News “She Does Owe Us a Candid Explanation.”
posted by November 12 at 18:05 PMon
Last Friday, I had a quick interview with Gov. Christine Gregoire in the lobby of Town Hall after her testimony at the FCC hearing.
One of the questions I asked her was why she didn’t endorse the Democratic candidate for King County Prosecutor, Bill Sherman. (Sherman lost last Tuesday to the GOP candidate, Dan Satterberg.)
Here’s my rant about her non-endorse. And here’s the interview, where she told me Sherman never asked her for her endorsement. I told her the Sherman campaign said otherwise. But she maintained she’d never been asked directly.
I talked to Bill Sherman today, and again, he says he did ask Gregoire for her endorsement in person. He says it was at a League of Education Voters/Gregoire fund raiser over the summer at League President, Lisa Macfarlane’s home. Sherman says Gregoire told him politely that she looked forward to talking about the endorsement. At the same event, Sherman says he talked to Gregoire’s political director Ron Judd about getting the governor’s endorsement.
He and his consultant Christian Sinderman then exchanged a series of e-mails and phone calls with Judd about the endorsment—the “appropriate organizational protocol, she has a lot of demands on her time,” Sherman says. E-mails and calls also went out after Sherman won the Democratic primary and again just a week or two before election day. They were never directly told ‘No,’ Sherman says, but they never got her endorsement.
Sherman says, “This isn’t sour grapes. I’ve contributed to the governor, and I’ll continue to support her. But she’s asking for strong support from King County voters, and she does owe us a candid explanation for that [why she didn’t endorse the Democrat.] What she told you was incorrect.”
*Sherman did indeed give Gregoire $100 in 2004.
*Both Sherman and his consultant Sinderman are on vacation right now. Sherman didn’t have access to his e-mail, but says he will send the e-mails to me when he gets back on Wednesday. I couldn’t reach Sinderman.