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Friday, June 6, 2008

Dino Rossi Violates Navy Policy

posted by on June 6 at 15:25 PM

According to the Whidbey [Island] News Times, Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi held a campaign appearance at the Whidbey Naval Air Stationís CPO Club, in violation of US Navy policy. A naval spokeswoman quoted in the story says the appearance, sponsored by the North Puget Sound Association of Realtors, violated the “restriction on holding political events on government property.”

This is hardly the first time Rossi has engaged in questionable campaign activities. Last year, the Washington State Democrats filed a complaint against Rossi for funneling campaign contributions through his “nonpartisan think tank,” Forward Washington, calling it a shadow campaign organization. (In a divided opinion, the state Public Disclosure Commission voted 3-2 to dismiss the complaint.) And just last month, Rossi held a campaign luncheon with the Christian Men’s Business coalition—a nonprofit religious group prohibited by law from engaging in political activities.

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Rossi violated Navy policy? What are they going to do? Court-martial him? Kick him out of the Navy?

Sounds to me like the Navy violated Navy policy.

By the way, Rossi is Number One in the standings right now, with 122 points. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) is not a close second, at 110.

Posted by elenchos | June 6, 2008 3:51 PM

Rossi who?

That combat-avoiding loser?

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 6, 2008 3:52 PM

Why SHOULDN'T he do stuff like this? He's already proved that no one's going to say boo no matter how many election laws he breaks.

Posted by Fnarf | June 6, 2008 5:21 PM

A combat-avoiding loser? Dino actually had the respect to speak to the Washington State Disabled Veterans Convention in Yakima a few days ago; Gregoire's representative skipped out and was a no-show (yes, the same Gregoire that has never gone to visit troops in Iraq or Afghanistan; even anti-war Governor Ted Kulongoski in Oregon has done that. Kulongoski also attends the funerals of every fallen soldier from Oregon; Gregoire hasn't attended even one).

I can't really blame the military for overwhelmingly supporting Rossi after seeing a record like Gregoire's.

But that's beside the point. Isn't elenchos right here? Isn't this the Navy's job to enforce their own regulations? It's not US or state law, so therefore it's only enforceable by the Navy if they don't want someone there.

It's my personal policy that candidates aren't to use my house to campaign from too, but it's not law that they can't. If I don't want them there, I need to tell them to take a hike, not just make up stories to unjustly criticize them after the fact.

Posted by Jonathan Eves | June 6, 2008 6:07 PM

This is hardly the first time Rossi has engaged in questionable campaign activities! As proof, DEMOCRATS filed a phony complaint! (that was thrown out even by a Democrat appointed commission)

And, hold onto your seats, he spoke to CHRISTIAN business owners! Everyone knows Christian businesses dont pay taxes!

And everyone knows its completely unethical and illegal for politicians to speak to religious groups!

Holy cow, could you be a bigger hypocrite or a bigger hack?

Posted by Reality Check | June 6, 2008 6:29 PM

@4 - I say again - a combat-avoider.

A coward.


Like your comrades Cheney and Bush.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 7, 2008 1:57 AM

Wow. Nice retort to my points there Will.

And I'm sure Gregoire was getting sniped on the front lines in Bosnia with Hilary, right?

Posted by Jonathan Eves | June 7, 2008 10:52 PM

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