January 11, 2005
It sounds like Governor-pretend Fraudoire's inaugural ball isn't exactly the hottest ticket in town:
[Ball committee member Judi] Hoefling said they expect 3,500 people — about 1,000 short of a sell-out — to attend the swank event. Some Republicans who bought the $75 tickets in the belief that their candidate had won want a refund, but that is not possible.
Well I have an idea what you could do with an unwanted infraudural ball ticket -- give it to this guy
. I'll bet he'd even be the life of the party!
[photo credit: Steve Haffner, who asks me to say "Copyright 2005, Steve Haffner ; This photograph is freely distributable in its unaltered form as long as this copyright notice is included."]
Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at January 11, 2005
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1. On KVI radio's John Carlson Show, someone suggested that the reason for a low inaugural turnout is that although Gregoire supporters were happy enough to purchase tickets, it will be PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE for those who voted multiple times to show up as more than one person.
2. The ball is usually sold out. I wonder if there will be any orange bow ties there?
3. 'infraudural' --LOL!!!
Isn't it rather fitting that a Govenness who was elected by people that don't exist should have a ball with people who don't exist?
Wonder if they'll play the Monster Mash?
Would it be possible to throw together an ORANGE BALL somewhere in Olympia. I know it's short notice but the effect (if it gets into the press) would be fantastic!!
I sure hope one of the Republicans that don't want to go to the ball will give a ticket to Mr. Sideburns.
The Orange Ball is a great idea. It could also be called the Orange BOWL and billed as the only opportunity for a Washingtonian to go there this year.
Bowl, ball, or not, I'm wearing an orange shirt tomorrow in support of all of you. This backlash against crappy government in King County is fun to see. There is hope after all.
7. Well I hope they have fun! They can chat about all the Taxes they plan to raise before the court throws her out of office. Wasn't she the one who clearly stated on the home page of her web how many taxes Rossi had voted for, but that she had never raised a tax on the people. Well we will see how long that empty lie lasts! Go Rossi, and we will all be at your inaugural ball when the court throws her out.
8. Since the Republicans can't get a refund on the Ball tickets, (and since Precinct 1823 carried the election) give them for distribution in Precinct 1823. (They who live by the sword . . . .)
9. If anyone wants to donate their tickets, we should get a group together who would like to have some fun. We could all go out to the bathroom at a given signal and come back with orange ribbons and make-up such that we looked 'dead'! It would be a great start to a DOA Governorship!
10. Anybody know what time the ball is? I was thinking about this last night, and seriously considering buying a ski-mask that looks like a skeleton (I've seen them at the Harley shop, but the Lacey store is out of stock right now and I haven't checked any others), and at a minimum standing by the doorway. I also thought about jail clothes, etc.. If any of you that have mentioned these ideas are seriously into it, lets get something organized.
11. P.S. I read that Senator Swecker and his wife have some tickets that will go unused. I also have heard from another source that many who have tickets will not be attending. I could look into seeing if they would donate them.
It does not surprise me at all that ticket sales have been slow so far, given how late things were sorted out.
BTW, I read up on "Precinct 1823." I can only assume that this precinct is being concentrated on because it the GOP believes that sucessfully throwing out its votes per RCW 29A.68.080 will allow them to get a court to order a revote. I am not so sure. I have not been able to find out what the Gregoire margin was in 1823 for the hand recount, but the machine recount gave her only 116 net votes and her final margin was 129. That would not satisfy the law.
Personally, I think that while their hand-picked Chelan County judge MIGHT order such a thing, the same state Supreme Court that approved recanvassing will be unlikely to uphold it even with the addition of the odious Jim Johnson.
13. Hey... since I have an extended-length mini-van that seats 6 people, and has a roof-rack that could carry a large brass-handled varnished box, I could offer to drive the equivalent of 9 or 10 King County "voters" to Olympia for the Governor's Inaugural Ball.
I live only 10 minutes from the capitol, so it'll be easy for me to get there. I hope to see some takers of your offer to provide transportation, though. Come on guys, there are going to be cameras there. We can't let them cover the poorly attended ball untouched by the truth.
15. Attend wearing orange sweatshirts and jeans. DOn't dress up for it...
16. Please someone go to the ball dressed as a homeless person. Please. Maybe wear a sign-- "I voted twice-- ask me how!".
*sigh* I think it would be funny and fun to go and wear orange and bring signs, etc...but that's going to make my husband's job so much harder. If you even managed to get into the party and change clothes or put on makeup, you know they'd have to kick you out. And I know my hubby would absolutely HATE that since he's a big time Rossi supporter and thinks this whole thing stinks. But he has to do his job. He's really not looking forward to it!
Sorry to be a downer...good luck in whatever you decide to do tonight (just don't be mean to the troopers, k?).
18. Better yet, give your ticket to a homeless person
19. I was planning to attend but was unable to locate an orange tuxedo. I will make my rounds in precinct 1823 and pass out as many “Free Meal” tickets to the inaugural ball as possible, I may even pay the taxi fare to get them there.
20. I have a better idea: show up armed and open fire.