Reichert abuses franking privilege… but did he break the rules?

Reichert campaign flyer

Looks like a pretty typical piece of campaign literature, huh? An oversized, glossy, folded pamphlet touting Rep. Dave Reichert’s reelection.

Only it’s not a piece of campaign literature, it’s a piece of congressional franking, paid for with our taxpayer dollars, and a clear violation of the spirit of the franking rules, if not the law itself. Oh… and it’s only one of six such mailings Reichert’s office has recently sent to voters.

Indeed, Reichert’s mailings have been raising eyebrows and filling mailboxes for months. At last night’s Drinking Liberally an experienced campaign staffer actually laughed when he saw the congressional seal on the pamphlet, while another knowledgeable politico rolled his eyes in disbelief. And this morning I corresponded with a longtime Republican consultant who confided that there’s a pretty blurry line between what is or is not a legitimate use of franking privilege, but that this one “crosses it by a mile.”

But it’s not just the content of Reichert’s mailings that pushes the limits of the franking rules. House members are prohibited from franking mass mailings to constituents within 90 days before an election; with a September 19 primary date, that means the last day this latest mailing should have been postmarked was Tuesday, June 20th. Yet this latest flyer didn’t start hitting mailboxes until Monday, June 26th.

Of course, presorted standard mailings like this can take over a week to go cross country, but since the cost is distance sensitive and the mailing was likely produced by local consultant Bruce Boram, chances are it was printed locally and mailed from the USPS’s Seattle Bulk Mail Center.

So the question is… when did this mailing drop? If it actually went out after June 20th, then Reichert broke the franking rules. Not exactly the kind of disregard for the law you’d expect from an ex-sheriff.

Comments

  1. 3

    dj spews:

    I’ve got a copy of the Reichert mailing in my hands now. It is a disgusting abuse of franking privileges. The brochure is nothing but a big campaign advertisement.

    On the front side, below the Congressional seal it says: “Public Document / Official Business / This mailing was prepared, published and mailed at taxpayer expense.

    Thanks, asshole Reichert, for sticking me with the bill for your campaign propaganda.

    BTW: if you live in his district, fell free to let him know how you feel. Toll free: 1-877-920 9208.

  2. 4

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    24

    I’m actually jealous of the Republicans. Yes, jealous! You see, when I was young, I wanted to be a fiction writer. But when it comes to writing fiction, the Republicans have got me beat all hollow! I can’t hope to ever write imagination and colorful fiction like Republicans do every day.

  3. 7

    Tree Frog Farmer spews:

    This is precisely the kind of all out win at any cost behavior I would expect from the ‘thuglican party. If they can get to your voting machines, they’ll fix’em, if theycan get to your bank records, they will, if they can audit you to intimidate you, they will. They will abuse and ignore the Constitution as they please. They are out of control. They should be put out of a job.

  4. 9

    Dave Gibney spews:

    I seem to have one from Cathy also. I’m not sure when it arrived. It doesn’t actually say “vote for me”

  5. 10

    LeftTurn spews:

    Republican train wreck #904589494948

    Bernard B. Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner, is close to reaching an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to having accepted improper gifts totaling tens of thousands of dollars while he was a city official in the late 1990′s, two people with information on the plea negotiations said yesterday. . . .
    Under the proposed agreement, Mr. Kerik would plead guilty to failing to report accepting roughly $200,000 in renovations to his Bronx apartment — a violation of the city’s administrative code. The work, officials have said, was paid for by a New Jersey construction company that the city had long accused of having ties to organized crime.

    Mr. Kerik nearly rose. . . to the rank of cabinet secretary, when President Bush nominated him to head the Department of Homeland Security in December 2004. But he was forced to withdraw a week later, citing possible tax problems involving his family’s nanny.

  6. 11

    Dengle Berry spews:

    Roger, your fundamental problem is that you are willing to cut and run. You don’t have resolve. You don’t stand tall. You don’t act like a man.

    The American people respect us because we act like John Wayne. They may not agree with our stances in such areas as Social Security reform, but they are incredibly impressed with the fact that we’ve got balls.

    So, show me a leading Democrat with balls, Roger.

    The content of our policies doesn’t matter. What matters is the entertainment value. We put on a good show. You don’t.

    You lose.

