Gov. Gregoire violates law with Heck solicitation

Well, that’s what the AP is reporting anyhow.

(Gov. Christine) Gregoire’s campaign committee sent out an e-mail Wednesday afternoon endorsing Democrat Denny Heck for Congress in southwest Washington’s 3rd District.

The e-mail encourages donations to Heck, and includes links to the donation page on his Web site.

But state regulators say that’s not allowed under state law, which bans state elected officials from most political fundraising for candidates during the legislative session.

(UPDATE–please see update below as the AP has revised the story. Here is the rest of my post as it first appeared.)

The whole thing is bizarre. First, Gregoire makes an endorsement of a long-time Olympia insider when there are two other very viable Democratic candidates in the race in the form of state Rep. Deb Wallace of Vancouver (LD17) and state Sen. Craig Pridemore, also of Vancouver (LD49.) I guess it would be obvious to point out that the two candidates she showed the back of her hand today are in the current Legislature rather than the 1985 Legislature. I guess she’s not worried about their votes.

Then she compounds her mistake by making a solicitation during the Legislative session. Very weird.

I don’t know what is going on. If this is an attempt to force Denny Heck upon us down here in the third CD, it just blew up in more ways than one. Go check out the 2008 general election map for governor. For those out of state, the relevant counties (mostly) are Thurston, Pacific, Lewis, Cowlitz and Clark. It’s rather, um yellow, in a big Democratic year. Obama did substantially better.

I guess Wallace and Pridemore should thank Gregoire, actually.

UPDATE 6:15 PM– The AP story linked above has since been revised, with the Gregoire campaign committee claiming the law is ambiguous, and saying there was no intent to skirt the law. So far there has been no comment from the Heck campaign.

UPDATE 7:50 PM–Okay, the AP story is now more fleshed out, you can go read it for yourself. The question seems to be whether state regulations prohibit fundraising for a federal candidate, or just state and local candidates. Put simply, The Public Disclosure Commission folks think federal candidates are covered, the Gregoire campaign side seems to think it’s unclear, and in any case the Gregoire camp says it won’t be doing anything else during the session freeze.

Comments

  1. 1

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Gregoire is not only a lawyer, she was state attorney general for 12 years, so why wasn’t she on top of this?

  2. 2

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    This SOTU is sure to go down in history as one of the great presidential addresses to Congress of all time. But the Republicans? Not change you can believe in, or any change at all, only the same old stuck-in-the-19th-century bunch.

  3. 3

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I hope this speech motivated (shamed if you will) the Republicans to remember they’re Americans and start putting country above party.

  4. 5

    RUFUS spews:

    I highly recommend (which I did) to go out to a nice restaurant is during a SOTU address given by a liberal. The service is great since they didn’t have to deal with the cheap ass “want everything for nothing” progressives who are all glued to their TVs. You can always catch up on the address by tuning on a hairdryer.

  5. 6

    Empty Suit Obama spews:

    2. Roger Rabbit spews:

    This SOTU is sure to go down in history as one of the great presidential addresses to Congress of all time.

    Rhetoric without results sells for fucktards, but not for ordinary Americans. This speech was no different than the lies he spewed on the campaign trail about “transparency” “no earmarks” “bi-partishanship”. This fuck may have a lot of people like our furry friend above, but anyone that’s been around the block or two can smell an Eddie Haskell a mile away….and this empty suit, Obama, is exactly that. He’s the guy that shows up to work on time, sharply dressed and hasn’t a clue what the fuck to do within his job responsibilities. A well dressed, well spoken , but a worthless fuck in performing the functions of their jobf in the real world of business, is merely the classical “sugar coated turd”…and that is certainly what we have for 3 more years.

    As for the illegal Heck endorsement, as RR points out above, Gregoire was the AG prior to being elected into her ongoing incompetent governorship. She knows better, but knows she can get away with it because the majority of the electorate in this state are group-think, brain-dead jackasses that will willfully swallow any shit she shovels down their gullet in her defense.

