March 22, 2007
A clique with an olfactory problem

Yesterday's Seattle Times reported that Larry Corrigan, former staffer and campaign bookkeeper for King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng, pleaded guilty to attempted child molestation.

I was astonished to discover that many of the names in the Corrigan story also show up in news reports about John McKay. At first I dismissed this as a creepy coincidence, but then it occurred to me that it's quite significant. And no, I have absolutely no reason to believe that anybody else is implicated in Corrigan's sick sexual behavior. It's a general problem with a senescent clique of political insiders, Democrats, Republicans and careerists who are indifferent to party. These are people who have been in and around government for decades and who have either lost the ability to smell the stench of corruption, or to act promptly if they do smell it -- whether the corruption is the personal acts of a creepy pervert and embezzler who happens to be a long-term employee, or whether it is the public corruption in the county election office. Sadly, good people have ignored the warning signs, lived with the stench and protected their friends.

Who? Role in Larry Corrigan scandal Role in King County Elections / John McKay scandal
King County Prosecutor Norman Maleng

Corrigan worked under Maleng in Prosecutor's office;

Corrigan was bookkeeper of Maleng's campaign, embezzled $70,000 from campaign

Defends John McKay;

Also refused to investigate alleged election illegalities in King County.

John Wolfe Corrigan's defense lawyer Democrat member of bi-partisan judicial appointment panel; recommended McKay for federal district judgeship
Mike McKay Treasurer of Maleng's campaign from which Corrigan embezzled $70,000 John McKay's brother
Dave Reichert Corrigan worked for Reichert's campaigns Defends John McKay
Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at March 22, 2007 11:39 AM | Email This
1. Stefan,

This post is well below your usual standards. It's insulting and serves only to harm people of good character. Despite your insistence that you don't mean to create a link between Corrigan's behavior and these people it clearly does.

Please consider removing this post.


Alex Hays

Posted by: Alex Hays on March 22, 2007 11:49 AM
2. Alex,

Sadly, people of good character have shown they have blind spots.

Posted by: Stefan Sharkansky on March 22, 2007 11:59 AM
3. More revolting revelations posted at

Posted by: Jefferson Paine on March 22, 2007 11:59 AM
4. Sorry Alex. There is no indication or suggestion of a link between any of the people listed above and deviant sexual behaviour. However, the fact that these people refuse to condemn or pursue voter fraud, and the fact that they all seem to work for or employ each other, combined with the fact that they all support each other's actions with regard to the voter fraud issue, suggests that they are a little too close to the trees to see the forest.

McKay refused to follow up on clear cases of voter fraud, he has paid the price, and he continues to be supported by these people.

Posted by: Calvin A on March 22, 2007 12:18 PM
5. This is really strange because you're implying that anyone associated with a very active political figure, Norm Maleng's financial director and campaign leader, Larry Corrigan, has some responsibility for Corrigan's off-the-job criminal activity because they "lost the ability to smell the stench of corruption, or to act promptly if they do smell it." As for Mr. Maleng, I guess you could say he couldn't "smell" the corruption in the sense he was victimized by Corrigan's embezzlement, but isn't that always true with victims of embezzlement? But how does that "victim is responsible for not noticing the crime" theory apply to Reichert's defense of McKay or Wolfe's defense of his client in the criminal case? Wouldn't this line of logic would much more apply to Dino Rossi, who kept working for a guy long after his crimes were exposed?

Posted by: Steve on March 22, 2007 12:19 PM
6. Stefan,

Have you read the public records request I submitted to McKenna? Are you trying to protect your friend, Rob McKenna?

You are correct that corruption exists in all parties and that neither party is willing to expose the corruption of the others for fear that they will also get exposed.

Sadly, every member of the state supreme court is also willing to cover up corruption as well; and you know it.

Posted by: Don on March 22, 2007 12:21 PM
7. Stefan,

Re: #2

They are not blind spots. It is their true character showing through.

They are no different than Ted Haggard. While their bad character may not be related to sexual sins, they are just as bad in the area of covering up corruption.

