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posted by October 29 at 15:46 PMon
So cute when they get to editorialize! Bob Young of the Seattle Times, take it away:
[Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino] Rossi [deposed this morning as part of a lawsuit alleging he illegally coordinated his campaign with the Building Industry Association of Washington] has to counterattack.
So he’s holding a press conference at 9:30 a.m. No slinking in and out of a lawyer’s office for him. […]
To Rossi and his supporters this is now a political ambush by Gregoire operatives and the loony left.
The legal case against the BIAW, they note, is brought by Knoll Lowney, who sued Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McGavick late in his 2006 campaign. That suit stirred stories. But coverage was less visible seven months later when a federal judge dismissed the suit.
Lowney also represented the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which contributes heavily to Evergreen Progress PAC, the union equivalent of the BIAW. Evergreen Progress PAC gave $35,000 to Fuse, Republicans point out. Fuse is a liberal group that helps Lowney with public relations; they’re his mouthpiece. The circle of liberal complicity is complete in the plot against Rossi.
Lowney says he’s not being paid in this case. He’s working on contingency. He has a class action suit against BIAW alleging the group breached its fiduciary trust with its members. That suit could pay big fees, he says. That’s why an Arizona firm is helping with his case. Not because they’re Gregoire fans, he says, but because they can see the potential payday.
Lowney does have a history of liberal activism. And he was on the winning side in at least one big case, getting the state Supreme Court to overturn Tim Eyman’s Initiative 747.
Lowney’s big “win,” by the way, was actually overturned at the instigation of Gov. Gregoire—the very same “liberal” politician Young is insinuating Lowney is supporting.
And not that we at the Stranger are against editorializing—hell, we endorse it. But it’s funny to watch reporters for the above-politics, uber-“objective” Seattle Times when they’re suddenly allowed to betray their real opinions—opinions every informed citizen has, but which reporters for the “objective” daily papers aren’t supposed to betray under any circumstances. Could allowing naughty words be next for Seattle’s family newspaper? Stay tuned.