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Here's a break for Christine Gregoire, not to mention a blow for justice, finally. Via HorsesAss, Dino Rossi is going to be forced to testify, under oath, this Wednesday about his role in illegally coordinating with the Building Industries Association of Washington for campaign contributions.

Hopefully this will be a juicy enough story for even the Seattle Times to cover (unless they're trying to ferret out Darcy Burner's grade school report cards, to see if she really did play nice with others in second grade). This is real corruption we're talking about now, from the team that has bankrolled Dino Rossi from the start. They've had a very long history of very sleazy politics on behalf of Washington Republicans.

HorsesAss has extensive coverage and background of the case here, here, and here.

And in other good news for Gregoire, she's leading in the most recent Washington Poll, 51-45. The poll was conducted over six days, 10/18-26, which makes it a little questionable, but it's the second public poll of the race to suggest Gregoire is pulling away. Hopefully Dino's little brush with the legal system on Wednesday will finish him off.

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Christine Gregoire for Governor

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 04:45 PM PDT.

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  •  Rossi won't beat the spread this time. (10+ / 0-)

    In '04, Rossi (almost) tied Gregiore, despite Kerry's 6-point win in WA.

    No way he beats the Obama-McCain spread this time. 12 points? 20? 30?

    Take the fight to them. Don't let them bring it to you. - Harry S Truman

    by jgoodfri on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 04:47:53 PM PDT

  •  Rossi and Stevens should share a cell together. (10+ / 0-)

    2008, the Year the Republican Party dissolved into a puddle of goo

    by shpilk on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 04:48:10 PM PDT

  •  Circle of life (6+ / 0-)

    how much "Building" was done with SubPrime financing?

    Saying the Iraq "Surge" worked is like saying Thelma & Louise had a flying car.

    by JML9999 on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 04:49:11 PM PDT

  •  Rossi's pals (8+ / 0-)

    Have been accusing Gregoire of losing track of sex offenders and have been running extremely negative ads that show creepy looking guys and children sleeping at night and suggesting that someone is coming into your room to steal and rape your kid because of Gregoire.  This is a tight one but I don't think the negativity is working for them.  Often if it's over the top it just turns people off.

    •  Ewwww.... (8+ / 0-)

      ...that's gross!

      And stupid.  I can't beleive they're still doing that.  I can't believe they still think it will WORK.  Where the hell have they been the last 4 years.

      People have real problems and are tired of being INTENTIONALLY incited to fear.

      You are entitled to express your opinion. But you are NOT entitled to agreement.

      by DawnG on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 04:52:04 PM PDT

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    •  I think you're right (3+ / 0-)
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      tecampbell, pinguin, seattlegirl

      they've crossed the line.  People are not impressed.

      They've also said really stupid things about the state of the economy in WA that just aren't true, that anyone can Google and figure that out.

      Like WA being second in the nation in home forclosures.  Not even close.

      Hope doesn't come from calculating whether the good news is winning out over the bad. It's simply a choice to take action. ~ Anna Lappe

      by Korry on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 04:59:52 PM PDT

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      •  Exactly what I say to myself everytime... (3+ / 0-)

        one of those ads come on TV.  I say, "we don't have that many foreclosures...we are much better than CA, NV, MI, or FL when it comes to foreclosures...our economy in WA, all things considered, is pretty good compared to the nation as a whole".  So, why the heck are the Reps saying they think we in WA are stupid?

        So while I don't love Gregoire (I wish she would actually do something about repairing the Aurora Bridge so that in an earthquake it does not fall down and people die as a result, and repairing 520 for similar reasons and maybe installing tolls so that people who want to ride in carpool lanes who are not carpools can if and only if they are willing to pay a steep toll for that $1 / mile on 520 for non-carpoolers to use the HOV lane...that would help us get money to replace the 520 bridge and the Aurora Bridge), I voted for her because Rossi wants a tunnel instead of retrofitting the Aurora Bridge (which is just plain STUPID) and Rossi created a plan to replace 520 that costs less than Gregoire's plan even though his plan is 2 lanes wider...something does not compute there.

        So, I am very worried about another possible "Big Dig" scenario with cost overruns that WA taxpayers and primarily Seattle residents will get stuck with if Rossi gets in as Governor and a tunnel is constructed (to enrich Rossi's builder buddies so that they can build waterfront condos and offices without the obstruction of the Aurora Bridge in downtown Seattle).

