Obama names “most fined” Washington State bureaucrat to HUD

posted at 9:19 am on February 4, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama didn’t do much except run for President during his four years in the US Senate, but he did partner with Tom Coburn on transparency in budgeting.  That accomplishment allowed for some hope that Obama would work to make the federal government more transparent.  Unfortunately, as our friend Stefan Sharkansky reports from Sound Politics, Obama’s appointment of Ron Sims to the #2 position at HUD sends exactly the opposite message.  A court levied the biggest fine for illegal record withholding against Sims in Washington State history — and that record hasn’t finished yet:

Sims is culpable for what may well become the largest fine for violations of public records laws in U.S. history: see Yousoufian, Armen

My own public records suit against Sims (for delaying release of election records which revealed that King County officials unlawfully counted hundreds of ineligible ballots in the 2004 governor’s race) goes to trial in April.

The Yousoufian case should have derailed Sims’ appointment all by itself.  The Seattle Times just reported on the state Supreme Court decision that demanded a higher fine for King County under Sims’ governance for illegally blocking records that Yousoufian wanted to investigate the public financing of Qwest Field, the stadium where the Seattle Seahawks now play.  Their years-long delay ensured that Yousoufian could not find any potentially damaging information before a referendum that approved public financing for the NFL stadium.  The court found “hundreds” of instances where they gave misleading information or refused to give information at all while Sims was King County Executive.

Sharkansky feels Yousoufian’s pain.  When the Seattle blogger attempted to investigate King County’s performance in the 2004 election, the county — under Sims’ governance — gave him the same kind of runaround rather than comply with legal records requests.  Sharkansky eventually discovered what Sims and King County wanted to keep hidden: they counted ineligible ballots during the recount to give Christine Gregoire the necessary margin of victory over Dino Rossi for governor. Sharkansky’s suit will finally go to trial in April.  Sims might get called to testify, and if Sharkansky wins, King County can expect to pay another large fine to mitigate Sims’ mismanagement and opacity.

The Obama transition team appears to have fumbled another key appointment.  Senate Republicans should start making the argument that issuing executive orders for transparency means nothing if the administration gets filled with people who routinely violate existing Freedom of Information laws.  Sims needs to get the boot back to Washington, where he should answer for his misdeeds in King County.

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Anyone check this guys back taxes?

GarandFan on February 4, 2009 at 11:54 AM

Could someone, ANYONE, get elected Republicans some source of testosterone? Maybe they could learn where Janet Reno got hers, and tap the same source.


oldleprechaun on February 4, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Another day, another crook nominated by Obama.

This is becoming a pattern.

BTW, remember how the leftists argued that Obama’s complete lack of experience was a positive. How is that working out for you now?

18-1 on February 4, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Barry has to do something to protect ACORN…afterall, he’s already started running for 2012.

ice princess on February 4, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Keep moving – nothing to see here.

Fuquay Steve on February 4, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Transparency, in Chicago speak, means “move on, nothing to see here.”

Angry Dumbo on February 4, 2009 at 12:42 PM

But he’s black! What do fines matter?

promachus on February 4, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Can’t wait till April. I KNEW the fix was in for Gregoire in 04. What was it, the 4th recount that finally resulted in her win? What a friggin joke!

warriorlawyer on February 4, 2009 at 12:59 PM

Consistency…thy name is Obama…

ladyingray on February 4, 2009 at 1:17 PM

O whining shitty ond a shill.

PaddyJ on February 4, 2009 at 1:20 PM

It must be hard to find a decent appointee when all you know are crooks.

Besides, we’re just trying to help Michelle’s kids out anyway.

bluelightbrigade on February 4, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Ron Sims is the biggest douche-bag in King County. The rest of the U.S. is welcome to have him — we’ve been trying to figure out a way to get rid of him for many years now.

My collie says:

BTW, he’s another BIG advocate of gay marriage, in addition to foisting the biggest voter fraud on the electorate in Washington state history.

CyberCipher on February 4, 2009 at 1:37 PM

Another day, another crook nominated by Obama.

Well, you know what they say,

“Turds of a feather float together”

TrickyDick on February 4, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Shark’s a good guy–read his blog even if you don’t live in Seattle.

ScottMcC on February 4, 2009 at 2:00 PM

What was that warning about poor judgment regarding Obama’s associations during the campaign? It’s too bad not enough people listened.

threeCents on February 4, 2009 at 2:02 PM

No please, take him

Get rid of him for us.

We don’t want him around here anymore, but he so dominates the Seattle machine that we can’t vote him out.

Sackett on February 4, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Think of the federal judges he’ll appoint!

JohnJ on February 4, 2009 at 2:28 PM

I live here in washington state
I watched as king county
under the idiot sims leadership

not once
not twice not even three times
No but over 5 times has overturned the peoples wishes
We voted no to the stadium
sims runs to the legislature crying like a baby
the legistlature overturns the voters wishes
by just stating (if you would have voted today) you would have said yes (so we are picking the yes vote)..

We voted no to the football stadium 500 million more
Guess what happened sims again runs to everyone he could find and gets the vote overturned

We voted NO to the basketball arena (gee guess what happened) there

We voted no too light rail (hell its only 13 miles long) and costs 22 billion its almost 1 billion dollars a mile
to get people from the airport to gues where
Seattle sims turn..
We still havent stopped that monstrosity..

We voted for a republican and in sims district
low and behold each time that woman (not my govenor)
was behind suddendly they would majically find
at least a couple of hundred votes

this happened so many times that even the news organizations were laughing stating on the air
I wonder how many more they will find..

guess what happened
a democrat won agaisnt the will of the people

It is so bad up here that in the next election
most people i know arent going to vote..

