June 30, 2005
Dead Heat in County Executive Race
A public opinion poll released yesterday by David Irons shows that the race for County Executive is neck-and-neck
The poll shows that if the vote was held today, Sims of Seattle would get 42 percent, Irons 40 percent and Green Party candidate Gentry Lange 5 percent, with the rest undecided. The poll cost $14,000 and is basically a repeat of one conducted in February.
A spokeswoman for Ron Sims dismisses the poll results (naturally) but tellingly won't release the results of Sims own polls which presumably show even worse results. Irons poll also reveals that
* 50 percent of the respondents think the county is headed in the wrong direction
* 31 percent think Sims deserves re-election
* 52 percent would vote for a moderate Republican, as Irons describes himself, while 36 percent favor a liberal Democrat in the office
Sims is going into a tailspin and things are only going to get worse, with news of scandals like Redmond Ridge
, incompetence like the failure of the county courts computer system
, ongoing revelations of mismanagement at the elections office
and news reports of idiotic spending decisions
Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at June 30, 2005
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Wow, David Irons own push poll shows him loosing. And for some reason you think Ron Sim's own poll shows him winning?
Blog fraud, ask for it by name.
2. Not to mention CAO and CYA.
The problem is, of course, that we are talking about KC, where one man/one vote is not the operative standard.
Which one would assume gives JDB the confidence to declare a 'statistical dead heat' means Ronnie wins. It can't possibly be that he's actually biased.
While I certainly no fan of Ron - Tax to the Max - Screw em till their Blue - Simms, I do know that the road to victory for Mr. Irons is not going to be an easy one. In order to beat an incumbent, you must first, have a very high favorable rating of the genreal populace, you must convince them that the incumbent should be removed from office, and then you must convince them that you are the better choice. David's biggest challenge is the first one, it is my opinion that most people when asked would say, "David who????" This is of course a PR problem and one that can be overcome with the right team and effort. It is my sincere hope that he will accomplish this. David was the first candidate I gave money to in this campaign season, and I'm sure I'll be sending him more. Ron is self-distructing, but each mis-step must be pointed out, and if you will exploited as an example of why Ron needs to be very cerimoniously kicked to the curbed.
The other matter that concerns me greatly is that we have another Rossi/Gregoire situation developing... Who wants to go there again... There's only one way to make sure that doesn't happen and that's to win by a big enough margin to remove any doubt. When your opponent who clearly has no problem in helping to steal elections is the one counting the votes, well we got Trouble, right here in Emerald City... with a captial T and that rhymes with V and that stands for VOTES!
5. Uh oh. A close race in a county where the election machinery is controlled by (crooked) 'Rats. Anyone want to take odds on how that will turn out? I'd guess if it's close, there will be an initial tally and if Sims is behind that will serve as a guideline for how many 'Rat votes need to be manufactured, er, "found", and then, somehow, mysteriously, they'll start showing up. Lawd! It's a miracle! Those votes "just happened" to turn up, and tipped the race to the 'Rats. Divine providence I tells ya...
7. Cheryl: The answer is obvious. E. St. Louis is not dominated by the left-wing whackos. It's in the heartland of the country where the people have a modicum of intelligence and independence. Even though Judge Bridges chastised King County have you heard of the feds or the state or county DA going after anyone? And you won't.
" Sims of Seattle would get 42 percent, Irons 40 percent and Green Party candidate Gentry Lange 5 percent, with the rest undecided..."
It makes my poor little head spin to try to rectify the above statement with the next:
"Irons poll also reveals that
* 50 percent of the respondents think the county is headed in the wrong direction
* 31 percent think Sims deserves re-election
* 52 percent would vote for a moderate Republican, as Irons describes himself
* 36 percent favor a liberal Democrat in the office..."
If 50% believe the county is going bass-ackward, and 52% would vote for a mod-Rep (and only 30-36 percent like Sims or his party in this position), then how in the name of blessed Buddha could Sims get 42% of the vote?
Of course, the answer is in the inability of polls to truly project election results. Relying on polls is a bad idea, even if you agree with the results of the poll.
