Why is Dino so afraid of being questioned under oath?

In a Palinesque maneuver, Dino Rossi is seeking to block subpoenas in the unfolding Buildergate scandal:

Lawyers for Republican candidate for governor Dino Rossi plan to file papers Monday for a court case in Seattle.

They are trying to prevent him from having to testify in a lawsuit challenging campaign spending by the Building Industry Association of Washington.

Rossi’s campaign says the lawsuit is politically motivated.

Politically motivated?  Well, yeah, maybe.  But what does that matter?  Either there is enough evidence to proceed or there isn’t?  The question is, if Rossi really is innocent of illegal campaign coordination he should have nothing to hide.  So why avoid the deposition?


  1. 1

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Karl Rove’s crimes were politically motivated, too. So were Tom DeLay’s. And Jack Abramoff’s. And Tim Griffith’s. And, of course, Bush’s and Cheney’s. But Duke Cunningham was merely in it for the money — the closest thing there is to an “honest” Republican.

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    Michael spews:

    The question did Rossi act in a legal manner or not. The motivation of the plaintiff is irrelevant.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    If that doesn’t work, Dino can always “pull a Palin” by saying, “Well, I’m very very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing, any hint of any kind of unethical activity there. Very pleased to be cleared of any of that,” after the grand jury indicts him.

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    George Smiley spews:

    In fairness, anyone should be afraid of testifying undr oath. That’s serious shit any way you slice it and yes, there’s always the potential for something to go wrong.

    Also in fairnes, Rossi is a sleazy bastard and I hope that this hurts him politically.

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    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Totally, 100% politically motivated…like all the other desperate Gregoire phoney-baloney lawsuits.
    Rossi wants to focus on issues people care about…not sideshows designed to mask Gregoire’s Budget Management failures.
    Comprende el KLOWNO’s??

  6. 6

    Mr. Cynical spews:

    What a great day to be an investor…especially in Apple!!

    Bad Economy?? My A$$!

    Bad time for Boeing Machinists to strike however.
    Boeing is ready, willing and able to leave Washington for Texas, Alabama or Mississippi!
    If the union continues to be heavy-handed, Boeing will leave.

    I think they are waiting to see if Rossi can beat out the fiscally-irresponsible gal…..whatsername?????????

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    My Left Foot spews:

    5 and 6:

    I see that cyniclown has seen fit to deposit his verbal diarrhea here. He forgot to tell us how much money he made today.

    I am guessing not much. Still making up the devastating losses of last week.

    He is probably interviewing at Jack In The Box today.

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    Particle Man spews:

    This is no shock. Rossi lied to the PDC under oath and he is at great risk of tripping over these past lies should he fail in blocking or delaying the deposition.
    Consider the question of Dino Rossi being a duck.
    1. If Rossi walks like a duck, talks like a duck, is it not just to expose him as a duck?

    No refrence or slander of sports teams from OU is intended.

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    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Here is one of many examples of the cheating bastards at ACORN:

    A man at the center of a voter-registration scandal told The NYPost yesterday he was given cash and cigarettes by aggressive ACORN activists in exchange for registering an astonishing 72 times, in apparent violation of Ohio laws.

    “Sometimes, they come up and bribe me with a cigarette, or they’ll give me a dollar to sign up,” said Freddie Johnson, 19, who filled out 72 separate voter-registration cards over an 18-month period at the behest of the left-leaning Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

    “The ACORN people are everywhere, looking to sign people up. I tell them I am already registered. The girl said, ‘You are?’ I say, ‘Yup,’ and then they say, ‘Can you just sign up again?’ ” he said.

    This scandalous behavior could be the last minute outrage that will help O-blah-blah pull defeat out of the jaws of victory.

    The only thing more important than the economy??
    Fair Elections!!

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    Mr. Cynical spews:

    From the Milwaukee Journal the other day:
    “In Milwaukee, where ACORN turned in at least 33,000 registrations, the group improperly used felons as registration workers. Additionally, its workers are among 49 cases of bad registrations sent to authorities for possible charges, as first reported by the Journal Sentinel.

