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Monday, September 15, 2008

New Rossi Ad Calls Gregoire “Casino Chris”

posted by on September 15 at 14:17 PM

Republican Dino Rossi has launched an ad and web site that paints Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire as a corrupt tool of Native American tribes. (In renegotiating the state’s gambling contract with the Spokane Tribe earlier this year, the state declined to take proposed cash payments from the tribe.) Called “Casino Chris,” the ad shows a group of white guys in suits negotiating over a table with two long-haired men (of dubious native heritage) in bolo ties and—no shit—pigtails. In the ad, Gregoire’s representatives negotiate the tribes’ contributions to the state down to nothing—the implication being that Gregoire gave the “Indian tribes,” as the ad refers to them, a sweetheart deal in exchange for campaign contributions.

It’s inaccurate (Gregoire refused the cash payments at the behest of gambling opponents, including Republican Norm Maleng), classless (at one point, Native Guy 1 turns to Native Guy 2 and asks, “Do they do drug testing in the governor’s office?), arguably racist (“Indians”? Pigtails?—and, as the Tacoma News Tribune pointed out it, wildly off base: Rossi has produced no evidence suggesting Gregoire is on the take, and his ad is funded largely by contributions from non-Native American gambling interests. And do we really want to index the state budget to the health of the gambling industry?

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That was an excellent episode of Seinfeld.

Posted by Sir Learnsalot | September 15, 2008 2:19 PM

ECB - who knows the truth, these seen to be very arcane negotiations - but - as the economy weakens, lost revenue or potential lost revenue might be an ace for Rossi. "Low information" voters abound.

The most foolish of us - I never gamble - know casinos have piles of cash. Or so it seems.

Posted by Art | September 15, 2008 2:20 PM

It's a page from the post-Rove Republican playbook. Trump shit up so that the other guys look like morons, liars, or both, and then, after the damage is done, say, "yes, someone else may have gone a bit far with that ad." At that point you know that the impact has been made. It's dishonest, but it works.

Posted by Matt Fuckin' Hickey | September 15, 2008 2:31 PM

sorry kiddies, but Christine is going to have her ass handed to her by Rossi this year. I mean she is running on keeping lead out of toys.

And who the fuck cares about kids?!?! I sure as hell don't.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | September 15, 2008 2:34 PM

what's most worrying about this ad campaign is the message that tribes, when successful, are seen as a potential cash cow that should be tapped by honest tax paying citizens. casino's make money on indian land, which were created before the state. i know the legislation made it neccessary to compact with states but this is a business on indian land.

moraly, i'm even more outraged. our most precious resources were gobbled up leaving us with little natural resources left. when we make a buck everyone wants their share of it. we have so little left. everyday i see the result of what has happened in the poverty and hopelessness. yet the republicans want to make us a pawn in their games again. my god.

Posted by Jiberish | September 15, 2008 2:43 PM

If you go south of Olympia, or north of Everett, or east of Issaquah, Rossi signs abound.

Yes, those people are stupid, and a drain on the state. But if you combine them with the combover crowd in Seattle/Bellevue (who think Dino had the election stolen from him) and the women-who-hate-other-women vote, Christine might be in trouble.

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | September 15, 2008 2:47 PM

This is actually a page from Pre-Rove, one of the oldest dirty tricks in the book. Lyndon Baines Johnson put it succinctly, decadaes ago:" I can't call a man a pigfucker, but I can sure as hell make him deny it!"
Variations on that theme occurred in William Faulkner novels, and in Robert Penn Warren's "All the King's Men."

Posted by eliza | September 15, 2008 3:00 PM

Chris Gregoire was in the slots area of Muckleshoot the other day, shoveling coins from her purse while clutching a Parliament.

Posted by John Bailo | September 15, 2008 3:04 PM

Rossi is so full of shit his eyes are brown. He's Sarah Palin in pants, and he would be a diaster for this state.

Besides that, he's a liar. Every single tribe in this state has invested gaming proceeds in roads, health clinics, schools, and social services on tribal lands that has saved the state millions and millions of dollars that we'd be on the hook for otherwise.

Ever been to Chief Leschi School on the Puyallup Reservation? Ever seen the Muckleshoot Health Clinic?

