On October 3rd, I was alerted to the existence of a character assassination website designed to ruin the reputation of Republican Jane Hague‘s opponent for the King County Council. I went there and was immediately confronted by a blatant lie in large red type, right under the fake newspaper title banner. Here is a snapshot of what I saw…
(Click on the picture to see a PDF of the whole paper.)
The hit piece against Richard Pope has King County Chairman Michael Young’s fingerprints all over it, but, glaringly, not his signature. The site says it was “…authorized by the King County Republican Party,” but I am a member of the Board of highest authority in the KCGOP, the Central Committee, and I can assure you we were never consulted.
Articles on the simulated newspaper “The Truth On Pope” are attributed to “Top Staff Reporters,” but, since there is obviously no real newspaper, there are obviously no real “reporters.” Nevertheless, someone had to compose the stuff and do what little research there was.
The only known “staff” at the KCGOP are political neophytes, Executive Director Nathan Johnson and Political Director Matthew Lundh. From the KCGOP website:
|Executive Director||Nathan Johnsonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Political Director||Matthew Lundhemail@example.com|
Are these guys the “Top Staff Reporters?”
The Red headline, attributes a Bankruptcy filing to Pope, with an alleged quotation that he is leaving the practice of law. But Pope has never filed for Bankruptcy and it is not hard to find that out. What you may discover is that Richard’s father, retired and living on a fixed income, filed for bankruptcy shortly before his death. That is a sad story, but not as sad as the Young Administration’s use of the information, after his death, to try to smear his son.
Of all the scurrilous material on the website, the fake bankruptcy claim might have been the most emphatically provable lie. That may be why it vanished a short time after I saw it. But the phoney newspaper has become the basis of direct mail campaigns for which King County Republicans are now paying, without their direct authorization.
Since it’s our dollars being used and our reputations being dragged under by these tactics, don’t we have a right to at least know who wrote this stuff?
Call the King County Office and ask who wrote the smears. Who are the “Top Staff Reporters? Where did the “Bankruptcy” story come from?
Call the King County office at (425) 990-0404, or Michael Young at (206) 628-9662.