  7. 12

    WA 8th district voter spews:

    I have to say that I’m not happy with reichert’s pamphlet and won’t be voting for him. Reichert is even upsetting Bush voters like me. I hope he gets sent home in november!

  8. 13

    LeftTurn spews:

    Cut and run? Isn’t that what the republicans are proposing to do? Didn’t I just see General Casey (Republican) standing next to Rummed Up Rummy (Republican) saying we’ll start bringing home troops in a few months? The Republicans are cutting and running. Not the Dems. We’re all for staying until we’re no longer needed. Most of us didn’t think we should start this war, most of us think it was bullshit, most of us wish George Bush were over there doing the fighting instead of sending poor kids to die, but now that we’re there, we need to exit gracefully.

    By the way, it was a republican who made the decision to cut and run from Nam too! Republicans are cowards.

  9. 16

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    21

    “state democrats are subverting our constitution by pushing for non citizens to vote and to give them amnesty for breaking the law”

    would you like to back this up with some facts?

    “the wire-taps of known terrorists and the banking issue, both are legal and not against the constitution”

    Most of America’s leading law professors and constitutional scholars disagree with you.

    “the Supreme Court is back being a court and not a ‘legislative’ branch”

    How do you know? I’ll bet you’ve never read a Supreme Court decision in your life.

    “Iraq, sure, but that is going very well.”

    HEE HOO HAW HA HAR DE HAR HAR HEE HEE HAW HOO HAR HA HA HA HEE HAR HAW HUH HOO HAW HAW HA HEE HAR HA HA HO HO HEE HAR YUCK HAW HAR HOO HA CHUCKLE HAR HAR HO HA HUH SNICKER HOO HAR HA HAW HA HAR HOO HEE HEE HAR HAR HA HA HAW HAR HAR HEE HOO HAR HA HUH HOO HAW HEE HAR HO HO HE HAR HAW HEE HEE HO HO HA HA HOO HAR HA HA

    thanks for the laugh! You had me going there … until I read this, I thought you were SERIOUS! Now I realize your post is satire.

    “I just miss Roger on this thread…cause he has such great ways of using our language.” Commentby Dengle— 6/28/06@ 10:47 pm

    Gee thanks, Dengle! Although now I KNOW your post is satire! Trust me, they’re not gonna give me a Pulitzer Prize for writing prose like the following:

    Fuck you, and fuck the armadillo you rode in on!

  10. 17

    thor spews:

    If you want more of the same, just keep voting for the people who control the Congress now. Abuse of franking was something the GOP said it would clean up in 1994. This and other mailings are simply more evidence of out of control spending by the GOP congress – spending designed to reelect a GOP majority that only postures as fiscally responsible. Real reporters in the mainstream media should be demaning all the data on use and abuse of the frank.

  11. 18

    basrailian spews:

    I received the mailer shown. The first thing I thought was this is a campaign piece paid for with federal dollars. Can I file a complaint? Pictures of the Sheriff with kids and at Mt. Rainier with the Rangers, and a lame list of pork brought home. A lame list to be bragging about. Fluff, Fluff, Fluff, just like “the Sheriff”. What about his accomplishments for furnishing first responders with flexible communications? Zero.

  12. 19

    For the Clueless spews:

    The work, officials have said, was paid for by a New Jersey construction company that the city had long accused of having ties to organized crime.

    Badda Bing! Cue music:

    woke up this morning…

  13. 20

    Puddybud Michael Kennedy spews:

    Goldy: Where is the most recent open thread? With such bad news yesterday from the Supreme Court over the Delay redistricting plan, I understand you not posting one!

    Ha ha ha ha. Makes it harder to get back the Congress!!!!

    Justice DeLayed is justice DeLivered! I like this decision moonbats.

  14. 21

    Harry Tuttle spews:

    Not much defense for Sheriff Goodhair, some deflection about electing a Democrat for prosecutor and the implication that would mean corruption — you really are a hoot, Doofus. Then an unsubstantiated claim that they all do it from Dingle.

    I can say I’ve never received a printed mailer from Jim McDermott, letters on official stationary, yes, but no glossy brochures. The letters, of course, are replies.

    No, Sheriff Davie has a corrupt official staff, just like he “ran” a corrupt Sheriff’s Department.