  6. 7

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @6 “Rhetoric without results sells for fucktards”

    I agree. What has the GOP done for ordinary Americans lately? What bills have they helped pass? What have they contributed besides obstructionism and inflammatory rhetoric?

  7. 8

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Even though Republicans were in power for most of the last 30 years, what did they deliver for all the gullible right-to-lifers who gave the GOP their time, effort, money, and votes? Nothing.

  8. 10

    Empty Suit Obama spews:

    What has the GOP done for ordinary Americans lately? What bills have they helped pass?

    Passing bad legislation is not being productive as the Dems are finding out if they would for once listen to the American people. As for the Republicans (who’ve been shut out of the conversation altogether by Reid and Pelosi) have proposed solutions to this nations problems.

    What have they contributed besides obstructionism and inflammatory rhetoric?

    For one, solutions.
    http://www.gop.gov/solutions

    You Dems were in the drivers seat with the House, Senate and Whitehouse with a supermajority. It’s time to quit turning back the clock and blaming Republicans for your failure over the last 12 months. Obama is simply repeating the errors of Jimmy Carter, and the result will be the same if he does…One and Done!! Now, if he wasn’t so batshit crazy leftist he’d recognize this and do what Clinton did in ’94 and listen to the people, but I believe Obama is too much of a “head in the clouds” idealist to do so. He’s not pragmatic enough to pull this plane out of its tailspin and vows to go down with the ship.

    …and you fucks think he should go further left. You really don’t have any concept of the founding fathers of this country, do you? Enslaving yourself to government is the last wish they’d have for this country in this great experiment in freedom.

    It’s high time ya’ll took your heads out of your asses long enough to realize this reality.

  9. 11

    RUFUS spews:

    I did see a clip of the SOTU address. Where the hell did BO get the Biden and Pelosi bobble-head dolls from? Those were cool.

  10. 12

    Puddybud Remembers ylb arschloch is an arschloch spews:

    This SOTU is sure to go down in history as one of the great presidential addresses to Congress of all time.

    Wow Herr Goebbels Himmler Dumb Bunny.

    Odumba could have said I’m jettisoning all my lobbyist appointments. He didn’t. Odumba said he wants to hear health care ideas. He doesn’t. It’s the same recycled line he said last year and then closed out the opposition party. He is freezing spending after he jacked off oops jacked up the spending on the backs of Americans. So what? He could have stemmed the tide of independents (you fools call them tea baggers) leaving the Dummocrapts. He didn’t. More empty rhetoric Herr Goebbels Himmler Dumb Bunny.

  11. 13

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    NBC Poll

    “In excerpts of the president’s State of the Union address … he says ‘We face a deficit of trust – deep and corrosive doubts about how Washington works.’ Who do you think is the most to blame for this ‘deficit of trust’?”

    [14.1%] “Democrats. They control both houses and the executive branch, and they still can’t get anything done. How can we trust them?”

    [31.2%] “Republicans. They refuse to compromise with the White House and the majority, instead playing politics at every turn.”

    [9.1%] “Congress. It’s both parties who are to blame. Together they have stalled our country.”

    [13.6%] “The president. Obama had a lot of support from both sides when he took office. He has squandered it and contributed to the growing lack of trust in Washington.”

    [11.9%] “Money. Politics in America is for sale. Trust will return when the corruptive influence of lobbyists, corporations and special interests are taken out of politics.”

    [20.1%] “All of the above. No one group is to blame – but they all hold some of the responsibility.”

  12. 14

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @12 “Odumba could have said I’m jettisoning all my lobbyist appointments.”

    Bush bypassed the lobbyists and filled his cabinet with the CEOs the lobbyists work for. You gotta admire his efficiency.

  13. 15

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @10 “Passing bad legislation is not being productive”

    I’m glad you finally realized this. Better late than never.

