Rossi wrong choice for State Senate appointment | Letter
July 10, 2012 · Updated 3:54 PM
Editor’s Note: See related community story here.
The Senate appointment should be about constituent service, not about using a state office for campaign purposes.
I’m a Republican. I believe Rob McKenna will be a great governor because he’s honest, and he’s a brilliant unifier. That’s why I’m also endorsing Mark Mullet. His business background, financial expertise, and common sense make him the right person to represent all the residents of the 5th District, not just special interests and party bosses.
Mark Mullet is a Democrat, but he’s also a small business owner, and Mullet is well-respected as a moderate, honorable member of the Issaquah City Council. I believe that he will continue to prioritize the needs of people over politics, and he’ll represent our legislative district with integrity and commitment to service. That’s important to me, because my family and I live here, too!
Also, I know first hand the importance of electing courageous leaders who are loyal to us.Although other experienced and respected Republicans, including David Irons, Jr., came forward, the Senate Republican Campaign Committee decided it would be easier to elect ‘a Republican’ by attacking Mullet and concealing Toft’s history of egregious and disreputable behavior. It was a foolish idea to start with, from which they progressed to unconscionable.
They’ve essentially road-tested lies via push-polling in preparation for a negative campaign, and they’re trying to silence voices of opposition. That’s another reason that I am speaking up. I’m angry and appalled at the tactics of my former Senate Republican leadership, and I think they and Rossi shame themselves by trying to play Godfather.
Although Rossi asserts publicly that he was drafted to fill my vacancy, in truth the Party and Senate Committee strong-armed the local Republican grassroots to get Rossi nominated.
The local Republicans and I have refused to support Toft, so the Senate called in Rossi. An initial, hasty attempt to get Rossi appointed by the King County Council stalled; but today (July 10), a second hearing was quietly held and Rossi was ultimately appointed.
Had I known about the hearing ahead of time, I would have spoken in support of Bob Brunjes, who was also nominated and would have served honorably by dedicating himself to constituent service for the remainder of my term.They all miss the important point: the Constitution. This is a decision that belongs to an informed electorate, not party bosses intent on gaining personal control the State Senate.
So let the people have all the information, and let them vote: no coercion and no cover-up.
My nearly 14 years in the legislature has taught me how absolutely essential it is to elect someone with the independence and the courage to represent their constituents, and I choose the word courage very specifically.
The people rarely know when they get sold out. In fact, the real heat usually comes for voting your conscience, especially when you have to stand alone.
But unless our elected representatives stand firm against things like Medicaid fraud, bigotry, and creative accounting, we are absolutely headed for a future of serving our government -- not the reverse.
And that brings me back to the importance of full disclosure. Olympia doesn’t build character, it reveals it.
The people have a right to know what the Senate Campaign Committee and Rossi already know, before they vote.