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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Sylvester Cann Says "It's My Fault" for Listing NARAL Endorsement He Didn't Have

Posted by on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 at 1:19 PM


I'm not a big fan of the whole endorsement rat maze that advocacy groups run candidates through, and there are plenty of examples of organizations endorsing the candidate they know to be worse on their issues, simply due to political expediency. (Hence the occasional Republican who gets a labor endorsement.) But some voters do pay close attention to some key endorsements, so it's best to be clear who endorsed whom.

For example, in the 46th Legislative District, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington endorsed Representative Gerry Pollet over his challenger Sylvester Cann. Yet on his campaign flyers, underneath the heading "Endorsed!", Cann lists "NARAL Pro-Choice WA 100% Rating."

"It is unfortunate to have the NARAL information listed under an “Endorsed” heading," NARAL Pro-Choice WA communications and public policy director Alison Mondi responded via email, "but it is true that we listed him as a 100% pro-choice candidate in our voter guide."

When asked for comment, Cann responded "Yikes!"

"This wasn't done intentionally to mis-lead voters. I completely respect the fact that my opponent was endorsed by the NARAL organization, he earned that," wrote Cann. "We thought that by adding '100% Pro-Choice Rating' it would make enough of a distinction. It's my fault for signing off on it and not checking with NARAL staff first."

Fair enough. Just be clear, if it makes a difference to you, and you want to vote for the NARAL endorsed candidate, it's Pollet.


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I thought "endorsed" meant "gave money to" and the ad included promotion for the endorsee so potential voters could read the candidate's positions short-hand.

If Cann got 100% on the NARAL voting test, why shouldn't he also use this shorthand?
Posted by six shooter on July 17, 2012 at 1:24 PM · Report this
because it's well understood endorsed means endorsed, not rated 100% and not got money from.

as every candidate well knows. every one. as sly cann here admits.

sly cann is playing it loose, as he made the same "Error" previously, claiming he was endorsed by NARAL when he wasn't.

Posted by sloppy, reckless or worse on July 17, 2012 at 4:08 PM · Report this
That's not how the endorsement process works, and Cann knows it. He's an experienced politician. He knew it was there, and he knew it was wrong. It speaks to integrity and authenticity. If he would let that slide, what else would he not be honest about.
Posted by valkyrie2 on July 17, 2012 at 6:11 PM · Report this
VP of Customer Disgust 4
"Dear Molehill,

Sylvester Cann is kicking ass in doors and fundraising. If you could kindly transform into a mountain a couple days before the primary ballots are mailed that would be just peaches.

Sincerely yours,

Gerry Pollet"

You see folks, who says wishes don't come true?
Posted by VP of Customer Disgust on July 17, 2012 at 8:52 PM · Report this
The big-ass flyer from Jessyn Farrell arrived in mailboxes yesterday. Under "Endorsements" it contains the same language as in Sly's flyer. It also has the same problem. NARAL has not endorsed in the 46th House Position 2 race:…
(no bold names there)

Interestingly, Cann and Farrell share the same political consultant. Want to tell me again how this was a "mistake"?
Posted by Fishy in the 46th on July 19, 2012 at 10:39 AM · Report this

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