        And I voted for Rossi in 2004 and was very disappointed when he lost last time around.  I have been a Moderate Republican all my life until this election, but I worry that Rossi is not the fiscal conservative that he claims to be.  I am a fiscal conservative, and his plans seem risky (economically-speaking) to me.  As such, I voted for Gregoire this time around!

    •  I hate this shit. The "sex offender" meme (2+ / 0-)
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      tecampbell, Bmeis

      is omnipresent in a lot of races - from McCain's infamous "sex education" ad against Obama to a lot of state races.

      Actually, I'm addressing this topic from another angle in a book I'm presently co-writing.  There's a lot to say about it.  

      ...just another hooligan from the droogie clique

      by RadioGirl on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 05:00:52 PM PDT

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    •  Just a variation on what they did to Dukakis (3+ / 0-)
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      dnamj, gtnoah, seattlegirl

      Funny how the real criminals so often turn out to be Republicans...

      Let's get some Democracy for America

      by murphy on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 05:01:28 PM PDT

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    •  And these ads are playing at prime time. (1+ / 0-)
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      My kids saw them.

      Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. -- Rachel Carlson

      by Silent Spring on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 05:12:20 PM PDT

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  •  Great day for the court system all around! (6+ / 0-)

    And a tip to the pollsters as well.  

    I agree with no man's opinion. I have some of my own!

    by bluebluelady on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 04:50:23 PM PDT

  •  will his testimony be made public? (6+ / 0-)

    if it's sealed or otherwise off limits it won't do THAT much.

    You are entitled to express your opinion. But you are NOT entitled to agreement.

    by DawnG on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 04:50:36 PM PDT

  •  Can we tag Dave Reichert with this too (7+ / 0-)

    and better Darcy's chances as well as Chris Gregoire's?

    A comment at the HA link says that Rossi, Reichert, and (Rob?) McKenna are involved in the illegal money gathering.

    Sarah Palin's governing philosophy: "Choice for me, but not for thee."

    by Brooke In Seattle on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 04:51:16 PM PDT

  •  hooray` (5+ / 0-)

    I just cant stand him.Ive been making sure to tell all the undecideds in my office about him and that he is a stealth right winger...When they hear his real views they are going for Chris!!!!

    "so were not doing the talent portion?"

    by kerry on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 04:51:20 PM PDT

  •  Dinosaur Rossi under oath? (7+ / 0-)

    Q. Is it true, sir, that you are a douchebag?

    Q. You would agree that you are a pathetic excuse for a public official, would you not?

    "Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed." General Buck Turgidson

    by muledriver on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 04:52:06 PM PDT

  •  A Rossi haiku: (5+ / 0-)
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    murphy, dnamj, tecampbell, RadioGirl, JenV

    Where did it come from?
    Money doesn't grow on trees.
    Dino Rossi knows.

    There are rules, laws, and the rule of law. George W. Bush has disregarded all three.

    by geodemographics on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 04:55:02 PM PDT

  •  The Republican Culture of Corruption Continues nt (5+ / 0-)
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  •  Oh, I hope so (4+ / 0-)
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    dnamj, tecampbell, RadioGirl, seattlegirl

    I hope the polls are right!  And they get better with media coverage of his corruption issues.

    I can't wait until next Wednesday, when I don't have to watch another one of his disgusting campaign ads.

    Hope doesn't come from calculating whether the good news is winning out over the bad. It's simply a choice to take action. ~ Anna Lappe

    by Korry on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 04:56:36 PM PDT

    •  What we get to see in eastern (2+ / 0-)
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      Washington is "Don't let Seattle steal this election"

      •  Seattle steal this election (0+ / 0-)

        It's on every single Rossi sign within 200 miles of where we live in Eastern Washington.  Giant Rossi signs everywhere.  They really believe it, and are out for redemption with the support of the Building Industry's money.  It's going to go down to the wire again.  It shouldn't even be close.

        What concerns me is they're marketing this towards not just Eastern Washington, but also the cities around Seattle.  Gregoire is going to need big votes all across the State to pull it out again this year.  I'm seeing a lot of republicans moving towards Obama, but just the opposite with the governor race.

        Most voters in Washington State have already sent in their ballots.  I wish this story would have broke last week when the ballots first came out.

