I live in House District 26 and have gotten the Matt Winguard mailer regarding his 2001 Assualt 4 conviction for "thumping" his child on the head.
I took two things into consideration at the time: seven years had gone past and I believe that we are overzealous these days in what we consider "abuse" of our kids.
One of the abuses was something that I would consider normal for Cub Scouts:
Wingard took the 7 year old on a two-day, 18 mile hike, walking fast and at times leaving the child behind and not allowing for rest.
That being said, I am now having some serious reservations about the guy. This is an exchange from his interview with KATU (and yes, I'm borrowing from BlueOregon here)
Interviewer: Why did you hit him on the head?
Wingard: It was just a dumb mistake.
Int: What were you thinking at the time?
Wingard: I wasn't. I mean I think when you make a dumb mistake like that you aren't thinking.
What a childish answer. If you said "I made a horrible choice, I was wrong, I've done what I can to make amends and it's not who I am today" that would be different.
Take full responsibility for your actions, explain to us your position today and move forward. We'll decide if that is good enough.
Lars is waiting for your call and I'm wating to hear it.