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Richardson complains about Roach mailers; tea party group targets him

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Oct. 26, 2010 at 12:15 pm with 8 Comments »
October 26, 2010 3:17 pm

The┬átemperature of the 31st Legislative District Senate race has jumped another degree, if it hasn’t already broken the thermometer.

The latest round of Roach-Richardson recriminations involves a pair of tough campaign ads mailed out by state Sen. Pam Roach this month that have her challenger, Matt Richardson, steaming.

“He pled guilty to sexually molesting a young girl,” one of them says, over a picture of a suspicious-looking man watching children through a playground fence. “Now he’s running for state Senate.”

Richardson says the image is “terrible.” He fired off a letter Monday┬áto the state Public Disclosure Commission (the second PDC complaint in the race), alleging the mailers violate a law against defamation in election materials. Roach says they are accurate.

It’s true that Richardson pleaded guilty in 1993 to communication with a minor for immoral purpose, in what’s known as an Alford plea, for acts he allegedly committed as a minor. Prosecutors say the conviction was later dismissed because Richardson served his sentence. (For details, read my overview of the race between the two Republicans.) Then and now, Richardson maintains his innocence. He contends to the PDC that the dismissal means Roach’s references to his charges or lawbreaking are false.

The picture of a grown man watching children could mislead someone into thinking Richardson committed sex crimes as an adult, and he seizes on that as well in his letter. Roach counters that allegations against him by Federal Way Public Schools show a pattern continuing into adulthood. (A school official couldn’t conclusively determine the truth of a sexual harassment claim by students, calling it “probable.”)

Richardson also contradicts a host of other claims made in the mailers.

And as if the race wasn’t boiling over already, just add tea.

The Washington State chapter of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty, part of the national tea party movement, is going to court to try to open Richardson’s sealed court file. A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in King County Superior Court.

Why is a tea party group getting involved? Executive Director Alex Rion said the Campaign for Liberty aims to hold candidates accountable, so it wants some “light of day” on allegations that have been aired in the news media about Richardson. Richardson said a judge should determine there’s no public interest in the contents of the case.

UPDATED to refer to Richardson as a minor at the time of his crimes. He was charged with committing the crime at age 16 but said in a plea he was 12.

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  1. I’ll tell you what is criminal, the TNT not having a political cartoonist on staff when LOLZ like this (story above) are happening! Dude!

  2. Concernedfather says:

    Dude, just draw the cartoon and post a link. This is TOO good to pass up.

  3. Concernedfather says:

    Maybe Pam would even forgive ya for the Lake Tapps cartoon! lmao

  4. Boo-Hoo. If you have a “past, don’t put yourself in the “limelight” of the “present !”
    Duh !!! KARMA – it’s a beautiful thing – hope that young girl is savoring your embarrassment !!!

  5. SumnerSupporter says:

    Roach is wrong. Matt got charged with TWO COUNTS OF STATUTORY RAPE IN THE FIRST DEGREE, in King County and there is a warrant down at Sumner City Hall with Matt’s name on it for anyone to see.

    Matt is actually the person violating the law he cites. Matt has used two endorsements when he had been explicitly told not to by the organization and the individual involved. Ron Wiegelt was very clear that he does not endorse Matt.

    Matt is right. The picture is terrible. I am sure Matt would have turned to face the camera if he had been asked. Who in there right mind would vote for this guy?

  6. Daisydog says:

    Try askin’ matt about the basball bat, and his neighbors dog, the restraining orders, the wreckless driving, hugging his own daughter with his fist, getting caught to Hook up with a lady friend, calling himself a Veteran “with a little v”, getting canned from 2, and probably 3 teaching jobs…..

    try reading the papers associated with the molestation–it has to be some of the most vile stuff I have ever seen on the web.

    Try to get him to explain why he posted his SSN on his web site what a goof!

    try to get him explaining why he mocked a teacher, who is disabled.
    try to get him to say why he said a student was acting like “a retard”….

    Matt, you are Veteran, a veteran loser!

  7. If this wasn’t so serious, I’d say something snarky about it. But the time for cleaning up the representation in this country (at all levels) is long overdue.

    Ih yeah, those Campaign for Liberty guys are a dedicated bunch. He should just give ‘em what they want and save himself a ton of exertion. He sure as heck shouldn’t count on wearing them out.

  8. The bigger problem is look at the alternative ( Pam Roach) Looks like this race has two undesirables right from the starting line! Politics aren’t they Grand? Two losers the people get to choose from Oh Yayyy!

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