Posted by: Don on March 22, 2007 12:28 PM
8. Reads like a Goldy post. Don't stoop to his level.

Posted by: righton on March 22, 2007 12:34 PM
9. Bet Corrigan gets off with a light sentence and gets to keep his retirement. Since he was around during the Gary Little fiasco, I'd bet he knew that Little was physically abusing and raping young boys in the justice system. I imagine he also knows others who knew about Gary Little and did nothing to protect those boys Little abused.

Anyone who thinks Corrigan will get anything more than a slap on the wrist is naive.

Posted by: Don on March 22, 2007 12:36 PM
10. Sounds like we have our own little "Beltway" here in Washington. Goes to show how few people actually select and elect our electeds. Inbreeding, too, and isn't the longtime Seattle Port Commissioner giving way to- his son?

So, I can hear the conversations now:

Norm: John, I am not sure about this 2004 election. What do you think?

John: Huh? Isn't that your job? Well, if you are not sure, then it must be a nonstory. I won't investigate any further. But Norm?

Norm: Yes, John.

John: All these recounts and found votes sound like there really is something to investigate.

Norm: No, don't worry, John. It will all pass over. I'll talk to our buddy, Dave if anything comes up. He owes me one, you know.

John: No, I didn't know. Thanks for having my back Norm.

Posted by: swatter on March 22, 2007 12:40 PM
11. I agree that this reads a bit like a Goldy post. But there are two key differences. One, I don't think Stefan takes any pleasure in reporting any of this, it's just his innate sense of injustice causing him to connect the dots. And two, if Goldy were to post something like this, it would strictly for partisan gain, and strictly aimed at casting a bad light on conservatives.

As we see here, Stefan is an equal opportunity disinfectant. And that's why I have a lot of respect for Stefan. If you follow Stefan over time, you will find that first and foremost he stands on the side of integrity, reality and justice. Even his political affiliation is second to those ideals. And that's as it should be.

These slimy career politicians are everywhere in government and in the bureaucracy. And there's very little incentive to ferret them out and keep government efficient, especially amidst their nepotistic world.

Posted by: Jeff B. on March 22, 2007 12:59 PM
12. Stefan,

Your remarkable ability to see patterns and trends is one reason you were so able to bring many facts to the forefront during the 2004 election fraud. You provide potential pieces to this enormous puzzle of election fraud and deception.

I - and I'm sure others here - also noticed the same players featured in both news stories. Yes! It IS relevant when analyzing trends, patterns in history, character, behavior, etc..

Why would anyone want to silence your gift of perception? You provide information - data - relevant or not - it's ours to rummage through. Alex seems to prefer censorship of perception... That's a shame!

Posted by: Deborah on March 22, 2007 01:22 PM
13. No one really, seriously believes Stefan is accusing folks connected with Corrigan of sexual misconduct, do they??? I don't.

What I take from this is how entwined the Bureaucratic Goo that is strangling all of us really is....and that it actually transcends Political Party's.

The Washington/KingKounty/Seattle Bureaucratic Goo reminds me of the late-50's Steve McQueen thriller called THE BLOB. Does anyone remember that movie???
A mysterious jelly-like creature from another planet lands near a small town. This creature engulfs one person after another growing & growing & growing. The little town failed to take the creature seriously at first. As a result of the apathy, the creature grew to threaten the whole Earth!!!

After an incredible string of scarey attacks gobbling up person after person, McQueen finally figures out that the creature cannot stand cold. So McQueen proceeds to kill it by dousing it with CO2 (That ought drive the Algoraholics nuts!!!) from fire extinguishers.

Even scarier is the ending where the words THE END appear on the Big Screen and then morph into a huge QUESTION MARK, suggesting the Blob may return (which it does in the Sequel "BEWARE! THE BLOB").

Folks, we are facing THE BLOB. Unlike the one in the movie, our BLOB of "circle the wagons" bureaucratic goo cannot be stopped with CO2. It can ONLY be stopped with LIGHT...Sunshine...lots & lots of LIGHT!!!!!!!! Get it??

