With the Port of Seattle gaining a reputation for inappropriate politicking, secret deliberations and ethical scandals, it is good to see Seattle Port Commission President John Creighton finally buckling down and getting to work restoring confidence and accountability in… um… King County Elections…?
Yeah, that’s right. Rather than focusing on setting his own house in order (a house he was elected to keep clean) Creighton is lending his name, signature, and the prestige of his office to a letter raising funds for I-25, a county initiative that would make the King County Elections Director an elected position.
Huh. Is it just me, or does it strike you as a little ironic to see accountability championed by the president of an agency that holds a closed-door executive session before every so-called “public” meeting? And, um, speaking of “reforms that will return confidence” to a process, maybe I’m crazy, but I’m thinking one place to start might be to not allow commissioners to illegally sign secret memos authorizing $340,000 payoffs to patrons who raised their reelection campaigns hundreds of thousands of dollars. Oh… and when you believe a fellow commissioner has “committed an illegal act”, and should “submit her resignation,” I dunno, but the accountable thing to do might be to actually say so publicly.
Just an idea.
In fact, reading the fundraising letter, a few wise, old proverbs come to mind:
- “Physician heal thyself.”
“Charity begins at home.”
“People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”
“Don’t shit where you eat.”
You know, stuff like that.
Why the urgent need to suddenly amend the County Charter? Well, according to Creighton, “citizens were concerned that absentee ballots were mailed late” in an election… five years ago. And…
In 2004, the problems made headlines and affected the outcome of the gubernatorial election.
Really? Problems actually “affected the outcome” of the election? And he knows this, how? Quick… Creighton should hand over his conclusive evidence to Stefan so that he can conduct a thorough and even-handed investigation.
There have been improvements, but there is a need to be more accountable to the people so that all the people can have confidence in the process.
And nothing restores confidence in the election process quite like falsely claiming that problems “affected the outcome of the gubernatorial election,” when you have absolutely no evidence to back this up at all.
What a putz.
The fact is, one of the reasons Creighton and his fellow Republicans are so keen on electing the Elections Director is because they know that a “nonpartisan” office like that — where they don’t have to put an “R” next to their name on the ballot — is just about the only office a Republican can win in King County these days.
You know, like the Seattle Port Commission.