Politics The Latest from the 46th
posted by October 31 at 16:53 PMon
Gerry Pollet, one of two Democrats running for state legislature in North Seattle’s 46th District, may not be doing well in the polls, but he’s still fighting for the seat like they’re neck and neck. Earlier this week, Pollet sent out a gleeful email announcing that his opponent, Democrat Scott White, had been found to be in violation of King County ethics rules; in the email, Pollet said White’s actions were “morally wrong and illegal. To start with, White should apologize to the taxpayers. White’s repeated violation of our ethics laws reflects on whether he will violate the public trust again in the future by putting partisan politics ahead of the public interest.”
A King County ombudsman found that White had made 12 campaign-related entries in his county calendar, modified 11 campaign documents on his county computer, and sent a form attempting to withdraw from the race from a county fax machine (which White had already admitted doing). The ombudsman did not determine that White had committed any of the more serious violations Pollet had accused him of, including using county cars and cell phones for campaign purposes. In a statement quoted by PolitickerWA, White said that the campaign-related calendar entries ended up on his county computer when he synced that computer with his cell phone. “Clearly the accuser, clearly my opponent’s campaign, was trying to get me caught up in any type of violation so what this exonerated me of was doing any type of campaigning on county time,” White said.
Although the investigation is over, Pollet’s supporters are continuing to demand that the county take some kind of action against him. In a letter to King County prosecutor Dan Satterburg, Republican former state Rep. Toby Nixon (currently trying to win his old seat back) demanded that Satterburg “further investigate and take appropriate action to hold White responsible for the violations of the public trust and Ethics Code documented by the Ombudsman.” Nixon serves on the board of Heart of America Northwest, Pollet’s anti-nuclear Hanford watchdog group.
Pollet has also slammed White for taking money from the Building Industry Association of Washington-affiliated Affordable Housing Council of Washington. As I noted yesterday, White has received a total of $1,600 from the group.
Although Pollet has made a stink about the contributions White has received from corporations (including Kroger, McDonald’s, and the fireworks industry), he has a few questionable contributions of his own. Disclosure reports show that Pollet has received $2,400 from Pacific Ecosolutions, a nuclear-waste treatment company based near Hanford, and $1,600 from Babcock Services, a firm that provides support services to the nuclear industry. $1,600 is the legal limit on combined contributions during the primary and general elections.