Sorry I can't help you King County people get some dead wood out of your gov'mint.
9. IN THE NEWS: Logan told employees after the release of the task force's employee survey earlier this month, "We have much work to do, and Iím just the guy to do it." Speaking on condition of equanimity, Logan also said in a news release there was "no excuse for this year's past performance, except those we are currently standing by, some that we may have forgotten, and of course those made in the hustle and bustle of our activities as humble public servants. Excuses are for those who have something to hide and those who simply fail to do their job correctly and I wonít do that.Ē Ron Sims was unavailable for comment.
Nice try, you idiot. Either you have never worked a high-profile campaign, or you just don't know what you are talking about.
I suspect the latter.
If Sims' spokeswoman in the article, Rachel Bianchi, had a recent poll commissioned by Sims' campaign showing Sims in the lead by a significant amount (or even a statistically valid slight amount), she would have had copies of that puppy faxed over to the reporter so fast it would have made his head spin. The fact that she did not do so is very telling to political operatives who know how these things work.
Whenever a political spokesperson for an incumbent will not release poll results, the news is bad for their guy. It has nothing to do with filing week, and you know it. Sims is in a tailspin, the numbers from his own most recent poll were even worse for him, as Sims' poll was not weighted to favor Seattle, and the county news this week has been more of the same - terrible, and not just from elections this time. DOT, DDES, ITS, and the courts are all having problems related to poor management.
We just simply need a management change in this county, and it must start at the top.
If Ron were a Democrat who felt responsibility to his party and not just himself, he would step aside and let another D who is better regarded by the public run instead.
However, Ron works for Ron alone, and it sure looks like the R's will be the ones reaping the windfall from his incredible egotism in staying in the race.
11. wow....isn't it sad and telling that ron sims is in the running at all after everything he has pulled. doesn't that say something[very unflattering] about seattle?
Nice one Debunkgirl! Brought to mind a "Jane, you ignorant slut!" moment from far away and long ago.
Trollboy (or is it droolboy - I get them confused ;'} like many of the leftist toilet-drinkers, will circle the wagons, swallow hard, and vote (probably several times) for a POS like Simms. Not because they respect him, or even like him, but because he's the POS candidate that the dems put up.
Our job is to show that there is an alternative that doesn't reek like last weeks fish....and to keep Simms out in the public eye 'cause he's proving to be one of our best weapons!
Let's let Simms's pride send him on a big ride...outta town, of course!
The legendary incompetence of the King County GOP assures Sims of yet another victory.
They're SO lame, they don't even have a web site!
Don't believe me? Check THIS out: http://www.kcgop.org/
Sims hopefully is toast. But, Irons needs more than a "I'm not Sims" campaign. He needs to hook into a big issue and explain in straightforward terms how he would fix or change it.
Also, any of you guys that care about your rights - do not vote for Irons unless he give you reason to. He should come out for changing the King County family court system so that fathers get the respect they deserve. And, he should come out against the hysteria driven domestic violence law enforcement, which tramples all over the liberty and Constitutional rights of men.
Do not just give your vote away just because this guy is a Republican.
Has anyone thought to ask Dave Irons Jr. for specifics as to how he'd clean up DOT, DDES or Elections? I'd certainly get a laugh if he appointed someone like Quadrant's President Peter Orser to head DDES, maybe MurrayFranklyn's president to head DOT, and Chris Vance to head Elections.
Did you know that "former" Quadrant President Steve Dennis was one of the 2 Republican-appointed members to the King County Council redistricting commission? Maybe Irons could combine DOT and DDES together and put Steve Dennis in charge of the whole growth branch of King County? There's a great idea!
Yes, that would really fix things. Take the middle man right out of the system altogether.
We'd all be in great shape then. ;-)
16. I hate to rain on anybody's parade... but if you think Ron Sims will be defeated at the polls here in this looney-bin county... you are living in your dreams. First, there are not enough clear-thinking voters to overcome the influence of the
University of Moscow on Lake Washington. Second,
the Republican Party in this county and state is
not mean enough to run a winning campaign. And lastly, now that the Dims have proved how easy it is to commit vote fraud and get away with it, there is no way they will not do the same thing again.
