May 05, 2012
Time once again to play "Name that Party!"
The State Patrol has given prosecutors the results of its investigation into Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon, the Seattle Times reported on its blog yesterday:
[Reardon has been] accused of misusing county money to travel with his mistress, Tamara Dutton. On one trip to Washington D.C., he charged an "intimacy kit" on his county credit card. Media reports over the past six months also detailed how he appeared to use his county phone and office time to do campaign work.
Two women came forward in the last six months to say they had sexual relationships with Reardon, 41, who is married. Both said they met with him during the weekdays while his calendars indicated he was doing county work.
Neither yesterday's post nor today's Times article
, nor reports from the Everett Herald
mention whether Reardon is a Republican or a Democrat, so his partisan affiliation must be a well-kept secret. I offer a prize to the first reader who will do some investigative reporting and identify Reardon's party.
UPDATE: Never mind, the mystery has been solved. Seattle Times editorial, October 13, 2011
Reardon is endorsed for a third term over state Rep. Mike Hope, a Republican who lives in Lake Stevens and represents the 44th District.
Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at May 05, 2012
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Voters looking for a symbol of stability can turn to Democrat Reardon's budget for 2012.
1. Media bias alert!
You know, politicians of both stripes get caught doing this sort of thing but I have to admit that more often than not, 10 out of 20 times, it's a Demorat. And this points out the problem with Big Nanny Government and no term limits. Corruption.
Obviously there is so much money flying around that Reardon thinks he can grab a little for himself. On top of that he has other problems but his wife will take care of those.
Right-wing paranoia alert!
I just did a quick search on seattletimes.com of references to Reardon's King County counterpart, Dow Constantine. They didn't mention his party affiliation in the last 10 articles that contained his name. I think I'd find something similar if I looked at the last 1000 articles, or included other politicians not actually engaged in partisan campaigns, but there is only so much time I'm willing to waste to persuade you of the obvious.
4. DB, compare them in terms of scandal-connected references.
The last Republican King County Executive was out after 1993. Since then, it has just been Democrats and I doubt any KC voters expect that to realistically change anytime soon. My guess is journalists and reporters figure anyone that cares, knows what party is largely running the show in KC...
I did a brief search, and could be wrong, but it looks like ONLY Democrats have served as Snohomish County's Executive since the position was formed. That came as a surprise to me, and I live in Snohomish County. Therefore, I wouldn't be surprised if a good number of people that don't now or have never lived in Snohomish County would just assume that by not being King County, everyone in office must be Republican (whatever the hell that means at the moment).
@2: You know, politicians of both stripes get caught doing this sort of thing but I have to admit that more often than not, 10 out of 20 times, it's a Demorat.
Ten out of twenty times is not really "more often than not".
Still, I'm amazed at the right-wing paranoia -- corruption and bad behavior transcends party lines, and this seems like a whole bunch of hot air. Never mind, of course, that some conservative news outlets SPECIFICALLY change listed party affiliations for politicians that are out of favor with the conservative line...
@3 & @6 Paranoid because the title of the post is "Name that party". Just because all signs point to Reardon being a Democratic but not mentioned once again by the news media, doesn't mean consevatives are paranoid. They are just exposing the political media. Waiting to hear about the Koch Bros. or another strawman to play down the fact that Beardon is corrupt and does a disservice to his constituent. To summarize[ Leftists, use S I N to argue.
S = Switch the topic
I = Ignore the facts
N = Name call
8. Here's Iowahawk nailing
the whole Life of Julia bullshit from the Obama Administration.
I always get a laugh out of when demo kid comes riding in to excuse the inexcusable. A Democrat politician could murder someone in Westlake Plaza in broad daylight and demo kid would still have a good spin to justify the act.
Classic thread: 2 of us point out the complete silliness of the original post. Michelebot chimes in to cheerlead, Jeff raises some point that's entirely unrelated except that it too is paranoid, someone else (Brian) makes an incomprehensible argument (King County always votes Democratic so it's not fair to compare it to Snohomish, which also always votes Democratic but that surprises him so it must surprise other people too), and a few others seem to disagree but have serious difficulty stringing words (let alone thoughts) together in accordance with the English language.
