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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

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posted by on August 20 at 13:11 PM

The election-night party for Terry Bergeson—running for reelection as the Superintendent of Public Instruction—was scheduled to rollick until 11 p.m. last night in the downtown Red Lion. Early results showed Bergeson with a significant lead over her opponents so we were ready to party. But a moment after Lindy West and I stepped into a fluorescently-lit, music-less San Juan room—which, at 9:30 p.m., was filled with silver-haired revelers—we were promptly shown the door. Was it because I’m a high-school drop out, Terry?

Even though we were expelled from the class, nothing could keep us from keeping tabs on Bergeson’s clique. From across the street, Lindy snapped this shot of the celebration wake, which, by 10:15 p.m., had atrophied to only Bergeson (on the left) and her press-bouncing goon, Alex Hays.


Hays told the SECB—in the hallway, because we weren’t allowed to quaff the Ensure smoothies inside—that Bergeson “leads by about 20-points” over opponent Randy Dorn. “This result is a crushing defeat for Randy Dorn and his out-of-state war chest,” said Hays. He added that “Dorn had $200,000 of out of state money.” But PDC records show that Dorn actually had a smaller war chest: $122,000 compared to Bergeson’s “war chest” of $157,000. In fact, Dorn received fewer out-of-state dollars than Bergeson: $3,181 to her $7,575. But, you know, the Bergeson camp isn’t known for its math skills.

Asked why Bergeson was leading despite pushing the controversial WASL tests—a high-stakes graduation requirement—Hays said, “A less vocal population is satisfied with the high standards and accountability.”

Nice spin, Hays, but you haven’t convinced us. Bergeson had only 41 percent of the vote as of this morning. Earning less than 50 percent support in the primary is a bad sign for an incumbent. But it’s a great omen for Dorn. He took 30 percent of the vote and continues on to the general election.

We look forward to Bergeson’s party in November.

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God I was I was there. I can hear the laughing. I can feel the smirks. The choke, the hard lump in your throat, begging to be allowed to blast obscenities and half-ass insults...oh I love life. SO much.

The two of you are rockstars. Love the photo. It says SO MUCH!!

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 20, 2008 1:38 PM


Posted by Mr. Poe | August 20, 2008 1:38 PM

Bergeson won only 36% in her 2004 primary and still won by ten points in the runoff, and that was against an ex-SPI. I think she'll be fine against Dorn.

Posted by TMW | August 20, 2008 1:40 PM

Hi Dominic:

If you examine the PDC record more carefully you’ll find a $202,000 independent expenditure against Terry Bergeson funded by the SEIU from Washington D.C. to the tune of $192,000. That’s the out of state money I was referring to. It’s been in all the papers, so I thought you’d know what I meant.

In terms of the vote, Terry did better in this years primary than she did in 2004 and in that year she won the general election by a wide margin.

In Non-partisan down ballot races with multiple candidates like this one, a 40% vote is huge.

Didn't you get the memo from Dorn? He thought he was going to win outright last night...

Posted by Alex Hays | August 20, 2008 3:32 PM

This race is over, the guy Alex is correct - up ballot is the action in Nov.

Dorn who?

Posted by John | August 20, 2008 3:46 PM

Hey Alex, check this out!

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 20, 2008 4:09 PM

That $50,000 that he's gotten from the Democratic Central Committee lately has to hurt a tad, too, doesn't it?

Posted by Ryan | August 20, 2008 4:09 PM

Just wondering how well it would go down if the Times or the PI called it the their "Editorial CONTROL Board"?

Posted by Miss Jackson, if you're nasty | August 20, 2008 7:12 PM

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