When does an endorser get un-endorsed?
Apparently, when he becomes too much of a rabble-rouser in a “clean” campaign for local public office.
That’s what happened Monday to irreverent Tacoma cartoonist R.R. Anderson.
Anderson, who’s known for his no-holds-barred satirical renderings of local politicians and Grit City scenesters, granted Tacoma City Council candidate Patricia Lecy-Davis permission to use his name on her list of local notables who support her bid for office against District 2 City Councilman Robert Thoms.
Since mid-April, Anderson’s name had prominently adorned Lecy-Davis’s endorsement list on her campaign website.
But on Monday, Anderson’s name vanished from the list. The disappearing act occurred shortly after Lecy-Davis sent him this Facebook message:
Disappointed, Anderson wondered why PLD — someone he recently championed in one of his so-called Tacomics –dumped him from her endorsement list. Among others, Anderson alerted local gadfly, John Hathaway, operator of The New Takhoman blog, via an email with the subject line “Erased…”
Lecy-Davis soon responded to both of them:
RR and John,Please feel free to have Nic explain the reasoning here. I am personally proud to have endorsements from the two of you, but I do somewhat understand his point. We have committed to running a very clean campaign. Although I gain some enjoyment that your target of satire has been my opponent rather than me, the last thing we would want is for the other side to make assumptions that we have fed you any info at any point. I hope you will understand the intention of creating the separation. I thank you for your support.
The New Takhoman (Mr. John Hathaway) and I are different pee-pole! I can testify under oath that when I draw cartoons there is absolutely no information gathered anywhere at any point… my cartoons come directly from outer space!
But Anderson’s pleadings were futile. Van Putten responded:
Of course I know you aren’t the same as Hathaway- although… remember that logic one of the bloggers on Exit 133 used? The kind where Patricia hired a firm that has an employee who worked with a guy who developed a property, and therefore Patricia is Jake Fey? So you really could be Hathaway. Anyways, considering all of the press Robert Thoms has been getting, I’ve given Patricia a very very strict recommendation not to comment on or get involved with any of it. It’s really important that she stays on message talking about herself/her campaign and that we continue to run an above-board, positive campaign. People tend to assume the worst in elections, so whenever anything hits the press, our opponents will probably assume that we’re behind it- all the more so if we’re endorsed by the guy who made a cartoon about it. Logic doesn’t always work in politics…. Sorry to be that prude, stick-up-his-arse political consultant, but that’s my job. It doesn’t make your cartoons any less funny, and you’ve still got a loyal reader in me. Thanks for understanding.
But while Anderson’s name apparently isn’t good enough for Lecy-Davis’ official endorsement list, his pen work is still good enough for her Twitter account. As of today, Lecy-Davis still uses an RR Anderson cartoon of her for her avatar:
(Full disclosure: I, too, have commandeered an RR Anderson cartoon for my Twitter avatar.)