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LINDQUIST: Voters deserved facts earlier

Letter by Bertha B. Fitzer, University Place on Nov. 11, 2010 at 3:45 pm | 5 Comments »
November 12, 2010 9:32 am

It is with sadness and frustration that I read “In Lindquist’s hip pocket” (Peter Callaghan column, 11-11).

Didn’t voters deserve to know these facts before the election? On Aug. 30, I provided your editorial board with the pertinent documents and challenged you to investigate further. Instead, you endorsed Mark Lindquist for Pierce County prosecutor. You and others simply ignored this issue until after the election.

Callaghan tries to dismiss the impact of the misconduct. He states that it is “doubtful that many voters reached these pages by mistake,” citing the fact that Google and Bing searches list my official website first.

That is true, but only because the campaign spent more than $2,000 to revamp the website and hired a social media consultant to raise the priority of the site.

As an officer of the court and as the person charged with upholding the law, a prosecutor’s ethical standards must be higher than the political norm. That Lindquist engaged in this conduct is not surprising. What was surprising was that good people in our community tolerated this conduct.

It has been said that “all that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing.” Because our leaders tolerated this conduct, once again the standards required of our public officials have been lowered. This tolerance is the real story.

(Fitzer, a former Pierce County deputy prosecutor, ran unsuccessfully for prosecutor against Lindquist, who had been appointed to the position.)

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