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Ad targets Geoff Simpson over domestic violence charge

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Aug. 2, 2010 at 2:40 pm with 6 Comments »
August 3, 2010 12:02 pm

Republicans are targeting state Rep. Geoff Simpson for his latest court troubles.

They go right for the throat with a hard-hitting new ad planned to air on cable this week, in which women talk about domestic-violence charges against Simpson and urge, “Get help, Geoff.”

The Covington Democrat was charged with assault in July for a scuffle with his ex-wife in his daughter’s hospital room. He hasn’t been convicted of the misdemeanor and says he’s innocent.

The ad calls attention to earlier charges in 2008, without mentioning they were dropped.

GOPAC Washington sponsored the ad and has set up a website to go with it.

Simpson’s campaign says a statement is forthcoming. On Friday he tweeted, in what may be a reference to the ad or website:

Anyone find it offensive that @wagop tells untruths and doesn’t believe in the American system of justice? @wagop = un-American

Republicans Nancy Wyatt and Mark Hargrove are challenging Simpson.

Hat tip: Tom Forbes.

UPDATE: Simpson’s statement calls the ad “a new low in dirty politics practiced in Washington State.” Read the statement:

Last week an advertisement was posted online attacking Representative Geoff Simpson and his family. This advertisement represents a new low in dirty politics practiced in Washington State.

“The ad is repulsive from the standpoint of anyone who has experienced or witnessed the trauma associated with domestic violence and it hits a new low in Washington State politics. To attempt political gain by profiting off of a family’s divorce and expressing phony concerns about a political adversary in relation to such an issue is sickening.

People should seriously question who’s funding the ad and what they have to gain from it.”

Said Rory Steele, Geoff Simpson’s political consultant.

The right wing attack Group, GOPAC is largely funded by the Reagan Fund which among its top contributors includes Phillip Morris, the Washington Beverage Association and the Health Insurance lobby.

Simpson is a 24 year resident of Covington, father of three, and a distinguished firefighter who has served the Kent Fire Department for 20 years. He has served as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives for five terms, representing areas of Auburn, Black Diamond, Covington, Kent, Renton, Ravensdale, and unincorporated King County.

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  1. greenriverkate says:

    Since it is against the law (domestic abuse) to snap your wifes bra, I have little to no use for domestic violence reports.. Auburn took a protective law and turned it into a joke. It doesn’t help us women one damn bit. So this kind of propoganda doesn’t effect/affect my decision on whom I will vote for. If you have an actual police report, word by word, might listen to ya but otherwise. it’s all bologna.

  2. jackryanjr says:

    I believe police report is on the website.

  3. So I do not know about any of you , but I have never been acused of hitting anyone. This man has had that happen twice in just a few years. There is something to it.

    I would not vote for him if he ran against Bu$h. I would write in dog poo.

  4. Syllabucks says:

    Untruths? Hmm.

    I guess that Social Worker interviewed separately from the wife and whose story mirrored the wife’s was lying too. I guess, according to Geoff’s comment, we can conclude they coordinated their lies … telepathically.

    This man and his mouth… and fists… is a disgrace to the district, a disgrace to the Democrats (who have no trouble disgracing themselves) and most importantly a disgrace to the firefighters with whom he works and whose support he claims with his little fire hat campaign.

    Please just GO AWAY Geoff: from politics, from the firehouse, from your children who you are irreparably damaging.

  5. Syllabucks says:

    Actually I’m surprised the Fire Department hasn’t put him on some kind of leave pending the disposition of this latest domestic abuse episode.

    Surely he is tainting the whole force with the name recognition of his actions. Are they proud of Geoff, do they tolerate that kind of behavior from their employees?

    Why is no one (hello REPORTERS) asking the Chief those questions?

  6. GoofSimpson says:

    People are just learning about the opinion I have held towards Goeff Simpson for years. He is filled with anger and believes that he needs to be in total control of everything. People with ideas other than his become his enemy. When he was on the city council of Covington and the majority approved the development of my property for commercial purposes, Geoff claimed that I paid off politicians because he didn’t get his way. It couldn’t have been that the new city needed the revenue generated by commercial business in order to succeed. Geoff has since been proven wrong as the community now has many new businesses including Walmart, Home Depot and Costco. I learned early on, that Geoff believes that, where he is concerned, the ends justifies the means in all instances and will attack anyone personally and unmercifully who disagrees with him. I stood up to Geoff’s bullying tactics and became a recipient of his personal attacks. When you have such glaring aggression and anger issues as Geoff exhibits, I’ve always believed that it would be exposed sooner or later. I hope he gets anger management help and that Kathy and the kids are able to be protected before something terrible happens. I am reminded of how the Tacoma Police Department overlooked the warning signs that Police Chief Brahm needed help only to have it turn into disaster in April 2003.

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