Republicans on Borrowed Time: Double Standards?

The Republicans got some media attention yesterday after they notified the press that they’d received a letter from the Public Disclosure Commission acknowledging a GOP complaint against Gov. Chris Gregoire’s campaign. 

The Republican complaint, filed last Wednesday, October 22 alleges that Gregoire got illegal donations worth $12,000 from out-of-state PACs. Candidates are only allowed to get money from out-of-state PACs if a certain amount of the PAC’s donation was raised from in-state contributors. (It turns out Gregoire had already returned all the money—including a batch before the GOP even filed its complaint.)

The news that the Republicans received a letter from the PDC acknowledging the GOP complaint just a week after they filed was heartening to GOP chair Luke Esser. His press release said:

“We have urged the PDC to expedite their investigation in the same way that Judge Kallas expedited the deposition of Dino Rossi, even though it caused him to cancel multiple campaign appearances less than a week before Election Day,'” WSRP Chairman Luke Esser said. “There shouldn’t be a double-standard that allows the Gregoire investigation to be slow-tracked by the PDC until after the election. The people of the state deserve to know the truth about these serious charges before they vote on Tuesday.” 

(Hey, shout out to you for keeping those press releases coming my way, Luke Esser. You’re a good egg and a conscientious Chairman. You might wanna nudge your colleague Mary Lane Strow. She got all bent out of shape when I came to the Rossi press conference on Wednesday afternoon and had me escorted out.) 

I wonder, though, if Esser thinks the people of the state “deserve to know the truth” about the millions of dollars in controversial loans and/or contributions that Media Plus, a local GOP media firm, gave to Dino Rossi, Rob McKenna, and Douglas Sutherland’s campaigns. Should the investigation into that money (millions as opposed to $12,000)—which is the issue of a complaint filed by the Democrats last Thursday—be slow-tracked? Should the people know the truth before they vote next Tuesday?

Democrats are nervous that the complaint is, in fact, on the slow track and people wont know the truth. It’s been a week since they filed and they have not received their letter from the PDC.

PDC spokeswoman, Lori Anderson, says the Democrats’ complaint has been assigned to a staffer. She could not say, however, if the Democrats’ complaint would be investigated prior to election day. It should be

Media Plus has gotten $768,991 worth  of ad time for McKenna, $318,610 for Sutherland, and $6.5 million for Rossi according to the PDC reports.


  1. 1

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Yeah, let’s fast-track the GOP complaint and get a decision exonerating the Gregoire campaign before the election, so voters know this is yet another meritless (and mindless) stunt.

  2. 2

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    The GOP has no ideas for governing, no solutions to society’s problems, just dirty campaign tactics and silly stunts. Why would anyone vote for these idiots?

  3. 3


    So if worse comes to worst here, and Rossi is swept into office on Tuesday, is there ANY chance that he would be impeachable over these charges?

  4. 4

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Gee Goldy–
    Gregoire gets CAUGHT taking illegal campaign contributions and quickly gives them back because it’s soooooooo obvious…and you gloss over it.
    Ohhhh, it’s that partisan hack thing again, ain’t it.

  5. 5

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Mephisto spews:

    So if worse comes to worst here, and Rossi is swept into office on Tuesday, is there ANY chance that he would be impeachable over these charges?

    Dear DumbAss–
    Rossi isn’t accused of anything you idiot!!
    Don’t you ever read before you spew??
    Wishful thinking by a typical LEFTIST PINHEADED KLOWN.

  6. 6

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    The Economist Endorses Obama

    The U.K.-based conservative newsweekly The Economist “wholeheartedly” endorsed Obama:

    “IT IS impossible to forecast how important any presidency will be. … The United States is unhappy, divided and foundering both at home and abroad. …

    ” … [T]he Democratic candidate … offers the better chance of restoring America’s self-confidence. … [V]oting for him is a risk. Yet it is one America should take, given the steep road ahead.

