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Friday, August 10, 2007

Partisan Prankster Advises Republican Dan Satterberg

posted by on August 10 at 15:33 PM

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.

The outraged editorials at Shore’s crass partisan trickery were forthcoming. And the Democrats called for an investigation.

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.

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You call him a Prankster.

I call the Red Bushie a Traitor.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 10, 2007 3:45 PM

To hell with Satterberg. Maleng actually was kind of a moderate for a long time, maybe not so much lately, but his assistant is looking like a Karl Rove clone.
This position ideally isn't supposed to be partisan, but fuck it. Vote for a Democrat. I think Sherman is a good choice.

Posted by isabelita | August 10, 2007 4:00 PM

well as long as the stranger keeps endorsing greens they will probably keep running. nice work, josh.

Posted by xiu xiu | August 10, 2007 4:09 PM


We endorsed a Green in the non-partisan city council race.

Posted by Josh Feit | August 10, 2007 4:12 PM

thanks for the memo, josh.

it doesn't matter, you are still legitimizing a third party in a two-party system. even throw away endorsements of a green, like back in 2000, give greens in seattle a sense of legitimacy. if they want more progressive politics, great, the place to do that is democratic primaries. otherwise they are forced into being spoilers since that's the way the system is set-up.

until we change our voting system to irv or proportionality, green party candidates only hurt progressive causes (e.g. nader v gore). it's not fair, but it's the reality.

endorsing someone (joe szwaja) who has run in partisan races as a green, been an active member of the green party in seattle, recruited candidates (like aaron dixon) to run in other partisan races, simply legitimizes him and all his green supporters -- and will result in greens continuing to pop up in partisan races for years to come. szwaja supported nader in 2000 and 2004. he'll be voting for a green in 2008. so don't complain if a green pops up in the prosecutor's race, because you are part of the problem.

Posted by xiu xiu | August 10, 2007 4:20 PM

good point. heck, lots of people are using the Dem cave-in on wiretapping as an excuse to push 3rd party on people too.

When we all know that just leads to more Reds being elected. Which makes it worse.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 10, 2007 4:55 PM

Satterberg's defense when his chief deputy is hitting up law firms doing business with the office for support - after claiming that he won't accept campaign help from his employees? "Um, that's not really an endorsement..."

Now, when it turns out that Satterberg, who has tried to pose as a nonpartisan, has hired a dirty-tricks right winger? Satterberg says Shore is just doing mail, letters, and yard signs? In a campaign like this, that's the whole ballgame. He's clearly the main strategic consultant, at $2K/month, per the PDC.

Now Satterberg has been caught as a Karl Rove republican, and his statement basically says he's sorry he got caught. Let's hope that Satterberg does a little better due diligence in hiring his office staff than he's done in hiring his campaign staff. These excuses are getting pretty lame.

Posted by Yeah, right... | August 10, 2007 6:10 PM

Apropos of this race, I note that while The Stranger has endorsed Scully, their favourite daughter, Stephanie Pure, has endorsed Bill Sherman. Not trying to read tea leaves here, just looking for some peanut butter consistency.

Posted by KENTUCKY KERNEL OF TRUTH | August 10, 2007 6:40 PM

Mmmm...peanut butter.

Posted by me | August 10, 2007 7:15 PM

Satterberg has raised tons of money from old-school Republicans, too - the people who brought us George Bush. Sherman, for his part, calls himself an environmentalist but had no scruples about taking money from the Master Builder's Assocation - the people who brought us urban sprawl. Sherman calls it "consensus building" - I call it "selling out".

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