        •  Spoke with someone today that hasn't voted. (1+ / 0-)
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          N in Seattle

          I'm in Stevens County and there are plenty of Rossi supporters here.  I wonder though how many people have voted.  One lady stopping at the bank said she hadn't made up her mind on who to vote for president, since she didn't like either.  I told her that as a veteran I was voting for Obama, because McCain scares me and Palin even more.  She agreed and thought she might vote for Obama.  That leads me to wonder just how many people are waiting until the last minute to vote to try and decide who they want for president.  Rossi's disposition might impact the governor's race.  This evening ABC Nightly News interviewed Rossi and Gregoire and asked Rossi why he was listed as GOP and not Republican.  The piece made he look very deceptive.  There is still hope.

  •  Bold prediction (6+ / 0-)

    Rossi lies through his teeth on the stand.

    OK, maybe that's not a "bold prediction" but instead "stating the obvious."

    I'm not part of a redneck agenda - Green Day
    Neither is California High Speed Rail

    by eugene on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 04:57:12 PM PDT

  •  Dino Rossi... (7+ / 0-)

    ... is a dirtbag.  If you live in WA, you'll know that his television ad campaign is misleading and based upon fear tactics.  He attempts to portray Gregoire as being pro-child molester and an inordinate a tax raiser.  WA has a lot of infrastructure problems, our schools in Seattle can't even put grass on the football fields in some cases, and the kids play on dirt instead.  Yet Rossi continues the meme of "Gregoire is just a tax and spender".

    Quick to judge, Quick to anger, Slow to understand; Ignorance and prejudice and fear walk hand in hand.

    by JRandomPoster on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 04:58:35 PM PDT

    •  The one that makes me want to (2+ / 0-)
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      throw a shoe thru my teevee is the one about the minimum wage.  Gregoire ran an ad showing Dino in one of their gubernatorial debates saying that he would consider lowering the minimum wage in WA.  Why?  "Because it's not meant to be a family wage."  This particular ad showed video of him standing there and saying it.

      To which Dino responds with an ad calling Gregoire a liar and insisting he never said it.

      I kid you not.

      "When those who are accountable are right, they take the credit. When they're wrong, they take the heat. It's a fair exchange." - Lehman Bros ad ca. 1980s

      by Mehitabel9 on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 05:16:08 PM PDT

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      •  It gets worse (1+ / 0-)
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        The one I saw yesterday had Rossi railing against Gregoire's support of the unions - and giving the unionized state employees a wage increase (that were less that the cost of living and inflation indexes, btw) and two more days off per year (bringing them to parity with most other salaried employees).

        Every time my wife and I see a Rossi add, we wonder, "WA is in a lot of trouble.  Our education system is faltering.  Our roads are in need of repair.  Mass transit is massively underfunded.  Where does Rossi get off promising a better life for WA residents with no cost to the citizens?"

        Quick to judge, Quick to anger, Slow to understand; Ignorance and prejudice and fear walk hand in hand.

        by JRandomPoster on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 05:21:24 PM PDT

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      •  Yep. I've seen him say it and the ad. (0+ / 0-)

        He flat out lies.

  •  This whole day has just been too good to be true. (3+ / 0-)
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    I can hardly stand so much good news.

    The faux mask of anonymity amplifies the courage just like whiskey. And it just as graceful and eloquent as whiskey.

    by Pager on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 04:59:36 PM PDT

    •  Hey and if you're a UW Husky fan... (1+ / 0-)
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      Willlingham just got the axe as well.  Think I'll pop the cork on one of those mini bottles of champagne over all the good news today.  

      I agree with no man's opinion. I have some of my own!

      by bluebluelady on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 05:04:31 PM PDT

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        •  The very first time I saw this guy (0+ / 0-)

          interviewed, (and I didn't know him from Adam) I remember screaming at the TV "NO, NO. NO!"  His approach and chemistry was all wrong for the Northwest and his authoritarian attitude did not say "team-building" to me.

          I hate to be right on this one, but it was the same sinking feeling I had when Seifert took over the reigns of the 49'ers from Bill Walsh. Chemistry, attitude and successfully knowing how to motivate a team, trumps brut strength any day...kind of like the Obama campaign. ;-)

          I agree with no man's opinion. I have some of my own!

          by bluebluelady on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 06:40:20 PM PDT

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      •  How about those BEAVERS!!!!!!!! (2+ / 0-)
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        heh ok sorry. But Im an OSU alumn!!

        Politics is like driving...if you want to go backwards, choose R. If you want to move forward, choose D.

        by fireflynw on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 08:06:11 PM PDT

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        •  Yes! (0+ / 0-)

          I love to see them win, especially against the Huskies.  OSU went to the Rose Bowl when I was there, MANY years ago.  It will be exciting to follow their Basketball team this year with Michelle O's brother as head coach.

