September 25, 2008
Is She Faking It?
A couple new videos at Christine Gregoire's campaign YouTube page caught this bloggers eye. Note the "Real Stories" clips; at least one of which sounds a lot like the vaunted "lifelong Republicans" who miraculously keep appearing this year with Democratic talking points in hand in letters to the editor, news stories, etc.
Not that there might possibly be something fake about them or anything.
Christine Gregoire, the Democrat running an oddly tight race in a blue state in a year that is supposed to be a landslide for
our her party: as the state budget seems to be imploding around her, and unmet needs in transportation and education persist, she's running ads on stem cell research and emergency contraceptives.
This of course means we are to believe that Republicans of all people are flocking to her banner.
Borne on the wings of pigs, maybe.
UPDATE: commenter #1 catches one heckuva typo, which is now fixed.
Posted by Eric Earling at September 25, 2008
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1. Christine Gregoire, the Democrat running an oddly tight race in a blue state in a year that is supposed to be a landslide for our party: as the state budget seems to be imploding around her, and unmet needs in transportation and education persist, she's running ads on stem cell research and emergency contraceptives.
The truth will out.
3. Ha ha ha. Another typo by the wanker.
Sweet. Looks like we have a new VP for the Eric Earling fan club.
Membership packet is in the mail!
Currently on Executive Board of the Clark County chapter of Washington Conservation Voters, an organization that appears to only support Democratic candidates.
In 2007, candidate for Ridgefield city council. Ran as non-partian. Withdrew from election citing conflict of interest concerns after accepting job as Director of Business Development with the Port of Ridgefield.
In 2006, ran for 17th District state representative seat as a Republican.
In 2005, co-chaired campaign to gain voter approval of tax to bolster C-Tran, Clark County's public bus transportation system.
Posted to Soundpolitics in 2005. Post suggests he was a Republican.
Ca. 2002-2005, apparently worked as city staff person for the City of Beaverton, focusing on recycling outreach.
http://www.deq.state.or.us/lq/pubs/docs/sw/packaging/BusPkgWPProjReportComplete.pdf (See page 55).
Previously may have worked for Enzyme Technologies, Portland, OR.
Apparently, originally from Portland Oregon (per results of 2002 12k/5k race).
Cool, I have a stalker! :-)
(FYI Matt, the last 3 items aren't me. There must be another Randy Mueller on the Portland side of the river, I'm strictly a Clark County guy.)
I've never been the most partisan person, and I don't think any of the R's who know me and post here would be terribly shocked that I have supported some Democrats along the way. I generally have supported Republican candidates and causes, but there are exceptions. Senator Rossi is a great guy, but this year I am voting for Governor Gregoire. I have my reasons, many of which I laid out in that interview. Some of the reasons I am voting for her are probably not big motivators for you, but to each his own, eh?
7. FWIW, the video with Greg Jones was the one I was referring to the post that sounds like it's from a faux "lifelong Republican."
I got a copy of a rather interesting email about Randy a while back, and I thought I'd share it:
The Truth About Randy Mueller
There is a guy running for state representative in the 17th District here in Washington State named Randy Mueller. On his own campaign blog, he told us: "But I've promised nothing but honesty and integrity in my campaign, and that's something I will not compromise on."
Randy's got some problems. Allegedly a Republican, his views are, well, a little more democrat then many democrats.
For example, in 2004, he voted for democrat John Kerry for president... he even had a Kerry bumper sticker on his truck while he was working for then Sen. Don Carlson at county GOP headquarters.
In 2005, he voted for democrat Steve Stuart for county commissioner.
He also has a minor problem funding democrat candidates:
MOELLER JAMES C 05/24/2004 $100.00 PMUELLER RANDY VANCOUVER WA 98665
FROMHOLD CHARLES BILL W 08/06/2004 $100.00 P MUELLER RANDY VANCOUVER WA 98665 RETIRED
Now, ideally, we Republicans would desire a Republican to actually be the Republican candidate. What the 17th District doesn't need is someone to the left of Don Carlson, who, come to think of it, was the last campaign this guy ran as Don Carlson's campaign manager... ran and lost, that is.
Now, Randy also has some other problems. Problems with veracity, for example.
Take his first campaign letter to the PCO's in the 17th District. In that letter, he told us that he had "some great Republicans stepped forward to work on my campaign steering committee." These included Don Carlson (great Republican? Wasn't he the prime sponsor of the bill that enables illegal aliens to get in-state tuition rates at our colleges?) Kathy McDonald, Paul Childers, President of the Washington State Restaurant Association; Janelle Guthrie, Media Relations Director for Attorney General Rob McKenna (and former Communications Director for the Rossi Campaign) Jordan Larner (Formerly of the Senate Republican Caucus and the Washington Policy Center) and Justin Riley."
In his VERY NEXT LETTER, this decisive and far-seeing candidate tells us that "Recently, I (Mueller) have decided to scrap the idea of a formal, public steering committee for this campaign."
Gee. What happened?
Could it be that most on that list were NEVER ASKED AND HAD ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA HE WAS USING THEIR NAME FOR HIS SO-CALLED STEERING COMMITTEE?
ol' Randy had put up HIS website, a website you could visit right here: http://electrandymueller.com/
This site proved that Mr. Mueller may be a brilliant student, but that he doesn't know squat about politics.
Where we CAN agree is this statement from his website: "They say you can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep!"
And what is the "company" Mr. Mueller keeps? Besides voting for and funding democrats, I mean?
"They say you can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep! (His website said) "So here is a partial list of the groups and organizations that I am a part of."
MEMBER, Mainstream Republicans of Washington.
MEMBER, Republicans for Environmental Protection.
