Factual errors abounded in letter

A Thursday letter, “County Council: Sinclair’s money is from builders,” contained a disturbing number of factual errors about the County Council race between Mike Cooper and Renee Radcliff Sinclair.

Too often in elections such letters serve as nothing more than transparent campaign talking points; more partisan hit job than serious political discourse. Sadly, the letter writer couldnt even get the facts of his attack piece correct.

He grossly misstated the total contributions Sinclair has received while completely misunderstanding that an independent effort by local homebuilders to support Sinclair’s candidacy is by law not affiliated with her campaign.

Furthermore, the letter writer, as with Mr. Cooper and other of his supporters, seems upset that homebuilders actually want to build affordable housing for people to purchase. In a polite form of NIMBYism, such partisans are violently against the very growth foisted upon our community by the Growth Management Act they helped pass.

Ironically, it is the same Seattle environmentalists and labor unions who supported the Growth Management Act that are now funding Mr. Cooper’s campaign and his policy positions that would do much to limit affordable housing options for young, working families. The letter writer should consider getting outraged about that instead, if he can get his facts straight.

Eric Earling


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