  14. 16

    Puddybud Remembers ylb arschloch is an arschloch spews:

    Bush bypassed the lobbyists and filled his cabinet with the CEOs the lobbyists work for. You gotta admire his efficiency.

    Wow Herr Goebbels Himmler Dumb Bunny… Bush never made the lobbyist or CEO promise Odumba did fool!

    Odumba said “I” 96 times tonight. He never mentioned the EunuchBomber or Khalid Sheik Mohammad trial. He’s out of touch with many Americans.

    Oh yeah NBC not a highly trusted network eh Herr Goebbels Himmler Dumb Bunny?

  15. 17

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    The GOP’s solution to bankruptcies was to make it easier for corporations to tear up their union contracts and dump their pension obligations on taxpayers, and make it harder for families devastated by medical costs to keep their homes and savings.

    The GOP’s solution to unemployment was to give businesses tax breaks for shipping American jobs to foreign countries.

    The GOP’s solution to high medical bills is to take away the right of injured patients to sue negligent doctors and hospitals.

    Why should anyone trust the GOP?

  16. 18

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @16 You could also argue he never promised not to ignore terrorism warnings, start a war based on lies, torture people, break federal wiretap laws, give no-bid contracts to political cronies, or run the economy into the ground.

  17. 20

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Bush didn’t promise to appoint qualified people, run a competent administration, or balance the budget.

  18. 21

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Bush didn’t promise to catch bin Laden, lower teen pregnancies, or get drinking water to Katrina victims.

  19. 23

    Puddybud Remembers ylb arschloch is an arschloch spews:

    Wow Wow Herr Goebbels Himmler Dumb Bunny, you are pissing into the wind. Odumba made all those empty suit promises. He didn’t keep any!

    Dems da fax jax!

  20. 24

    Empty Suit Obama spews:

    15. Roger Rabbit spews:

    -@10 ‘Passing bad legislation is not being productive’-

    I’m glad you finally realized this. Better late than never.

    Hey, I’m opposed to retarded legislation like “universal healthcare” and “cap and tax”. It’s only far leftist zealots passing this shitty legislation and fortunately, getting blowback from the American populace. Will the empty suit with a tin ear listen? Probably not. Left wing jihadists like Obama, Pelosi and Reid rarely listen to reason or want to have a rationale discussion of the subjects like healthcare reform, cap and tax, global warming, etc.

    Their intent is to push their agenda through and the American people be damned with the consequences. To which I say, fuck them.

  21. 25

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    SurveyUSA Poll

    1. “How important do you think it is to replace Seattle’s seawall?”

    Very — 42%
    Somewhat — 37%
    Not Very — 12%
    Not At All — 4%
    Not Sure — 5%

    2. “There is a proposal to replace the seawall and pay for it with an annual property tax increase of about twelve dollars for every hundred thousand dollars of property value. That would be about $48 on a $400,000 dollar home. Do you support or oppose this proposal?”

    Support — 53%
    Oppose — 39%
    Not Sure — 8%

    3. “The City of Seattle and the State of Washington have agreed to replace the Alaskan Way viaduct with a so-called deep-bore tunnel. Do you support or oppose this agreement?”

    Support — 52%
    Oppose — 39%
    Not Sure — 9%

    4. “The agreement also says the city will be responsible for any cost over-runs. Do you think the tunnel should still be built if Seattle will have to pay for cost over-runs?”

    Yes — 38%
    No — 59%
    Not Sure — 4%
    http://www.surveyusa.com/clien.....&c=28

  22. 26

    Empty Suit Obama spews:

    Speaking of illegality by the Queen…this time not the scofflaw Gregoire…what kind of asshat gets acknowledged in the chambers of Congress and just mouths and gestures to “sit down” like some kind of royalty?

    My advice:
    Have some fucking class and just follow along with the ‘dog and pony show’ ; stand the fuck up and acknowledge you’re being recognized and then sit the fuck down…it’s not that difficult to navigate the protocol in these situations, but apparently have more troubles than others in doing so.

