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Yesterday, a blog post was posted here on Tukwila Talk. I wrote a comment but the poster decided not to allow it. So I am posting my comment here and some additional thoughts. So that you understand what I'm responding to, I have copied yesterday's post below.
Here is the post from yesterday entitled "Same old story":
"As Chuck has said, always follow the paper trail.
Proof of my assertion the Tukwila City Council works together in a close knit group discouraging any new blood lies in the PDC forms. Please note that the incumbents went as a group, outside King County, to a professional firm to manage their campaigns. It should be noted that one candidate who filed in the hope of filling the seat held by Joe Duffy, joined the group in these docs."
Here is my response:
LOL! Your innuendo machine is up and running early this election season. There is no "proof" of anything in your post.
It seems reasonable for a serious candidate to hire a professional firm to help navigate election law and as a campaign resource. I have some questions for you.
1. There is no box to check on the PDC form as to whether a candidate went as a group or as an individual to hire a firm. Do you have first hand knowledge that they went together or are you just making this up to insinuate something nefarious?
2. It seems to me that a candidate would hire a successful, experienced firm to help on a campaign. It sounds like going out of King County upsets you. What firm would you hire here in Tukwila or in King County that meets that criteria?
3. Is it possible that this firm is the best, most economical one to hire?
4. How does candidates hiring the same consultant restrict new blood on the council? Anyone who meets the criteria set by statute can file, hire a consultant, run, and win if his/her ideas resonate with the voters.
5. I have no idea how many campaign consultants there are in the Puget Sound area. Do you?
6. Why do you care who they hire as long as it's a legal company and they report expenditures?
Some thoughts about elections:
We need serious candidates for our elected offices -people with ideas to improve our city and school district and the willingness to work hard for our votes by explaining their ideas and listening to/interacting with voters. It's good for candidates to get advice on campaigns. I'm glad we have the PDC so we can get information on campaigns but the forms and regulations can be a maze to navigate. Having a professional to help with that, allows a candidate to campaign, have a "day" job, continue volunteer work, and spend time with family and friends. We want well rounded people working for us because life experience enriches a candidate's perspective. Voters have the responsibility to listen, question and decide based on knowledge, not gossip or insinuation.
I have no patience for innuendo, negativity, and opposition for opposition's sake. The sole purpose is to sling mud and cover up what we should really be discussing - specific problems, opportunities, and improvements for our city. Haven't we had enough of that at the national level? Look what we ended up with!