Prior to Election Day, the campaign material in my mailbox from Democratic candidates was the dirtiest, most misleading and downright nastiest in memory, employing guilt by association, and slanderous, character assassination. For example, in a mailer supporting John Lovick, opponent Janice Huxford’s character was impugned, associating a past bankruptcy with being a poor businessperson. In fact, Huxford’s business is A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau. In another example, a mailer from Katrina Ondracek included an attack against incumbent Mark Harmsworth’s record dealing with traffic issues, ignoring his taking the lead against the I-405 toll lanes, a wasteful effort that cost the taxpayers nearly $350 million, without adding any additional capacity to the roadway.
Historically, the nation comes together following elections, but not so this time. In its aftermath, Democratic backers incited protests and riots in liberal strongholds that bordered on anarchy, such as those here in Washington, upsetting domestic tranquility and destroying property. I don’t recall those backing the Republicans doing any such thing following President Obama’s elections or ever. If these thoughtless actions typify individuals backing the Democratic Party, what does that say about our state and the overwhelming number of offices held by Democrats? Where were the calls from the likes of Sen. Murray, Sen. Cantwell, Gov. Inslee, or other Democratic leaders at any level, including the president, denouncing this unwarranted violence – there wasn’t any! To me, that silence was deafening, reflecting the disingenuous character of today’s Democratic Party.