    Hey, where did Janet S go. I expected her to tell us what a bad mom Darcy is for running for Congress.

  15. 22

    LeftTurn spews:

    The Texas redisctricting decision was FANTASTIC news Puddybutt. You inbred right wing morons fell for a big trap. Governors conrtol how state legislatures draw their districts. And every republican pundit believes that Dems will AT THE VERY LEAST win control over many Governorships in the next election. We already control the Governorships in the states with most electoral votes with the exception of California and Texas and we’re about to get California back.

    Then WE will redistrict to our heart’s content, relying on the US Supreme Court decision to back us up. Too bad, you looooooose again bitch!

  16. 25

    Puddybud Michael Kennedy spews:

    These are my thoughts on the ruling as I have not been on the web to read the pundits on both sides. Regarding the Supreme Court ruling, it now means more of our tax dollars are going to be spent on the legal prosecution and defense of your friends these islamofascists. It also means people will get to see the types of islamofascists being caught all over the world, especially the ones who hate our leftist politically correct decadent society driven by ACLU supported filth. September 11th will come back front and center as people will see some of the compadres of the hijackers.

    Be careful what you as for LeftTurd, it may be hazardous to your political health!!!

  17. 26

    Puddybud Michael Kennedy spews:

    Harry Tuttle:

    1.) Why would Jim McDimwitt have to send political material in a “SAFE” congressional district? That is a non-sequitor.

    2.) You admitting to writing him and receiving materials proves to me I am correct! You ARE that mummified brain moonbat librul!

  18. 27

    Puddybud Michael Kennedy spews:

    LeftTurd, you never lost California. Schwarzenegger is one in sheeps clothing. Many of his latest political missteps proves his wife is driving his agenda. She is one of our cuzins, a Kennedy!

  19. 28

    Puddybud Michael Kennedy spews:

    Yes, LeftTurd My wife gave me a big hello again last night. She claims the only leftturd she knows is the one left in the toilet, which she flushes almost immediately after. Good try though. So now you dream of drinking Rush Limbaugh’s piss and my wife? You need to get a life!

  20. 29

    Puddybud Michael Kennedy spews:

    LeftTurd: Here is something for your viewing, it’s hilarious!!! Be patient as it takes a little time to load!

    http://vernonrobinson.com/twilightzone3.shtml

    ANNOUNCER: (Twilight Zone theme song) If you’re a conservative Republican, watching the news these days can make you feel as though you are in…The Twilight Zone. Americans are under attack from Islamic extremists in every corner of the world. Homosexuals are mocking holy matrimony, and the lesbians and feminists are attacking everything sacred. Liberal judges have completely rewritten the Constitution. You can burn the American flag and kill a million babies a year, but you can’t post the Ten Commandments or say “God” in public.

    CHILDREN: One nation, under — Shhh!

    ANNOUNCER: Seven out of every ten black children are born out of wedlock, and Jackson and Sharpton claim the answer is racial quotas — and the aliens are here, but they didn’t come in a spaceship. They came across our unguarded Mexican border by the millions.

    VERNON ROBINSON: I’m Vernon Robinson. If you send me to Congress, I’ll send that back to the Twilight Zone. I approve of this message, and of traditional American values. (Leave It to Beaver theme song).

  21. 30

    Puddybud Michael Kennedy spews:

    Now I know you are delusional. I have sons dimwitt. Besides my wife doesn’t deal with librul fags!!!

  22. 31

    Another TJ spews:

    Vernon Robinson has been a joke for a loooong time. That add is old. We laughed at it when it (and others) came out.

    http://www.spinspy.com/node/31734
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/4/28/16716/5182
    http://americaabroad.tpmcafe.c.....rm_roundup
    http://www.bluenc.com/node/217.....3ac446dc15
    http://www.thecarpetbaggerrepo...../7269.html

    If Reichert wants to associate himself with the self-proclaimed “Black Jesse Helms,” I’m sure the people of the 8th district will be interested in knowing this.

    You’re dismissed, again. With prejudice, again.

  23. 32

    LeftTurn spews:

    And after I was finished with your wife Puddybutt, your 18 year old daughter came over and took care of me. She too says hello.

