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Pam Roach wins. Judge says voters’ pamphlet statement by her opponent must be changed

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on July 9, 2010 at 5:04 pm with 6 Comments »
July 9, 2010 5:45 pm

Thurston County Superior Court Judge Thomas McPhee has ordered a candidate for 31st District Senate to change his voters’ pamphlet statement. That after incumbent Sen. Pam Roach (R-Auburn) filed suit saying the statement was inaccurate and in violation of law governing the state pamphlet.

McPhee, after a Friday hearing, ordered Matt Richardson to alter the statement and remove statements Roach claimed were false.

Here’s what Richardson, a Republican who now sits on the Sumner City Council, had submitted to the Secretary of State for inclusion in the 2010 voters’ pamphlet:

“Unfortunately, the permanent sanctions against Pam Roach prevent her from contact with Senate staff, and more critically, from meeting with other Republicans. This severely impairs her ability to represent the people and the interests of our district. After her 20 years in office, another four years for Pam Roach will not be productive.”

Here’s what the statement will say now:

“Unfortunately, the sanctions against Pam Roach prevent her from contact with Republican senate caucus staff, and more critically, from meeting with other senators in caucus. This severely impairs her ability to represent the people and interests of our district. After 20 years in office, another 4 years of this would not be productive.”

Roach argued successfully that Richardson had the details of the recent sanctions by her own GOP caucus wrong. Roach says the sanctions don’t completely impede her communication, do not prevent her from speaking to elected senators and aren’t permanent because they are subject to review and change.

Roach has been barred from direct contact with partisan caucus staff since 2008. They still can work for her by communicating through her aides, and she also can assign work to the Senate’s nonpartisan committee staff.

As for fellow Republicans, she’s free to meet with them one-on-one, but the GOP has kicked her out of their private caucus meetings.

“He got his clocked cleaned,” Roach said Friday of Richardson. “He lost on every point.”

Roach was a sponsor of the bill in 2004 that created the standard that McPhee enforced Friday – that the voters’ pamphlet shall not contain false or misleading statements about an opponent.

“Don’t you think that this is kind of fun, that I could be arguing in court my own bill?” Roach said.

When the lawsuit was filed, Richardson called the complaint a “quibble.”

“I am happy that my statements were preserved by the Court with very minor changes.” Richardson said in a statement sent out Friday. “The ongoing issues with Pam Roach, which have been referenced in 13 articles since 2008 by The News Tribune alone, should be brought to light. The people have the right to know what is going on before they vote.”

Both King and Pierce Counties will print a primary pamphlet. The state guide will be on-line only.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. TonyCrago says:

    More right wing on right wing attacks. I love it! Let the right wingers duke it out amongst themselves while the Democrats pick up a seat! Oh yeah, Pam Roach is about a looney a candidate as you can pick. Go ahead Spammy Pammy – sue me now :) LOL!

  2. johnearl says:

    Very interesting. A Superior Court has weighed in and “corrected” alleged falsehoods in challenger Richardson’s statement.

    Now can the challenger claim that, since a court has approved the revised statement, all of the rest of the challenger’s allegations are true and accurate? After all judge McPhee just said so!

  3. Not much change in the statement, Roach proved she will not be effective. Some victory, only the Republican Caucus Staff hates her. PR thinks its a victory that she publicized how bad she is. It’s the O’Reilly, Hannity spin game and people from that part of the county are dumb enough to believe her. Go ahead South King County, prove that the majority of us are morons, vote Pam Roach!

  4. Roach already lost .

  5. mhrichardson says:

    A couple of points as to the “permanency” of the situation… 1) the sanctions do not have an end-date; 2) the Republican in the Senate have indicated to the media, our party, the public, and to me personally, that the rift between them and Pam Roach is not going to be repaired while she’s in office; and 3) the sanction prohibiting contact between Pam Roach and senate caucus staff has been continued since 2008, and the one isued this year prohibiting access to the Senate caucus meetings is likely to be continued. Roach can not effectivly speak, or be heard, on the important issues of our district.
    Please visit Richardson4senate.com. Thank you, MR

  6. Everytime I drive through eastern Pierce County and see all the Re-Elect Pam Roach signs, I’m sorely tempted to break out a spray can and write “Only a Moron would…. Re-Elect Pam Roach”.

    Sigh… I can’t believe she brough the suit, nonetheless claims this is a solid victory. She’s a bigger bag of nuts than Lyndon LaRouche and his loonies out there printing posters of Obama with a hitler mustache.

    I’m so embarrassed that people actually support her with those giant banners on SR 410. It’s like posting a banner that reads “Hey! My IQ is 27! Squirrels are smarter than me!”

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