Ed. Note: Phil Spackman was one of the first true conservatives to “discover” Susan Hutchison and introduced her to The Reagan Wing in 2005, where after extensive, hours-long vetting, that board endorsed her as their senate candidate for 2006. Phil has been an ardent supporter of Susan for more than a decade, believing in Susan, even while criticizing her approach to her campaign during the controversial King County Executive race of 2008.
When Susan Hutchison was elected Chairwoman of the Washington State Republican Party in January 2013, the promise of fairness, unity, and victory seemed secure. Tragically, that promise has turned into utter disappointment.
Susan has chosen the deceitful path of her predecessors and decided that she alone gets to pick the candidates running for office as Republicans and not the voters. She also thinks she can be deceitful about her actions and get away with it. Nothing illustrates this better than the Republican Primary in the first congressional district.
On January 3, 2014, former SnoCo legislative analysts (6 years), and small business owner Ed Moats emailed Susan and the chairmen of the Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, and King County Republican Parties that he was running for the 1st Congressional District seat. Here is his brief and to the point email:
I am pleased to announce my candidacy for U.S. Congress, 1st
Congressional District, as a conservative Republican.
Edwin F. Moats
In February, ignoring this announcement (which is a formal and legal announcement according to the Federal Elections Commission) Susan tasked Luanne Van Werven, State GOP Vice Chair and State Committeewoman of Whatcom County, with putting together a committee to seek a candidate for this race. Ed Moats was never contacted or considered.
Pedro Celis, a wealthy Microsoft executive from north King County with no legislative experience, was selected, then introduced by Susan to the National Republican Campaign Committee (the House GOP political arm) as the party’s candidate for office. Ed Moats was never mentioned.
Later that month, Susan issued an email to party members that Pedro deserved the party’s support,encouragement and asked each of them to send five dollars to help Pedro campaign. Ed Moats was never mentioned.
When numerous party leaders criticized her for this email, stating that Ed Moats was running for this position as well and should get the same recognition – and here is where the deceit begins – she told them she did not know he was running, that he had not contacted her, and did not make himself available for vetting by the state party.
1) Susan had Ed’s email announcing his candidacy, January 3rd.
2) The party’s Vice Chair knew Ed was running.
3) The CD1 county chairmen knew Ed was running.
4) The Federal Elections Commission knew Ed was running, and
5) Candidates do not have to be vetted by the state party to run for office. The Republican Party does not have a litmus test.
It is obvious that Susan is being deceitful about this race and tried to hide that fact from party leaders. What she wants is a wealthy Microsoft executive who can self-finance, as Susan has bitterly failed in her fundraising attempts to this point.
How can the voters trust a Republican Party leader who is deceitful and tries to cover it up? This is supposed to be the party of fairness and openness. Unfortunately, because of Susan, this is a party of smoke-filled rooms and shady deals. One can only ask, “What disappointments are next from Susan Hutchison?”