    “The immediate focus … looks daunting enough: repairing America’s economy and its international reputation. … Yet there are also longer-term challenges …. A combination of demography and the rising costs of America’s huge entitlement programmes — Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — will be starting to bankrupt the country. Abroad a greater task is already evident: welding the new emerging powers to the West. … This will take patience, fortitude, salesmanship and strategy.

    “At the beginning of this election year, there were strong arguments against putting another Republican in the White House. A spell in opposition seemed apt punishment for the incompetence, cronyism and extremism of the Bush presidency. …

    “If only the real John McCain had been running …, however, … the Candidate McCain of the past six months has too often seemed the victim of political sorcery, his good features magically inverted, his bad ones exaggerated. … Ironically, … the case for Mr McCain comes down to … the assumption that he does not believe a word of what he has been saying. Once he reaches the White House, runs this argument, he will put Mrs Palin back in her box, throw away his unrealistic tax plan and begin negotiations with the Democratic Congress. … Had he become president in 2000 instead of Mr Bush, the world might have had fewer problems. But this time it is beset by problems, and Mr McCain has not proved that he knows how to deal with them.

    ” … Mr Obama’s star quality will be useful to him as president. But that alone is not enough to earn him the job. Charisma will not fix Medicare nor deal with Iran. Can he govern well? Two doubts present themselves: his lack of executive experience; and the suspicion that he is too far to the left.

    “There is no getting around the fact that Mr Obama’s résumé is thin for the world’s biggest job. But the exceptionally assured way in which he has run his campaign is a considerable comfort. … A man who started with no money and few supporters has out-thought, out-organised and outfought the two mightiest machines in American politics — the Clintons and the conservative right.

    “Political fire, far from rattling Mr Obama, seems to bring out the best in him …. On the financial crisis his performance has been as assured as Mr McCain’s has been febrile. He seems a quick learner and has built up an impressive team of advisers …. Of course, Mr Obama will make mistakes; but this is a man who listens, learns and manages well. … Our main doubts about Mr Obama have to do with the damage a muddle-headed Democratic Congress might try to do to the economy. …

    “In terms of painting a brighter future for America and the world, Mr Obama has produced the more compelling and detailed portrait. He has campaigned with more style, intelligence and discipline than his opponent. Whether he can fulfil his immense potential remains to be seen. But Mr Obama deserves the presidency.”

    (Quoted under fair use.)

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: The Economist is read by snooty intellectuals of the conservative intelligentsia and business community, and a few curious liberals, too. The impact of this endorsement is that it is likely to increase the comfort with Obama of well-educated and successful moderate Republicans who have been hesitating to vote for him both for ideological and personal economic reasons.

  7. 8

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Here is the bottom-line for many honest, hard-working, good American gunowners like me:
    From Rasmussen:

    63% Say Obama More Likely to Restrict Gun Rights
    Friday, October 31, 2008

    Nearly two-thirds of U.S. voters (63%) say Barack Obama is more likely than John McCain to restrict an individual’s right to own a gun, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

    Just 16% believe McCain is more likely to do so, and 22% are undecided.

    I just read an article where 1 in 7 voters still say they can be swayed. That’s huge this close to Election Day.
    Obama appears to have broad support, but it is only about 1 inch deep.

  8. 9

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    7. Mephisto spews:

    Dear Troll,

    Thanks for your comment! Did your mother not love you?

    She loved me sooooo much that she repeatedly warned me about idiots like you…who spew before they do their homework.
    You are a real A1, 1st Class DumbA$$!!

  9. 10

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @4 Except her campaign gave them back before they “got caught,” Cynical — which torpedoes your argument.

    Oh, and by the way, the candidate is too busy campaigning to read the contribution lists. That’s what she hires campaign staffers for. She never sees these lists; the staff gives her fundraising summaries in periodic briefings. Unlike Rossi, she’s not slinking off to luncheons with special interest groups to hit them up for under-the-table money.

