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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Pity Party

posted by on August 19 at 20:46 PM


Mr. Villa’s in Lake City is the site of Gerry Pollet’s primary night party. Pollet is running for a state house seat in the 46th district against Scott White. This race has been the source of much drama over the last few weeks. There are 40 or 50 people inside the tiny restaurant, and Pollet was not optimistic about his chances when he spoke to the SECB.

“I know we’ve been outspent three-to-one,” says Pollet, “but if we’re competitive, that’s a huge victory.”

Pollet points out that he’s doing better than Republican Keith Ljunghammer, who has a silly name and an even more ridiculous party affiliation. Saying you’re going to do better than a Republican in the 46th district race isn’t saying much. As of 8:30, Pollet hadn’t announced the numbersóbecause online results show that Pollet is getting his ass kicked. White right now has 47% of the total votes cast, and Pollet is somewhere in the low 30s.

Thanks to the top-two primary, of course, White will have another chance to kick Pollet’s ass in November when the two Dems face each other again.

Talking to his supporters tonight Pollet somehow worked this into his speech: “The fight against global warming starts with each of us.”

“This is my district,” says one member of the SECB, “and that no one in the room laughed illustrates why I hate my district.”

UPDATE: No one was talking about the returns that have come in so farówhich show Pollet down by 12 pointsóso the SECB showed Pollet the numbers on our iPhone. Pollet was delighted with the numbers. “That’s good news to us,” he told the SECB, and then he predicted that he would win the general election.

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"That he is mad, 'tis true: 'tis true 'tis pity; And pity 'tis 'tis true."

Posted by Zander | August 19, 2008 9:11 PM

Those of us in the environmental community who have worked with Pollet know that he cares deeply about cleaning up Hanford. But there is more to the story. Pollet's divisive and ego-centric work style (and his mean spirited bashing of others, even green allies) would only set back our environmental agenda.
Pollet's loss is good news. Sorry, but true.

Posted by Enviro Warrior | August 20, 2008 1:15 PM

Ljunghammer. Too bad we won't see his name on the General Election ballot to give Republicans in the 46th something to vote for.

Oh well, at least they'll have Sweeney Todd.

Posted by Chad | August 20, 2008 6:25 PM

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