Contrary to a posting here Saturday, Deputy Prosecutor Mark Lindquist’s campaign for Pierce County prosecutor does not have the endorsement of the current prosecutor, Gerry Horne.
Lindquist does have Horne’s good will, though. Here’s what Horne has to say:
I read your “blog” in yesterday’s paper about Mark L. He is a tremendous talent and I try to be and am supportive of him. On the other hand, I am supportive of all my senior deputies who do so much for this community.
I told my staff that I would not choose one deputy prosecutor (DPA) over another DPA who is equally effective and outstanding. We are blessed with several unusually dedicated and capable public prosecutors. I have committed to eventually supporting the DPA who has earned the support and respect of his co-workers – one that the DPAs perceive and want as their leader. (The flyer for a fund raiser for the Demo Party may be misleading in inferring that I have supported Mark over my other DPAs.)
A few DPAs have sought my support. For what it’s worth, I have told them that I would not tolerate any DPA making negative comments about another DPA, nor placing supposed DPA competitors for prosecutor in a negative light. The ones who have expressed interest are in leadership positions, and I would not hesitate to transfer them if they were to “undercut” a colleague.
I am blessed with an outstanding staff. We have a rich culture of self-sacrifice and service as public prosecutors. I hope and expect that one of my staff members will succeed me, and bring a new vibrance and fresh leadership to the office.