GOP didn’t whine when Rossi gained

Dino Rossi and the state GOP are hypocritical in their complaints about the hand recount. During the machine recount, when Rossi picked up votes from the 223 ballots that hadn’t been counted the first time around, he and the state GOP didn’t complain, and when Whatcom County found seven new ballots, again they were silent. They were even silently happy to include the single vote they picked up in Chelan County, and added it to their total.

It’s only when King County found that that same machine count had mistakenly spit out more than 500 votes that should have been counted that Rossi and the state GOP got their shorts in a knot. It’s not the thought of “changing the rules in mid-count” that they are afraid of, it’s the thought of losing if every vote that should be counted is counted. And in this day of widespread suspicion of fraud at the ballot box, the media – print and broadcast – should stop echoing the partisan chants against the recount, and instead, keep reminding the voters that the recount is being done because it’s the law.

Kevin O’Morrison


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