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WASHAM: Recall leader gets to play by different rules

Letter by Billie Jean Tilstra, Graham on April 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm | 11 Comments »
April 29, 2011 2:44 pm

What is that odor lingering in the air? Sort of like rotten eggs? Oh, I get it. It is coming from The News Tribune (4-29) and the leader of the Dale Washam recall effort, Robin Farris.

Isn’t it nice that she does not have to play by the same rules Washam is held to? She does not have to pay her lawyers, and her fine of $500 was suspended by the state Public Disclosure Commission and she only has to pay half of it.

The charges of violating regulations governing the reporting of campaign contributions by initially placing her recall campaign in the wrong category and failing to realize that free legal services counts as in-kind contributions were conveniently ignored. After all, she didn’t know that!

Surely the attorneys who worked with her were aware of that, wouldn’t you think? Seems strange we are not held responsible when we plead ignorance.

It seems rather strange her errors are quickly washed away, and she is not held to the same rules in this little game as Washam is.

I don’t know Washam, but I know a set-up when I read about it. Washam was doomed from the start; he is not one of the gang.

I hope when people are approached for a signature on a recall petition that they will remember the rule of fair play.


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