When Dale Washam was elected and thought to clean up the assessor-treasurer’s office, Kanly was immediately declared by the Pierce County political machine, of which The News Tribune is a willing participant.
Washam’s deputy, Albert Ugas, is now suing Pierce County, claiming conspiracy. The TNT article (11-29) left the meat of Ugas’ lawsuit unclear, opting to attack Washam and Ugas rather than engage any hard news. As a longtime voice for the established machine, this is not surprising.
What always seems to get sugarcoated is that the officers in the assessor-treasurer’s office weren’t doing physical assessments as required by law. Instead, they relied on “computer models” – a fancy way of saying that they were guessing. The TNT and the machine tell us that Washam is the bad guy for even bringing it up, and political courts grant taxpayer money to those poor people who felt harassed by Washam and Ugas because they were called out for breaking the law.
So I’ll ask this, if I get really drunk tonight at a bar, drive home and get stopped in my driveway, can I use the excuse that it didn’t matter? No one got killed, and I arrived home just the same as if I were sober. And can I sue the cop for harassing me? Will the TNT cheer on my case and assassinate the character of the cop?