March 22, 2009
Peter Principle

Ted Van Dyk, Obama supporter:

It is hard to imagine someone less qualified as Deputy Housing and Urban Development Secretary than Ron Sims. Sims' weak suit, as King County Executive, was his administrative competence. His troubles with the county jail, elections office, sewage-treatment facility and transportation planning are well known. Like Locke, he is personable; a nice guy. But the HUD Deputy's job is to administer and run day-to-day a department notorious for its scandals, corruption, and screwups while the Secretary serves as outside man. Unless he is careful, HUD will eat Sims alive.

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at March 22, 2009 01:45 PM | Email This
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1. "But the HUD Deputy's job is to administer and run day-to-day a department notorious for its scandals, corruption, and screwups while the Secretary serves as outside man. Unless he is careful, HUD will eat Sims alive."
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Sims has done an admirable job allowing the same situation to take place at King County.
I think you missed your own point Sims is more than qualified to lead the above, how do you think king county got to where it is today.
He will fit right in!

Posted by: former kc on March 22, 2009 01:34 PM
2. "Scandals, corruption and screw-ups"? When it comes to those words, Sims and King County, the potential number of jokes seem endless. I'll resist.

Posted by: Michele on March 22, 2009 01:48 PM
3. Most likely, HUD bureaucrats will keep Sims around as a beard to mask their usual corruption. With the Democrats in power and their so-called stimulus bill, the graft will be breath-taking.

But Sims will probably exit government either doing a perp walk or as a multi-millionaire. Probably the latter, since no press organization would dare expose the corruption in Sims' HUD.

Posted by: iconoclast on March 22, 2009 02:19 PM
4. 'HUD will eat Sims alive.'

Good fit then, since KC did the same.

Posted by: TJ on March 22, 2009 02:36 PM
5. Sims will fit right in, the Obama administration doesn't seem to pick them for their competence.
Obama chooses the lowest common denominator, no sense picking brighter more qualified people.
At least he didn't nominate his telepromter to a cabinet post, although he probably should.

Posted by: Munster on March 22, 2009 03:01 PM
6. Sims will fit right in, the Obama administration doesn't seem to pick them for their competence.
Obama chooses the lowest common denominator, no sense picking brighter more qualified people.
At least he didn't nominate his telepromter to a cabinet post, although he probably should.

Posted by: Munster on March 22, 2009 03:01 PM
7. "HUD will eat Sims alive."

If there was some justice in this world where liberals dictate how even conservatives discuss issues, contol the media, and control schools that might actually happen.

Sims will get a free pass. It's how things work now.

Sheesh! We have a tax cheat as head of the Treasury Department. The Vice President thinks FDR was President when the 1929 market crash happened.

Nothing is beyond comprehension these days. Sims will never get criticism. He's liberal, he's from Seattle, he's black. Unless Sims shoots somebody he's got it made.

Posted by: Bill Cruchon on March 22, 2009 03:42 PM
8. I am not so much worried about HUD eating Sims alive. Even if it does, Sims will escape unscathed anyway since he is a democrat. I am more worried about Sims making it worse than what it is today. In the end, Sims' incompetence will effectively eat the tax payers alive.

Posted by: DopioLover on March 22, 2009 04:20 PM
9. Bill, I'd almost agree with you (about Simms shooting somebody) if it wasn't for Ted Kennedy.

Posted by: Gary on March 22, 2009 04:21 PM
10. Most likely, HUD bureaucrats will keep Sims around as a beard to mask their usual corruption. With the Democrats in power and their so-called stimulus bill, the graft will be breath-taking.

Hmmm... Seems like one Seattle executive who went to Washington DC did extremely well in the percs & bonuses department. That would be the Franklin Raines who got to drive Fannie Mae until the booking-cooking got too hot to handle.

Let us now see how Mr. Sims does at driving the HUDmobile.

Posted by: Insufficiently Sensitive on March 22, 2009 05:22 PM
11. But Ron's record is one of the best! Did he not tell the world that banks envy his record of success?

Posted by: deadwood on March 22, 2009 08:11 PM
12. Peter Principle by Stefan Sharkansky on March 22, 2009

" It is hard to imagine someone less qualified as Deputy Housing and Urban Development Secretary than Ron Sims. Sims' weak suit, as King County Executive, was his administrative competence. .... "

And this is coming from someone who was a vocal advocate for David Irons for King County Director of Elections?

" But the .... job is to administer and run day-to-day a department notorious for its scandals, corruption, and screwups "

As least you know David Irons has the experience, having been involved with the Herbold / Young / Sotelo / Marzolf / Esser administrations of the King County and Washington State Republican Party.

Posted by: Brian Thomas on March 22, 2009 08:32 PM
13. Spot on.

This is a strikingly bad combination - Sims & HUD.

Pretty tough job and unless he is able to surround himself with very very good administrators who can mask his own inabilities (which he didn't do @ KC - instead he hired "yes men") this is a national disaster in the making.

Posted by: Krava Hovno on March 22, 2009 08:55 PM
14. Was Ted Van Dyk a supporter of David Irons ?
I don't think so. Come on, Brian - get your facts straight and stop being such a friggin' ideologue.

Posted by: KS on March 22, 2009 08:56 PM
15. I agree that Sims will fit right in with this bin full of idiots. And of course it's relatively easy to hide a corrupt and incompetent appointee when there's buckets of money to throw at the problems he creates. But then again who cares?....certainly not Obama's media pets...or the dimwits who voted for this circus? I guess all will be bliss as long as the funny money holds out.

Posted by: Saltherring on March 23, 2009 07:29 AM
16. He will fit right into the Teleprompter's regime.

Posted by: andy on March 23, 2009 09:47 PM
17. I don't really know how well he will do at HUD, I just know that I am glad that the King County Executive for the city of Seattle Ron Sims will soon be gone.

Posted by: Mathew"RennDawg"Renner on March 24, 2009 09:26 PM
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