Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire has weighed in on another race, throwing her support Thursday behind Supreme Court candidate Sheryl Gordon McCloud. The candidate is running against Richard Sanders, a former justice with a libertarian philosophy, for the position being vacated by Justice Tom Chambers’ retirement.
Sanders, who lost re-election in 2010, is touting his advocacy for liberty in fundraising appeals. In one letter that went out to contributors this week, Sanders depicts McCloud as “a ‘fiery liberal’ criminal defense lawyer with no prior judicial experience,” crediting a newspaper editorial for the description.
But McCloud’s campaign quotes Gregoire in a news release as saying: