February 16, 2006
As reported last week, Deanron decided against hiring a "turnaround team" to revamp his Elections Office. It's probably just as well. The consultancy which had originally been selected to lead the turnaround effort, Waldron & Co., filed an initial report late last month. The report, which the Executive's Office tells me cost $115,000, was released this week. Having glanced at the report, I wouldn't hire this potential turnaround team to turn around the merry-go-round at Marymoor Park --
(The report is here, the "recommendations matrix" is here) The report lost me in the Executive Summary where it confesses that:
The scope of our initial work does not include an assessment or evaluation of technical matters related to election operations or election laws.
[p. 4] Because none of the four other very expensive and much lauded evaluations of the elections office last year bothered to examine the Election Office's actual work product, why should this one be any different? The casual observer might question why Waldron & Co. was chosen in the first place, as the firm is a human resources consultant, specializing in executive recruitment and coaching
, and with no demonstrated expertise on elections. But then of course Deanron's goal is not to improve the integrity and quality of his work product, but to "restore public confidence in King County Elections" [p.3] So how better does a confidence man imagine he can restore confidence in Elections than to hire a personnel agency with no understanding of Elections, and pack the team with friendly campaign donors [see the Biographies, p. 30 of the report] with backgrounds in public policy P.R., including --
Deborah Bevier, Gregoire donor
Harold Robertson, former Monorail Executive Director,
and best of all, Rita Brogan, Sims and Gregoire donor , Muni League board chairwoman and P.R. consultant with "particular experience in shaping public consensus on high profile and controversial programs"
Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at February 16, 2006
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I wonder what the keen journalistic senses of the folks at the P-I and Times will make of this?
"I see lots of smoke coming out of the windows, but there can't possibly be fire in that building, d'ya think?"
The Times and PI are in bed with both Sims and Gregoire also. It is just yet more cover up and I am happy we are spending no more hard earned tax dollars if we don't have an unbias turnaround body.
We will do the turnaround job ourselves, through the courts, requesting and looking at election documents, and making sure they realize we will look over their shoulders at everything they do.
I'd forward the report to Brian Sontag in Olympia for wasting taxpayers' dollars. I'm not too sure what a HR firm is doing looking at KCE.
KCE should have hired a Final Four firm or one of the Puget Sound Business Journals top 25 CPA firms with experience in SOX, Sarbanes Oxley.
There are also national firms w/ ex Big Eight experience such as Jefferson Wells, Resources, and CapGemini.
What saddens and angers me is the thought that this kind of mismanagement of public agencies and wasting of tax dollars may be the rule rather than the exception. Itís just plain disheartening to see this kind of careless spending of our hard-earned tax dollars.
Even sadder is the sense that the cherished principles we Americans claim to live by, like integrity and honesty, appear forgotten by some of those entrusted with the duty of protecting and preserving an important part our political system.
5. The only "Turnaround Team" that would be capable of getting any good accomplished in KC would be a group of federal marshals armed with search warrants, subpoenas, and weapons. Then there might be a chance of rooting out the corruption of the lousy 'Rats. Anyone that Sims/Logan would hire would just be a bunch of lickspittles anyway. We've had enough of those in the recent past (e.g. Fraudoire's sham of a "Blue Ribbon Commission" on election reform headed by Commissar Reed).
6. Yeah, well hopefully when Dino Rossi is Governor and Matt Hasselbeck is King County Executive, they don't engage in the same kind of (Canadian Liberal) hiring practices for consultants.
If you want to move to a Red State why don't you?
People here respect your freedom to leave whenever you want, just make sure you remove yourself from our voter rolls before doing so. Otherwise Flibby Soleto and StePHan Sharkstanky will claim you are violating their right to 100% accurate voter database.
8. Like heck I will. I'm considering registering at a mailbox and letting slimemolds like Sims and Logan defend my right to be registered there. After all, "count every vote (even the fraudulent ones)", right?
9. Hey! You think re-arranging deck chairs is cheap?!
Posted by: LEFT is RIGHT on February 16, 2006 01:10 PM
Oh, so we don't have the "right to [a] 100% accurate voter database"?
I presume elections mean nothing to you, except when they suit you.
11. No wonder they hired them. What a total waste of $$!
Ever see the movie "Office Space?" Think of Waldron and Co. as "the Two Bobs."
If you go over to HA, you will see that lefists here actually believe that King County did just fine in 2004 and that all of the poll results that show the public's disappointment with Deanron are just the result of the Republicans having won the PR battle. It must have been Karl Rove again. Dang he's smart. It never occurs to the Democrats that much of the reason why the public does not trust King County is that Deanron simply does not prevent a face of trust.
When I watch Deanron, even honestly trying to put myself in a liberal frame of mind, I see a whitewasher and a sycophant. They can talk about what a great job they've done ad infinitum, but they just don't appear credible. Logan stands there with a sheepish look, and very little confidence, whilst Sims bloviates. This just does not past the smell test. If there's anything Americans hate, it's being patronized. Deanron is the patron saint of patronizing.
Here's my suggestion to Deanron if their goal really becomes restoring public trust: Resign.
Stefan, is this tired old story the best you can do? What a snoozer....
Left is right,
"If you want to move to a Red State why don't you?"
That's exactly what I told all my liberal buddies after GW trounced John 'If I only had courage' Kerry. You're welcome to move to a blue country ANY TIME YOU'D LIKE!
But guess what - it won't be Canada any more! Nor Germany, Britain, Australia. Maybe Spain is the place for you!!
The only thing worth reading on Horse-poop is the hilarious long kick-off of Mike McGavick who is not US Senator material (unlike Mary Lane who's eventually, eventually going to take us Forward). Maria Cantwell is doing a great job in the US Senate as Mrs. Maria Lieberman, if you get my jist :-).
Let's re-take Olympia, then fire Deanron, then make Dino Rossi Governor!!!!!!!!!!
Imagine that - a biased investigation team put togehter by Waldron and Co made up of individuals lacking knowlege of elections operations or election laws.
Now we will not have an equally biased turnaround team that similarly would lack the required expertise to bring about any significant change.
Months and thousands of dollars later, nothing has really changed at Deanron, has it?
Get the invoices....quick!
18. If we do not get a Turnaround Team...can we get an Up and Down Team...Oh please Ron...Please!!!
19. ...another report... another study...another "turn around"...the only "turn around" we taxpayers feel lately in the Seattle Surrounds is akin to the "Turn Around!" command uttered by some big, mean Bubba in a jail cell.