Why bother..
After all each time the public chooses
majically thanks to sims and the democrats
Dead people end up voting
illegal aliens end up voting
hell they kicked a reporter out of the king county
vote colection site (because is is allegged they saw some very imporoper behaviour)

and of course since sims was there
it was never investigated..

I am sorry america
We tried all we could to get him out of office.
but seattle and olympia are so corrupted
it is now impossible,,

Just imagine what he will do for the entire us..

heck i will bet he is going to ruin err run
the entire voting system of the former
United states of america

At least our family can say to all of america
We didnt vote for that CREEP..

jcila on February 4, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Perhaps Obama’s cabinet should be sent to gitmo..they are as criminal as the terrorists.

becki51758 on February 4, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Hey, I live in Illinois and I was happy to get rid of Obama. Wait. There must be some flaw in my logic . . .

Hold on this is going to be a rough ride.

Hegelian Conservatives 2016.

Angry Dumbo on February 4, 2009 at 6:25 PM

I can’t laugh any more… my sides are hurting. Can we take a break from this new Comedian in Chief for a while? Please?

RalphyBoy on February 4, 2009 at 9:40 PM

I can’t laugh any more… my sides are hurting. Can we take a break from this new Comedian in Chief for a while? Please?

And in the Headline thread about the comics, they said there’s nothing funny about BHO.

jgapinoy on February 4, 2009 at 9:43 PM

And in the Headline thread about the comics, they said there’s nothing funny about BHO.

jgapinoy on February 4, 2009 at 9:43 PM

I heard the interview a few weeks ago with the writer that made that same point… You read my mind cause I almost included that tid bit. Thanks for picking up for me.

RalphyBoy on February 4, 2009 at 9:45 PM

For gosh sakes don’t kick him back until he’s resigned his position as King County Exec. We don’t want his sorry a** back.

Bill M on February 4, 2009 at 9:50 PM

the NY Times and the SEATTLE Times , two very liberal rags turn on BHussein in two days???
That’s NOT good.
More bad days ahead for sure.

shooter on February 4, 2009 at 10:14 PM

My guess is the people of Washington State will thank you for this pick.

Mr. Joe on February 4, 2009 at 10:43 PM

Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House. One is from Chicago, another is from Tennessee, and the third is from Minnesota.

All three go with a White House official to examine the fence. The Minnesota contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. “Well,” he says, “I figure the job will run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me.”

The Tennessee contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, “I can do this job for $700: $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me.”

The Chicago contractor doesn’t measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers, “$2,700.”

The official, incredulous, says, “You didn’t even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?”

The Chicago contractor whispers back, “$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire the guy from Tennessee to fix the fence.”

“Done!” replies the government official.

And that, my friends, is how the new stimulus plan will work.


Mr. Joe on February 4, 2009 at 10:44 PM

Nancy Pelosi wants to pee on the Washington Times?

That’s why the “Lady” is a Tramp!

Can we get Nancy to pee on Ron Sims! Kinky!

Mr. Joe on February 4, 2009 at 10:55 PM

This “man” is a CORRUPT NIGHTMARE. The worst of the worst. He tells me all I need to know about how obama will govern. Keep an eye on him.

— King County Captive

Security Mom on February 4, 2009 at 11:00 PM

When libs say they are the most ethical administration, the complete opposite is what they mean.

grapeknutz on February 4, 2009 at 9:28 AM

The thing is, libs are by definition “ethical”. When you have no standards, it’s impossible to fall short.

ddrintn on February 4, 2009 at 11:12 PM

At one point, the voters of King County actually voted AGAINST some taxes, and I remember, like it was yesterday, Ron Sims saying, “Well, now I have to decide who lives, and who dies”.

Talk about MELODRAMA!

gmoonster on February 4, 2009 at 11:15 PM

Should send him to Chicago where he would fit in nicely with new like-minded friends….

DL13 on February 4, 2009 at 11:34 PM

Al Gore is trying to take over your children

Seriously this is way creepy.

H/T to Glenn Beck and one of his alert callers!

Mr. Joe on February 5, 2009 at 1:17 AM

Every piece of crap office holder and legislation is floating to the surface it seems. Good has lost its hold a little. This Nation has survived worse. This is an example though that ya have to keep your guard up. They’ll wait 40+ years to pull out this crap and now its the criminals with the keys to the jail. Keep on their asses people. This crap can’t go unanswered.

johnnyU on February 5, 2009 at 7:34 AM

When is President Obama going to bring his closest friends into the government? Such as, Angela Davis, Patty Hurst, all surviving members of the ‘Chicago Seven’ and replace the Secret Service with ‘Black Panthers’ or the security team that protect “The leader of the Nation of Islam” Screwy Louie.

MSGTAS on February 5, 2009 at 9:10 AM

Honestly people, Liberals don’t think this is a problem. All of this corruption is a resume’ inhancement for them. This has always been true. Keep contacing your congress critters and keep telling them that you don’t think all of this corruption is a good idea. The media isn’t going to do it for you. They are corrupt, too. They see the problem, but twist the story to call all Republicans corrupt. If you listen to any of them you will go as nuts as they are. I would think that thousands of e-mails, calls, and letters placed to your Senators and Reps will do a lot more than making fun of them on a blog. JMHO

BetseyRoss on February 5, 2009 at 11:36 AM

“Ron Sim’s greatest hits” (from Sound Politics).

dont taze me bro on February 5, 2009 at 4:40 PM