I am serious when I state that Mr. Sims will someday be elected Governor or even Senator.
Who wants to bet against me ??
17. Never mind the polls, and never forget what happened to Rossi in court. Thinking Irons is ahead is a certain recipe for loss. The only way to rid KC of the management blight which is Ron Sims is to push, push, and push until exhaustion, then a little more, to get out the vote. For Irons to take office, he may need a 55% vote. Wait until Sims is gone to celebrate.
I was struck by this comment from the "Logan Added to Woes..." article in the Times:
[Oversight-committee member Ellen Hansen, former King County elections director and former consultant to the County Council, said the administration squandered an opportunity last year to improve the elections after top managers lost their jobs in the wake of the flawed mailing of absentee ballots in 2002 and 2003.]
"Elections could have gotten anything it wanted," Hansen said, "given how much of an embarrassment it's been for the executive and the County Council."
That's exactly the point; KC Elections DID get exactly what Sims wanted - a malleable, inexperienced director, Logan, who would do as he was told.
"E. St. Louis is not dominated by the left-wing whackos."
While I agree in principle, that candidates should present solutions to the problems they are criticizing, unfortunately, the problems you named are not under the oversight of the King County Executive. We need to make sure that we are focusing on issues under the exec's responsibilities.
Family courts are part of the Superior court system, overseen by elected judges, and actually part of the state court system, not the county at all. (King County is the division)
Law enforcement policy falls under the King County Sheriff's office (headed by a seperately elected official that the County Exec does not oversee), local police departments and city attorneys, and the county Prosecutor's office, also headed by an independently elected official.
The only reason that Sims bears blame for the problems with the KC court records meltdown is that King County Executive Services Dept. oversees and provides the computer support for the courts. It is a customer-vendor relationship, more than anything.
And Ron Sims and his gang that couldn't shoot straight, in this case, is an underperforming vendor.
21. While I am no fan of Sims and you can make a "his watch" argument for just about anything that happens in the county, the failure of the King County Superior Court system is not his fault. It was a hardware failure and I've had experience with many in my time. They happen to organizations with competent people and state of the art systems as well.
22. Bully pulpit can be powerful. Sims spreads misandry and feeds the radfems. I want someone that will do the opposite.
I can understand how someone who is looking in at the county ITS (systems) problems from the outside of the county would see it that way, without benefit of the backstory on this particular problem. Also, you are right, hardware problems can strike even competent people, but in this case, the problem is directly related to Sims' mismanagement.
Ron "centralized" computer services in the late 90's as allegedly a "cost-cutting" measure, although no FTE's were cut and no savings whatsoever achieved. Indeed, the county ITS budget grew after this "cost-cutting".
What really happened was that it put all of the tech people under one departmental roof, reporting to a division manager very loyal to Ron, so he could pull technical and computer teams for his pet projects without the appearance of any additional expenditures for new projects, and without having to go through the Council.
Circumventing the council on budgetary issues in this way is essentially defrauding the people's elected representatives tasked with the fiduciary responsibility to oversee appropriate distribution of county resources.
Departments and divisions had always had in-house systems support, folks who both understood the technical systems, as well as having a
grounding in the business needs of the agency, as is appropriate. Many agencies lost their permanent, full-time, in-house support. Elections was one of these agencies, and the problems in 2002 and 2003 can be directly traced to this poor planning on the part of the executive's office.
The county systems that used to be regularly well-maintained on an ongoing basis were plunged into a morass of "call us when something breaks", at which point, a generic "computer person" would be sent over from county ITS to possibly fix the problem if they could, and to possibly create a greater problem if they could not, or if they misunderstood the business needs through lack of familiarity with the agency's business.
This court system meltdown is a direct result of this idiotic policy, and of failure to maintain a redundant fail-safe system for the courts as used to be maintained when they had permanent, internal, full-time systems support staff.
Neck-and-neck--perhaps. Brain-and-brain? No contest.