    Thanks for playing, Cynical. You got your ass handed to you again. Do come back for more of the same!

  10. 12


    Aw, trolly, I really do appreciate this little jocular back-and-forth we have going. Tell you what, next time I see you, the drinks are on me.

  11. 14

    Aaron spews:

    Hey Josef for Rossi, do you endorse the Rossi campaign excluding Goldy and Josh from their press conference?

  12. 15

    Allen spews:

    Can we share your wealth with the needy.
    Can’t walk the talk can he.


  13. 16

    Allen spews:

    Oh, no not the CHANGE WORD


    $35,000.00 and your the rich sucker.
    remove quotes on link

  14. 17

    Steve spews:

    @11 “Only 4 more days until Mr. Cynical’s head explodes.”

    He gave us a preview yesterday of just what that might be like. Spectacular, I say! His head is going to explode real good.

  15. 18

    rhp6033 spews:

    It seems that the Republican party’s spending over $150,000 on clothes for Palin and her family at swanky designer stores isn’t sitting too well with their own doners.

    …One top party fundraiser told NEWSWEEK that, ever since the story broke on, he was bombarded with calls from Republican donors who were “furious” that their contributions were used for such purposes. “This has damaged everybody’s credibility,” griped the fundraiser (who asked not to be identified talking about party business)….

    Not The Change They Wanted

    But what’s even more revealing, is the following comment:

    “…(s)ome of the disgruntled party donors said her claim of frugality was hard to square with the details in campaign spending reports, such as the $75,062 one-day tab at the Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis, and $4,902 spent at Atelier New York (a high-end men’s store). One veteran GOP consultant (who also requested anonymity) said the real puzzle among his peers is why Larson didn’t find a way to disguise the expenses, at least until after the election. Larson declined to comment.

    Yep, not only do they consider election expense reports signed under oath to be “pliable”, but they wre more concerned about hiding from their own donars than they were the public at large.

  16. 19

    Allen spews:

    We should look again at obams wife’s snack.

    If they win the WH food budget will be bankrupt as our country will be.

  17. 20

    Toby spews:

    Americans right now care about whether they’re going to stay in their homes, whether they’re going to have a job, whether they’re going to be able to keep their health insurance.

    This is CHANGE THE SUBJECT from DNCnewsweek

  18. 21

    Ralph Naaaadir spews:

    This just in: Former Reagan chief of staff Ken Duberstein told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Friday he intends to vote for Democrat Barack Obama this Tuesday.

    Duberstein was on MSNBC this morning, questioning McCain’s judgment for having chosen Sarah Palin for the Republican ticket– he said McDonald’s subjects its employees to more vetting than McCain did for Palin.

    And Duberstein joins, of course, former Sen. Larry Pressler, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Gov. William Weld, former Gov. Arne Carlson, Charles Fried, Scott McClellan , and Ken Adelman as notable Republicans who’ve announced their support for Obama over the last couple of weeks.

  19. 22

    Toby spews:

    Sarah Palin is a powerful source of Republican and Democrat Votes. These daily attacks have proven this.

    If she was say like Joe Binden who couldn’t gather more than 100,000.00 votes to be president we all say Joe who?

    She’s doing a great job and everyone knows it.

  20. 23

    Ralph Naaaadir spews:


    That is the type of well thought out and reasoned commentary that we have come to expect from you Republican wingnuts. At least in company where using the word nigger is considered impolite. Well done! I don’t think Mr. Cynical could have said it better.

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    14. Aaron spews:

    Hey Josef for Rossi, do you endorse the Rossi campaign excluding Goldy and Josh from their press conference?

    10/31/2008 at 10:51 am

    Yeah. Barely. It’s Marummy’s press conference and she can invite anybody she wants. Like me, except I’ll bring enough gaga to make the world spin a bit faster before I’m done!