  24. 34

    LeftTurn spews:

    And your mom came over too Puddybutt but she’s so ugly I wouldn’t fuck her with YOUR dick. Maybe that’s why your daddy LimpDickLushFlimbaugh can’t get it up. He saw your mom and life’s never been the same.

  25. 35

    rhp6033 spews:

    To: Dengle at 21:

    “That will be handled by the appropriate body. It doesn’t look good, but I will wait for the proper authorities to make the call.”

    And who is going to be the authorities who make that call? The House Ethics Committee? That’s pretty amusing.

  26. 36

    rhp6033 spews:

    Hey, I’ve got an idea. Bush says it is the essential perrogative of the President to decide what is, and what is not, necessary for national security, and his decision is not subject to being second-guessed by the courts, Congress, or… well, anybody.

    So when Bush leaves office in 2008, lets make sure the new Democratic president keeps Gitmo open. Then arrest Bush, Rove, Cheney, Rumsfield, Gonzales, etc. for endangering the national security of our country by violating the Constitution. Then put them in cages at Gitmo for the next four years, refuse to provide attorneys, argue that they are exempt from writ of HC, and even refuse to confirm or deny that they are being held.

    Wonder how it looks from the other side of the bars?

  27. 37

    Daddy Love spews:

    Daniel @ 16
    I returned that tear-off mailing card with my response written across it, accusing Reichert of abusing his franking privilege, insisting that he cease and desist, and informing him that I was filing a complaint. FEC, here I come.

  28. 38

    dj spews:

    pbj @ 59

    “When the president came to town what did she do? Did she visit any 8th district voters? “

    What the fuck are you babbling about? She isn’t allowed to attend a protest against Bush that is outside her district? What fucking planet are you from?

  29. 39

    rhp6033 spews:

    To D.J. at 12: So, if I don’t live in the Sherriff’s district, I don’t get to call? I know he isn’t concerned if I won’t vote for him, but he’s spending my tax money, too!

    Maybe we should get people nationwide calling his office to complaing about his misuse of public funds.

  30. 42

    dj spews:

    PuddyBud @ 44

    “1.) Why would Jim McDimwitt have to send political material in a “SAFE” congressional district? That is a non-sequitor.”

    I would agree that McDermott has less need than Reichert to send out campaign propaganda. But, campaign material should be produced and paid for by the campaign (i.e. not produced and paid for by the taxpayers).

    There is no reason that McDermott would have any more or less reason to send out franked informational mailings (which are official U.S. Government business). The fact that you refer to this as “political material” and hint that it should somehow relate to how “safe” a seat is, betrays a complete misunderstanding of the franking privilege.

    “2.) You admitting to writing him and receiving materials proves to me I am correct! You ARE that mummified brain moonbat librul!”

    What the fuck??? Are you somehow suggesting that a person who contacts their senators or representative buys into their political philosophy? I was always under the impression that we were supposed to contact our congresspersons with our opinions. Almost any time a constituent contacts a congressperson the get a letter in response. So I guess, I find your second point pretty inane.

  31. 43

    pbj spews:

    Darcy Burner is nothing but a Seattle liberal. When the president came to town what did she do? Did she visit any 8th district voters? Nope. She hunkered down in Westlake Center, the heart of Liberal Seattle rallying the troops. Unfortunately the troops were not 8th district voters but fully embibed dyed in the wool Seattle Liberals. Now that is OK. If one is a liberal, they should have the courage to shout it from the rooftops, one would think.

    So, if the 8th district wants a staunch Seattle liberal abnd all the policies that come along with it, they can certainly give her their vote. After all, her uber liberal supporters outside the 8th district sure would, if they could.

  32. 44

    dj spews:

    rhp@65

    “To D.J. at 12: So, if I don’t live in the Sherriff’s district, I don’t get to call? I know he isn’t concerned if I won’t vote for him, but he’s spending my tax money, too!”

    I wasn’t trying to discourage “outsiders” from calling him…rather I was trying to encourage people in the 8th district to call.

    Anyone should be able to call, but they will ask for your address and “prioritize” your comment by whether or not you live in the district—if you live outside the district I suspect a negative opinion will go right into the circular file. I live outside Reichert’s district, but have emailed opinion to him from his house comment form page. The last thing I got was a screen saying that I was outside his district and therefore would not get a response.

