A dynamic which should flood social media with opinions from
both Progressives and Conservatives.
Having no particular political ideology, I look at this from
the outside looking in and just want to point out a few things which might aid
both sides in the discussion.
From the Conservative perspective it would be awful hard to
dispute that Shawn Vestal is a diehard Progressive who’s columns and social
media posts clearly reflect his political ideology as does this column. Shawn
most certainly would love to see Donald Trump impeached, indicted, and sent to
prison. Conservatives should however make note of the fact that Shawn Vestal as
publicly admitted that he is “about 87 percent non-sense spewing”. 😊
From the Progressive perspective, although James McDevitt
has been fairly prolific at stating his ideology but certainly not to the point
of a weekly plus column in the Spokesman Review, I thought I should kind of
help my Progressive friends out by providing a little background on James
As you may remember Jim McDevitt was primarily the one
responsible for bringing us the likes of former Chief Frank Straub, and McDevitt’s
friend former Assistant Chief Selby Smith. Beyond that McDevitt was Conservative
Mayor David Condon’s very, very controversial choice to supposedly straighten
out the Spokane Police Department, that didn’t work of course, and nothing has
changed at SPD, as a matter of fact many SPD Officers believe McDevitt made
things worse at SPD.
Jim McDevitt and his wife Gretchen have been deeply involved
with the Republican Party at the local and National level for years, so I can
only assume that Shawn Vestal chose McDevitt over the new local US Attorney (If
Confirmed) Bill Hyslop because Shawn had a darn good idea what kind of quotes
he would get from McDevitt, but it might make sense when you consider Vestal’s
previous columns regarding McDevitt.
This quote from McDevitt in Vestal’s column struck me right
away, “I’d rather be a part of the solution and not a part of the problem.” The
reason is struck me is when McDevitt left the US Attorney’s Office he had a bit
of a consulting career and during that career he revealed where he stands
ideologically. McDevitt was hired by Washington State DSHS as a consultant to
look into how DSHS handled fraud investigations, why the hired McDevitt who has
zero investigative experience I never could figure out. McDevitt in that
consulting Gig documented his “solutions” which I would think is good fodder for
the Progressive side.
As you can see McDevitt believes in order to get benefits
people should be randomly drug tested, and benefits should not be paid to “illegal
aliens”. McDevitt even admits his beliefs are “Controversial”.
This quote from McDevitt sure threw me for a loop I’m not
sure what he was trying to say?
“If I were only wealthy, I’d have a bigger house,” he said.
“If I would only win the lottery, I would be wealthy. How ridiculous is that?”
A. He is wealthy by most standards.
B. He lives and has for years along with Gretchen in a big
house on High Drive with an assessed value of $611,600.00 and a tax assessment of
$7,301.31, so I don’t think he needs a bigger house.
C. He really doesn’t need to win the lottery, he is pretty
I realize people aren’t privy to all the information I have,
but I will tell you this, Jim McDevitt and his wife are real interesting folks
with lots of interesting opinions and they don’t always speak real highly of
people that one would think they would.
“No former federal prosecutors from Eastern Washington have
signed the letter. Attempts to reach Mike Ormsby, an Obama appointee who served
as the U.S. attorney from 2010 to 2017 and is now the city attorney for
Spokane, were unsuccessful this week.”
Mike Ormsby has been pretty busy he last few weeks with some…well