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ELECTION: Troy Kelley best qualified for auditor

Letter by Corrie J. Elkin, Tacoma on July 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm with 6 Comments »
July 12, 2012 1:22 pm

I appreciate you taking the time to scrutinize important down-ballot races like the state auditor’s (editorial, 7-10). I think your analysis of the candidates was prescient. I appreciated your focus on their credentials and the downplaying of hyperpartisan candidates.

The Republican vastly overstates his suitability for office. He is now an “independent” expert in audits, but two years ago when he ran for Congress he was a tea partier and an expert in federal energy policy, never once mentioning audits. The other Democrat has no audit or management experience and appears to be an extreme ideologue as well.

That leaves me with the two Democrats praised in the editorial. I read up on them, because neither has represented me and I am unfamiliar with them. This is a close call, but I’m going with the more qualified, Troy Kelley.

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  1. Troy Kelley was my representative and I visited with him several times. He and I disagreed about some issues, especially his early reluctance to support gay rights, but I found him to be extremely intelligent, sincere, honest and forthright. He stood up to his own party on things he thought were wasteful, and he voted his conscience.

    In the “good old days” we would have called such a person “sober”, and meant it as an extreme compliment, especially in relation to a job such as state auditor.

  2. TheWiseOne says:

    Hummmmmm…..maybe Tuddo but with your glowing account of voting his conscience….how does that square with the $320+ raised/given/ and by what organizations in the richest Rep. race in 2010 with his voting record?? State payroll increased 60% during his time….$5B to $8B. He was one of Speaker Frank C’s guys. What was his outreach to the communities he serves…..

  3. whitecap says:

    Corrie…quite frankly, I could care less who you are going to vote for. If you want to campaign for your favorite candidate, why don’t you go door to door instead of taking up space in the Letters to the Editor section. I wish the TNT would stop printing any and all letters whose primary purpose is to show support for a political candidate.

  4. PumainTacoma says:

    Dear Troy Kelly

    Why don’t you turn over your emails that constituents wrote you concerning abuse cases that your office and the legislature chose to ignore and instead protect a Democratic friend.


  5. ChuckSlowe says:

    Let me see, the discussion usually turns on the relevant issues at the time. When one runs for Congress, one usually addresses the salient issues. Performance audits have probably never been mentioned much in a Congressional race. But then again, you, Corrie, may represent a new breed of thinker.

    If you had done your due diligence, with respect to all of the Auditor Candidates, you might have noticed a bit more than the letter (D) behind their name. For the most part they are clueless in terms of the auditing function and that is probably why Troy loves to mention schools in his ads.

    I hope that you are getting paid for your letters because they are far too much fiction for me. Don’t we already have enough career politicians doing a miserable job of learning while they do their notion of public service. Brian Sonntag says it all about James Watkins, Exceptionally Well Qualified, in reference to this race.

    When you need a fighter pilot you never hire a crop duster. Perhaps common sense occasionally eludes you. Better luck next time. Visit chuckslowe.com for some real opinion.

  6. CommonSentz says:

    Quoting the statement by Troy Kelley in the WA State voters pamphlet – “Retiring State Auditor Brian Sonntag says, “He’s the independent voice we need.” is a lie – “I didn’t say it for this election.” to quote Retiring State Auditor Brian Sonntag – to quote another candidate for the state auditors office “Brian’s a very nice guy and over 10 years I’ve got a zillion quotes that Brian has used about me, but it’s inappropriate to use for this race.” – to purposely mislead the public – Troy Kelley has already forfeited his fiduciary responsibility to the public – what’s next from this guy? Don’t vote for him!

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