  23. 27

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Phonegate Conspirator Had Bush Intel Ties

    Newsweek reports that one of the suspects arrested for attempting to install wiretaps on Sen. Landrieu’s office phones worked as the assistant director of a spy training program funded by the Bush administration’s intelligence chief.

    http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs.....gence.aspx

  24. 28

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @26 A Republican complaining about “illegality” is like Ted Bundy complaining about murder.

  25. 29

    Empty Suit Obama spews:

    …and will someone tell Fox News, the most trusted news outlet in the country according the latest polls (and that mouthpiece for the right) to quit running the Obama state of the disunion address again at both 6pm and 9pm tonight? 70 freakin’ minutes of rehashed rhetoric bullshit from the Obama campaign trail that has gone largely ignored and simply unfulfilled promises in the past year.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/worl.....st-popular

  26. 30

    Empty Suit Obama spews:

    @26 A Republican complaining about “illegality” is like Ted Bundy [Kennedy] complaining about murder.

    …corrected that for the Kopechne family.

  27. 31

    spews:

    He never mentioned the EunuchBomber or Khalid Sheik Mohammad trial. He’s out of touch with many Americans.

    Most Americans don’t care about those men, either.

  28. 32

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @30 Ted Kennedy is a complex figure in our country’s history. All three of his brothers lost their lives in service to our country, and his sister was turned into a vegetable by an ill-advised medical procedure. Ted’s personal life was marred by alcoholism and a tragic car accident, yet for half a century, ordinary hard-working Americans and their families had no greater friend or champion in the U.S. Senate. His personal flaws are overshadowed by his public service. He could have led the life of a rich playboy, but instead he devoted his life to serving others. That speaks far louder than your tawdry, sleazy, banal sniveling.

  29. 33

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @29 “Fox News, the most trusted news outlet in the country according the latest polls”

    The idiots who trust Faux Noise also trusted Bush when he said Iraq had WMDs.

  30. 35

    Empty Suit Obama spews:

    @ 32
    His personal flaws are overshadowed by his public service. He could have led the life of a rich playboy, but instead he devoted his life to serving others. That speaks far louder than your tawdry, sleazy, banal sniveling.

    Why whine about the reality. Had he been a conservative, he would have been rode out on the rails back in the 1960’s. However, the Democrats have an ever changing goal post of “morality” that has kept Kennedy in his seat for more years that I wish to remember. He killed a woman through his reckless regard and that can’t be forgotten. As far as his “playboy” life, his drunken escapades precede his legacy 35 years after he should have learned his lesson, but didn’t.

    @33
    The idiots who trust Faux Noise also trusted Bush when he said Iraq had WMDs.

    That would account for a large amount of the American populace that trusted Obama was “hope and change” in America. Fortunately, people are wising up to Oboma’s rhetoric and unfulfilled ‘promises’, while year by year, giving the nod to the most trusted voice in delivering the news fair and balanced…Fox news. Deal with it.

  31. 36

    Puddybud Remembers ylb arschloch is an arschloch spews:

    Most Americans don’t care about those men, either.

    From Gallup – “PRINCETON, NJ — By 59% to 36%, more Americans believe accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed should be tried in a military court, rather than in a civilian criminal court. Most Republicans and independents favor holding the trial in a military court, while the slight majority of Democrats disagree.”

    NEW YORK (CBS) ― New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Wednesday the trial of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will cost the city an eye-popping $1 billion for security, CBS station WCBS-TV reports.

    “It would be great if the federal government could find a site that didn’t cost a billion dollars, which using downtown will and it will also affect business and commerce and people’s lives downtown,” Bloomberg said.

    Stay Stupid Ryan…

  32. 37

    Puddybud Remembers ylb arschloch is an arschloch spews:

    ESO,

    The fools here call Independents and the Unaffiliated voters of Mass – Tea Baggers. Of course HA Libtardo Leftist wouldn’t comprehend Fox News having the highest trust ratings.

