The Seattle Times reports on the race for Secretary of State between incumbent Republican Sam Reed and Democratic challenger Laura Ruderman:
Ruderman says Reed, as the state's elections chief, should not have backed a ballot measure to change the way the state runs its primary elections.This is odd. As I noted earlier, I endorsed Laura Ruderman back in May precisely because of her position supporting the state's current "Montana-style" primary, effectively opposing I-872. Ruderman's own words:
"The referee does not wear the colors of one of the two teams," said Ruderman, criticizing Reed for his support of I-872, which calls for having the top two finishers in a primary advance to the general election, even if the candidates represent the same party.
Ruderman voted for a "top-two" system this year in the Legislature but won't say whether she supports I-872. She said the secretary of state, as the chief elections officer, should not take positions on initiatives.
I was absolutely in support of the Governor's partial veto. I think that the way that the current Sec. of State wrote the "Top Two" bill would have led to huge opportunities for the parties to game the system. I think that the Montana is the best compromise (although actually, the way I understood it, Arizona's model might have been even better).Not only did Ruderman send me the foregoing in an e-mail, but she even linked to my blog post citing her e-mail from her own campaign newsletter. Clearly she embraced my interpretation of her remarks.
Ruderman's position on the "Top Two" primary system -- "I actually voted for the Top Two primary before I supported the Governor's veto before I didn't have a position on it" leaves me underwhelmed.
The Seattle Times reportage also leaves me underwhelmed. I e-mailed reporter Susan Gilmore a link to my blog post with Ruderman's e-mail after she reported Ruderman's lack of a position on I-872 a month ago. Gilmore acknowledged my e-mail, but apparently didn't see fit to challenge Ruderman on a glaring inconsistency in her position.
Voters who prefer an alternative to both Sam Reed and Laura Ruderman could vote for Libertarian Jacqueline Passey. She's a nice lady and she unambiguously opposes I-872.Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at October 26, 2004 06:04 PM | Email This