October 16, 2006
Darcy Burner's record of "community leadership": 5 e-mails, 3 meetings, 0 achievements

Effective service as a Congressman is less about passionate partisanship and more about working with others to solve problems for the benefit of one's constituents. Dave Reichert has a record of working with others to get things done, as a Sheriff (appointed by Ron Sims and then twice elected) and as a Congressman. Darcy Burner's main predictor of success as a Congresswoman lies in her brief presidency of the Ames Lake Community Club. According to ALCC members I've spoken with, Burner failed to accomplish anything and only made her neighbors more angry.

Last week one of Darcy's neighbors posted an entry on the public blog detailing how poorly Burner performed as ALCC president.

Burner's one-year term commenced in April 2005, two months before she declared her candidacy for Congress The ALCC doesn't do much to begin with. But even in that context, Burner's track record is underwhelming. She wore the title, but displayed little actual leadership. The club had one significant issue to deal with -- a neighbor who was encroaching on common property. Burner promised at the outset of her term to resolve the situation, but failed to do so. She only pissed off a lot of her neighbors.

Be sure to read Ameslaker's public blog entry. Ameslaker also sent me more detail about Burner's involvement with her neighbors. The first e-mail opened:

As one of the numerous people who have had contact with her in the community, and therefore dislike her, I want to make sure that she is not only defeated, but ruined from ever having political aspirations of any sort, again ... I disagree with her politics. But the ongoing pattern of lies, which is quite the norm for her, has made this rather personal to me. On your blog, you have questioned her community involvement. I can provide the details of that involvement for you ... I believe the consistent white lies and carefully chosen twists of the truth, reveal a true character flaw, and makes her possible candidacy a scary premise.
(This e-mail was sent several weeks ago, but the assessment of Burner's character as a neighbor is remarkably similar to the Seattle Times editorial board's assessment of her campaign)

Ameslaker also forwarded some e-mails Burner sent out as ALCC president, summarizing:

You now have in your possession the entire record of Darcy Burner's "community activism" and "community leadership".

As president of the Ames Lake Community Club, she sent out like 6 email messages. [it was actually 5, as one of the e-mails from the club board was sent by another board member]

She presided over this year's annual meeting, attended by 32 people, where she was replaced as president.

She also presided over a special meeting ... to deal with a land encroachment issue that has been going on for years. That meeting was attended by 57 people, many who left in disgust and anger half way through the meeting because of how she treated (didn't want to hear) her neighbors opinions.

She accomplished nothing, and only volunteered to be president if [another neighbor] continued to serve on the board, and basically do everything

Here are the emails --
1. May 16, 2005 Darcy's first public contact as president, outlining the land encroachment issue
(see also response from unimpressed neighbor)
2. May 29, 2005 Reponse to neighbors who are afraid of dogs

[ on June 15, 2005 Darcy filed her declaration of candidacy ]

3. June 30, 2005 Darcy's response to the community concerning the fallout of the June 26 special meeting dealing with the encroachment issue.
4. August 29, 2005 Darcy doesn't like her phone service.
5. November 4, 2005 Ameslaker:

the last communication to the residents of Ames Lake concerning the lot C dispute, which was the only real objective that the Darcy Burner presidency had to / and stated it would deal with. As you can see from this - no resolution to this problem was accomplished
It referenced a September board meeting to discuss the Lot C issue. The e-mail was not sent by Burner, but by another board member.
6. November 6, 2005 A motorhome is parked where some neighbors don't like it.

And on the basis of this "leadership" experience, Darcy thinks she can effectively represent the interests of 700,000 constituents in the United States Congress?

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at October 16, 2006 01:14 PM | Email This
1. hey--i was the King of the playground sandbox. Am I also qualified?

Posted by: jimmie-howya-doin on October 16, 2006 01:27 PM
2. The Gormans don't sound like neighbors I would like having...every neighborhood has some Gormans however, including mine. We have a community property for access to our lake as well, but have not had the problems of encroachment on it. But whenever community property is involved, there's always disputes.

What was the outcome of their encroachment?

Posted by: Palouse on October 16, 2006 01:31 PM
3. Darcy Burner has a history of not following through - first she quit her law schooling and never finished. Next she failed to even vote. If she doesn't care about voting herself, then why should anyone bother to vote for her???

Posted by: pbj on October 16, 2006 01:54 PM
4. If Reichert wasn't trying so hard to be a "nice guy" this kind of thing would be on 30 second commercials 3 times a day during Oprah.

Why is it that republicans feel like they have to take the higher ground all the time. Voters in the 8th district really need to understand how completely unqualified this Burner character is.

We already have Maria Cantwell - We don't need another whiney do-nothing representing us in Congress.

Posted by: johnny on October 16, 2006 01:58 PM
5. PBJ you forgot to mention that she dropped out as a war protester before the first gulf war after just one march. See the orinjohnson post in the public blog on Darcy's Selective Use of her Brother.

Posted by: TrueSoldier on October 16, 2006 02:01 PM
6. Every development always has at least one owner that needs to receive some sort of alternative communication (beating with a stick).