    Think about it… They take Herr Goebbels Himmler Dumb Bunny Diarrhea Pellets as gospel here.

  33. 38

    Max Rockatansky spews:

    @32…..just dont try to put a green energy wind farm near his mansion on the beach…..

    I mean cmon, let the little people deal with those wind farms…

    hypocrite asshole.

  34. 39

    Puddybud Remembers ylb arschloch is an arschloch spews:

    He could have led the life of a rich playboy

    WTF Herr Goebbels Himmler Dumb Bunny? He did live the life of a rich playboy, in the Senate halls and WA DC environment fool! He and Dodd created the Dodd-Kennedy Waitress Sandwich! Dodd on the bottom and Kennedy on top. The waitress was da meat. Which was cracked rye and which was pumpernickel ummm… pumphernickers? Of course you forget these details being a Dumb Bunny!

    “Dodd and Kennedy were also reported to have made a ‘human sandwich’ with a waitress at La Brasserie, another Capitol Hill restaurant. The report had it that Kennedy threw the woman on Dodd, who was slumped in a chair, and then jumped on top of her. She was said to have run screaming from the room.” – Hartford Courant 1988

    “When she put in an appearance in their private retreat – ‘The Teddy Kennedy Fun Room’ – the Massachusetts senator picked her up and heaved her onto a table. The crystal candlesticks and champagne glasses shattered as he grabbed her again and flung her on top of Dodd.

    “Then Kennedy threw himself on top of the woman. The waitress implored Mr. Kennedy to ‘Get off me!’

    “Another waitress entered to find ‘things all tipped over and Kennedy was on top, [the waitress] was in the middle and Dodd was on the bottom.’ At that point the sandwich was disassembled.” – Penthouse Magazine 1999

    La Brasserie, a French restaurant on Capitol Hill, closed last month, after a 27-year history of catering to political bigwigs and Hollywood A-listers.

    “It was quite a Hill institution,” said Lynne Breaux, executive director of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington, who has eaten there several times. “It was a lovely restaurant.”

    La Brasserie was located in a town house on Massachusetts Avenue Northeast. It served such politicos as the late Sen. Daniel Moynihan, New York Democrat, former Vice President Al Gore and the late Rep. Sonny Bono, California Republican, as well as actors like Jimmy Stewart, Paul Newman and Jane Fonda, [and who could forget Ted Kennedy and Chris Dodd making unique contributions to our sandwich menu] said Lynne Campet, a former co-owner of the restaurant. – Washington Post 2005

    You are a tool Herr Goebbels Himmler Dumb Bunny! One USELESS Tool!

  35. 40

    proud leftist spews:

    Little Ricky Dumbass and Puddy,
    You think you have your finger on America’s pulse. Maybe you do, for the next 2 minutes. But, you are both haters. You fear, you hate, you have suspicion. That is not a recipe for getting this country out of its doldrums. Ricky, you are a complete asshole. Puddy, I don’t know why I hold out hope for you. Neither one of you appears bright enough to recognize the potential we have with this president.

  36. 41

    Empty Suit Obama spews:

    40. proud leftist spews:
    But, you are both haters. You fear, you hate, you have suspicion. That is not a recipe for getting this country out of its doldrums.

    Coming from a regular at a waste treatment plant hate site like HA, I’m afraid there is more projection in that quote above than any psychiatrist could explain rationally. If only the HA faithful had the intelligence to understand how fucking batshit crazy they actually were to most of the netizens.

  37. 42

    Puddybud Remembers ylb arschloch is an arschloch spews:

    But, you are both haters. You fear, you hate, you have suspicion. That is not a recipe for getting this country out of its doldrums. Ricky, you are a complete asshole. Puddy, I don’t know why I hold out hope for you. Neither one of you appears bright enough to recognize the potential we have with this president.

    This coming from the person who created the hateful award Proud Goatist; a proud hater living large on HA Libtardo hateful thought.

