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ELECTION: Troy Kelley has integrity, honor

Letter by Julie Marien, Tacoma on Sep. 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm with 11 Comments »
September 10, 2012 2:27 pm

Re: “Accusations of theft, fraud dog candidate” (TNT, 9-7).

I was extremely disappointed to read the article you published about Troy Kelley. Your classless headline convicts him though the article eventually says he was never found guilty.

Kelley is a friend of ours; our children go to school together. We are fellow military officers. He is a man of integrity and honor. He has served our state loyally for multiple terms as well as our country in the Army. He is selfless, committed and responsible. We are lucky to have someone of his caliber running for state auditor.

I expect The News Tribune to have higher standards than to promote ugly politics with unappreciated drama.

Leave a comment Comments → 11
  1. klthompson says:

    I also thought it was a trashy article without substance. Someone had an agenda and, perish the thought, they were not going to let the facts get in the way. Just about when I started thinking the TNT was getting its political thinking under control, they come up with this hit piece.

  2. ErnestTBass says:


  3. mahinaokeiki says:

    I stopped trusting him when his name showed up here…. http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Washington_ALEC_Politicians

  4. Sroldguy says:

    “…Rep. Kelley did attend one meeting but told Washington’s Newsstand News that he does not participate in ALEC and is not a member…”

  5. lylelaws says:


    Harry Truman said it best, “If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.”

  6. lylelaws says:


    Did the Tribune print anything that was not factual? If not, get off of your high horse.

    Politics is a game of hard ball not Nerf ball.

  7. I support Troy and thought the article was worth printing, headline and all. People need to weigh the facts, and the article outlined them fairly well, including Troy’s rebuttals. (First time I’ve agreed with Lyle about almost anything).

    Politics is hardball, and we need to know as much as we can about candidates (including, for a president, openness about their tax returns).

    My concern is that people will confuse unproven accusations with the substantial evidence that Kelley did nothing wrong. (Hmm, moving money to a secret off shore account- could there be another double standard that holds a presidential candidate less accountable than one for Auditor?)

  8. LeePHilI says:

    Lyle – if I said “an allegation was made about Lyle Laws in terms of impropriaties with a goat”…..is it false?

    A little hardball for ya, Lyle…..

  9. lylelaws says:


    Get serious, I would never try to steal your girlfriend.

  10. AmusedReader says:

    I can understand that people might like Kelley, he’s probably a nice enough guy. But the evidence against him is overwhelming. He admitted in sworn testimony that he misappropriated over $3 million. This was money from home purchasers, his neighbors. He shuffled the funds through various shell corporations using his home address. He sued his employer for wrongful termination & dropped the case when the employer revealed a video of him stealing a painting.

    We are electing someone to the most responsible position in state government where the incumbent’s character must be above reproach. Kelley, in his own statements, is unqualified.

    I will vote for experience, success, talent and an impeccable record. I will vote for James Watkins.


  11. touchback says:

    To err is human but a pattern is a problem. In Kelly’s case there seems to be a pattern of complaints about his behavior being unprofessional or illegal over the last 10 years. That’s a problem, especially for a candidate who wants to oversee the state’s spending of public money. With all the legal actions against Troy Kelly, some as recently as 2010, I have to think they can’t all be explained away as innocent misunderstandings. By comparison, James Watkins, Kelly’s opponent, appears to have no such skeletons in his closet. This fact, together with Watkins’ impressive professional work history makes him I think the best all-around candidate for state auditor.”

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