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.