    Stuff your hate back on the Kitsap Peninsula. Puddy reminds you and your “progressive” ilk the types of peeps you all really are!

  38. 44

    RUFUS spews:

    HNN Poll Rates Bush Worst President

    An History News Network poll found that 98% of professional historians rated George W. Bush a failure and 61% rated his presidency the worst in history.

    Bahhahahahahahahahaaha

    Another dumb hack poll done by liberals. Hell if you compare presidents in the last 13 months George W Bush is not the worst. But you donks sure have a candidate for the worst ever right now. I would say good luck but I don’t think you will need it. hahahhaah

  39. 45

    Moritz spews:

    Denny Heck: longtime insider.

    Also, kind of a jerk. For a long time.

    Not the creepy/sicko self-hating Puddybud jerk. More in the classic jerk mold.

  40. 46

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    I’ve been telling y’all for a long time gregoire has zero regard for the law…except when SHE can use it as a weapon against her opponents.
    You KLOWNS are mighty slow on the uptake.
    But you finally get it!!

  41. 47

    Moritz spews:

    RUFUS @ 44 – aren’t you the same clown who did the same childish baahahaha… routine claiming Obama could never beat McCain? Your predictions are legendary.

    Kind of funny you would be defending the hapless W, when 6x as many Americans blame W for Obama’s popularity gap. And that’s a Foxy Nudes poll http://www.washingtonmonthly.c.....021935.php

  42. 48

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @35 “Had he been a conservative, he would have been rode out on the rails back in the 1960’s.”

    For what? Boozing, womanizing, and manslaughter? If conservatives rode the rail for that, there would be no conservatives left. That’s normal behavior for Republicans.

  43. 49

    Moritz spews:

    Mr. Cynical – how is it you always seem so far removed from reality?

    The PDC has never had jurisdiction or power over federal campaigns.

    Are you even reading the evolving AP story?

    I don’t like Gregoire, myself. But, you make her look like a genius and an angel in comparison.

  44. 50

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @38 “just dont try to put a green energy wind farm near his mansion on the beach”

    Why? Is he gonna file a complaint with the zoning commission? You’re so stupid you’re actually funny!

  45. 51

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @38 P.S., you got something against people who live in mansions? Is this the new wingnut populism?

  46. 53

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @41 “Coming from a regular at a waste treatment plant hate site like HA,…”

    Hahaha … like you?

  47. 54

    Moritz spews:

    Newsweek reports that one of the suspects arrested for attempting to install wiretaps on Sen. Landrieu’s office phones worked as the assistant director of a spy training program funded by the Bush administration’s intelligence chief.

    I hope Harry Reid checked his office phones.

    Another example of how these conservative Republickers have a loud bark – but when it comes to action: they become bumbling fools.

  48. 55

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @42 “This coming from the person who created the hateful award Proud Goatist; a proud hater living large on HA Libtardo hateful thought.”

    In a spirit of comity, we try to bring ourselves down to your level, puddinghead.

  49. 56

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @44 And what we have here is Doofus, the center of the wingnut intellectual universe.

    HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR

  50. 57

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @46 “except when SHE can use it as a weapon against her opponents”

    If only she would. What we need more than anything is some Democrats willing to behave like Republicans.

  51. 58

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @49 “Mr. Cynical – how is it you always seem so far removed from reality?”

    His nearest human neighbor is 50 miles away. His social life isn’t totally shot, however; his nearest nonhuman neighbor is out in the goat shed.

  52. 59

    Particle Man spews:

    I do not think the letter of the law or the intent of the law prohibiting solicitation of donations in the session freeze was violated.
    What I do think is that the parties involved must have talked over the implications of such a mailing at this time, such as bad press, and decided that the benefit of locking up early support trumped these concerns.

  53. 60

    Rich Nafziger spews:

    I think it would help to check you facts. The law does not prohibit state state level candidates from raising money for a federal race. It’s pretty simple. Look it up.