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State Senate candidate Matt Richardson demands website come down

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Sep. 1, 2010 at 11:58 am with 5 Comments »
September 1, 2010 12:51 pm

For weeks now, a website has been attacking Sumner City Councilman Matt Richardson, who is challenging state Sen. Pam Roach. The man behind the site is Chris Clifford, a former aide to Roach who says he wants Richardson removed from the city council.

Richardson’s attorney last week sent a cease-and-desist letter to Clifford, copying Roach, who maintains she has nothing to do with electmattrichardson.com.

“Her direct aides have got that site up posing as me, using my name and using my picture,” Richardson said.

His attorney, James Frush, wrote the website “violates Federal cyberpiracy/ cybersquatting laws and must cease immediately.” He cites two laws, though both seem to apply only to people who are profiting off of such websites. Frush also cites a related study ordered by Congress over its concerns about the use of false domain names in politics.

Neither he nor Richardson promises to sue, but Frush writes that Richardson “reserves the right” to do so.

Clifford said the site is staying up, and that message is trumpeted proudly on the site itself in all caps: “SUE US, YOUR DEMAND LETTER MEANS NOTHING, NOTHING ON THE WEBSITE IS FALSE, THE LAW YOU CITE DOES NOT APPLY TO THIS SITE…”

And Roach said last week that while she’s not involved with the site, “There’s nothing incorrect that’s in that space.”

The site contains a number of documents that have also been cited in news stories, including The News Tribune’s. We wrote about Richardson’s reprimand by and departure from Federal Way schools over accusations about his classroom behavior, and a complaint about the personal messages on his city e-mail account. Today Avani Nadkarni at our news partner, the Puyallup Herald, writes that Richardson was cited last month for racing another driver at 77 mph in a 35 mph speed zone.

Here’s the letter:

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  1. Proconsul8 says:

    Wow, a race between two ethically challenged, strong-willed, self-promoters. Disregard party, and the race is even less appealing. The only people to benefit from all this are the lawyers that conservatives seem to want to bash and liberals seem to want to reward. Where’s GoodSpaceGuy when you need him?

  2. Perspicacious1 says:

    Roach’s behavior should surprise no one. The website her people put up does seem like Richardson wrote it. It should come down. If I were Richardson, there would have been no letter – it would already be in court. Because of Roach’s agressive tantrums about Richardson, the voters will never know what is truth or what is fiction……Roach’s determination to smear Richardson to ensue keeping her job, gets in the way of the real truth. Neither should be elected.

  3. S_Emerson says:

    The only problem I see with the website is the huge font size which makes it hard to read – oh, and the public records documents should be scanned jpgs, not blurry camera shots.

  4. Amadeus47 says:

    Seems Richardson has more than enough material to have one of his supporters start a Pam Roach blog!
    After all, there are numerous news accounts of her well publicized antics including a great audio clip of her rant on the Senate floor about someone removing flowers off her Senate desk…flowers given her by a lobbyist…flowers that are not allowed on Senate desks.
    Then there is the incident when she pulled a gun on her two employees in her Senate office.
    How about her being banned from the Dave Ross show…banned during an interview with him on KIRO when Pam was trying to justify why she was tossed out of her own Republican caucus because of her very erratic behavior.
    She is not even allowed to have contact with Republican staff.
    There are many more such stories if one wants to dig a little.
    Looks like the voters of the 31st District will again get someone who still cannot do the job.

  5. mhrichardson says:

    After 20 years of Roach defaming every opponent, including Republicans, why would anyone believe anything she and her hacks put out. Go to richardson4senate.com to see a resume and the background checks required to have this experience.

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