          One Washington-Gregoire!   One Country-Obama!

  •  Gotta love this stuff (4+ / 0-)
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    jordans11, tecampbell, seattlegirl, Bmeis

    Stevens, Palin herself, now this. Wow.

    God is trying to make it up to us for that Gore/Florida thing, I guess.

    Let's get some Democracy for America

    by murphy on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 04:59:59 PM PDT

  •  I have never seen so many commercials (4+ / 0-)

    attacking one-candidate.  

    These folks have pumped in some serious money for Dino.

    McCain: An addled man, wandering around the world stage searching for the best place to stand.

    by tecampbell on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 05:00:10 PM PDT

    •  Not to mention against Darcy! n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      I agree with no man's opinion. I have some of my own!

      by bluebluelady on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 05:05:17 PM PDT

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      •  I saw the latest Reichart commerical (1+ / 0-)
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        What a petty little campaign he is running, trying to make it appear that Darcy lied about having an Economic Degree from Havard.

        Oh yeah, big hairy deal:  she has a degree in Computer Science with a subfocus on economics.  Soooo much worse than exageratting about your role in a serial murder investigation in order to get elected.

        And isn't it in the realm of possibility that the district that houses Microsoft, Nintendo US, and lots of people who depend on the IT industry might be well served by someone with a Computer Science degree representing them in Congress?

    •  As a WA State citizen .. (7+ / 0-)

      .. I'm sick to death of the sleazy Republicans.  They are horrible in this state.  Rossi's campaign's main goal has been to divide the state (more liberals on the west coast west of the Cascade Mt. Range and more conservatives in central and eastern WA .. farmlands).  His billboards are plastered everywhere you look reading "Don't let Seattle steal this election!"  His ads rank right up there with McCain's

      And our local paper has become the GOP rag .. blatantly supporting republican candidates.  

      One really cool thing is that many Democratic candidates this year have sent out very nice flyers listing ways in why it's OK for Republicans to vote Democratic.  Not the other way around.  

      Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. -- Rachel Carlson

      by Silent Spring on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 05:10:58 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Hope at the bottom of the Spokane County ticket (6+ / 0-)

    One of those 'better Dems' we need - my online buddy Brian Sayrs - who taught me to use Votebuilder - is running a strong campaign for county commissioner.

    I can only hope that people react to the smears against Gregiore as we have and then turn out in droves.

  •  The Times is Worthless (5+ / 0-)

    They will probably bury this somewhere on page 15 or so or they'll have a headline about Rossi that makes it sound like Burner is in on a scam worse than his.

  •  I hope they lock up that scuzzball (1+ / 0-)
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    John McCain is a Chode.

    by dnamj on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 05:07:48 PM PDT

  •  Thanks... (2+ / 0-)
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    N in Seattle, tecampbell

    ... for all the links, Joan.  You are linkalicious. the straight poop on WA politics & the press

    by Goldy at HorsesAss on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 05:09:56 PM PDT

  •  I never heard of a "Seattle Times" (3+ / 0-)
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    until recently.  The Post-Intelligencer is the newspaper of record for Western Washington.

    Whoever these "Seattle Times" people are, they might as well fold, since they appear to serve no useful purpose.

  •  Too bad this didn't come out earlier (1+ / 0-)
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    With mail-in ballots, wish this had all happened last week before people started mailing their ballots.

  •  Chris Gregoire (4+ / 0-)
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    N in Seattle, jordans11, 4km, seattlegirl

    is not going to be remembered in my memoirs as the best governor I've ever seen, but she's worlds better than Dino Rossi.

    What I don't understand is why Obama hasn't done any ads on behalf of either her or Darcy Burner.  Surely he realizes how close and how critical both of these races are?  It's puzzling.

    "When those who are accountable are right, they take the credit. When they're wrong, they take the heat. It's a fair exchange." - Lehman Bros ad ca. 1980s

    by Mehitabel9 on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 05:12:47 PM PDT

  •  It's the charisma factor (5+ / 0-)
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    N in Seattle, jordans11, Korry, Tejas, ginfizz

    By any rational measure, Gregoire has done a decent job as governor. Nothing extremely bad has happened here on her watch, and we (at least the Seattle area) have one of the strongest economies in the nation right now. The recession is not nearly as obvious here as it is elsewhere. The State is in fine shape, financially. Housing prices have not collapsed (though that may still happen) and unemployment is low in relative terms.

    What more could we ask for?

