Joe Pakootas Kickoff for 2016

Pakootas Kickoff Graphic smallToday, October 8, 2016, Congressional Candidate Joe Pakootas, along with his team of volunteers, will be launching his 2016 bid for Congress in Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District at Campaign Headquarters, 1410 W. Dean in Spokane from 5:307pm. The Campaign expects over 300 in attendance to celebrate his continued candidacy.

Joe Pakootas

Joe Pakootas, current CEO of the Nez Perce Tribe said he: “Is ready for the challenge.  My Team and I have a plan and we’re already working hard to bring the change Eastern Washington needs.”  Joe has seen what the Republicans’ led by his opponent Cathy McMorris Rodgers have done to the middle class in Eastern Washington. Joe Pakootas cites statistics that should have us all concerned: “One in five people live on foodstamps and one in six live below the federal poverty level. Our unemployment rate is 30% higher than the national level and our dropout rates are in the double figures.” Pakootas says: “Unlike my opponent who has the money of multi-national corporations and PACs at her disposal, I am not beholding to anyone.”

As a small business owner and CEO of a multi-million dollar federal corporation, Pakootas brings decades of business, environmental and leadership experience to the 2016 race for Congress.  Unlike his opponent, he has created hundreds of family-wage jobs in the 5th District, managed hundreds of employees, as well as 13 business enterprises, including more than 1 million acres of land, lumber mills, recreational and retail operations.  His implementation of sustainable business practices for the Colville Tribal Federal Corporation secured a multi-million dollar revenue stream which is helping improve the lives of the nearly 10,000 members of 12 Tribal bands across 3 states.

Pakootas and his Campaign Team of nearly 300 will continue to volunteer regularly in the community supporting non-profit organizations.  Most recently his Campaign Team launched a Fire Relief effort that raised nearly $5,000 in cash and hundreds of donations of food, clothing and supplies for firefighters and evacuees.  The video on his website chronicles the effort.

For more information contact:

Susan Brudnicki, Campaign Manager

Pakootas for Congress


Governor McMorris-Rodgers in 2016?

Jerry Cornfield, a columnist for the Herald, suggest that Cathy McMorris Rodgers may run for Governor of Washington against Inslee in 2016.  Can ya imagine what the State would look like if she did?  She would probably try to do away with basic health, the Department of Ecology would likely be cut in half, and birth control less accessible. 

Will McMorris or someone else run?

The issue of whether she or some one else would run for the Governor of Washington in 2016 is discussed in more detail at OurnextGovernor

Washington Governor Jay Inslee will be up for re-election in 2016, and the presumption is that he will run for re-election. However, who is likely to be the Republican nominee that challenges him for Governor of the State of Washington?  . . . Jerry Cornfield, Herald Columnist, listed some of his guesses about who will run for Governor of the State of Washington against Inslee. He quotes Rob Mckenna as saying he will not run a second time. 

Jerry Cornfield, Herald Columnist, says this about McMorris.

She is in her fifth term and is chairwoman of the GOP caucus making her the highest ranking Republican woman in Congress. She enjoys the national stage more than that of Olympia where she spent four terms as a state lawmaker. That might be reason enough for her to abstain from the governor’s race.

In the end I believe that Cathy McMorris Rodgers will stay in the U.S. House for at least another ten years.  It has been very good for her career and advancement in the hierarchy of the Republican Party.  However, I suspect that her party advanced her to the Chair of the House Republican Conference to be their token woman in their leadership, and I don’t think they will advance her any farther in the House leadership. The Republican Party and especially Republicans in Congress are still too much of an old boy network. When she wakes up to this, perhaps the Congresswomen will consider a run for Governor of the State of Washington, but it will probably not be in 2016.