I'm told this Gregoire statement used to appear on Parisien's web site too, and that Parisien has spoken of it at candidate forums. Problem is, this statement comes from a 2005 letter of recommendation that Gregoire wrote for Parisien (who used to work as an assistant attorney general). In other words, the statement is more than seven years old and was not written with the specific intention of helping Parisien in her current run for Superior Court judge.
Kelly Evans, spokesperson for Governor Gregoire, tells me the governor has made no endorsement in this race.
"I asked for the language to be taken off [Parisien's] web site," Evans says. "It implied an endorsement that doesn't exist."
What about Parisien's blurb in the voters' pamphlet, which is going out to all King County voters and still has Gregoire's statement in it?
"Suffice it to say, had we known about the language in the voters' pamphlet beforehand, we would have asked for it to be left out," Evans says. "Again, it implies an endorsement that doesn't exist."
I've asked Parisien for comment and will update this post when I hear from her.