Christine Gregoire and her campaign can't seem to do anything right. First the Seattle Times reported this week that Gregoire was the president of a college sorority that excluded blacks and Jews. Gregoire's explanation that she hoped to "change the system from within" was not very compelling. Now she's lashing out at primary rival Ron Sims, an African American, accusing him of instigating the story. The Seattle Times, on the other hand, confirms Sims assertion that he had nothing to do with story. Now Gregoire is comparing herself to John Kerry:
Gregoire said this is politics as low as she has ever seen, likening this controversy over her history to the Swift Boat gunners now questioning Sen. John Kerry's military service.Unfortunately for Christine Gregoire, many of the Swift Boat veterans claims against Kerry have been shown to be true.
Gregoire could have left the mistakes of her youth back in the 1960s where they belong. All she had to do was to acknowledge that her attempt to change the sorority while also enforcing its segregationist policies was wrong; and state that if she had a chance to relive that period in her life she would have fought to integrate the sorority at the risk of her own expulsion. But she didn't do that and that speaks volumes about the kind of governor she would be.Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at August 26, 2004 03:53 PM | Email This