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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Secretary of State Sam Reed Wants You to Vote (for Bill Finkbeiner)

Posted by on Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 3:01 PM

I've received a couple tips about a robo-call that reportedly features Secretary of State Sam Reed. I'm told it starts off with him reminding you that the primary is this Tuesday, and instructing you to send in your ballot. You know, just the kind of civic minded public service message you'd expect from the secretary of state in his official capacity overseeing our state's elections.

And then, out of nowhere I'm told, he reminds you to vote for Republican Bill Finkbeiner for Lt. Governor.

Yikes. That sounds a tad inappropriate. Certainly more so than Rick Steves just reminding you to vote. But since I haven't heard the call myself, I'm hoping somebody who has it saved to voicemail might do me the favor of forwarding it my way.

UPDATE: Finkbeiner writes via email:

The Sam Reed call people received yesterday wasn’t a PSA, it was paid for by my campaign. I haven’t seen the Rick Steves PSA and don’t know anything about it, but it seems very different. Sam Reed has endorsed me and he and I worked closely together on the top two primary, so for him to ask people to vote for me in a message paid for by the campaign doesn’t seem to me to be controversial.

Well, I didn't mean to imply that it was a PSA, just that it comes off as one at the outset. I presumed it was paid for by a campaign, and identified as such at the end.


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I went to High School with Bill and met him again when he ran for the State House as a Democrat in '92. I asked him how he got the idea to run. He said he had just spent some time in Louisiana and that if David Duke could run for office then anybody could. True story.
Posted by Zander on August 2, 2012 at 6:24 PM · Report this
watchout5 2
Brad Owen is enough for me to stop voting for this useless position. Anyone in the state who gives it any clout I instantly know is a total worthless pile of shit. There's no legitimacy to the office and it's just a popularity contest.
Posted by watchout5 on August 2, 2012 at 10:48 PM · Report this
Occupy Seattle 3
Fucking slimy bastard. Sam has a Reed stuck up his ass. Isn't this a violation of PDC reporting, or some shit like that? Betting no one at Seattle Times will investigate this nice little abuse of power. We are so screwed.
Posted by Occupy Seattle on September 18, 2012 at 3:36 PM · Report this

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