Ah. Just noticed the latest libel from Dave Irons’ webmaster, Stefan Sharkansky:
Ron Sims re-election strategy is now becoming apparent.
The centerpiece is to turn the county elections office into a de facto subsidiary of the re-election campaign organization.
Specifically, that entails putting the non-team player (= honest) employees on administrative leave, and filling their chairs with Sims loyalists from other agencies who are really good at papering over their incompetence and malfeasance if nothing else.
Let’s be clear about what Stefan is saying: the fix is in. According to Stefan, Ron Sims is attempting to fraudulently steal the November election. There is no other way to interpret this. And this is slander.
But I’m guessing this is less a clumsy attempt to influence the outcome of the election than it is a humorless, pathetic effort to inoculate himself against the inevitable result… for in Stefan’s black and white world, a free and fair election could never possibly result in a Sims victory.
It is also a raving, paranoid fantasy of the Nth degree… exactly the sort of angry, over-the-top rhetoric that has destroyed Stefan’s credibility with the MSM. And in the course of trying to tear down Sims with vicious lies and innuendo, Stefan also attempts to tear down King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng, one of the region’s few, truly thoughtful and electable Republicans.
After all, why should Ron Sims undermine his own re-election campaign by releasing any evidence of malfeasance and incompetence in his own agencies when there’s a team of lawyers on the public payroll at the Prosecutor’s Office who will abet his evasion of the Public Disclosure Act at no cost to Sims.
There are few WA politicians more widely respected and admired — from both sides of the aisle — than Norm Maleng. I have had the opportunity to meet Maleng, and he came across as a nice man, an honest man, and a dedicated public servant. And while I may not always agree with his politics, I always trust his intentions.
I cannot say the same for Stefan, and neither should the KCGOP. While the Republican faithful may enjoy Stefan’s stinging attacks on Sims and other Democrats, they should be aware that he is a scorpion in their midst, and could strike one of their own indiscriminately, and without warning. He is also, in my opinion, a little bit nuts… so embrace him at your own risk.