Politics Burbank Lists Appointment by Pelz as “Elected” Experience
posted by July 18 at 17:29 PMon
John Burbank, one of two Democrats running for state legislature from the 36th District (Ballard, Magnolia, and Queen Anne), is listing his status as the official Democratic Party nominee on his voter guide statement and boy, is his opponent, Reuven Carlyle, pissed.
Burbank was appointed as the district’s “official” nominee by state Democratic Party chair Dwight Pelz, a longtime friend of his, after the 36th District Democrats declined to nominate either Burbank or Carlyle, citing their objection to the Democrats’ sanctioned nominating process for this year’s top-two primary, which only allowed precinct committee officers to vote.
In an email, Carlyle fumed that Burbank “was APPOINTED by his official beer drinking buddy, Dwight Pelz, as the nominee, not elected by voters, the district organization or any other entity of any sort.”
Asked how his appointment by Pelz constituted elected experience, Burbank seemed a bit flummoxed, eventually responding, “That is the position of the Washington State Democratic Central Committee. If you go to their web site, you will see that their nominee for this position, Position One, is John Burbank. Thatís me. ...[The voter guide statement] was approved by the Secretary of State, so if someone has an issue with it they should take it up with the Secretary of State.”
Burbank added: “It’s an odd thing that this is what it’s come down to”—debates over party process, rather than discussions of the issues. That’s a fair point, but in this case, the story isn’t so much about the particulars of any internecine battle (if you really want to see interparty warfare, check out what’s going on in the 46th) as it is about the top-two primary, which has pitted Democrat against Democrat in general-election battles in races that used to be decided in September.