Almost makes me wish pudge would join in, since at least one can figure out what he's saying.
10. You will never see Dow Constantine mentioned in a cheating scandal, so you will not see his party affiliation mentioned. He has a life partner, kind of a get out of scandal free card.
11. Such sensitvity from the left for the mentally ill who truly suffer from paranoia. There was a man killed by an Olympia police officer Friday night. Alcohol and poor judgement led to his demise, his political affilliation wasn't revealed but one can only hope that he was an anachist democrat occupooper Obama supporter who didn't live in King County. If indeeed his residence was KC, he will probably end up voting twice next election, but I am paranoid...
Bruce kinda reminds me of this article.
Like Julia, he's more of a composite caricature than a realistic person.
14. @13 KDS. That story posted on Powerline was sent to them by me. My credit card account was hacked and a fraudulent charge made to Obama for America.
15. re Bruce@9: Typical. You don't understand the point of the post (or chose to ignore it) so you change the subject.
@7: Waiting to hear about the Koch Bros. or another strawman to play down the fact that Beardon is corrupt and does a disservice to his constituent.
Where precisely did you see a defense or a strawman? The argument is that this is merely conservatives wallowing in a victim mentality. Whether or not Reardon is corrupt is not the topic of this post.
I'd add that I didn't see much criticism from Stefan in his original post. Does this mean that he's downplaying that Reardon is corrupt?
To summarize[ Leftists, use S I N to argue.
S = Switch the topic
@11. Such sensitvity from the left for the mentally ill who truly suffer from paranoia. There was a man killed by an Olympia police officer Friday night.
I = Ignore the facts
@3: I just did a quick search on seattletimes.com of references to Reardon's King County counterpart, Dow Constantine. They didn't mention his party affiliation in the last 10 articles that contained his name.
N = Name call
@12: Bruce kinda reminds me of this article. Like Julia, he's more of a composite caricature than a realistic person.
Nearest I can tell, Bruce and I have stated that this is overblown. It's rooted more in the current conservative trend of playing the victim in invented "controversies" than fact. Never mind, of course, that there are documented cases where the conservative media CHANGES the party affiliation of Republicans that have falled out of favor with them.
And calling the Seattle Times the "liberal media" is amusing when they've tended to split the difference between parties -- Susan Hutchison and Dino Rossi (for governor) but Patty Murray, Bush (round one) but Obama and Kerry, Cathy McMorris Rodgers but Inslee, McKenna but Sims.
@8: I always get a laugh out of when demo kid comes riding in to excuse the inexcusable.
Where am I "defending the inexcusable"? Did I mention the SC Executive at all? Did I explain away his behavior? If he is guilty of misuse of funds in a court of law, he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
@16 - So what do you have to say about #'s 13 and 14 ? To me and probably others, that by far overshadows the topic of this post.
"Where precisely did you see a defense or a strawman?"
Conservatives being referred to as paranoid and based on the corruption from the left (specifically), there is a valid reason for all citizens to be vigilant.
"The argument is that this is merely conservatives wallowing in a victim mentality. Whether or not Reardon is corrupt is not the topic of this post."
Correct, it has already been determined that Reardon is corrupt.
Victim mentality or eternal vigilance is noted because of the lack of action taken toward Reardon's corruption, which is a function of Snohomish County officials defending those from the party (its party ahead of state). Once decisive action is taken and justice is served and Reardon is punished, this issue will go away.
18. It's a fact of life that when a Republican is embroiled in a scandal his (R) is always mentioned, but a (D) is only cited maybe .000001% of the time and that's after the conservatives get all outraged about it.
19. What's especially sad is that the Seattle Times knew about this stuff when they endorsed Reardon over Hope last fall (or they should have known, because I heard about it, and I'm not a paid full-time political journalist).
What's especially sad is that the Seattle Times knew about this stuff when they endorsed Reardon.
The ST cares more about the party then the person. Reardon could be a mugger, they would still vote for him.
Can you say Edwards. (-: