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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Voicemail from Marcia McCraw

posted by on October 30 at 12:36 PM

This morning we got a voicemail from Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor Marcia McCraw. She takes your preconceived notions about Republicans and aborts them. She’s pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, and she wants to legalize pot. This summer she partied at Sturgis and Burning Man.

And her message today makes her seem even more mavericky. From Mexico—five days before the election—she called on her cell phone, saying, “I am driving in the Carrera Panamericana, a classic car road race that goes from the south border of Mexico to the north border of Mexico.”

But despite McCraw’s freewheeling positions and roadtrips, she really is a Republican—as proven by some zealous positions on national security and plans to vote for McCain and Rossi. I write about her politics, and her conservative Democrat opponent Brad Owen, in this week’s issue. In our anyone-but-Brad-Owen endorsement of her, we called her an “empty bag of chips.” So she sent us dozens of bag of chips. In hindsight, we should have called her an “empty suitcase of cash.”

Anyway, on the voicemail, McCraw pushed her snack-food platform by saying she’s trying to get people to sell bags of potato chips for $25. “If we can get people at every Halloween party on Friday in town to do that… I think it would do a lot for showing that the Republican Party is the big-tent party. Call me.”

While we find McCraw more addictive than a sack of Frito-Lays and are willing to transcribe her voicemail, the Republican Party, on the whole, is no big-tent party. But, hey, if you want to give her a call, everyone loves chips.

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She's endearing. I still don't want her a heartbeat from the governor's mansion, though (nor do I really want Brad Owen, frankly).

Posted by lorax | October 30, 2008 12:39 PM

What is the deal with Lt. Governorship here in WA? Why the hell don't they run as a ticket with the Gov candidates like a normal state?

Posted by Levislade | October 30, 2008 12:50 PM

For this one race, I'll be a one-issue voter and cast my vote for Marcia. Thanks, Dom!

Posted by NaFun | October 30, 2008 12:51 PM

@2. "In 24 states, the governor and lieutenant governor are elected on the same ticket, to ensure they both come from the same political party. In the remaining 18 states, they are elected separately and, thus, may come from different parties."--

Posted by lorax | October 30, 2008 1:05 PM

I thought about voting for her, but as appealing as her expressed political opinions are, her 71 year old boyfriend/"partner" (?), the guy who mostly funded her campaign under one of his many pseudonyms, is one creepy shyster in the Eyman mold, only more pathetic and weird.

Posted by Just Sayin' | October 30, 2008 1:10 PM

The "neighbors" in the post above this one wholeheartedly thank The Stranger for endorsing a McCain-Rossi Republican based on a proclaimed propensity for pot, potato chips, and partying. Pertinent political positions, pundits!

Posted by Chris in West Seattle | October 30, 2008 1:24 PM

I will never vote for a Republican...never!

Posted by Vince | October 30, 2008 2:41 PM

I met her and spoke with her at length while at Burning Man this year. Probably for much longer than I'd hoped, but it was a truly interesting way to wind down an afternoon.

For all of her talk of being a social moderate, she still was most certainly a Republican (not a converted libertarian or other such BS). She defended Reichert, Rossi, and McCain as all candiates who break from the traditional Republican mold ... though really couldn't say how other than they weren't Bush. She dodged questions about Dino's miserable road plan and how she could reconcile being Lt. under someone who is so counter to the social positions she keeps talking up. Her answers to both always seemed to point back to this imaginary "big tent" that she also mentioned in her voice mail.

She may be able to reconcile her social issues with her party under her "big tent," but politically she's far closer to another GOP empty suit saying what needs to be said to get in office. I walked away rather than keep talking to her out of frustration. Brad Owen's a worthless dolt, but she's really just Rossi without the social baggage.

Posted by martinized | October 30, 2008 2:50 PM

the economy of every city and county and the state is in collapse, and this shit is interesting? to whom?

who the hell cares about this woman?

a novelty Republican, like, who is voting and working for McCain and Rossi - geez I am so excited - so novel

is this a ploy for her ad money next run? someone is boning her husband?

news, news, news -- please

Posted by Jack | October 30, 2008 2:50 PM

I met Brad Owen back when I was in Youth & Government. The guy is a total windbag.

Marcia could light a fire under Gregoire, which I think is great for all of us. She has my vote.

Posted by Bryce Beamish | October 30, 2008 3:01 PM

I voted for her. She seems harmless (unlike Brad Owen) and we can get a shiny new democratic lt governor next time around.

Posted by jrrrl | October 30, 2008 4:21 PM

Marcia McCraw seems like a weird one, which would make her a fine heir to Washington's tradition of crazy Lt. Governors. Don't get too comfortable, Gregoire.

Posted by Greg | October 30, 2008 5:55 PM

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