Locke a lock for Commerce? Update: Tip of the scandal iceberg

posted at 8:43 am on February 24, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama has found his third pick for Commerce Secretary, a post that has resembled the Spinal Tap drummer more than a Cabinet position in the Obama transition.  Gary Locke, the former governor of Washington, will soon join the Obama administration in the position vacated by once and present Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) and Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM):

President Obama is probably going to pick former Washington Gov. Gary Locke for commerce secretary, several senior administration officials told FOX News Monday.

The expected decision comes after the president’s two previous picks bowed out of the running. Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., backed out less than two weeks ago, citing “irresolvable conflicts” with the president’s economic policies. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson bowed out in January amid an ethics investigation in his state. …

Since leaving office he’s been working for the Seattle-based law firm Davis Wright Tremaine on issues involving China, energy and governmental relations. He argues that global engagement is a way to improve China’s human rights record and deal with piracy of intellectual property.

He’ll fit right in with Hillary Clinton on China, then.  In fact, he’ll fit in better with the Obama administration than Gregg, who mostly opposed Obama’s economic policies. One big question is whether the White House will still pull the Census from Commerce, or whether a Democrat in the Commerce Secretary position will satisfy the Congressional Black Caucus and the Latino caucus.  Locke would certainly serve to eliminate that controversy.

He might stoke another, however.  Fox News notes that Obama wanted a quiet, scandal-free appointment after Richardson’s pay-for-play investigation and the tax problems of several high-profile nominees.  Locke, though, brings a little baggage that may get a new look in a confirmation hearing:

LET’S SAY YOU’RE Gov. Gary Locke’s brother-in-law. You bunk at the governor’s mansion. You commute to your nearby job as an executive of a private technology firm.

During your two years with the firm, the governor signs a bill giving your company a tax break, personally intervenes in a dispute involving your company, shows up for a party there, and signs a federal loan application for your company, whose founders—your bosses—pay at least two visits to the mansion.

At the same time, your company rakes in millions in state aid, lands a fat state technology contract, and is allowed to use government credit authority to float new loans (an authority illegally granted, as a state auditor’s report will reveal this week).

Are you getting gubernatorial favors that average citizens don’t get?

Naaaw, says the governor.

The scandal involved SafeHarbor, an online-services firm that racked up an impressive amount of state contracts and tax breaks during the two years that Judd Lee, the brother of Locke’s wife, bunked at the governor’s mansion.  Locke and Lee claimed that they never discussed SafeHarbor business while living in the same house, but as Seattle Weekly notes, SafeHarbor got a lot of attention from Locke, coincidentally or not.  It got over $12 million in government aid and saved over $600,000 from legislation pushed by Locke, while gaining almost $500,000 in state contracts.  The state aid actually comprised federal funds for redevelopment, channeled through a state agency called PDA, which allowed Locke to claim that SafeHarbor never got state aid money.

Will we hear more about SafeHarbor and how they ended up with $12 million in taxpayer money while its executive bunked with Locke?  It certainly seems like a good topic to pick for an administration that promised it would clean up Washington and end the politics of influence.

Update: While I was writing this, I recalled that the boss covered the Seattle waterfront for years and wondered what she might have in the archives.  Michelle has, as it turns out, a cornucopia of questionable donations and potential influence peddling:

Now, former Democrat Gov. Gary Locke — a lawyer for international firm Davis, Wright, and Tremaine who specializes in China — is rumored to be the next nominee for the post. The MSM is pulling for him. WaPo writes: “Locke is regarded as a safe choice by senior officials in the Obama administration given his long history in public life, his strait-laced reputation and his bipartisan governing credentials.” Wishful thinking? Willful cluelessness? Probably a bit of both.

I covered Gary Locke when I worked at the Seattle Times. I dealt with his campaign and gubernatorial staffs. “Strait-laced” is not the adjective I’d use for my dealings with him and his people.

