In the recent News Tribune article focusing on the 27th District state Senate race, Jack Connelly claimed he is not trying to buy the election. It is clear that’s exactly what he is attempting to do. Why else would he be investing $988,000 of his own money into this campaign?
With only $75,000 contributed by others, it totals over $1,065,000. In the prior 27th District race, candidates spent in the range of $200,000 each. This is consistent with the $233,000 that Jeannie Darnielle has raised for this election, all from donations by others. A $1 million campaign is unprecedented in a state Senate race. If that’s not the definition of attempting to buy an election, I can’t imagine a better example.
Connelly’s ads against Darnielle accuse her of being soft on crime and criminals. So why are the Tacoma police union, the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs, and the Washington State Troopers Association all supporting Darnielle? These organizations do not support individuals who are soft on crime. My guess is that he hasn’t been able to buy their support.
Do we want Connelly to get away with buying this election? I really don’t think this is the kind of person we want representing our 27th Legislative District.