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ELECTION: Article does Darneille a disservice

Letter by Beverly P. Smaby, Tacoma on Oct. 3, 2012 at 11:33 am | No Comments »
October 3, 2012 2:42 pm

I am dismayed by the Smell Test article (TNT, 10-2) on Jack Connelly’s negative ads about state Rep. Jeannie Darneille, because it ignores innuendo and misleading fuzziness.

Take, for example, the mailer on the tragic death of Paula Joyce.

First, Connelly doesn’t mention that Joyce died in 1997, four years before Darneille began serving in the Legislature, because he wants us to think that Darneille’s votes caused Joyce’s death.

Second, Joyce died in a traffic collision with a driver under the influence of drugs, but the bill that Connelly features in the mailer had nothing to do with traffic crimes. Instead it established a center on McNeil Island for holding and treating the state’s most dangerous sex offenders.

Darneille supported such facilities in general but was against its being placed in Pierce County. In this she was supported by the Pierce County prosecutor, the Pierce County executive and the Pierce County Council.

When prisoners are released, they often go to the nearest city, because they don’t have resources to go elsewhere. Pierce County was becoming the dumping ground for the entire state. Darneille argued that other cities should take responsibility for sex offenders who had committed crimes in their areas.

Connelly turned her vote to protect public safety in Pierce County into a vote against public safety. He knows this is not true. It is Darneille, not Connelly, who has the endorsements of all local and statewide police organizations for her tireless public safety work.

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