In response to my columns pressing Locke on his close ties to campaign finance crook John Huang, the governor’s office first stonewalled. His standard Democrat smokescreen? Play the race card and play the victim.

Be sure to read the whole thing.  At first, I was tempted to agree with Moe Lane that Locke looked like Rahm Emanuel in terms of scandals and brothers-in-law.  Now it looks like Locke has a lot more problems than Obama’s chief of staff, who was lucky not to have to face a confirmation hearing.

Can’t anyone in this administration vet potential nominees?  Did they really believe that tying themselves to the Clinton China-gate scandal was a smokin’ hot idea?


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Nah, we’d do that for our brother too wouldn’t we? Obama made promises he NEVER intended to keep.

originalpechanga on February 24, 2009 at 8:50 AM

In order to appear more successful at stewarding the economy, Obama’s going to replace the DJIA companies with politically-connected firms – which of course will receive a bouquet of stimulus dollars. Political return-on-investment… it’s all the rage these days with OPM in Washington. Locke will fit right in.

beatcanvas on February 24, 2009 at 8:51 AM

Obama never met a Pay for Play politician he didn’t want to give a cabinet position to.

doriangrey on February 24, 2009 at 8:52 AM

this is getting stupid.

trailortrash on February 24, 2009 at 8:53 AM

Guanxi.

JiangxiDad on February 24, 2009 at 8:53 AM

Who is in charge of vetting these criminals?

anniekc on February 24, 2009 at 8:54 AM

Laugh or cry. Take your pick.

KCB on February 24, 2009 at 8:55 AM

From Wikipedia….

Democrats criticized Locke for embracing the Republican Party’s no-new-taxes approach to dealing with Washington’s budget woes during and after the 2001 economic turmoil. Among his spending-reduction proposals were laying off thousands of state employees; reducing health coverage; freezing most state employees’ pay; and cutting funding for nursing homes and programs for the developmentally disabled. In his final budget, Locke suspended two voter-passed, pro-school initiatives while cutting state education funding. That same state budget, though, had record-high allocations for construction projects.

Could it be? Nah…………

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 24, 2009 at 8:55 AM

I’m starting to get the feeling that maybe, just maybe, all of the politicians are corrupt…

Perhaps Obama should just start picking random citizens for cabinet positions since the Chief of Staff is running all policy anyway.

myrenovations on February 24, 2009 at 8:56 AM

This is where the Republicans really need to attack…Obama is at wits end trying to fill this seat, if this $12 million boondoggle can stick, it will really show what a empty suit Obama is.
I will be disappointed if this guy gets a free pass.
Nobody would believe his brother, living in the gov. house, working for a major state contractor receiving contracts, and there was no “knowledge” of this from the gov?
The gov. is that stupid?

right2bright on February 24, 2009 at 8:58 AM

There’s no such thing as a ‘clean’ Democrat.

But remember folks, Republicans have been known to say the word macaca, leading to the George Allen bloodbath at the hands of the MSM.

fogw on February 24, 2009 at 8:58 AM

Locke and Lee claimed that they never discussed SafeHarbor business while living in the same house,

This claim is just laughable, on its face. I never bought any of this “Chinese Wall” BS and to have it claimed by anyone, informally, living in the same house is an insult to our intelligence.

I am so sick and tired of these standing up making patently ridiculous claims. It is offensive, in the worst way.

progressoverpeace on February 24, 2009 at 9:00 AM

“Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance.” WS This really should become the motto for WH Cabinet selections, or o’s whole administration.

jeanie on February 24, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Another liberal’s liberal wolf guarding the hen house. you can’t make this up. And, I still want that divorce.

sheriff246 on February 24, 2009 at 9:05 AM

One big question is whether the White House will still pull the Census from Commerce, or whether a Democrat in the Commerce Secretary position will satisfy the Congressional Black Caucus and the Latino caucus.

Will the Congressional Black Caucus and the Latino caucus compromise, meet Locke halfway and agree to only 50% of the Democrat’s census /rigging/cheating/stealing goal?

