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Senate candidate Bruce Lachney says he’ll donate contributions from JZ Knight to ‘educational scholarships’

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on Oct. 29, 2012 at 10:32 am |
January 28, 2013 6:29 pm

State Senate candidate Bruce Lachney said late Sunday in a statement that he is giving away any campaign donations from Yelm-based spirit-channeler JZ Knight to college scholarships. The move comes after state Democratic chairman Dwight Pelz announced Friday the party is donating $70,000 from Knight to the Anti-Defamation League and the pro-gay marriage referendum, with half going to each.

Comments Knight has made in videos about Catholics, gays and Mexicans prompted the moves after state and local Republicans began using videos to hammer Democratic candidates that received Knight’s campaign contributions. Lachney, an Eatonville Democrat challenging Sen. Randy Becker, R-Eatonville, in the 2nd Legislative District, put out a short statement:

“I met Ms. Knight only once. Her thoughts and beliefs are her own. As a member of the same Lutheran Church for more than twenty years I find the language and tenor of her discourse disturbing. As such, the campaign will be donating any contributions from Ms. Knight to educational scholarships.
In regards to the election; voters choose their democracy. Ms Becker’s democracy is anchored in the slander of innuendo and the smear of “guilt by association.” The Lachney campaign secures democracy in the issues: education, the budget, and reason. We are confident that voters November 6th will know the difference. Best wishes to my supporters.” said Bruce Lachney

Lachney’s statement did not specify the scholarship. Knight has donated $1,800 and her Ramtha School of Enlightenment has donated another $1,800.

Democrat Sandra Romero, who is running for re-election as Thurston County commissioner, said in this story she has not seen evidence Knight is bigoted, so she is not returning $3,600 in contributions from Knight and the school.

Knight’s spokesman said on Tuesday that Knight’s video-taped comments about Catholics were taken out of context and meant to draw attention to sex abuse by priests in the Catholic Church.

Stay tuned.

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