Republican Dick Muri offered compliments to his Democratic rival Denny Heck in Washington’s 10th Congressional District race today, thanking Heck for giving $3,500 in campaign contributions from Yelm spiritualist JZ Knight to a women’s domestic violence shelter in Olympia. Knight’s comments about Catholics, gays, Mexicans and Jews have produced a political backlash in the past week, and three South Sound Democratic candidates have donated the funds to charity or educational groups.
The state Democratic Party also is donating $70,000 from Knight – split two ways, to the pro-Referendum 74 campaign and to the Anti-Defamation League.
Muri strikes a different tone than state Republicans in the press release he put out today, which says:
Our post on Heck’s decision to give away the money is here, and comments made later by the state Republican Party chairman Kirby Wilbur about state Democrats is here. Thurston County commissioner Sandra Romero explained her decision to give away $3,600 to charities here, and state Senate candidate Bruce Lachney’s explanation is here.
Spokesmen for Knight and her Ramtha School of Enlightenment have said her remarks, which were posted online in the form of videos, were taken out of context during a talk she gave earlier this year concerning the sexual abuse by Catholic priests. The spokesmen say she has always supported gays and lesbians although one other video posted online by the Freedom Foundation in Olympia show her describing gay men as former Catholic women.
Lawyers for JZK, Inc. also are going to court Thursday to seek a restraining order against a former Ramtha student, alleging she illegally used portions of copyrighted videos to make her own video, which she posted on YouTube.com. That video spliced film of Romero speaking to a candidate forum at Knight’s property with portions of the video showing Knight make derogatory comments about the Catholic Church.