Kim Schrier, Zero Political Experience, All Professional Politician
Article by Former UWCR Member, Alex Guerrero
Dr. Schrier, I’ve been following your campaign, and one thing is clear: you’re a hypocrite.
Our similar backstories drew me to your campaign.. When I was in elementary and junior high school, my mother was diagnosed and fought Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Like you, at the age of 16, I was diagnosed with a genetic condition: left ventricular noncompaction cardiomyopathy. Much like your diagnosis with Type One Diabetes, mine was the catalyst that pushed me to pursue a medical career. Reading over your website, I found myself agreeing with some of your platform. But as I researched you more, I found some discrepancies I can’t overlook.
You declare your support of rural healthcare access, an issue I care about and might even expand:. rural areas - and, I’d argue, urban communities - are severely underserved in terms of healthcare. We don’t have enough doctors to serve our communities. But, on your LinkedIn page, I see you worked in Ashland, Oregon for a year and hopped ship to Sammamish. Why leave Ashland, a perfectly fine community, for Sammamish only a year in? If you truly were invested in rural healthcare, why leave? You owe it to your potential constituents the reason why you abandoned Ashland.
My issues aren’t limited to your commitment to rural healthcare. Your campaign website only lists being “fluent in Spanish with a long history and heart for the Latino community” under the “Meet Me” section. It looks like Donald Trump’s “I love the Mexican people” quote. You proclaim that you want to “expand and improve worker visas that agricultural and technology-based economies all across our district depend upon,” but why haven’t you used your medical degree to help these immigrant communities? More specifically, why haven’t you used your medical license to help your local local immigrant workers families through a program like Doctors Without Borders? These immigrant workers are sometimes forced to leave their families to work in the United States for vast periods of time, all so that they can provide for their family. How can they trust you, if all you do is preach for everyone to take action, when you do nothing?
One thing you lord over your Republican opponent Dino Rossi is that you aren’t a professional politician. While this is technically true, you’re still embody everything actually wrong with being one. Your entire platform is just a hollow promise that you have made painfully clear that you will fail to act on based on your career. I respect you for devoting your life to helping children, but you’re sullying yourself by becoming the professional politician you say you loathe.
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