In mine it consists of two trailer trash guys with their stripper girlfriend and a pit bull that has attacked people at least 3 times.

Posted by: H Moul on October 16, 2006 02:07 PM
7. Reichert's Q&A is live on the Seattle times site right now...take a look at the questions the moderator is picking...

Posted by: Palouse on October 16, 2006 02:11 PM
8. The Gormans are exactly the reason why I don't choose to live in a "community" setting. Take a look at this link: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/jamieson/288723_robert14x.html

It is a Robert Jamieson column date Oct 14 (Saturday) in the PI. The picture shows the devide is not a boat, but knucklehead Gorman thinks putting a trolling motor on it makes it so. What a jerk.

Posted by: Burdabee on October 16, 2006 02:25 PM
9. ...but...but...but...she's not Bush!

She's the personification of irrelevancy. A symbol with no substance. Sort of the "S1mOne" of the Dem party. A placeholder like a zero in multiplication for the nutroots.

I think that people often react to her not having a real record as if she did. As if having just a virtual record making opposition to her like nailing Jell-O to a wall, when, in fact, the lack of record is the real issue. Her curriculum vitae is largely without events, significant or otherwise. Most of the people that I know have more substance. Her opponents need to stay on topic, not confuse the issues just because she does.

The Reps should run an ad:

"Resume for Darcy Burner

I'm not Bush."

And then voice over: "Would you hire this applicant to represent you? Darcy Burner, the nutroots, and the Democratic Party expect you to. A twice elected sheriff that led to the capture of the Green River Killer being challenged by a serial e-mailer without accomplishment. Why is there even a question?"

You should hear my thoughts about it when I'm not in a good mood...

Actually there is a legitimate question: "Is Burner really the best candidate the dems could find? Seems to me that she's likely just about as close to the center as anyone the nutroots would support.

Posted by: scott158 on October 16, 2006 02:47 PM
10. If I lived in that neighborhood, I would have voted to pay the few hundred dollars each for a legal fund to take the Gormans to court, and then countersue for legal fees for the trouble. They must have zero friends in that neighborhood.

Posted by: Palouse on October 16, 2006 02:51 PM
11. Darcy Burner- Kyle Taylor Lucas by another name.

Posted by: Andy on October 16, 2006 02:52 PM
12. How to deal with your neighbors:


Posted by: H Moul on October 16, 2006 02:56 PM
13. scott158 asks:

Actually there is a legitimate question: "Is Burner really the best candidate the dems could find? Seems to me that she's likely just about as close to the center as anyone the nutroots would support.

Any one over the age of 25 with a pulse can register as a candidate for the House of Representatives for whatever party they choose. The amazing story here is that the national Democratic Party is throwing money at this woman, and that she seems to even have a decent shot at winning. That is shocking.

Posted by: huckleberry on October 16, 2006 03:11 PM
14. It's one thing to outline the state of the law as you understand it as a layman, but it's quite another to draw definitive legal conclusions and make recommendations as to pursuing particular legal courses of action. These E-mails look dangerously like legal advice, something Darcy most certainly did not have the authority to give after a single year of law school.

She's probably lucky it wasn't resolved, as the losing side might have come after her personally for any loss they thought they could tie to her representations.

Posted by: Orrin Johnson on October 16, 2006 03:16 PM
15. Well, yeah...but it was mostly a rhetorical question. We ARE past the primary, so it is a valid question, mostly directed toward the sober elements of the dem party.

Do you know for a fact that this woman has a pulse? Isn't it just as likely that she is a blow up Chatty Kathy with a pull string? With her connections to MS, she likely has the software available to have more than the usual dozen or so cliched comments.

Come to think of it, a dozen might very well cover it.


Posted by: scott158 on October 16, 2006 03:19 PM
16. If the above emails are an indication of how she would be in congress, the thought of Burner in congress should send shivers down any homeowners spine.

Posted by: Mikey on October 16, 2006 03:19 PM
17. Can't you just see her emails to Amajamadingdong, Chavez or Dingdong Mentally Ill....we know you are encroaching on the world but Bush is Enemy please out down the nuclear weapons and we'll get back to you once you decide which country gets it. I need to go back to the Patty Murray School of Tennis Shoe Tying and reading the Virtues of Osama and will get back to you once I decide what is the best thing for me. It is unfathomable how far we have fallen that people will actually vote for this former Executive.

She will be a puppet run by a cabal in the background that knows something about politics and nothing about leadership. Just like Murray she can't put a cogent thought together and is only a marketing face to some twisted notion of a republic that dirty dealing individuals can't wait to run for their own interests.

As unruly and aggressive the landowners of lot 159 are a legal whopping stick shouda come out and beat them back onto their lot.

Posted by: Col. Hogan on October 16, 2006 04:06 PM
18. scott158: Is Burner really the best candidate the dems could find?

Col. Hogan: She will be a puppet run by a cabal in the background that knows something about politics and nothing about leadership.

