I thought I had seen it all during my many years involved in local politics, but trial lawyer Jack Connelly’s desperate, over-the-top, self-funded, half-million-dollar campaign for state Senate sets a new standard.
He is now running televised attack ads against his opponent, state Rep. Jeannie Darneille, suggesting she was in some way complicit in two horrific criminal acts committed years before she was elected to the Legislature. In point of fact, Darneille has the sole endorsement of those people who have to fight crime each and every day – Local police (Tacoma Police Union 6 and the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs) and the state patrol (Washington State Troopers Association).
And to further recognize Darneille’s crime-fighting efforts, the Coalition of Sexual Abuse Programs named her Legislator of the Year for 2012 for her “record of combating sexual assault and supporting victims of the crime.”
This is but one reason voters in the 27th District saw through Connelly’s attacks during the summer and gave Darneille a resounding victory with 58 percent of the primary vote. It is my expectation that the voters will see though the falsehoods and distortions again and elect Darneille to the Senate.
(Baarsma is a former Tacoma mayor.)