Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg responded to my blog post yesterday about the attorney general’s race.
Based on an earlier item from the TNT’s Political Buzz blog, I had noted that House Majority Leader Rep. Lynn Kessler, D-Hoquiam, had said she wouldn’t endorse Ladenburg for AG – because Ladenburg had opposed her bill requiring local governments to record their executive sessions.
Ladenburg says that it it was all a misunderstanding.
Dave, I did not oppose the Kessler bill. In fact, I never took a position on the bill. The article in the Vancouver paper was wrong.
I was explaining to the reporter the opposition to the bill from local government elected I serve with on the Association of Counties legislative committee. Since that article came out, Kessler and I have spoken and cleared up the issue. I promised to work with her on the issue and find a compromise that could work for locals. She was very receptive to this because of my good relationship with county and city officials.
Kessler will support me and next year I will work with local government to find a solution to the problems they found in her bill. She pointed out that she cannot and will not support McKenna because he is against government accountability by promoting more government immunity.
UPDATE 6/30: A few commenters have challenged Ladenburg’s assertion that Kessler is now supporting him, so I called her this afternoon to check. She said she and Ladenburg had a cordial conversation, but that she will not be endorsing – or supporting – anyone for state attorney general. She said she rarely endorses candidates, although she recently made an exception for her colleague Jim McIntire who is running for state treasurer. – KB