Stefan is the "shiner of the light". Everytime Stefan lifts up a manhole cover & shines a light, we see these cockroaches & rats scurrying around.
Keep shining the light on these folks. They can only function in the dark. It is the antidote.

God Bless you Stefan.

This is my greatest post.

Posted by: Mr. Cynical on March 22, 2007 01:29 PM
14. Aah, Mr. Cynical, I see you are a Global Warming affectionado using all sorts of metaphors, including the Blob which is really Al Gore. Am I right?

On topic, and the inbreeding is even worse in DC.

Posted by: swatter on March 22, 2007 01:41 PM
15. swatter---
I appreciate that you are always a careful reader and can see a great metaphor when presented!!
I probably didn't need to add the explanation about the irony of CO2 being used to stop the BLOB...I underestimated your ability to pull the Algore thing out of this.

As Algore continues his "Troglidite Unleashed Tour" of spewing falsities & creating fear, I'm hoping that shining light on him will end this. If not, we will have to resort to the CO@, won't we??? No wonder Gore is so determined to stop CO2 emissions!!

Posted by: Mr. Cynical on March 22, 2007 01:56 PM
16. jeff 11--you are dead on. love the disinfectant quip! and thanks to Stefan--in droves. you've added more value to good WA politics than you realize.

what does it take? apathy to the level of the Soviets? do we want the people to become numbed? they would rather not think/analyze--it's too hard. and--the numbed are easier to be overtaken & manipulated.

politicians instinctively know this--that we are very busy with our lives and jobs and MIGHT not turn that rock over.

Posted by: jimmie-howya-doin on March 22, 2007 02:01 PM
17. Count Jimmie in the conspiracy theorist camp. Maybe we should switch King County to mandatory voting on Diebold machines, that way the Republicans could hold every office in the state. =P

Posted by: Cato on March 22, 2007 02:10 PM
18. So cato--
If you are so confident that McKay did a thorough investigation, can I count you in the camp to release his investigation file & report so once & for all we know precisely what he looked for??
And then of course, is the follow-up inquisition.
Isn't this the Dem way of approaching every issue??

Posted by: Mr. Cynical on March 22, 2007 02:25 PM
19. What is the difference between Darcy Burner and Dave Reichert??? Not a clue after I heard him defending McKay!!!! Seems to me the whole system is run for the benefit of those inside it rather than for the people that set it up. It was a Stunning statement that he made.

I don't know who to really believe will believe in their fellow man anymore at any level of government. Seems they all want to automate society and collect a big handling fee so they can fly to Thailand on a nice vacation while we fend off the DOC early releasers with a rake.

Luke Esser when you mumble on now for as far as I know you are just angling for a job with someone somewhere higher up and the party labels are just marketing spin. Just like this simple connect the dots that Stephan made here. John McKay is another dirt bag that upheld none of the oath of his office and let thieves steal right in front of us and we are too lazy to walk off the job and shut down downtown for a couple of days. DeanRon should both be running for their lives in a federal prison right now and the disgraced Queen running a probate group at a law firm in Tennessee instead we are running for our's. Instead we hope that someone will build a small turn lane and that the WEA won't turn us into the CPS.

How much are we to take??

Vote Darcy '08 - There is no Difference!

Posted by: Col. Hogan on March 22, 2007 02:56 PM
20. I would expect McKay to do a through investigation, much like the FBI would. I think the Times & PI also did their own investigations (prime Pulitzer material). Guess what, none of the aforementioned groups found widespread voter fraud.

Rossi will have his chance to come back next year and take on Gregoire (who will likely loose due to her lousy performance). Election season should start up around Jan. 2008.

In the meantime a small group of conspiracy minded individuals keep pressing on with the idea that McCay presided over some sort of cover up and is in cahoots with the state Dem's to put Gregoire in office. The more people they claim to implicate the kookier they look.

