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Monday, September 17, 2012

Senator Benton Threatens to Sue Challenger Probst for ONE MILLION DOLLARS!

Posted by on Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Doing his best Dr. Evil impersonation, Republican state Senator Don Benton has threatened to sue Democratic state Representative Tim Probst for one million dollars, accusing his challenger of "intentionally, knowingly, and maliciously" making false and misleading statements. The threat came in a cease and desist letter (pdf) delivered from Benton's attorney.

Benton accuses Probst of lying about the senator's shoddy voting record (Washington Votes reports Benton missing 299 out of 2,469 votes since 2009, fourth most in the senate) and his shoddy performance as a former Washington State Republican Party chair (contemporaneous media reports described Benton's tenure as "brief and contentious"). But the state Dems have released a fact sheet (pdf) backing up Probst's claims.

Having been on the receiving end of bullshit cease and desist letters like this myself, it's hard not laugh. One of the candidates in this 17th LD senate race is shaking in his boots right about now. And it's not Tim Probst.


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35 years practicing law, and Lake Oswego attorney Peter Mozena's chief accomplishment listed online is his glowing, clumsy Amazon review of Bill O'Reilly's audiobook "Culture Warrior".
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Posted by gloomy gus on September 17, 2012 at 5:27 PM · Report this
@1 hilarious, cringe inducing
Posted by neverbeenthere on September 17, 2012 at 5:35 PM · Report this
zombie eyes 3
Not that he lied about Benton, but didn't our state Supreme court rule that it's legal to lie during political campaigns?
Posted by zombie eyes on September 17, 2012 at 5:36 PM · Report this
@3 Yes, it did! And it's total crap. But since that's the case now, candidates should be vigilant of what their opponents are saying, and they should make a big mess of it when they catch a lie. This may not be such an instance, but I certainly support the right of a candidate to retaliate against a lie or a misrepresentation.
Posted by floater on September 17, 2012 at 7:08 PM · Report this
michaelp 5
It's great to see that Sen. Benton cares enough about his district and State to hire an attorney for Oregon.

What a dick.
Posted by michaelp on September 17, 2012 at 7:17 PM · Report this
Posted by venomlash on September 17, 2012 at 7:49 PM · Report this
Defamation is nearly impossible to win, even if the allegations have merit, due to anti-SLAPP laws.

Benton is a blowhard.
Posted by Fizgig on September 17, 2012 at 8:30 PM · Report this
MrBaker 8
There are a hadfull of detestable creatures in smallitics, Don Benton is one.

Hey, maybe he should run for U. S Senate again. He did so well against the perpetually "vulnerable" Patty Murray.
Posted by MrBaker on September 17, 2012 at 8:39 PM · Report this
the idiot formerly known as kk 10
Don Benton is one of the worst blowhards on the political scene. And I love that his idiotic hack of a lawyer can't even put a sentence together ("Additionally, we will be investigating violations of state and federal election's laws for your false and misleading statements.")

Posted by the idiot formerly known as kk on September 17, 2012 at 10:38 PM · Report this
@4 Sure but who arbitrates what is truth and what is lie. If gay marriage supporters say their is no evidence that gay families are worse than straight ones and are sued by the bigots, what's to say a conservative majority supreme court might in fact find it a lie?

I'd much rather leave it up to our messy and often ineffectual media than grant courts the power to silence or punish political speech.

Hell just the ability to legitimately threaten such a thing would have a chilling effect on controversial speech by lesser meaned people.

Our justice system is far too imperfect to be used except when truly necessary.
Posted by giffy on September 17, 2012 at 10:50 PM · Report this
TheRain 13
Somewhere in the Spokane Valley, Matt Shea just got a good idea.
Posted by TheRain on September 18, 2012 at 7:46 AM · Report this
@12, @14 You're more obvious than Gay Dude for Romney.
Posted by floater on September 18, 2012 at 8:44 AM · Report this

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