.) #
  6. A.Smith ~ Mar. 13, 2016 @ 1:26 pm

    To "Just Plain Mad", Boo hoo. If the Whitsett's were so bad, where are all the challengers, especially among democrats and independents? I think what you are mostly mad about is that no one but Linthicum and Reschke stood up to the plate and took the risk of challenging incumbents. Also your anger seems to insinuate that the Whitsett's must resign only by your approved timing and methods. That is just a silly notion. The Whitsett's have the freedom to run or resign whenever they feel it is best for them. Sorry it didn't meet your approval. #
  7. George George ~ Mar. 13, 2016 @ 7:53 pm

    Wah! It certainly isn't hard to guess "Mr. Mad's" political ideology. As usual whenever the Dem's believe someone has slighted them, whether or not it is the truth, the hypocrisy spews from every orifice! Save your energy "Mad", most Dem's couldn't win a dog catcher job in Klamath County, even with the non-paritsan filing application that was stupidly passed in the last election cycle. #
  8. Ryan L. Miller ~ Mar. 14, 2016 @ 5:12 pm

    You don't have to be liberal to oppose what the Whitsetts were up to, you just need to have a weak stomach for cloak-and-dagger politics. What they did was a gut-punch to the voting base of their entire districts, both liberals and conservatives. The only people coming out on top in this scenario are the candidates who knew in advance to file for office Tuesday, assuming they don't fall to a write-in candidate during the election. The Whitsetts hid behind the letter of the law while they trampled on the spirit of the law and we all know they knew better. #
  9. Finnious T Fogbottom ~ Mar. 15, 2016 @ 3:30 pm

    According the the HardHeld Unreality & Snooze (among other things), '“Kellstrom said it was “politics at its ugliest and most egregious” and said such tactics are why elected officials have a bad reputation. “This is why citizens don’t trust the government,” he said.”' Wow, I am so impressed that now and all of a sudden at least “some” political animals are now actually somewhat concerned, tamed and domesticated with regard to integrity, honesty, transparency, decency, character, the constitution, equal rights for all (humans?) and on and on and on. Quite frankly I would suspect that it was the lack of those precious qualities in Oregon government that finally frustrated Mr. & Mrs. Whitsett right out of office. Yes, I probably couldn't stand that level of malevolent insanity either. Liberal antics and tactics as such is why I don’t personally trust government; Lefty/Marxist/Green/Self Indulgent totalitarian governance that is. If all of the Oregon Left decided to give up totalitarian deception and come clean it would probably take a huge tax funded prison construction project to accommodate all of the recompense associated with dark confessions as such. Now a tax measure like that would surely pass without dissent. Yet really, who would ever expect to find such progress in a progressive state like Oregon? Wonders would never cease. Then maybe the Good Lord wouldn’t have to come back for a big slap down quite so soon! Some would probably try to shoot Him in "self defense" anyway. Finnious #
  10. Jo Rae Perkins ~ Mar. 15, 2016 @ 7:33 pm

    Congrats to Dennis and Werner on the decision to run. I do not know Werner, sounds like a well respected man. Dennis I am very happy you are running. Oregon needs you, needs both of you. And at the same time the presence of both Doug and Gail will be missed. Thank you all for being willing to make the sacrifice for our great state. Jo Rae Perkins, Candidate U.S. House 4th Congressional District, Oregon. #
  11. DONNA HILL ~ Mar. 15, 2016 @ 8:27 pm

    I agree that both Gail and Doug did a wonderful job for us these past few years. While I do not know the new guys on the block as well, I plan to support them as we do need to keep a Conservative presence in the Oregon Legislature. #
  12. Dave Pinkston ~ May. 3, 2016 @ 12:01 pm

    Slimy politics at it's best. Totally legal, but totally corrupt. Are we to believe Whitsetts didn't tell them they were hanging it up? There are no such things as coincidences. Whitsetts and their heir apparent s are giving politicians an even worse name. #
  13. Steve Misera ~ May. 30, 2016 @ 2:51 pm

    Dennis Linthicum has had his cheap, crumpled sign in Christmas Valley and it is an insult to this community. He should have removed it after the primary because it remains an eye-sore. If this is how he respects the electorate, he should not be considered for any political office. After reading "just plain mad's comments above, it is no wonder our citizens consider the politicians corrupt and unethical. Linthicum's comment that he did not do anything illegal is a standard politician's retort to any allegation. No one claimed his method of depriving voters a choice for other candidates was illegal but it certainly was unethical. He claims to be a contitutional conservative but is not. We the people deserve better. I will be looking for an alternative, perhaps a write-in candidate. #
  14. Gene C. Meyers ~ Jun. 1, 2016 @ 9:20 pm

    Steve, you know you could always contact Dennis Linthicum and ask him to take down his sign, rather than complain on a blog. I'll do that tomorrow for you. My guess is that he is unaware the sign is still up. He has one of the largest senate districts in the state. I'll go to his website next and let him know.

    To assert Linthicum's defense is to non-charges is interesting. This is all his opponents have said about him -- what he did was illegal and unethical. The problem is the Secretary of State's office and County Clerk have both stated Linthicum's filing was both legal and ethical. My guess is you just don't like Linthicum's political or world view and are using this false issue, like his opponents, to slander his good name.

    As they say, if you can't win with the facts or with the law then slander the person.

    To say that Linthicum (or Reschke) prevented choice is just folly. Anyone who wanted -- including the write-in candidates who say this process is unfair -- had from October 2015 until March 8, 2016 to file. No one prevented anyone from filing, so to claim Linthicum did so is just not true. Other people, for whatever reason, chose not to file before the deadline, period.


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