Seattle Times Blog: Anti-Gregoire mailers include photos of sex offenders

Seattle Times Blog

Anti-Gregoire mailers include photos of sex offenders


An update on the Republican Governors Association ad campaign we mentioned yesterday.

RGA Communications Director Chris Schrimpf sent along a copy of a mailer that hundreds of thousands of Washington voters will begin receiving today.

The mailer includes photos of sex offenders, including child rapists, who are among the 1,300 the RGA accuses the state of losing track of under Gregoire’s watch.

The ad claims the state failed to verify addresses of sex offenders prior to their release from prison. Others were allowed to register as “homeless.” (The Seattle Times wrote about the issue in this 2005investigative story.)


Bring It On: Lee “Willie Horton” Atwater Comes to Washington State

Bring It On

Lee “Willie Horton” Atwater Comes to Washington State

He may be dead (rot in Hell scumbag) but his ghost is all over the map.

It’s hard to believe that a liberal state like Washington might be sending a Republican to the Governor’s Mansion. The two candidates are running neck and neck. If you live within broadcasting range of Washington, you’re undoubtedly sick to death of their TV commercials.

Republican Dino Rossi is running against Democratic incumbent Christine Gregoire. The same two candidates ran against each other four years ago; it was possibly the closest election in American history. After several recounts, Gregoire won by a handful of votes. There’s been a lot of bitterness and accusations and countercharges since then.

Washington isn’t a swing state. I haven’t yet seen any TV ads about McCain or Obama. Instead we’re getting bombarded with jillions of commercials for Rossi and Gregoire.

But anyway, about Lee Atwater: Dino Rossi’s newest tactic is to exploit a massive bureaucratic fuckup that had nothing to do with the governor. The state government has lost the addresses of 1,300 paroled/released sex offenders. This is intolerable, and heads need to roll.

And now the Republican Governors Association has spent $2 million on a “Willie Horton” campaign to blame Christine Gregoire. Letters (with grisly photos) have been sent out to hundreds of thousands of Washington households. It’s a combination of fear tactics (“this swarthy predator is loose in YOUR neighborhood!”) and the Atwater School of Character Assassination.