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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 | 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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