    The problem is that a lot of people vote on personality, and Chris Gregoire is not a barrel of laughs, she doesn't send sparkles through the airwaves, and men of a certain age are not having inappropriate thoughts about her. She's professional, thorough, conscientious, and a bit of a wonk.

    Rossi has all the charm of a used car salesman. You can almost picture him on the lot, in a plaid sport coat and a white leather belt, with a toothpick in his mouth.

    Some people are easily taken in by that. I took a long road trip through rural Washington and the Rossi signs are thick out there. These are people who probably like Palin, too. Their political leanings in State terms often boil down to a resentment that Seattle's prosperity isn't helping out their corner of the state, that "Seattle liberal elites" are telling them what to do. What they don't realize is that those same Seattle liberal elites are subsidizing their roads, their schools, their internet service, the electrical lines that bring power to their houses, with all the taxes we pay and the revenue we generate. What they want is someone who will tell them what they want to hear, someone who at least pretends to be "one of them," who will promise to free them from taxation while mysteriously maintaining their infrastructure.

    It boils down to this: high information voters: Gregoire. Low information voters, and a few corrupt developer types with their hands in the public till: Rossi.

    Hopefully seeing Rossi inside a court room will sow a bit of doubt in the low-information parts of the state.

  •  WOOT! It's about Effing TIme! (1+ / 0-)
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    Rossi is a creepy, slimy, little criminal of a man. He has no vision beyond gifting his benefactors were he to win the election.  I sincerely hope this helps take him down, out, never to be heard from again!

    "We do not torture," -GWB -6.38 -6.36

    by gbg on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 05:21:06 PM PDT

  •  Thank you for higlighting that slime Rossi and (3+ / 0-)
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    N in Seattle, jordans11, claret63

    what we need to do for Gregoire.

    And with that, I'm going to give another 50 bucks to her.

    I would be thrilled if Obama did a Gregoire ad, we love him here in Washinton, so it would do nothing, but good things for Christine if he made a Merkley style ad. Christine stood with him, in contrast to Cantwell and Murray who supported Hillary in the primary.  

    Plus, Rossi is a dink and shouldn't win, regardless.

    Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson

    by ElizabethRegina1558 on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 05:35:53 PM PDT

  •  I think Rossi really showed his true colors ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... when he lost to Gregoire the first time. His behavior reminded me of a spoiled child who wasn't given the toy he felt entitled to. He tells the local media he's not giving any interviews, while he appears on Fox News again and again complaining about how the election was stolen. And then he starts the 'voter fraud' lawsuit so weak that John McKay (US Attorney fired by the Bush DOJ) refuses to have any part in it, and it's dismissed by the most favorable judge they could find. I had considered him a reasonable candidate (though not the one I would vote for) at first, but now I just wish he would go away.

  •  Rossi and the "GOP" (1+ / 0-)
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    Among the many, many things that frost my cupcakes about Dino Rossi, his refusal to honestly acknowledge his Republican-ness sticks out as particularly infuriating.  He is a poster-boy for typical ultra-conservative Republican policies, but insists on "prefers GOP" and gets away with it thanks to the (insert adjective indicating annoyance here) "top two" primary system we inflicted on ourselves.  The Republicans in Washington are running for any kind of cover they can find--see the phony "nonpartisan" King County Council proposal for exhibit 2.  The inherent dishonesty, intellectual shallowness and overall scumbagitude of Republicans disgusts me.

    No one in this world has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. H. L. Mencken

    by jim0121 on Mon Oct 27, 2008 at 05:49:17 PM PDT

  •  Rossi's Campaign is based on fiction! (1+ / 0-)
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    1. If anyone go to the Washington State Budget website they can see our state has $801 million in surplus.
    1.  The $3 billion short fall is 2-3 years projection into the future.  The Governor have lots of time to correct the issue.  Gov. Gregoire has already trimmed the spending and shed $1.5 billion off the short fall.  If the idiot Rossi and republicans think they have the ability to predict what will happen in 2-3 years into the future, then why didn't they prevent this collapse of our economy!!???  The Republicans have no prescience, that is a load of dung!
  •  I had a chance (0+ / 0-)
    to meet Dino Rossi when I worked as an Executive Assistant in a heavily republican office in 2004.  My boss @ that time was giving a fundraiser for Rossi and I had to arrange this for him @ his home (my former boss).  I knew Dino Rossi was shady even then.  Rossi is a snake oil salesman and for me, it was always very hard to work in that office around election time.  As for the meeting, I told my boss no thanks.  I had no desire to meet him whatsoever.

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