    “Maybe we should get people nationwide calling his office to complaing about his misuse of public funds.”

    Fine with me. I suspect, however, it would be more effective to complain to the House Franking Committee, since they are required by law to follow-up all complaints within 30 days….

  33. 45

    Daddy Love spews:

    As for…the wire-taps of known terrorists…are legal and not against the constitution.
    Well, they would be if warrants were acquired as required by FISA. Unfortunately for the government, the wiretaps of known NON-”terrorists” (me, you, your mom, your grandmother) are totally illegal AND unconstitutional.

    As for…the banking issue…legal and not against the constitution.
    Umm, how do you know? It’s a SECRET program, and even though its existence has been revealed, the details are still tightly held. According to the NY Times, it was because SWFT executives were worried about the program’s legality and were discussing pulling out because of their concerns about legal and financial risks if the program were revealed, which is when the administration placed the first controls on the program, in 2003. Was it legal before that? Not known. The applicable laws, including the Right to Financial Privacy Act, have not been tested in national security cases.

    Initially, there appear to have been few formal limits on the searches…”At first, they got everything – the entire Swift database,” one person close to the operation said.
    Was that legal?

    And some of the “20 current and former government officials and industry executives [who] discussed aspects of the Swift operation with The New York Times on condition of anonymity” said that “what they viewed as an urgent, temporary measure had become permanent nearly five years later without specific Congressional approval or formal authorization.”
    Is that legal? Rhetorical question, BTW. I’m not asking you to answer.

    At least three sources said that this transaction tracing involved involving “many thousands” of people or groups in the United States. Here’s a question you CAN answer: Would the administration be able to get legal warrants justified by probable cause for “many thousands” of transations?

    Even if you really want them to be and say so a bunch of times it doesn’t make it so.
    That oes for asserting the legality and constitutionality of the administration’s actions.

  34. 46

    Living in the 8th spews:

    Reichert is doing mailings because democrat front groups are regularly attacking him with automated phone messages throughout the district–not because Reichert is so bad, but because Dems want power. By winning this seat. That’s it.
    So the man is responding to the phoney calls. And did you want him to simply NOT respond?

  35. 47

    Harry Tuttle aka voter advocate spews:

    64.

    Whatever the reason, Reichert has the right to campaign, that isn’t the issue. He has to pay for it from the hundreds if thousands of dollars in his campaign fund, not the U. S. Treasury.

  36. 49

    Had Enough Yet? spews:

    6.
    But in 2006, under a Republican controlled congress,
    Reicher probably gets an appointment to ethics, and Boram probably gets a riverboat casino.

  37. 50

    Jimmy Carter spews:

    Goldy whats up? I get that same type if information from my friends from the left all the time. Well who is going to lets the dogs loose Dean Logan’s friends? This state is run by all those lib’s anyway so why worry?

  38. 51

    Billy Carter spews:

    Jimmy, you must have been drinking my beer again, because you’re sounding pretty shit-faced stupid.

    Whatever you can say about Washington state’s Democrats, they haven’t been subverting the constitutional protections that our federal system of government was built upon — and protected with the blood of generation upon generation of brave soldiers.

    The issue for the 2006 election is simple: Are you happy with the direction of the country? If the answer is no, then vote Democrat.

    Jimmy, if you can’t see that, I better put the rest of the beer away.

  39. 52

    LeftTurn spews:

    News coming out of Palm Beach tonight that LimpDickLimbaugh may indeed be charged with a criminal offense. If not, it’s almost certain his doctor will and his probation deal is in danger. HE HE! Typical chickenhawk republican. Talks lots of shit and can’t even get his dick up!

  40. 53

    Aexia spews:

    What’s the penalty for abusing the franking privilege?

    The Member of Congress has to reimburse the treasury for the mailing. Which can be pricey, especially for a glossy piece like this.

  41. 54

    Harry Tuttle aka voter advocate spews:

    58.

    Puttybrains thinks the only purpose his Congressman serves is to cut taxes and implement a theocracy. It makes politics simpler for him, and simplicity is his watchword.

  42. 55

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    29

    “You don’t stand tall.” Commentby Dengle Berry— 6/29/06@ 12:56 am

    What a load of crap! When I stand upright on my hind feet, fully extended skyward, ears stiff and nose sniffing the air, I can reach an altitude over 24 inches above the ground! Almost enough to need supplemental oxygen.

