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ELECTION: Ethics breach in the 25th District

Letter by Raymond J. Green, Puyallup on Nov. 22, 2010 at 1:24 pm with 21 Comments »
November 23, 2010 2:49 pm

Pierce County taxpayers have teachers at Puyallup and Rogers high schools to thank for the anticipated expenditure of $100,000 for the coming recount of ballots in the 25th District legislative race between Dawn Morrell and Hans Zeiger.

Zeiger was given illegal access to school facilities when he was the speaker at the May Puyallup High School graduation ceremony involving 408 seniors and their parents and spoke to debate and civics classes. Paraphrasing state RCW 42.17.130: No public employee may authorize use of public facilities for the purpose of assisting a campaign for election of any person. Zeiger should have known that such campaigning would be viewed as unethical behavior.

I have decided that many voters base their decisions only on a first impression of a candidate, not taking time to evaluate the person. An example of this was the election of Dale Washam, who was very personable on first meeting.

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  1. the3rdpigshouse says:

    I suggest you get a little more concerned about how the ignorant electorate could have elected a neo-marxist as President of the USA!!!

  2. jiminycricket says:

    I see that the neocon right wing extremist are spewing their hatred on here once again!

  3. UnbiasedReporter says:

    “Morrell defended her vote to raise taxes by nearly $800 million this year…”


    THAT is what cost her votes

  4. donjames says:

    I see sumone has resurrected and old aliass.

  5. JudasEscargot says:

    “donjames says:
    November 22, 2010 at 7:04 pm
    I see sumone has resurrected and old aliass.”

    Another who is obsessed with who uses what alias

  6. Sorry libs, but you people lowered the bar with the election of Obomba. I suspect people would have still voted for Zeiger even if he habitually eats small children for lunch. My God, what you have wrought. Your absolute hatred of Zeiger is commendable for your kind, though.

  7. Raymond J Green’s logic fails here…..when did speaking at graduation ceremonies become “illegal accesss”???? How did that constitute “assisting a campaign”? Bullroar!!! Those who have voted Hans Zeiger into Position 2 of the 25th District know of Hans’s impeccable integrity as well as Morrell’s propensity for big spending and burdensome taxation. The attempts to slander Hans Zeiger seem to never end. Diehards die hard.

  8. the3rdpigshouse says:

    tn4lee – that would be socialist democrats die hard!!!

  9. Speaking at graduation ceremonies or using public facilities (schools) to campaign without equal access for all candidates is illegal according to campaign laws. Zeiger’s mother even put his campaign signs in her classroom, which is very wrong and unethical. She should know that. I guess the lesson we should all take from this is that Republicans can never win or play honestly. Whether in dancing with the stars or an election. It’s just not in their DNA.

  10. You hit the nail on the head Mr. Green.

  11. lgcnelson84 says:

    Wow….. Just wow, comparing Zeiger to Washam? Someone drank the kool-aid again.

    Having alumni, especially ones who have made a name for themselves in as short a time as Zeiger has, speak at a graduation ceremony is usually a GOOD thing, and obviously it wasn’t an issue in June when it happened, it wasn’t an issue in August when Zeiger moved forward in the primary, and it wasn’t a problem the day before the November election, so why is it a problem now that there’s a recount?

    Democrats are always the first to cry foul, even when things legitimately just don’t go their way.

  12. Think of the positive side. Less than 750 days until clan Zeiger can be given the “boot”. (Unlike municipal electoral mistakes who we are stuck with for 4 long long years. Puyallup has a handfull of them).

  13. MedicineMan says:

    A name for themselves–by doing what? Being a college kid and writing hate filled articles? This issue was raised with the Puyallup School District who blew it off. Did a bit deeper and you find that his mother actively campaigned for him while teaching–placed his campaign material in the schools where she taught. His grandfather had apparently been given access to the schools in the district where he often spoke to teachers about supporting Zeiger. Being “invited” to speak to the civics class at Rogers [Principal is listed as a supporter on Zeiger's web page], invited to speak to debate club/team/class at PHS while no other active candidate in the district was invited to attend anything. And finally the PHS newspaper printing an article on Zeiger’s campaign. Student journalists, if being taught properly, should present all candidate’s platforms if they are going to cover the issue at all. Putting all the pieces together provides a lens into potential ethical violations as sited by Mr. Green and possible legal issues IAW RCW 42.52.180. Any campaign needs to be above board. Any deviations from legal or ethical norm needs to be questioned regardless of where in the election process they are determined to have occurred and or brought forth as public knowledge.

  14. bobcat1a says:

    Remind me, what party would Mr Zeiger and his supporters represent?

  15. Bobcat, Zeiger does not portray Republican Party ideals. They are more akin to the “Junior Members” of the National Socialist Party.

  16. tn4 – if Zeiger had any integrity he would have either refudiated or defended his well know extreme right wing views rather then trying to hide them by removing them from the WEB and when they came to light passing the language off as youthful over enthusiasm while declaring he still agreed with his basic ideas.

    No one is slandering Zeiger, we are just posting his own writings.

    Igc-84; what had little Hans accomplished before he addressed the graduation ceremony, other than graduating from a bigoted college and writing right wing hate blogs? He was not even gainfully employed and had not even declared his intent to run for public office!

  17. lgcnelson84 says:

    My question is whether this would be such an “Issue” if Zeiger had lost by 10% and there WASN’T a recount? Me thinks not….

  18. lgcnelson84 says:

    xring – for being such a left-wing Republican hater, I love the fact that you used the word “refudiated”, coined by Mrs. Sarah Palin herself. Good work!

  19. His whole family should be ashamed. But, I’m guessing they all gave a collective sigh of relief when they realized he finally had something to do during the day. Hanging out in your parents basement getting angrier and angrier probably didn’t make mommy & daddy too happy.

    He won’t be a Dale Washam, he will be a Richard Curtis. I would bet money on it.

  20. Id84- I agree this would not be an issue if one or the other had lost by 10 points.

    My word choice was deliberate as in “Sarcasm Baby, Sarcasm.”

  21. ps: only thought to use it because I saw an article the other day that “refudiate” was now in the New Oxford Dictionary and was NOD’s word of the year.

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