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December 29, 2004
WA Governor's Race: Class shows
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Letter today from Dino Rossi to Christine Gregoire today:

Dino Rossi

December 29, 2004

Attorney General Christine Gregoire

1125 Washington Street

Olympia, WA 98504

Dear Attorney General Gregoire:

The Secretary of State will certify you as governor-elect tomorrow.  Although you will be certified, with all the problems that have plagued this process there won’t be many people in our state who believe with certainty that you actually won the election.  The uncertainty surrounding this election process isn’t just bad for you and me – it is bad for the entire state.  People need to know for sure that the next governor actually won the election.

We’ve now had three counts – I was certified the victor after Counts 1 and 2, and you will be certified tomorrow as the victor of Count 3. Throughout the entire process, King County Elections staff changed the rules about which ballots would count and, at the end, the Supreme Court also changed the rules.  As it now stands, some people in King County had the rules changed so their votes could count, while other wrongfully disenfranchised people across the state – including many members of our military – have been denied the opportunity to have their votes counted.

Additionally, I don’t believe you’ll find many people in this state who think the hand recount was more accurate than the first two counts.  Even some Democratic elections officials have said hand counts are less accurate.  So we’re now in a situation where nobody really knows who won this election. 

Our next governor should enter office without any doubt about the legitimacy of his or her office.  The people of Washington deserve to know that their governor was elected fair and square.  Unfortunately, the events of the past few weeks now make it impossible for you or me to take office on January 12 without being shrouded in suspicion.

The law allows me to contest the election.  An election contest would bring every questioned aspect of this election before the Legislature or a court for review.  It would take many weeks, perhaps months, to complete.  At the end, even if the results were to change back in my favor, the state would have suffered from the long, drawn-out process.

For several weeks, former Secretary of State Ralph Munro has argued that this election will never be seen as legitimate and that the best option is to put it back into the hands of the voters for a revote.   If our roles were reversed, if you had won twice and I had only won in the less-accurate hand recount, I would support a revote.  I would not want to enter office with so many people viewing my governorship as illegitimate. 

The only good answer is for the people to decide, once and for all, who is the next governor.  A revote would be the best solution for the people of our state, and would give us a legitimate governorship.  If you and I were to join together and ask the Legislature to pass a bill calling for a special election, the bill would pass quickly, as soon as the 2005 session begins.  The revote could be held as soon as possible.

I hope you will agree that a revote makes the most sense to build back people’s trust in our election process, and I look forward to your response.

Best regards,

This is the most positive thing that could happen. All of Washington state could turn all of the aggravation and pain into a positive resolution.

The Democrats will probably respond with "This will just be too costly to the Washington taxpayers." (I predict this based on recent video history of Gregoire.) I, for one, would be happy to pay a buck - heck, I'll pay five bucks (to make up for those that can't or don't want to contribute) to vote again. Just think of all the posts I won't have to do about fraud - and we can get on with actually working on the issues that face our state!

How about you?

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Apparently the cost of the three recounts wasn't too much of a concern to the Democrats.

EMCEE: So true. But every time Gregoire has been asked about it in the last couple of weeks she's said that the WA taxpayers just can't afford a re-do.

Posted by: Xoxotl at Dec 29, 2004 10:28:28 PM

Yeah, or the $700,000 plus change they'll get back...

Or the fact that - you were right - they ARE whining about the cost because, "It's irresponsible to spend $4 million in taxpayer money on a new election just because you don't like losing this one"...

Enough's enough of this patty-cake, methinks. Time to knock 'em down and get on with it.

EMCEE: This is a good move for Rossi to make though. This way, no one can blame him for contesting - he offered to make it easy. She wants hard.

Posted by: Josef at Dec 29, 2004 11:36:56 PM

Yeah, as in hard...

Here's a breaking update (and why I put up with 20-hour days):

"Voters in Washington have no appetite for a new election," said Morton Brilliant, Gregoire's spokesman.

Rossi's spokeswoman, Mary Lane, fired back: "I don't think the voters in this state have an appetite for an illegitimate governor."Neither the state constitution nor state statutes provide for a second gubernatorial election.

. . .

Kirstin Brost, spokeswoman for the state Democratic Party, called Rossi's request "absurd."

"In one breath, he says that drawing out the process would hurt the state and in the next he says he wants a do-over," Brost said. "It would be spending $4 million just because he doesn't like the results of this election."

Or almost a cool mil because they didn't like it...

EMCEE: 1) The new election could be easily funded directly by the voters. 2) A new election will take much less time than a contest. 3) A new election is a positive focus for everyone. 4) A new election is easy in comparison to a contest.

But I don't think the Dems will play - Rossi would easily win a new election. So, contest it is. We tried to make it easy.

Posted by: Josef at Dec 30, 2004 12:06:12 AM

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