    A city election official said Friday that about 90% of the 49 cases were workers for ACORN, with nearly all of the rest part of the Community Voters Project. The 49 individuals submitted about 300 registration cards, all sent to authorities for review.

    So far, two people, both with the voters project, have been charged with felonies.”

    Amazingly under-reported by the National In-the-tank for O-blah-blah MSM!
    You will see many, many cases of this in the news up to election day.
    It could turn O-blah-blah’s sure thing victory into defeat!

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    Steve spews:

    @6 “What a great day to be an investor”

    You? LMFAO

    @9 “This scandalous behavior could be the last minute outrage that will help O-blah-blah pull defeat out of the jaws of victory.”

    In your delusional dreams, Goat-boy.

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    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Apple, NOV & Wells Fargo!!
    Bought more on Friday MLF!!
    While you were gleefully squealing “The Sky Is Falling!”, smart investors were buying.

    You KLOWNS are a good barometer for what not to do!
    The more you cry, the more I buy!!

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    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Tomorrow is likely a big sell day.
    That’s why we sold 1/2 our holdings late today.

    O-blah-blah wants to raise my taxes….so did Herbert Hoover.

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    rhp6033 spews:

    Cynical @ # 6: Why should Boeing leave? Your comments show you know nothing about the aerospace business.

    Boeing usually has provisions in it’s sales contracts that require it to pay a penalty for late delivery. Under a “force majour” clause, however, it is usually excused from late delivery penalties for “acts of God” and other circumstances outside of it’s control, specifically including “labor unrest”. So they can use this strike for the next couple of years to avoid penalty clauses on 787 delivery contracts, and to give it’s suppliers (some of them, like Vought, in a “right to work” state), time to catch up on the deliveries.

    The numbers Boeing is releasing about money lost during this period is probably just “earnings postponed”, not money lost. After all, they are saving considerable wages during the strike, although they will have to pay some money in overtime to try to catch up quickly afterwards.

    Ond of the things Boeing learned with the 787 program is that aerospace isn’t something you can learn in a short amount of time. Drilling holes and applying sealant in a confined-space wing tank, while lying on your back wearing coveralls and a respirator, trying to hit a spot with 1/1000 inch tolerance when you can’t even see where you are drilling, is a skill acquired over many years. Dealing properly with FAA requirements is another issue which not everyone understands.

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    rhp6033 spews:

    Cynical @ 9: I didn’t hear you complain two years ago when I posted about my trip with my boss to the QFC in Bellevue. A signature gatherer there tried to get my boss, a Japanese national, to sign an initiative for one of Tim Eyman’s campaign. When he pointed out that he’s not a U.S. citizen, the signature gatherer pressed him further, telling him he should sign now, and “take care of the citizenship thing later”. When I pointed out that his actions were illegal, he tried to get the store manager to call police to have me removed from the property because I was “harrassing him”. The store manager wasn’t interested.

    Of course, Tim Eyman made sure that the initiative gatherers don’t have to give their I.D.s to anyone, so if you report them they just deny it ever happened. In contrast, ACORN is required by law to submit ALL registrations, even those they suspect are improper, although ACORN identifies those to the authorities.

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    ArtFart spews:

    Gee, Cyn…great job of changing the subject.

    The strike may in a way be working to Boeing’s benefit. It provides them with an excuse to the shareholders for the slowdown in production that they’ll have to take anyway due to cancelled and delayed orders.

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    Daddy Love spews:

    Yeah, the investigation into the clear evidence of him soliciting contributions for so-called “independent” groups is politically motivated, but Dino Rossi trying to block subpoenas in the case isn’t.

    Anyone want to buy the Brooklyn Bridge?

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    rhp6033 spews:

    Notice how Cynical almost never replies to the subject of a post. Instead, he tries to get the discussion off-topic as rapidly as possible.

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    proud leftist spews:

    Dino’s awfully damned dim, but even he is probably bright enough to understand that lying under oath is a felony. So, if I were him I’d run from a subpoena too. Go, Dino, go. Don’t let that process server find you.