MEMBER, WSU Vancouver College Republicans.
MEMBER, National Rifle Association.
MEMBER, Clark County Chapter, Washington Conservation Voters.
MEMBER, American Mensa.
VOLUNTEER, Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Past VICE PRESIDENT FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, Cowlitz Jaycees.
Let's take a look at the platforms of some these groups, shall we?
Mainstream Republicans of Washington.
Well, they had this thing here:
"Statement Of Mainstream Republican Principles"
HHhmmmm... Perhaps "Statement of Leftist Principles" might be better.
Mainstream "Republicans" are pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, pro-teacher's unions (WEA) and pro-environmental extremism.
Mueller shares those values. For example, his oft repeated mention of membership in the Washington Conservation Voters.
Now, Mueller tells us that he's proud of his membership in the Washington Conservation Voters, a leftist front for liberal democrats, for sale to the highest bidder.
I, on the other hand, would think that Mueller wouldn't want to be a member of an organization that was bought by David Barnett of the Cowlitz Tribe, when he gave them $22,000 to run a hit piece against then candidate for State Representative Richard Curtis late in the 2004 election.
I would think that any organization that would allow themselves to be bought in such a way is worthless, despicable and not worthy of membership, or, for that matter, even a place at the public table for discussion.
Mueller, who voted for the main democrat candidates in the last two candidate elections in Clark County, apparently doesn't agree. Go figure.
And this hoot:
Since 1996 I have been volunteering on various political campaigns, with the most recent one being Tom Mielke's campaign for county commissioner. Since 2002 I have worked professionally for Republican political groups like the Senate Republican Caucus and the Senate Republican Campaign Committee."
Gee. In the past, he's been so PROUD of the fact that he helped to ram a tax increase down our throats when he worked on a campaign for a gerrymandered C-Trans tax distinct for the last C-Trans election, cutting out 50,000 citizens of Clark County from the right to vote... but not the "right" to pay the tax.
HHHmmmm... I wonder why he's so ashamed of it now? And, since he left that out, I believe he must be. Ashamed of it, that is.
And really, Randy, do you consider twice waving signs for a candidate you voted AGAINST to be a "campaign volunteer" experience? And isn't it true that your "Senate Republican Caucus" experience was limited to a short stretch as Don Carlson's session flunky?
Now... let's see what else do we have here... Mueller tells us a lot here: issues. Of course, one of the most important aspects of a candidate's platform is not what he or she tells you but what he or she DOESN'T tell you. And there are so many things Randy has, well, left out.
He doesn't, for example, tell us that he, like the organizations he belongs to, is pro-abortion.
He doesn't tell us that he supports gay adoption.
He doesn't tell us that he supported the so-called gay-rights bill... recently passed in our legislature.
He doesn't tell us that he opposes charter schools and vouchers.
He doesn't tell us that he opposes the WASL or that he has nothing to propose to replace the WASL.
He doesn't tell us that he opposes requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote.
He doesn't tell us that he supports having the highest minimum wage in the United States.
Of course, he neglects to tell us what that his business was. But then, maybe he didn't want you to know that his professional name was "DJRed5."
Clearly, he is incapable of winning any election under the Republican banner. After all, this genius has referred to the Speakers Roundtable, the Republican leadership of this state, as "sleazy." Man... won't THAT get him all the help he needs?
There are other issues... such as running a business without ever paying B&O tax and the like... but I guess that's just the democrat in him.
So, Queen Chrissy, I tell you what: You want this never-was-Republican leftist to be any kind of spokesman for you?
You're welcome to him. And now, at least, the truth is out.
9. Well, Eric, in this case; Mueller, who is and has been as Republican as my German Shepard, also fits the bill.
10. Is this post headline supposed to have a double meaning??
11. These are times for an actual leader in Olympia. Dino will be that person. Not a lackluster non-leader who has cut disastrous deals so she can sell out the state to special interest groups in exchange for several hundred thousand dollars to her campaign.
And, as if on cue, Kelly Hinton pulls an old, old email out of the wayback time machine! :-)
While I am not going to take the time and address every point in Kelly's diatribe, I will make a few observations:
1. I've never claimed to be the "Most-Republican" Republican out there. In fact, nowadays I try to avoid partisanship wherever possible. Truth be told, I make a lousy Republican...and an even worse Democrat.
2. I first joined Washington Conservation Voters because, quite frankly, I felt that they gave my former boss, Senator Don Carlson (R-Hazel Dell), the short end of the stick in his last campaign. But instead of just standing around and bitching about the fact that "all these environmental groups are just front groups for the Democrat party", I decided to do something about it, join the group and work from within. Now, as chair of our local chapter, no one is a stronger advocate for finding and supporting pro-environment Republican candidates than I am. Unfortunately, there aren't many of those around any more, which may have something to do with why my former party is now in the super-minority.
Tip: Keep marginalizing the Mainstreamers, the Republicans for Environmental Protection, and the other moderates within the GOP, and you will eventually be left all alone in an empty tent, wistfully reminiscing about "the good ol' days" of 1994.
3. And finally, Kelly, I will concede that your dog probably IS more Republican than me.
"...as the state budget seems to be imploding around her..."
And you say Al Gore is an alarmist. Sheesh... Calm down.
14. Could it be that most on that list were NEVER ASKED AND HAD ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA HE WAS USING THEIR NAME FOR HIS SO-CALLED STEERING COMMITTEE?
That is indeed a fact.
Republican or not, Mr. Mueller stepped in it six different ways by using people's names without their permission. I know this personally.
It was either extremely naive or deliberately dishonest. You choose.
Is this the same Greg Jones that is the Clark County Democrat PCO from Precinct 985?