News Partisan Prankster Advises Republican Dan Satterberg
posted by August 10 at 15:33 PMon
The race to fill moderate Republican Norm Maleng’s spot as King County Prosecutor (Maleng died in May) is between two Democrats who are facing off in the primary, Keith Scully and Bill Sherman, and Maleng’s longtime chief of staff, Republican Dan Satterberg.
Trying to coast in as Maleng’s heir apparent, Satterberg is pitching himself as a mellow, moderate Republican.
That would ring much truer if Satterberg’s main consultant wasn’t Polis Political Services, headed up by Stan Shore.
Stan Shore is the infamous GOP consultant who landed in the NYT several years ago for cooking up a rotten Republican scheme.
Shore got caught organizing and paying for a Green Party nominating convention—and paying the filing fee for, and convincing, a young Green candidate to enter a hotly contested state legislative race to siphon votes from the Democrats.
Simultaneously, Shore’s wife was pushing a Green candidate in a King County Council race where one of Shore’s clients, Republican oddball Pam Roach, was running against Democrat Julia Patterson.
The PI reported at the time:
Han [18-year-old Green Party candidate Young Han] said Shore and Donovan contacted him after learning he had intended to run. They took him to lunch and urged him to run, and Shore gave him a $250 campaign contribution — all without revealing that Shore was a professional Republican political operative. Han now says he will give that money back.
So far, Satterberg has paid Shore’s Polis Political Services $2,000 for his consulting work.
Should we expect a Green to show up in the general?
Stay tuned for Satterberg’s comments on Shore.
Satterberg reports that he had to throw a campaign team together pretty fast in the wake of Maleng’s death, and having never run for office before, turned to Shore, who he’d met in 1996 when Shore worked on Maleng’s gubernatorial run. He says he likes Shore’s sense of humor, and he was not aware of the Green Party stunt from 2001. He says Shore is doing mailings, letters, and yard signs for him.