Labor group already picked its favorite

It was sad to read the Snohomish County Labor Council’s twisted misrepresentation of the facts in its response on Oct. 19 to The Herald’s strong endorsement of Dave Earling for Snohomish County executive (“County executive: Reardon educated himself on labor issues.”)

The labor council made some dishonest claims about Dave Earling. What they don’t tell you is when Earling approached them months before the primary to discuss the campaign, he was told flatly the labor council wouldn’t consider supporting someone who wasn’t a Democrat. That’s hardly the open invitation the labor council claims to have offered. Understandably, Earling was miffed when the labor council then sent him a candidate questionnaire just days before the primary, after it had already endorsed its own candidate. Given its supposed concern for “open-minded dialogue,” it would be interesting to hear the labor council describe how many Republicans it has endorsed in the last several years – probably not many since its answer is always “we can’t support you if you’re not a Democrat.”

In contrast, The Herald rightly recognized Earling’s experienced leadership as the best choice in this race. As an active member of the business community, I know Earling is the candidate I trust to help create more jobs in Snohomish County. And Earling has the broadest base of support from across the political spectrum, including the Farm Bureau, the Deputy Sheriffs Association, and the Washington Conservation Voters. People who truthfully take the time to examine the candidates know Dave Earling is the best choice for county executive.

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