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    Seventy2002 spews:

    ACORN turned in at least 33,000 registrations…
    The 49 individuals submitted about 300 registration cards, all sent to authorities for review.

    300 out of 33000. That’s 0.909%

    Really big problem there.

    To return to the original point. Republicans just don’t do subpoenas. Subpoenas are for little people.

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    Daddy Love spews:

    Besides which, while voter registration fraud is a crime and a bit of a problem, it is not a problem that results in vote fraud, which is the only thing we would really need to worry about, if there were ever any significant occurrence of same, which there isn’t.

    Republicans are going to howl about voter registration fraud to try to link it with vote fraud in people’s minds. Then they’ll whine and cry about “vote fraud,” in the absence of any evidence of it, to accuse Barack Obama of “stealing” the election he is about to win handily against an inferior opponent.

    Bunch of sick liars who refuse to own up to the utter failure of their entire movement.

  22. 22

    Daddy Love spews:


    As John McCain and Sarah Palin scramble to defend states President Bush easily carried four years ago, a new CNN poll of polls Monday shows Barack Obama with an 8-point lead over the Arizona senator nationwide.

    The new poll of polls, comprised of six recently released surveys, ties the largest lead Obama has held over McCain this election cycle, and suggests the Republican presidential hopeful faces an increasingly difficult task to turn around voter sentiment by Election Day.

    According to the new poll of polls, Obama leads McCain 50-42 percent with 8 percent still undecided. That number incorporates new polls from ABC/Washington Post, Fox News/Opinion Dynamics, Newsweek, Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby, Gallup, and Diageo/Hotline.

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    Daddy Love spews:

    From CNN:

    “Dow percentage gain is biggest since 1933″

    Why is that not much of a comfort?

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    Daddy Love spews:

    BTW, isn’t that headline really

    “Dow soars on news of new Congressional stimulus package?”


    “Record Dow rise as new polls clinch Obama victory?”

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    Proud To Be An Ass spews:

    Mr. Sinical spews: “O-blah-blah wants to raise my taxes….so did Herbert Hoover.”

    So that makes you, what, ’bout 96 years old? If you’re that old, why give a fuck about money?

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    Proud To Be An Ass spews:

    Cymbical: “That’s why we sold 1/2 our holdings late today.”

    Cost basis, please. What are you putting it in, UnderTheMatress Futures? Maybe t-bills @ .003%? And the rest….let it sink?

    Whadda’ fucking genius!

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    Daddy Love spews:

    13 Cyn

    Ronald Reagan raised your taxes five times in eight years. Then GHW Bush raised them mightily right afterward.

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    Marvin Stamn spews:

    Politically motivated? Well, yeah, maybe. But what does that matter?

    Doesn’t matter when you put party first.
    Why should it be about the betterment of the city, state or country, it’s ALL about the party.
    Rove would be proud, you’ve learned well.

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    ArtFart spews:

    The mess we’re in, referred to as “a crisis of liquidity”, basically consists of far too many Americans unemployed, underemployed or employed doing something which under saner social circumstances would be considered ridiculous.

    To get out of it, here are a few possibilities:

    (1.) Increasing taxation, preferably on the wealthy, because if you need to raise money, it makes more sense to raise it from people who actually have some to spare. Mr. C–if you’re fortunate enough to be in circumstances where this would apply to you, congratulations! Now, shut up and be ready to put up.

    (2.) Instead of raising money, seek to create it by continuing massive deficit spending, equivalent to just running the printing presses at warp speed. Then watch inflation go berserk as confidence in the dollar evaporates.

    (3.) Some sort of widespread catastrophe, with millions and millions of people out of work, tremendous unrest and possibly eventual civil war. The end result would be some sort of rebuilding of a socioeconomic structure on top of the ruins of the old one.

    (4.) Some combination of all three.

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    Marvin Stamn spews:

    20. Seventy2002 spews:
    300 out of 33000. That’s 0.909%
    Really big problem there.

    If they checked all 33,300 and only found 300 you would have a point.
    Tell everyone how many registrations were actually checked?

