Once again, the Columbian has begun telling voters who they should vote for with their selection of chosen candidates to receive the much vaunted “newspaper endorsement.” We see this every election cycle and from most all papers in the dinosaur media, the Columbian being no different.
While Democrats are favored most often in the media, we also see once in a while a good call as we saw in endorsing Ann Rivers in the 18th and Craig Riley in the 49th legislative districts. When it comes down to the 17th legislative district, the Columbian goes into full press mode to go counter to voters in the primary and keep both seats out of conservative hands.
In the 17th they chose to select a young teacher’s union representative and former delegate to the 2008 Democrat Convention for Barack Obama, Monica Stonier and the questionable incumbent completing his first term in Olympia, Tim Probst.
That both were nearly slaughtered in the primary vote count by their opponents, business owner and political novice Brian Peck and Paul Harris is ignored as the Columbian raises blinders on the Democrats and digs for every little grain of sand they can find to throw at the two conservatives.
Peck bested the incumbent Probst in the primary by a count of 53% to 47%, with Probst spending an unbelievable amount of campaign cash in an uncontested primary, just he and Peck running and both guaranteed their party’s nomination in our top two primary.
Harris performed even better against two Democrats, gaining 56% of the votes to a combined count of 44% split between Stonier and Martin Hash, Stonier coming out on top.
Showing an all too obvious fear that the two seats currently held by Democrats were heading to conservatives, our wonderful people at the Columbian got out their journalistic shovels and started digging, but only on the right side.
Harris was blasted for having a business truck registered in Oregon that he paid a stiff fine to update. No one wastes any time searching for anything Stonier might have done as a Teachers Union Representative or sought out her view on the union causing Washington State to lose a $13.2 Million grant 2 years ago.
While I have no doubt she is a good teacher, do we really need a WEA representative sitting in the legislature when we can already see that Schools in Washington are poorly managed and amply funded? The WEA advocates for teachers first, students second.
Don’t expect to ever see the Columbian questioning a powerful union like the WEA.
It must have really shaken the ‘good old boy’ mentality at the Columbian seeing how a political novice like Brian Peck beat out an incumbent like Tim Probst, so the digging for mud began. Probst is no stranger to mud himself, slinging it readily in 2008, even though he agreed with his opponent then not to.
Peck came under fire for not including a certain wording on his campaign signs and his not fully listing the businesses he owns. This after once boasting of how his business earned an “excellence Award” 5 years in a row.
While they make a fuss over this news, Probst is held up as the quintessential embodiment of perfection in our legislature for not voting for tax increases, even though it is all too obvious that he votes against them with the permission of his party leaders in Olympia, knowing all too well the measures were going to pass anyway, what with the more than sufficient majority the left has held for some time now.
No one asks about what alternative measures proposed did he vote for or support and apparently no one at the Columbian saw fit to question Probst on his support and sponsorship of HB 2630, the so-called “Opportunity Express” bill, a bill “that will provide more money for training workers for key occupations…” and whether any of that money just might end up at Washington Workforce Association, the company Tim Probst just happens to be CEO of.
Shouldn’t voters be informed whether or not Probst fronted a bill that might have benefited this own company?
Then again, I can’t help but recall how the Columbian went after Bob Koski relentlessly when he had up his Clark Blog site for “copyright infringement” in his posting whole articles on his site with hyperlinks back to the Columbian, but Tim Probst lists a succession of complete articles from the Columbian with no hyperlinks back to the Columbian’s website and no one at the Columbian seems to be blinking an eye about it. (See update listed after post. Probst appears to be coming into compliance with copyright law after being contacted by the Columbian)
A query has been sent to Columbian staff as this is being written, but they have not had the opportunity to reply just yet.
It is all too obvious to me that the Columbian is very frightened that the 17th Legislative District seats, one held by Democrat Tim Probst and the other being vacated by Democrat Deb Wallace are very likely to be added to the Republican label this November.
So frightened that they will sling mud for the Democrats again and ignore voter discontent with the performance of the left.
Fortunately, I think voters are smarter than that and they will show it in the 17th Legislative District come November.
Elect Brian Peck
Elect Paul Harris
UPDATE: Lou Brancaccio, managing editor of the Columbian replied on Tim Probst’s copyright infringement:
Thanks Lew for the e-mail. I’ve been in touch with Tim and I’m told it will be coming down.
Last I looked, 11 PM Oct. 10, 2010, Probst seems to be complying with copyright law now.