  43. 57

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    40

    I can hardly wait to see Ohio’s new district map after Blackwell’s bid for governor goes down in flames.

  44. 58

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    43

    “These are my thoughts on the ruling as I have not been on the web to read the pundits on both sides.” Commentby Puddybud Michael Kennedy— 6/29/06@ 7:59 am

    Yes, Puddy, we know you need to “read the pundits” (translation: consult the Noise Machine) before you can collect your “thoughts.”

  45. 59

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    43

    I hope nobody asks Puttyferbrains to explain separation of powers or due process of law. God only knows what would spurt out of his ass.

  46. 60

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    47

    “ANNOUNCER: Seven out of every ten black children are born out of wedlock”

    Actually, Puttybutt, the correct number is 64% — and you plastered a racial connotation on it that simply doesn’t exist. Out-of-wedlock birth rates have also soared among whites. A Brookings Institution study concluded the rapid growth of out-of-wedlock births after 1970 is due to the disappearance of “shotgun weddings” from American culture. http://www.brookings.edu/comm/.....s/pb05.htm

  47. 62

    antidote spews:

    So it seems Reichert could be a lawbreaker. Send him to Gitmo with that other traitor to the Constitution, Rep. Peter King, who seems to be in league with al-Qaida in an attempt to destroy American institutions.

  48. 63

    pbj spews:

    dj@61

    “What the fuck are you babbling about? She isn’t allowed to attend a protest against Bush that is outside her district? What fucking planet are you from?”

    By all means she is entitled and I encourage her to spend all the time she wants with her liberal idealogical kin. And that appears to be exactly what she has been doing, as pointed out by the PI’s Joel Connelly:

    “she is running for Congress from the 8th District on the Eastside, but Democrat Darcy Burner has become as familiar a public presence in Seattle as ubiquitous 43rd District legislative candidates.

    Burner spoke at a Westlake Mall rally as President Bush attended a fundraiser for her opponent in Medina. She has been feted at a Belltown fundraiser with Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and at a Seattle Labor Temple event with Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., boss of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

    She has lifted cups with liberal bloggers at the Montlake Ale House, been the object of a fundraising appeal from Seattle’s Rep. Jim McDermott, and was a delightful seatmate at Conservation Northwest’s dinner-auction at the Woodland Park Zoo.”

    Perhaps the 8th is really the wrong district for her to compete. After all, she seems to avoid it and relishes the 43 legislative district much more. And by all indications, her liberal worldview is probably a better fit with those voters anyway.

  49. 64

    Felix Fermin spews:

    I’ve been bothered by these blatantly abusive mailings as well. I’d like to know the specific rules that are being violated. I’d also like to file an FEC complaint, but I want to be specific.

  50. 65

    PG spews:

    Congratulations Goldy, now that you’re working for KIRO, you’re perfecting the art of ratfucking! YAYYYY!

  51. 66

    spews:

    I got another in the mail today. Another I got a couple of days ago has a tear off mail back questionnaire and it asks for an email address and says it will never be shared with anyone else.

    Of course anyone who handles the response card will see it if you don’t put it in an envelop. Details.

  52. 67

    dj spews:

    pbj

    “By all means she is entitled and I encourage her to spend all the time she wants with her liberal idealogical kin. And that appears to be exactly what she has been doing, as pointed out by the PI’s Joel Connelly:”

    Are you really that naive?

    Big fucking whoop. She visits Seattle. Reichert does fundraisers in Alaska. Almost every congressperson goes all kinds of places to attend events and raise funds.

    “Perhaps the 8th is really the wrong district for her to compete.”

    Well…that would be a lot of work since she lives in the 8th. Geez…you think Sheriff Dave should run for congress in Alaska, too?

    “After all, she seems to avoid it and relishes the 43 legislative district much more.”

    Of course, you are spewing ignorant bullshit, since the vast majority of her events have been held in the 8th.

    (This is such a typical bullshitting wingnut tactic…pbj reads about one or two events outside the 8th and makes up a generalization. Next time, try to do a quantitative analysis of all her events over a 2 month period, dipshit.)

    “And by all indications, her liberal worldview is probably a better fit with those voters anyway.”

