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WASHAM: Meeting was all too memorable

Letter by Louise Kazda Carson, Eatonville on Nov. 12, 2010 at 3:56 pm | 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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