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Behind the Curtain

September 08, 2004

Diss and deny

Dino Rossi, Republican candidate for governor, and Ron Sims, a Democrat, squared off in a debate last night. The other Democrat, Christine Gregoire, who will face Sims in Tuesday's primary, was absent. Rossi, a conservative Republican down the line, and Sims, a liberal Democrat down the line, had some fun with each other, and with Gregoire, Ralph Thomas reports.

"Sims, the King County executive, and Rossi, a former state senator, met earlier in the day at a debate sponsored by the American Lung Association of Washington and other health-care groups. Gregoire declined an invitation to that event, as well. 'You again?' Rossi said to Sims when the two showed up last night at the TV studios."

"Gregoire and her campaign gave a variety of reasons for skipping last night's debate - that she was too busy, that she didn't want to appear in a debate with Rossi until after the primary and that voters already have seen numerous exchanges between her and Sims. While Gregoire and Sims have crossed paths at numerous campaign forums, there has been little direct interaction between the two candidates. Often, they appeared at the same public event but at different times and did not share the stage together. The two campaigns in July agreed to meet for three debates. But the ensuing negotiations over the terms of those events were a debacle."

"The only true debate between the two Democrats will be Friday - just four days before the election. That event, hosted by the Seattle City Club, will air statewide on TVW."

If you've been watching cable TV the last week or so, you'd think some woman named Deborah Senn is a dirty, corrupt politician, even if you've never heard of her, and there's no reason you should have if you're not really into state politics. Senn's an attorney general candidate and the former elected insurance commissioner (we know the roots of such elected positions, but also just find the title funny. Like, how come no elected organic produce commissioner, or, shampoo-and-conditioner-in-one commissioner?). Anyway, here's The Seattle Times' Beth Kaiman:

"The political group behind a television commercial attacking attorney-general candidate Deborah Senn should register with the state and disclose its financial backers by noon tomorrow, the staff for the state's Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) decided yesterday. The group, the little-known Seattle-based Voters Education Committee, is spending around $600,000 to run the ad in the Seattle market - about equal to the combined television budgets for Senn and her Democratic primary opponent, Mark Sidran."

More: "The Voters Education Committee's director, Bruce Boram, has ties to Republican and business groups and works as a consultant to the congressional campaign of Sheriff Dave Reichert. The group's attorney is also the lawyer for the state GOP. The group did not report its financial supporters to the Public Disclosure Commission, arguing that its ad was an 'issue' ad that doesn't urge viewers to vote one way or another. Issue ads have less-stringent disclosure requirements than most political advertising. PDC spokesman Doug Ellis said the agency's staff, after viewing the commercial, concluded that it amounts to direct political advocacy."

Last week Sheriff Reichert walked out of a candidate forum because he said his Republican opponents had unfairly attacked him.

From down Vancouver way:

State House candidate Jim Dunn of Vancouver complained yesterday that a flier mailed to voters by his Republican primary opponent, Paul Harris, distorts Dunn's positions and breaks a party-imposed rule not to attack each other.

"I usually ignore things like this, but this is a Republican dissing a Republican," said Dunn, who represented east Vancouver in the House for six years before being unseated in 2002. "If you're going to put something out on somebody, don't take it out of context."

A chat with 5th congressional district Republican candidate Cathy McMorris, from The Spokesman Review.

The Spokesman Review is doing chats with the two other Republicans, one at noon today and other at 2 p.m. Friday.

Winner faces Don Barbieri.

National

If Sen. John Kerry wins the presidency, we're going to be attacked, big time. You heard it first from Vice President Dick Cheney, who, as a colleague noted, was wearing a casual, open collared shirt and sport coat when he launched this red blooded attack.

Like after any good attack, Cheney's people apologized for the remark, sort of.

"Anne Womack, a spokeswoman for Mr. Cheney, said that the vice president's comment was taken out of context, and that he was addressing policy differences."

As Lyndon Johnson once said about accusing his opponent of cavorting with the livestock, "I just want to hear the sumbitch deny it!"

 
Posted by J. Patrick Coolican at September 8, 2004 10:27 AM

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