My question: If Sims is only NOW hitting sand bars at low tide, what's been going on for his illustrious career? What is it--30 years?
No TV/newspaper inquiries or investigations? He could not have started to 'stumble' just now. Where are the skeletons? Where is the timeline of 'accomplishments' and balancing 'blunders?'
I'd like to see one as a Sunday story splash--give me the whole story on this guy and let me decide--"Column A and Column B style." The silence is deafening.
25. Irons should have a great chance to win when you consider one important fact that the Governors race did not have early on. Stefan will be breathing down Loganís back and there is not much chance that Logan can afford Sims the same kind of voter numbers he provided CG as he keeps looking over his shoulder. Now maybe the king and the court Jester can find a new stage for their act
26. Irons should have a great chance to win when you consider one important fact that the Governors race did not have early on. Stefan will be breathing down Loganís back and there is not much chance that Logan can afford Sims the same kind of voter numbers he provided CG as he keeps looking over his shoulder. Now maybe the king and the court Jester can find a new stage for their act
27. If it's already this close, I hope we're not headed into another 3-digit margin of victory with lost ballots and all the garbage we just went through! But if Irons loses, it just means HELLLOOOO Cascade County! And we can leave King to live with the ineptness it has chosen if they pick Sims again.
28. ...don't forget stealing people's land (under color of law), and selling people's brains.
Off topic, but did anyone think of the (inevitable) design of the Cascade County Flag?
Donít tread on me (Gadsden) like I fly? Broken chains of oppression? Ron Sim's visage with a big red 'no' line? (just joking--don't launch nukes on me); suggestions? I suggest a flag with WA state silhouette with one (county boundary) patch missing and "liberty" at the top;
Ron doesn't really want this job (note his previous runs for Senate and Governor). The Dems should have done him a favor and nominated someone else to run.
What the polls (Irons' and the un-released Sims poll) failed to take into account are the 342 (so far) newly registered voters from precincts in south Seattle; no social security numbers, no driver's licenses, all with signatures similar to mine. They'll likely be provisional voters on election day. Let every vote count.
31. Anyone know where CG votes? Perhaps she will register a few extra times in KC, just to keep Sims in for another term. On a bad hair day with some bags and a shopping cart, she could easily slip in a few extra ballots. You would think it would be the least she could do in return for The Sims Machine delivering an election. Come on Christine, how else are you going to return such a big favor?
If you knew anything about the Council, you'd know that the good Republicans (Irons, McKenna, Lambert, Hammond) wanted Dick Derham on the Redistricting Committee, and the bad Republicans (von Reichbauer, Hague) worked with the Democrats to have Dennis appointed instead of Derham to protect their own seats.
re: where christine votes--she lives in hawks prarie, just north of olympia off hawks prarie road between sleater kinney and carpenter. for those curious enough, i'm sure one could find her exact precinct (her street is fox hall drive)
i know all this cause i went to high school with her daughter (she didn't live in the district but its not hard to transfer if your mom is a lawsuit-happy state attorney general)
I just don't know if I could stand not having Chairman Ron around.
I would not be able live without the constant pressure to make me feel helpless and powerless and generally told what to do and how to live (and Give).
Or to do anything to resist or standup to his constant barrage against us/we his subjects or lesser types.
Ron Sims name is synonymous with land seizure, election fraud and ending the Seattle Dinner Train.......
Everyone outside of Seattle - within King County, who hasn't voted before...will be voting NOW just to get rid of him by a huge (fraud-proof) margin!
"This court system meltdown is a direct result of this idiotic policy, and of failure to maintain a redundant fail-safe system for the courts as used to be maintained when they had permanent, internal, full-time systems support staff."
The courts do have a dedicated IT staff for their systems and I know some of these people through colleagues. They are not incompetents nor do they only show up when something goes wrong - they are full time resources. So I'm not sure where you are getting that information from...
As for the fail-safe system backup, I also know that this was in place in this instance but also did not perform properly. Some of that could be the IT staff's fault, some of it could be vendor hardware, don't know.
37. HOW DO I FIND MR. PETER ORSER?