To answer your question, I don't know why he didn't release his report. You should ask his chief of staff or his soon to be appointed successor. I don't have first hand knowledge of what goes on in the U.S. Attorneys office.

Posted by: Cato on March 22, 2007 02:59 PM
21. Ahhhhhh Kato--
Once again you use the ugly F---Word FRAUD.
Fraud is not the issue here & you know it.

You also say:
"I would EXPECT McKay to do a through investigation, much like the FBI would. I think the Times & PI also did their own investigations (prime Pulitzer material). Guess what, none of the aforementioned groups found widespread voter fraud. "

1) On what basis would you EXPECT McKay would do a thorough investigation? And EXPECTING don't mean jacksh*t!! And you know it.
As far as the P-I and Times investigation---
What qualifications did these Reporters have in doing this type of investigation? What did they look at? How can anyone take the P-I seriously based on their anit-R drumbeat and actions?
Bad Try Cato===No Sale

2) I never said there was a "conspiracy" cato.
All I want to know is precisely who they talked to, what they looked at and how McKay concluded there were no ILLEGAL ACTIVITES!!!
I will not get sucked into the Farcical FRAUD Standard.

I do appreciate Cato repeatedly beating the Bureaucratic drum trying to reframe the issues.
I think most people get the phoney attempts to rationalize that a thorough investigation was done to uncover ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES.

Posted by: Mr. Cynical on March 22, 2007 03:14 PM
22. "the Times & PI also did their own investigations (prime Pulitzer material). Guess what, none of the aforementioned groups found widespread voter fraud."

Of course it doesn't take much "widespread" voter fraud to steal an election by 127 votes.

I also wonder when the PI got to be the head of the integrity in reporting department. Seems to me that if there had been any hint of Republican fraud they would have had it on the top of the fold. Otherwise, of course they didn't find anything.

Posted by: Calvin A on March 22, 2007 03:18 PM
23. attempts to rationalize that a thorough investigation was done to uncover ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES

Should you find such 'ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES' as you claim can you point to the person(s) who perpetrated these 'ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES'. Nope, all you can prove that there was some minor voted fraud. Since no one will ever know who sent the ballot from the mysterious non-existent address it seems like a big waste of money to be right back where you started.

What can you do to stop them? Nothing. When you vote absentee voter fraud will be a fact of life (see Florida 2000). Voting for an Election Commissioner will not change anything but make the another partisan race that the Dem's will win.

Maybe you should fire Sam Reed since he doesn't seem to be listening to the conspiracy theorists either, after all he's likely a key player in the conspiracy that obviously stretches to the highest levels of our state Government (and maybe even beyond).

Posted by: Cato on March 22, 2007 03:38 PM
24. Cato - The fact that King County even let a marker or pen anywhere near 62,849 ballots that were duplicated or altered indicates that there was a potential of 62,849 ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES!

Posted by: Concerned Citizen on March 22, 2007 04:33 PM
25. Cato, what is his relationship to Reichert, Meleng, and the McKays? I think you will find plenty of the good ole boys network over the years. So, instead of good public servants, we have groupthink or groupstink, depending on the way the wind blows.

Posted by: swatter on March 22, 2007 04:37 PM
26. I knew Larry. Or thought I did. You would be surprised how easy it is to believe all of the lies of someone who shows you no reasons not to trust them. Lies of compassion, kindness, and interest, lies of what his life is really like.
Since that day in late November, my personal view of Larry has completed changed. It was a shock to the individuals who believed they knew him. It had nothing to do with spending too much time in politics to sense this was a corrupt individual.
It was a ?hindsight is 20/20? situation, which I believe no one would have imagined. It's unfortunate that Larry was caught up in his own deluded so-called reality and that the reputations of the people who welcomed Larry into their life are being splashed across the news, as if it says something more about them, other than they made an error in judgment as we all did.
I am not in politics, nor was I ever involved in that element of Larry's life but I have met some of the folks in that lifestyle with whom he associated. They were just regular people with public careers.
Unfortunately, there are predators throughout society. All people in all classes, races, genders, etc. sexual or otherwise. These connections being made by the author are not shocking because you can find predators in all places. And by the way, I may be wrong because obviously I didn?t know everything about Larry Corrigan?s life but I don?t recall him ever bragging about a friendship with John McKay. And Larry loved to brag about all of his connections.

