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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Will the Real “I’m a Moderate Republican” Please Stand Up

posted by on June 13 at 11:04 AM

The race to replace Norm Maleng as KC prosecutor is looking to be a tight contest between Democratic KC prosecutor Bill Sherman (a smart liberal dude who ran for Rep. Ed Murray’s open seat last year losing to Jamie Pedersen) and Republican Maleng’s longtime chief of staff Dan Satterberg.

(Also running on the D side is Keith Scully—legal staff for an enviro group that the Stranger respects and looks to for insight on local urban planning issues, Futurewise.)

Maleng, who died suddenly last month, was of course widely seen as a moderate R in the Dan Evans model. Satterberg is spinning himself in the same vein: a non-ideological, moderate R.

However, a check on both Maleng’s political contributing habits and Satterberg’s show that Maleng may have been a bit more in earnest about his moderate values.

While both men contributed to Stephen Johnson, the hand-picked and bankrolled by the BIAW, conservative ideologue in last year’s harshly partisan Washington Supreme Court race, and have also kicked in to partisan heads like Dino Rossi, Luke Esser, and Rob McKenna … Maleng clearly took his moderate-to-bi-partisan giving more seriously.

Maleng consistently donated to the Mainstream Republicans of Washington (zero from Satterberg); Maleng donated to Seattle City Council liberal Jean Godden; liberal iconoclast Bob Ferguson; Port of Seattle, liberal reformer reformer Lloyd Hara; and Maleng even kicked in to liberal ideologue Larry Gosset. Larry Gossett!

Nada from Satterberg to any of those folks.

Footnote: Maleng left behind quite a campaign war chest of his own. The question is: What’s going to become of that war chest. There’s talk that it may go to the state GOP—and then get funneled back to Satterberg. Given Maleng’s history of donating, I think it oughta go to the Mainstream Republicans of Washington, something I’m not sure Satterberg is.

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Will a real Libertarian please stand up, and stay the fuck up, and not be such a fucking toolbox?

Goddamn anarcho-capitalist oxymoron closet conservative cocksuckers.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 13, 2007 11:13 AM


Posted by Wink | June 13, 2007 11:18 AM

Interesting analysis. Do we have any other examples of who Satterberg has donated to? From what I've heard, he's been described as pretty apolitical. I've never really heard of him participating in any offical "Party" activities. However, I do suppose it would be mighty difficult to beat a D in King County running as an I. On the other hand, it may be even harder to beat a D running as an R.

Posted by Twinner | June 13, 2007 11:18 AM

I've known Bill Sherman for quite a few years, and he is definitely NOT a Republican.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 13, 2007 2:05 PM

Dude, did you read the article? No is saying that, #4. Sheesh.

Anyway, Satterberg is a real Big "R" Republican is definitely not apolitical.

L'Stranger, perhaps you can do some continued digging on this guy? He always seemed much more partisan than Maleng.

Posted by no | June 13, 2007 7:54 PM

@5 - on what the fuck exactly do you base your assertion that Satterberg "seemed much more partisan than Maleng"? Did you even know who Satterberg was before he announced? I seriously doubt it, ya blowhard...

Posted by Huh?! | June 14, 2007 8:31 AM

I'm not sure I get this.

A guy bothers to run as a Republican, and the Stranger takes him to task for actually *being* a Republican?

Posted by NapoleonXIV | June 14, 2007 10:40 AM

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