    Well…Bush lost in the 8th in 2000 and 2004, so it is not like the 8th is solid wingnut or anything…

  53. 68

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    4

    “Now all you need is a democratic hack prosecuter.” Commentby RUFUS Fitzgerald Kennedy— 6/28/06@ 7:51 pm

    Dufus, I don’t know where you’ve been getting the smart pills from, but I find myself agreeing with you more and more lately. You’re absolutely right — we need to get replace our Republican hack prosecutor, who gives election law violaters a free pass, with a Democratic hack prosecutor, who will enforce the election laws and put punks like Lori Sotelo behind bars where they belong.

  54. 69

    Living in the 8th spews:

    pbj makes a great point. BUrner is obviously far more comfortable in the 7th. Perhaps she missed her calling. if you guys love her so much, why not have her take on McDermott?? He needs the competition. OTherwise, it looks like downtown Seattle special interests are trying to run their own candidate for the 8th congressional seat. In other words, someone who ,may live in the 8th, but seems to wish she didn’t. She clearly is more comfortable with the downtown Seattle special interests.

  55. 70

    dj spews:

    Living in the 8th @ 77

    “pbj makes a great point.”

    Nope…actually it was a completely vacuous point…she lives in the 8th, not the 7th or the 1st.

    “BUrner is obviously far more comfortable in the 7th.”

    More wingnut bullshit. Tell ya what, dipshit…quantify your belief. What percentage of her appearances and events in the last three months have been out of the 8th.

    “if you guys love her so much, why not have her take on McDermott?? He needs the competition.”

    Yaaawwwwnnnn.

    “OTherwise, it looks like downtown Seattle special interests are trying to run their own candidate for the 8th congressional seat.”

    Could be worse…she could feel most comfortable somewhere in, oh…I don’t know…like, Alaska.

  56. 71

    LeftTurn spews:

    Thank GOODNESS Darcy is a liberal. All these so-called conservatives have created the largest budget deficit in history, the largest federal budget in history and the largest federal agency in history. In addition, more babies have been aborted in the USA in six years of Bush than were aborted in eight years under President Clinton. Yep we need more liberals.

  57. 72

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I was listening to rightwing talk radio this afternoon blasting Michael Moore for “taking advantage” of Marine Sgt. Raymond Plouhar. The wingnut talking point goes something like this:

    Plouhar agreed to appear in Moore’s film, but didn’t know the film would criticize the Iraq war.

    It’s surprising the wingfucks aren’t blaming Moore for Plouhar’s death. Maybe that’s tomorrow’s segment.

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    eric spews:

    well… everyone does it. doesn’t make it right, but they all do. i just received a lovely 8-page high-gloss color pamphlet from Adam Smith that was full of “Smith does this” “Smith does that”. It also proudly states that it was produced, printed, and mailed at taxpayer expense.

    I have no problem with comminucations to constituents, but I think maybe there needs to be a standard format for all… B&W only on recycled paper or something like that.

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    Had Enough Yet? spews:

    17.
    Don’t forget to include Boram in that round up.
    Remember, he’s the super neat guy who did the hatchet job on Deborah Senn and refused to do any public disclosure.

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    Dengle spews:

    If he broke the law then he should be punished, if he didn’t then he shouldn’t. That will be handled by the appropriate body. It doesn’t look good, but I will wait for the proper authorities to make the call.

    Billy, state democrats are subverting our constitution by pushing for non citizens to vote and to give them amnesty for breaking the law (the latter one goes both ways nationally). So there you have it. As for the items you may be thinking about, the wire-taps of known terrorists and the banking issue, both are legal and not against the constitution. Even if you really want them to be and say so a bunch of times it doesn’t make it so.

    As for being happy, sure the economy is booming, we are safe, the weather is great, the Supreme Court is back being a court and not a “legislative” branch. Things are good. Do I wish we there was a way to speed up Iraq, sure, but that is going very well. If you thought it would be done quickly you do not know history…..hell we’re still in Germany for gods sake.

    I do love the passion of this board and get a great laugh at it when I take the time to read some posts. I just miss Roger on this thread…cause he has such great ways of using our language.

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    LeftTurn spews:

    I am filing a complaint with the FEC in the morning. Maybe we can paint this asshole with the culture of corruption brush he deserves. Hey righties. You like these tactics? You better. You invented them. Now we’re using them. Hope you don’t like it you fucking punks.

