Richard Roesler of the Spokane Spokesman-Review has followed up on the Aaron Dixon story, and surprisingly, Green Party spokesman Mike Gillis told him that they “absolutely” vetted the candidate. He characterized my original post as a “partisan smear,” and downplayed the significance of Dixon’s legal problems:
“I think what we’ve really created is a culture in politics where you’re not even allowed to fart in public,” Gillis said. “Any mistakes he’s made in the past have been so overwhelmed by what he’s done for his community. I think there’s nothing in his past that regular people haven’t run into at some point.”
Oh. Well then… I guess I’m not “regular people,” because in addition to being a devout voter, I also haven’t “run into” any of the following obstacles:
- Owes more than $2,800 in traffic fines, including four counts in the past 18 months of driving without insurance;
- Was accused by his estranged wife in a 1994 divorce case of having problems with marijuana use and threatening to kill her;
- And had two liens placed on him by King County officials for allegedly failing to pay child support in 1989 and 2003.
- In 1980 he was convicted of embezzlement from a medical supply company in Oakland, Calif., and served six months in a California prison.
- And that in 1984 he was convicted of check fraud and “served a short prison sentence.”
Look, I don’t mind if the guy farts in public, and I’m willing to put his past in his past. But it’s hard to shrug off Dixon’s long record as an unrepentant scofflaw, especially when his latest legal run-in occurred as recently as last year.
Dixon wants to put this all in perspective:
“At a time when our government spends $100,000 a minute to occupy Iraq,” Dixon wrote, “this entire media frenzy has been but a distraction to my campaign and me.”
Exactly. Which is exactly why Dixon should have never declared his candidacy.