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WASHAM: Meeting was all too memorable

Letter by Louise Kazda Carson, Eatonville on Nov. 12, 2010 at 3:56 pm with 8 Comments »
November 12, 2010 3:56 pm

It’s been years, stretching into decades now, since I had an appointment with Dale Washam. I was selling advertising for a small paper, and he was running for office. When I showed up at his office in South Hill, he showered down rage for taking his time when he was so busy. I can’t remember all the details but I left shaking.

In 12 years of selling advertising, I had never been treated so rudely, with such anger. I knew it wasn’t my fault, but it left the rest of my day in tatters, not much good for going to other clients.

Many people reading Washam’s story (TNT, 11-12, 13, 14) will realize this is a man who needs help but may himself not recognize it and will continue to abuse those around him. His extremes are a very poor fit for public office, but his persistence did pay off with a win. Now we will all pay for it, one way or another.

Let’s hope for a relatively painless solution to having this man leave public office. Many will be treading on egg shells out of necessity while he thunders around in anger and lawsuits.

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  1. One would think that under such intense pressure he might act like David Dicks and gracefully step aside. Or not.

  2. RBestrom says:

    It will be interesting to see what this man does now after seeing part one of the story published in the TNT. Many years ago I read some of his campaign retoric and warned others that this guy had a problem. As a criminal investigator, I would have loved to have interviewed him then. He probably does, or doesn’t know he needs some help. I would suggest professional medical evaluation for bi-polor, paranoid issues, at least some mental health , Napoleanic Complex issues. The previous reporting of his not allowing interaction between employees except within his hearing, etc., his history as written by the TNT, strongly indicates he needs some help. Again, It will be interesting to see how far his instability changes after this weekend with such information being provided to everyone.

  3. pazzo242 says:

    Lets hope this guy doesn’t get anymore goofy then he already is….you know like going “postal”. It’s obvious that he is on his way out and that might just send him over the edge.

    Gotta wonder where he gets the money to keep filing law suits…..things that make you say, “hmmm”

    So to all you newbies in Pierce County, who put him in office the last time, please don’t be so ignorant the next time you see his name on ANY ballot.

  4. What Dale has clearly needed was an old fashioned a– kicking !

  5. fanciladi says:

    I started to read the first part…skipped down a little and tried again, but I just can’t read it…disgusting, upsetting and just sickening!

    I’m sure it was that stupid voting law that put him in in the first place…glad we got rid of it. There is enough stress in this world…we don’t need Washam or anyone like him ‘lording it over’ us!

  6. At what point do the Washam supporters stop their preposterous and unsupportable accusations about  competent elected city and county officials, and take seriously multiple investigations, conducted by independent investigators, finding Washam’s actions inappropriate?

    The News Tribune’s  comment area reveal (anonymous) Washam supporters with the same kind of bull-headed disregard for facts that infects so much of our society now.  Washam is an elected representative from, and of, those cranks, doggedly continuing to pursue settled matters in spite of the truth, decency, or the violation of established and fair rules.

    I abhor these kinds of attitudes in daily life, and I find them particularly objectionable in an elected official.  An elected office is a trust handed to an indvidual to serve the public, not conduct vendettas. 

    Needless to say, I have made a small donation to the recall effort. I urge readers here that share my opinion to do the same.

    Dave Viens

  7. If no one runs against him, I will be writing myself in. Just like I did for the county auditor’s race.

  8. Wa Sham is the poster boy for what was wrong with RCV.

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