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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

BREAKING: SECB Kicked Out of Bergeson Victory Wake!

posted by on August 19 at 22:16 PM

Terry Bergeson is the Superintendent of Public Instruction and she’s running for reelection and we didn’t endorse her but we showed up at her primary night party at the Red Lion at 5th & Pike in downtown Seattle anyway because we’re good sports. The first thing the SECB noticed when we walked into the San Juan Room were all the old, old, old people. It’s total Gray Dawn up there. Not that we mind the elderly but… you know… we doubted that anyone at Bergeson’s party actually has a kid in school. Great-grandkids maybe, but no kids.

Before the SECB could secure a Metamucil-tini, the SECB was approached by Alex Hays, Terry Bergeson’s campaign consultant. Mr. Hays was hostile and visibly upset and asked the SECB to please step into the hall.

“This is a place for a party and not for anything else,” Hays warned the SECB. We’re not sure what Mr. Hays was so worried about—another pop quiz, perhaps?—but we assured him that we came in peace.

Mr. Hays proceeded to inform the SECB that Terry Bergeson was very upset about the “serial killer handwriting post” on Slog (which you can read here), and that he didn’t think that it was the least bit funny either. Which just goes to show you how subjective humor can be. Because, like, we thought it was hilarious that our Superintendent of Public Instruction—the woman behind the hated WASL—can’t pass the same damn test she’s shoved down the throats of Washington state schoolchildren.

But we’re in the minority, as Mr. Hays makes clear. Bergerson enjoys a 20 point lead over her opponent Randy Dorn.

“This result is a crushing defeat for Randy Dorn and his out-of-state war chest,” says Mr. Hays.

The SECB then asked if Terry Bergeson was in the room, and that’s when we were told that we wouldn’t be able to speak to the candidate—or reenter the room, despite offers to turn our pockets inside out.

“You should be pleased that I’m talking to you,” Mr. Hays told the SECB.

Which just goes to show you that pleasure, like humor, is also subjective.

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Posted by hahaha | August 19, 2008 10:26 PM

Well, SECB's stock just went up in my book. Getting kicked out of unimportant events takes some doin'.

Posted by Zander | August 19, 2008 10:35 PM

I have to admit, until someone explained it to me, that I thought WASL was that dolphin thing with the spiral tusk.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | August 19, 2008 10:46 PM

“This result is a crushing defeat for Randy Dorn and his out-of-state war chest,” says Mr. Hays.

....the fuck?

Going off of the PDC website, I've got Randy Dorn taking in $3,280 in out-of-state money. Bergeson, I've got down for $7,575.

That's one dumb-ass criticism there, Alex Hays.

Posted by Ryan | August 19, 2008 10:47 PM

What a silly dumb ass, that Alex Hayes.

Down with WASL!

Posted by teve | August 19, 2008 10:59 PM


I need to meet Mr. Hays. I have an attitude to deliver too.

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 19, 2008 11:15 PM

It's nice to see that Mr. Hays shares Ms. Bergeson's math and reasoning aptitude.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | August 19, 2008 11:27 PM

Wow, how very incompetent.

Posted by aaron | August 19, 2008 11:53 PM

Superintendent Of Public Instruction
John Patterson Blair 8.26 %
Don Hansler 9.45 %
Randy Dorn 30.05 %
David Blomstrom 4.01 %
Enid Duncan 6.58 %
Teresa (Terry) Bergeson 41.65%

Doesn't look like he's losing by 20 points anymore :). And when you add up the "oh god, anyone else votes" it's looking pretty bad for her. Blomstrom got 4 percent of the votes, and, well, google him.

Posted by jkjk | August 20, 2008 12:35 AM

SECB is conveniently the same as Silly Erica C Barnett..... hmmmm

The substance of this slog post comes as no surprise to me whatsoever. The admittedly crappy newspapers in this town know (and the TV stations) that they can say what they want about candidates as long as it is framed as an op-ed piece. When their "reporting" stays separate there is still some pretend line between fact and opinion. The Stranger refuses to follow even this most childish of divisions and then acts surprised when the candidates they taunt for weeks on end don't want to see them?

In the same vein, the Times and PI make endorsements but their websites are not headlined with "who you should vote for" for the 3 days before the election.

Next, posting slog entries on your own site under the 'Stranger Election Control Board' instead of admitting the potential bias of who is writing it?????

A) If I cared about your opinion I would have already voted against Bergeson.

B) Taking no responsibility for who is posting gives you ZERO credibility.

C) For the record, as I was stumped on a particular race while filling out my ballot I read the voter's pamphlet and was still at a loss. I then checked the ECB guide and voted for the OTHER person.

These posts only make your "newspaper" look petty and spiteful.

Posted by SECB | August 20, 2008 1:16 AM

A campaign that acts rude to the media deserves not getting endorsed by EITHER King County Democrats OR The Stranger.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 20, 2008 1:18 AM

WASL serious?

Let's put a simile on that test!

Posted by The Joker | August 20, 2008 5:34 AM

So, the TB campaign is also a douche factory?

Posted by Soupytwist | August 20, 2008 8:22 AM

Thanks for clearing that up @ 10. What amazes me most is how I stumbled onto your blog to read this in the first place!

Posted by Liston | August 20, 2008 9:12 AM

Well done, @10!

When are you guys going to understand that you aren't a real news source? What candidate is going to take the "Stranger Election Control Board" seriously? Let the real media do the election coverage.

Posted by Dr. Zaius | August 20, 2008 9:21 AM

@10, 15: Seattle's Daily Newspaper Reporters: Fighting bitterly on blogs in support of our failed business model!

Posted by J.R. | August 20, 2008 9:41 AM

Yeah right, @16, all of the folks critical of the Stranger have to be miserable old reporters from the dailies.

Posted by Dr. Zaius | August 20, 2008 9:59 AM

As someone who got to know Ms. Bergeson a little too up close and personal, I believe the SECB has captured the zeitgeist of her personality and her campaign perfectly.

Posted by Erg | August 20, 2008 10:07 AM

the Stranger is a mean-spirited publication known to interview with an ax-to-grind and for setting up candidates to be humiliated. What a surprise that Bergeson didn't welcome you to her campaign event.

Posted by watcher | August 20, 2008 10:14 AM

A cumulative reading suggests that:

1. SECB finds political engagement by people much older than they are inherently humorous.

1. SECB finds political engagement by people much older than they are inherently humorous.

2. SECB finds political engagement by people much younger than they are inherently humorous.

3. SECB finds political engagement by differently-abled people inherently humorous.

Were SECB a middle-school lunchroom clique, we'd make broader allowances.

Posted by RonK, Seattle | August 20, 2008 10:41 AM

Randy Dorn's out-of-state war chest? I wonder what Hays has to say about the WEA - the union Bergeson once led - endorsing Dorn over her. Seems to me they'd know better than anyone who's qualified to be the state superintendent.

Posted by TVDinner | August 20, 2008 10:48 AM

many parents think WEA is the reason you can't fire shitty teachers

and they are right

the kiss of death, WEA in elections??

Posted by John | August 20, 2008 12:01 PM

Fabulous writing! Loved it! Too funny for words!

Has Bergeson ever explained why it is the testing company that keeps jacking-up the price it charges our state to grade the danged WASL continues to "win" the contract to score it? Could it possibly be the thousands of dollars its executives have spent through the years supporting Bergeson's campaigns???

Posted by T'is I | August 25, 2008 2:43 PM

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