Just a wild hypothesis here: What if she's exactly what the congressional Dems are looking for? Radicalized and thoroughly pliable. No problem voting hard left, but can be made to vote any way the party leadership deems practical, and would never challenge or cause trouble for the party leadership.

I remember one of the goodguys on the KC Council, asked what most surprised him when joining the Council, saying that it was the radical difference in how the two caucuses work. In the Republican caucus, if you decide to play a different tune, the others grumble. In the Democrat caucus, they take you out back and break your arm (his metaphor, if I'm remembering correctly). You can do a real quick 180 like Bob I-was-for-an-elected-auditor-before-I-was-against-it Ferguson, or you can get the Lieberman / Sheldon treatment.

Who knows? If they seem as dumb as sheep, maybe it's because they actively recruit sheep.

Posted by: TB on October 16, 2006 05:46 PM
19. Someone will understand this...

Darcy, how about that 2.5 review you got!

Posted by: Not a lib on October 16, 2006 07:44 PM
20. "Not a lib" -- please explain the "2.5 review"

Posted by: Stefan Sharkansky on October 16, 2006 07:47 PM
21. Classic Seattle 21st century Democrat. Until this became public, Darcy pronounced herself as a "community leader". She is unable to work in a group of those with different opinions, and she makes the situation so toxic that people leave in disgust.

To the local Democrats: I don't care how much you hate Bush, how could you allow someone like this to represent you? There are decisions that will have to be made over the next 2 years that could be life changing (or ending). You want Darcy making these decisions for you?

Posted by: bigdawg on October 16, 2006 07:58 PM
22. That would be a performance review score from Microsoft. Out of a possible 4. Not a leader score by any stretch.

Posted by: anon former microsoftie on October 16, 2006 08:23 PM
23. Check out the following link at the New York Times. It shows all senate, house, and govenor races for 2006. Note that it also rates the incumbent's voting record on a Liberal/Conservative scale. Might surprise folks who call Reichert a rubberstamper. He is closer to the center than anyone else I looked at from Washington.


Posted by: NDITF on October 16, 2006 08:34 PM
24. "not a lib" - Wait...are you saying that YOU KNOW she got a 2.5 review...!?! Oh my. That's tantamount to soon being shown the door.

Posted by: another msftie on October 16, 2006 10:21 PM
25. 1.

"hey--i was the King of the playground sandbox. Am I also qualified?"

No Jimmie you are not able to run for office until you learn to use the sandbox. You are required to leave 65% of it to government hacks and you only have the rights to play on 35%. So please, only small sand castles, with no water holes or plants nearby, or heaven forbid a paved road or any out building.

When you master non use of your sandbox, then you can run for Federal office like Darcy!

As long as you have brothers or sisters that have served in the military.

And most importantly, You MUST hate George Bush!

Posted by: gs on October 16, 2006 11:04 PM
26. Ignore that bad mother behind that curtain!

Posted by: Peaches Marie on October 17, 2006 12:07 AM
27. These "community property" disputes in the older subdivisions can be incredibly nasty, not to mention very expensive (lawyer fees and otherwise)and nearly impossible to resolve.

Main problem is that the "community property" lots in older subdivisions were platted as co-owned by all the other lot owners, without any legal organization set up to admininster them. And certainly no power for any organization to assess mandatory dues and the like.

Often adjoining proprerty owners encroach on the "community property" lots. If this is not challenged for 10 straight years, the "community property" is generally lost through adverse possession.

Legal fees can be prohibitive. The encroaching property owner is generally not liable for the other party's (i.e. other owners or an owners' association) legal fees in an adverse possession lawsuit. And without mandatory dues, the owners' association would have to rely on voluntary payments by individual owners towards the legal fees.

Posted by: Richard Pope on October 17, 2006 01:10 AM
28. Richard, if it's not adverse possession, and just a case of encroachment on the community property, couldn't the association countersue for legal fees?

Posted by: Palouse on October 17, 2006 08:17 AM
29. A 2.5 out of a possible 5, not 4.(in the old review system) was "not meeting expectations" and generally is the last straw before you are shown the door.

Posted by: MSRedneck on October 17, 2006 08:33 AM
30. One thing her emails show though is she is not for giving felons their right to vote back right away. Nice to see she believes that....though I'm assuming she doesn't, but really she could have been using that to say you lose them as a felon, but doesn't mean you can't still vote.

So let's give her some props for having 1 good idea. Felons don't get to vote until they serve their entire sentence, including fines and community service.

Posted by: Dengle on October 17, 2006 10:54 AM
31. Richard Pope,

It is because of adverse possession that made it critical that this community come to a consensus about a solution last year. The 10 year window is possibly upon us, depending on who you believe.

As an aside, I'd like to point out that the encroaching neighbor who also thinks her dock is a boat ( Saturday's PI story linked to earlier in thread ) served for 4 years on the Ames Lake Community Club board in the late 90's.

Based on that, I would say she is more qualified than Darcy Burner to run for Congress.

BTW, you have my vote. Good Luck.

Posted by: ameslaker on October 17, 2006 11:07 AM
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