Posted by: Sarah on March 22, 2007 05:40 PM
27. Alex Hays @ #1 is right on. This sort of guilt-by-a-few-degrees-of-separation would be comical if it were not an attempt to smear someone whose little finger has more integrity than our torture-endorsing, inappropriately partisan, buck-passing soon-to-be-former Attorney General. And despite the good work that sometimes appears on this board, stuff like this lowers the entire board into the gutter.

Posted by: Bruce on March 22, 2007 06:51 PM
28. Good Grief, I think I have agreed with Bruce twice in five months and this is one of those times. Every culture has their elite. Some are totally corrupt and a real harm as in Zimbabwe. Others follow the path of noblisse oblige. Personally, I like dealing with just the issues and whatever facts the pajamahadeen discover. Stefan has done an extrordinary job of following the election story like a pit bull with a bone. That has been a good thing. It is his blog and he can make whatever editorial decisions he wants to regarding content. Not being a partisan, I can't even to begin to comprehend the feelings of stauch partisans like Pope and others regarding the election. That being said, in my opinion, a lot of the great work is being shaded by topics such as this thread. If there is more than rumor and innuendo, then put it out there. Otherwise, focus on what should be the prize. As much as possible, I attempt to stay away from slamming people, except David, et al, because that is too much fun. I attempt to build an analysis around taking people at their word.

The prize is this - a visible public investigation
of the 2004 election. Are posts like this going to get closer to that goal?

Assuming that there was an investigation, Mr. Cynical made pertinent comments. What was the scope, what methodology was used - inteviews, documents, testimony under oath? Cynical's remarks focus on the legal standard of fraud. Was that the correct standard? Is some other standard more appropriate?

What was the duration of the investigation, if it was discontinued, was there any thought to resuming the inquiry? What were the original parimeters of the investigation?

I do not like the politics of personal destruction and apparently many other independents are also repulsed. I am not accusing any one party, both use hard ball attack from time to time.

Keep your eyes on the prize. My two cents.

Posted by: WVH on March 23, 2007 01:30 AM
29. WVH-
You've nailed it...
The prize is a visible, open, highly Public accounting by McKay of the scope of his investigation into the 2004 Governor's race.
Once & for all.

Posted by: Mr. Cynical on March 23, 2007 08:48 AM
30. GOOD JOB STEFAN.......

Posted by: Kevin OSullivan on March 24, 2007 07:38 PM
31. What's really sad is that this post is now being referred to by some Republicans who are trying to insinuate that this case of pedophilia by someone who embezzled a County Prosecutor is somehow related to the U.S. Attorney firings. To buy that, you'd have to

1. Mistake being embezzled by someone who turns out later to be a pedophile for supporting a pedophile (Stephan's bizarre mistake)

and then

2. Mistake a County Prosecutor for a U.S. Attorney. (that's what's being tried over here)

Stefan, I don't know you, so this isn't personal, but I really have to agree: you're stretching credulity here. And others are taking your post and turning it into a source for conspiracy theory laughingstock.

Posted by: Jim on March 24, 2007 07:41 PM
32. I'm sorry -- could you remind me, again, just how many members of Congress knew about Mark Foley BEFORE the news broke? something about Dennis Hastert, if memory serves..........

Posted by: MissA on March 25, 2007 11:32 PM
33. MissA:

I think the text book for handling these sorts of things in the amoral world of the elite is that Hastert should have checked election law in Florida and confirmed that a pubbie would have replaced Foley. Next, after the replacement was secure, Foley would have been offered the choice of going home to be with family, a religious conversion which necessitated time in a monestary, or rehab for alcohol, drugs, sex addiction or whatever. The fact that neither played the "game" is what got them into trouble.

Posted by: WVH on March 26, 2007 09:35 AM
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