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    rla spews:


    Well even more to the point, they’re trying to grease the skids to allow voter intimidation and challenges at polling places. If they hadn’t set the expectation that there was all kinds of possible vote fraud about to take place, they would not have a leg to stand on when berating and challenging people on election day.

    As for Rossi, what’s the big deal Dino? If you have nothing to hide and you’re honest, you’ll take the 2 hours, go say your piece and move on. How much money are you spending on legal fees and campaign time just to avoid simple questions. You know, someone who was able to tell the upfront truth would gladly go and do so THEN rail against your opponent about political motivations for prosecutions. Now that’s great politics.. If you can’t do that though, I guess the best you can do is dodge…

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    Steve spews:

    @33 “Do you even know how this process works?”

    Now remember, DL, you’re talking to Marvin. Process, reason, reality – they’re all just a little bit beyond Marvin’s grasp.

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    Seventy2002 spews:

    If they checked all 33,300 and only found 300 you would have a point.
    Tell everyone how many registrations were actually checked?

    According to an ACORN press release issued 10/08/08: “As part of our nonpartisan voter registration program, ACORN staff reviews every single application submitted by our canvassers.”

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    rhp6033 spews:

    Well, if a “politically motivated” lawsuit is justification for no deposition, then Bill Clinton should never have been compelled to testify under oath, should he? And the entire Whitewater investigation/ Paul Junes lawsuite/ MonicaGate thing should have been dismissed as well, right out of the gate.

    I think it’s telling that shortly after Clinton left office, the settlement of Paula Jone’s lawsuit only provided money for the attorney’s fees of the Republican lawyers who had pushed the lawsuit. She ended up posing for Playboy or some such magazine in order to get any money at all out of the thing. Once the Republicans had used her, they dropped her like a (well, I’m not going to type any of the numberous analogies which come to mind).

    Of course, consistency in ideological principles have never been the Republican hallmark over the past quarter-century or so. Whatever gets them in power and keeps them there seems to be the gold standard for them to follow.

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    rhp6033 spews:

    Somehow, McCain isn’t talking much about one of his endorsers:

    “Perhaps most surprising of all is the man who ran Hoa Lo, the notorious Hanoi Hilton prison, where McCain spent two years after the Plantation.

    These days Tran Trong Duyet, talks about his “friend” McCain, who he describes as “strong willed, but with a sense of humor.”

    He dismissed the well-documented reports of brutality in the prison system. “During ‘office hours’ I would call him to my office and have fierce debates about the war. But ‘after hours’ we would talk to each other as friends.”

    He calls McCain a “model American soldier,” who helped teach him English.

    As for today: “If I had a vote, I would choose the person I knew well. So I would vote for John McCain.”

    That must go down as one of the strangest endorsements the Arizona senator is ever likely to get.”


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    rhp6033 spews:

    News this morning was that West Virginia had already been moved from “McCain” to “Leading McCain” to “borderline undecided”.

    If McCain has to expend resources to defend WEST VIRGINIA, what does that say for his chances?

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    repugsrpussies spews:

    The question is what did Dino know and how long is he going to hide behind his attorney.


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    Mr. Cynical spews:

    I believe ACORN is a criminal enterprise.
    They hire convicted felons, try to jam thru phoney registrations and when caught, throw the starving 70 IQ losers under the bus.

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    Marvin Stamn spews:

    33. Daddy Love spews:
    30 MS
    They check all of them. Do you even know how this process works?


    In Lake County, Indiana, ACORN turned in 5,000 new registrations. The authorities there started reviewing them, and quit after they found that the first 2,100 were all fraudulent. The mind boggles: ACORN turns in thousands of new registrations, and not a single one represents a legitimate voter. Here is CNN’s report:

    Now we know why democrats are against showing ID to vote. That would have been an extra 2100 votes for obama.

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    Marvin Stamn spews:

    36. Seventy2002 spews:
    According to an ACORN press release

    Using your logic, bush is perfect, his press releases say so.
    Don’t you have a source besides one that has already been so discredited?

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    YLB spews:

    Mr. Stupid aka Cynical said Rossi will be like Palin.

    Wow! Hit that one right on the head.

    A stopped clock and all…