The Grays Harbor Republican Party opposed the campaign as early as last spring. Citing concerns related to private property rights and intrusive, expansive government, the GHRP Central Committee voted unanimously to endorse the efforts of Working Wild Olympics, a coalition of timber interests and outdoor enthusiasts that has led the fight against the campaign's "government land grab."
We applaud Dean Takko, Kevin Van de Wege, Steve Tharinger, Brian Hatfield, Jim Hargrove and Brian Blake for joining Grays Harbor Republicans in our opposition to Wild Olympics. We also commend Commissioner Herb Welch for his stand against the campaign even though Commissioners Willis and Wilson continue to waffle.
While Grays Harbor Republicans have been lauded for showing "backbone" on this issue, Grays Harbor Democrats haven't yet found their spines. The Daily World also reported that "Blake led some Democrats - including Takko and Hatfield - to a meeting of the Grays Harbor Democrats in hopes of getting the Democrats to approve a resolution opposing the Wild Olympics proposal." Instead, Grays Harbor Democrats opted to "table" the issue because it "was not on the agenda."
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