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State Republican Party skewers five Democrats in one new video called “Unfit for Office”

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Oct. 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
October 9, 2012 2:05 pm

A new ad produced for the Washington State Republican Party alleges that five of the Democrats running for statewide elected office are unethical and “Unfit for Office.”

The four are secretary of state candidate Kathleen Drew, auditor candidate Troy Kelley, attorney general candidate Bob Ferguson, governor candidate Jay Inslee and Lt. Gov. Brad Owen.

In each case, the ad cites articles written about allegations and some findings against the five. The ad seems to equate some pretty serious charges with some minor disclosure violations and even includes one that was made not against the candidate but the candidate’s husband. It also states as fact allegations that have yet to be proved and even some that have been dismissed.

Here’s the ad and below are articles that have attempted to smell test the charges raised:

And here are stories our staff and other news sites have done on each of the allegations that try to explain the issues and include responses from the four candidates.

KATHLEEN DREW

The allegations involve the candidate’s husband Steven who serves as Thurston County Assessor. Stories are here and here and here.

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TROY KELLEY

Here is the original story on allegations unveiled by Kelley’s Republican opponent James Watkins.

BRAD OWEN

Owen was found to have violated some state campaign disclosure rules. Here is the story on the findings by the Public Disclosure Commission.

BOB FERGUSON

Ferguson was found to have filed late reports to the PDC for his King County Council races. A Seattle Times brief is here.

JAY INSLEE

Complaints against Inslee had to do with how he moved money from his congressional campaign accounts to a state account. Here is a Seattle Times story on how the PDC was responding. And here is an Associated Press story on the issue.

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