What have the Republicans ever done for the tribes except crap all over them? Fucking racist bastards.

If you give a shit about jobs, schools, health care, and the environment in this state, there is NO OTHER CHOICE but Gregoire.

Posted by ivan | September 15, 2008 3:04 PM

2004 proved that voters could give a shit about "lies".

gregoire only has herself to blame if she loses.

Posted by max solomon | September 15, 2008 3:22 PM

Happy Birthday to ECB!

Posted by Obsessed Weirdo | September 15, 2008 3:33 PM

Gregoire should borrow footage from that ancient anti-litter commercial with the crying indian and use it to cap an add picturing how the developpers who own Rossi will fell forrests, pave over streams, and turn the Puget sound into a sea of paving connected by 16 lane highways or something like that.

Posted by kinaidos | September 15, 2008 3:47 PM

This is a very good time to bring this subject matter up.

One thing that has been taken away from certain classifications of homeless and low income people living in subsidized housing settlements is their dignity.

Bob Dylan has some wonderful songs about middle America(na) from the life of a man who was free wheeling in a time

( the early 60's )

when it was acceptable to be raised in politics that opened their arms to communalized styles of living arrangements without the fear that a person could be blocked from making a life change as an adult without being penalized by terror beasts in the sky that were and are dominated by Telecommunication Giants beaming into your heads every four to eight years, tired dirty sleeze ads denigrating the opponent at every opportunity.

Bear with me as I will make a distinction between Bombs and beams in a minute.

When all else fails, marketing strategists and political managers opt out for the hard hitting gossip to bring in the troops of money and partisanship to muscle it up...

....fist fighting into the tap dance of look away look away towards the issues of incumbancy and the party failings of the punishing aspects of being the Republican Candidate returning after 9-11 in 2008 from 2004; in this instance Govenor candidate.

Granted respectively, Democrats and Republicans alike have been accused and cornered in retaliatory sound bites that appear in regulated and controlled zones of receivership.

Once the airwaves were free free airwaves that are now privatized, and they are the example that should be discussed...

like once upon a time when we were pep rallied into believing in the nuclear options of the atomic bomb,

and that is the issue at hand with Federal Regulations and the FCC and the bigger issues dealing and revolving in and around State and Federal jurisdictions.

It's tough to be the comeback kid in a changed party... especially when so many voters do not have the ability to comprehend the way lobbiests and large multi-national consortiums can simply giant in a system of oversite that boggles the minds of certain catagories of subsidized living groups and blocks of voter rights.

The effect of the "feeling" perceived by a mentally capable but "managed" person, who has neither the time, or perceptive capability to research the bigger issues of partisanship in "hot-election year cycles" are the ones being taken advantage of by "those in the know".

Politicians forget the fact that artists keep tabs and track what politicians say because of their perceptions and the transferring of large idealizations and miniscule inversion reffrence points.

Politicians like the limelight as well if not better than some artists.

What politicians get "sucked into", often at times under pressure from their immediate press or inside manager agents...

who are easily replaced by the larger motivations of party money laundering...

(oops... did I really say money laundering???

maybe I should say legally challenged doctoring on the part of creative finaciers...)

...are the times when the politicians are waiting for all the juicy sexy poll info and find themselves at the whim of the king makers.

Arguments like, What was that comment about Bob Dylan(???)

What about Woody Guthrie and all those missing records....

become the launch point for lawyers to scoff with pundits and well marketed talking heads as if the mirror of a celebrity name will bring in the polls and fill up the voter tickets.

Anyone who understands this concept knows that we are reliving the fashions of the sixties and seventies all over again in a cyclic style that the Obama crowd either lived through as a baby or the college crowd and first time voters who were still in diapers rolling around the floor in bong smoke and acid dreams of the ashram...

( that cartoon rooster says "it's a joke son"....)

and the repressed KINSEY report card crowds of the drop your keys in the bowl cocktail parties from CIA filed doormats.

The missing third of Americana is of course the very strict religeous family that floats in ond out of every facet of these two distinctions of wild and with it liberalism.

Conservative rights in a two party system?

How about I'll tell you nothing about my walking and wandering the last couple of years and challenge Dino Rossi to this...

Forget the Gambling Story for a moment...

