Three different readers forwarded me the same email this morning, originally sent to the Washington State Trial Lawyer Association’s listserv. The email was authored by attorney Stan Rumbaugh, the moderator of KBTC’s public affairs program, The South Sound View, and reproduced here with his reluctant permission.
From: WSTLA EAGLE
Sent: Friday, October 13, 2006 9:21 AM
Subject: Re: [WSTLAEAGLE]
I am doing a series of interviews for PBS on a few of the more contested races. Reichart/Burner, Owen/ Johnson and Roach/Ward are featured. When interviewing Pam Roach for my TV special, all was a little tense. She is clearly a lawyer hater, and arrived at the interview with a list (big one 500+ names for sure) of lawyers who contributed to “her opponent”. The interview went reasonable smoothly, after I assured her that Yvonne had not attempted to directly disparage her during the morning filming of Yvonne’s interview. Pam also knew the interview was live to tape, since everyone cannot be scheduled all in order.
After the interview concluded, I was taping the segue to Yvonnes interview, saying something to the effect of “next, we will hear from Senator Roach’s opposition, stay tuned”. No sooner had the lights gone dark than Pam Roach jumped up, directly in my face, and screamed “you’re a fucking liar, you told me Ward had already been on and didn’t trash me, and now I find out she is coming up next, you are a god damn liar”. Nearly an exact quote.
It was a surreal moment and, needless to say I was a bit put off. The film crew could not believe what they were seeing, and I patiently explained to Pam how TV magic puts taped interviews together. She apologized, and I asked her if she thought she had received a fair chance to respond to the issue oriented questions. She said she had, and I said ok, then that’s it. Goodbye.
On the way out, she again apologized to my producer, and said that she was just so frustrated because her opponent was “such a bitch” that she was not thinking right. In the end, everyone associated with the program (South Sound View) agreed that Pam needed some heavy medication, and had no place in the State Senate with that kind of behavior.
If anyone else is as offended as I am, dig deep and send Yvonne a check for whatever you can afford. Pam Roach is vindictive, and unfit to serve.
Uh-huh. So if Yvonne Ward is “such a bitch,” what does that make Pam Roach?
Looks to me like the pressure of a dead heat race is beginning to get to Roach. So please help make Roach even more nervous, and give what you can to Democratic challenger Yvonne Ward.