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    RUFUS Fitzgerald Kennedy spews:

    Now all you need is a democratic hack prosecuter. Where is Ronnie Earle when you need him. Hehe

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    Green Thumb spews:

    I used to design newsletters for a Democratic Congresswoman. We were always very careful to avoid getting even remotely near the edge of ethics rules.

    I guess Reichert has a greater commitment to winning than doing what’s right.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    First of all, I offer my condolences to Sgt. Plouhar’s family. Their grief is shared by an entire nation grateful for his service. We’ll never get wingnuts to understand this, but we’re against the war, not the soldiers fighting it.

    The volunteer military is a good thing. Let me rephrase that. We need a military, and filling the ranks with volunteers is a damn sight better than filling the ranks with conscripts.

    Of course, I want “voluntary” service to be truly voluntary. I don’t think recruiters should lie to prospective recruits, or take undue advantage of gullible teenagers. Only the most naive or dishonest person would deny there have been recruiting abuses. The solution is not to be against the military — we need a fully manned military — or against the recruiters, who are trying to do their job. The solution is proper guidelines, and adequate oversight of recruiting practices, so that abuses don’t occur.

    I don’t have a great problem with the fact minorities and poor kids are over-represented in the military, compared to the general demographic. Many of these kids see the military as an open door to opportunities that would otherwise be closed to them. It was for me — I went to law school on the G.I. Bill. For no one is this more true than the immigrants who dream of become American citizens, and realize that dream by enlisting in the U.S. armed forces. A door that otherwise might never open for them.

    So where am I going with this? Simply this. There are people who claim “supporting the troops” means we have to be for the war. They are wrong. Sgt. Plouhar’s dad says his son believed in the mission and disagreed with Moore’s criticism of the war. I don’t doubt that, and I respect Sgt. Plouhar’s right to his opinion. But — and here is the huge but …

    Whether soldiers want us to support their mission is irrelevant.

    That’s what I said: Irrelevant. It’s not up to the soldiers to decide whether our country should go to war, or not. Someone once said war is too important to leave it up to generals. In that case, it’s certainly too important to leave it up to sergeants, or privates, to decide whether we should be there or not. Questions of war and peace are for citizens to decide. That is our right, and our obligation. As citizens, we have a right and a duty to insist that our government go to war only when war is justified and necessary. We can’t let Marine sergeants make that decision for us. As citizens, we owe it to Sergeant Plouhar and others like him in our military services to make sure their lives aren’t squandered needlessly or foolishly. Sgt. Plouhar may have disagreed with our opinion of the war he died in. We have our duty, nonetheless; and just as he pressed forward in the line of his duty, so we must press forward with our duty.

    And I mean that with the greatest respect for him, his family, and all who loved him and will miss him.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    21

    “That will be handled by the appropriate body. It doesn’t look good, but I will wait for the proper authorities to make the call.”

    The whole problem is that with the GOP running congress, the “appropriate body” and “proper authorities” not only aren’t “making the call,” they’re the perpetrators.

    In other words, what you’re suggesting is akin to waiting for the police to investigate thefts of pot from the station house evidence room.

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    Dengle Berry spews:

    Yes, indeedy, I think that One-Party Government is a great thing. In fact, I hope that Karl Rove is successful in masterminding his great dream of Permanent One-Party Government.

    See, the Republicans have a monopoly on Truth. That’s why they were preordained by Him to run this great Christian nation in its crusade against the infidels.

    Now, I acknowledge that Permanent One-Party Government goes against our founding father’s deep fear of concentrations of political power. But as forward-thinking people all know, 9/11 changed everything. Checks and balances a danger to our way of life as we wage a Permanent War Against the Infidels.

    That’s why I say: Don’t cut and run. Stay the course. Vote Republican.

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    Puddybud Fitzgerald Kennedy spews:

    You’re dismissed, again. With prejudice, again. Commentby Another TJ— 6/29/06@ 8:49 am

    Wrongoh idiot. I see you went to the moonbat websites. I found the ad on the Internet. You are amazingly strange. Keep up the moonbat banner high, ATJ. Posterchild of ASShead moonbat lunatics.