Go to Greenlake at the 63rd crosswalk of the east side of the lake and use the toilet provided for the public...

(the Mens restroom as I have not been in the Ladies restroom....)

and think about this as a citizen, and especially as a homeless person who can now be charged by the "eye in the sky",

( I have heard this is true and I admit I have not had time to confirm this in court of law yet... that if a person uses the outdoors for a urinal now they are a sex offender.)

Mr. Rossi, you live on the eastside?

I wouldn't know I don't and haven't looked up your address... just like I know Govenor Gregoire lives in Olympia yet I don't visit her house like I never used inside information to knock on Sherman Alexies door...

Dino... go ahead and try to use the restroom for a sit down moment...
The one I challenge you to use....

and tell us where your dignity lies when you can look from the throne to the outside of the bushes and see someone walking bye and possibly see someone stop and "snap your picture" and put it up on the world wide web before a person can say BOO!

Then I'll consider telling you why I am so very hard on the Republican right and the Republicans while at the same time advancing personal reasonings for private seperation of family and friends personal stories.

Go ahead and use your handelers if you want to mock my medical records and liberal conservative tendancies and the ridiculous cries of reasonable and rational people who have not the time or the where-with-all or experience of my life and see if you can recognize your shadows on the wall.

This is part of what I have faced... and I have stood up before the city council, the county executive, homeland security and senators in congress and representatives of the house only to be used as a scape goat and stalling mechanism by people unfamiliar and people ALL TOO FAMILIAR with the way the way big money politics and prosecutors use the lame and infirm to call in the troops with voter blocks for jesus... at the expense of the smart ones who stay the hell out of the way.

And those who hang around the library from behind a screen somewhere and double check and triple dog dare my spelling to see if they can hack their way into a hackable system just to be a hack.

I'm serious... anyone can sit in that mens restroom and have their picture taken from the other side of the Bushes.

Posted by danielbennettkieneker | September 15, 2008 3:53 PM

Yes, over here in eastern WA, the Rossi signs abound... Many of them read "Don't Let Seattle Steal This Election." The hypocrisy is practically palatable. The only way I'd take Rossi seriously after that is if he took his name off the ballot in King County. Or better yet, he could move out of his "latte-sipping" suburb to a fine eastern WA burg and enroll his kids in a fine 4th-rate public school where the current WASL score average in science is under 30%. Somehow I think their college-preparedness would be lacking...

Democrats, PLEASE get some courage and stop the Republican arrogance and hypocrisy machine. And by all means stop the Palins and Rossis among them from allowing the replacement of science with fundamentalist religious myths. Among other ways in which they dominate the American "intellectual" landscape with vagaries, half-truths and name-calling ("Casino Chris": WTF does that mean, anyway???)

Posted by MC | September 15, 2008 4:21 PM

Actually, Rossi did not make this ad. The D.C.-based Republican Governors Association did, and it is still arguable whether or not this is an actual "ad" or merely a web video (or a video press release as Marc Ambinder calls them) since the RGA refuses to discuss the "strategy" of media buys.

Posted by BTB | September 15, 2008 5:32 PM

The ads "Christine Casino" are deadly. Gregoire has a long reason that is almost impossible to follow for her position.
I love the fact that the tribes are gushing cash, about fucking time. But Rossi has a kicker here.

The Gregoire nice lady ads are full of kids and are very trite and lazy, we all love kids, mostly. So what are the issues? She is great on gay issues, but, in The Eastern Void, that is a boomerang issue.
Pray for an Obama coat tail. Someone said Palin is coming Sept. 24th, nice place for an picket of immense numbers, details??.

Posted by Art | September 15, 2008 6:51 PM

Oh yes, we're here to take your money, whitey. Fork it over! We're plump with cash.

Rossi the Racist!

Rossi the!

Good idea. I'll get to work on that.

Posted by AJ | September 15, 2008 7:45 PM


DINO IS AN INDIAN. I believe he is an enrolled member of the tribe and is a SEALASKA Corp (Alaska Native Corp) shareholder.

He just doesn't identify with it in public, unless forced to in an awkward moment in front of other Indians. Being an overt Indian would not sit well with his racist Republican goons.

Posted by Laura Grabhorn | September 20, 2008 8:01 AM

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