Because if Obama can broker that, there’s hope for the Middle East.

NoDonkey on February 24, 2009 at 9:06 AM

Stumpy Joe.

jeff_from_mpls on February 24, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Another sterling pick by the Smartest President Ever.

And the media lickspittle whores yawn.

Bishop on February 24, 2009 at 9:11 AM

But he is the only one qualified for the job. /Sarc

cobrakai99 on February 24, 2009 at 9:13 AM

This guy fits right in with the rest of the Dem Corruptocrats. Progressoverpeace is right on the money. I was totally perplexed with the lack of public reaction to this behavior until I realized…..most people (53%?) just don’t care. They would do the same thing if they were in a position to do so. Truth was the first casualty in this “culture war”.

ExCT1 on February 24, 2009 at 9:15 AM

WANTED: COMMERCE SECRETARY—-NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE SUGGESTED. (community organizer skills a big plus)

Rovin on February 24, 2009 at 9:16 AM

Question: Is all this destruction o is creating done out of malice or stupidity or inexperience or rage(to quote Rush)or……… WHY? what makes this nut tick. I read this and I read that but nothing explains the sheer, overwhelming, stupendous incompetence he’s so far shown.

jeanie on February 24, 2009 at 9:19 AM

I read this and I read that but nothing explains the sheer, overwhelming, stupendous incompetence he’s so far shown.
jeanie on February 24, 2009 at 9:19 AM

You want an explanation?

Ogabe is a overwhelmingly stupendous incompetent, simple as that.

Bishop on February 24, 2009 at 9:24 AM

And while we are on the subject, has anyone bothered to ask if the bro-in-law was reimbursing the Washington state taxpayers for his use of the Governor’s Mansion? If so, was Locke pocketing the money or passing it on to the general fund?

Was the bro-in-law paying taxes on the value of the gift of free rent?

rbb on February 24, 2009 at 9:27 AM

Yeah! Another member of the CEO Blackhole.

Seriously, has anyone in the Cabinet ever worked outside of government, or hell, even run a lemonade stand?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 24, 2009 at 9:27 AM

And while we are on the subject, has anyone bothered to ask if the bro-in-law was reimbursing the Washington state taxpayers for his use of the Governor’s Mansion? If so, was Locke pocketing the money or passing it on to the general fund?

Was the bro-in-law paying taxes on the value of the gift of free rent?

rbb on February 24, 2009 at 9:27 AM

Don’t you get it? He’s Rahmbo 2.0

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 24, 2009 at 9:28 AM

academic or government experience is all that is required in this administration. Real business experience is a irrelevant and not necessary to shape business & government economic policy in the Age of Obama.

gatorboy on February 24, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Makes you yearn for the good old days when a candidate was booted for hiring an undocumented housekeeper.

sherry on February 24, 2009 at 9:37 AM

$12 million? I thought it only went to 11.

loudmouth883 on February 24, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Guanxi.

JiangxiDad on February 24, 2009 at 8:53 AM

Exactly

Vashta.Nerada on February 24, 2009 at 9:45 AM

If the CBC & Latino Caucus object, then they are racists! They hate Chinese!

(It’s always fun to start identity politics wars amongst Democrats)

I think I have the first few questions on Dear Leader’s vetting papers:

1) Do you have any baggage?
2) Is it a lot of baggage?
3) No, seriously, we need someone with lots of baggage.

rbj on February 24, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Nah, we’d do that for our brother too wouldn’t we? Obama made promises he NEVER intended to keep.

originalpechanga on February 24, 2009 at 8:50 AM

Yes, Obama knows all about taking care of his brother. And his Auntie.

ctmom on February 24, 2009 at 9:49 AM

Seriously, has anyone in the Cabinet ever worked outside of government, or hell, even run a lemonade stand?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 24, 2009 at 9:27 AM

Don’t ask foolish questions.

Johan Klaus on February 24, 2009 at 9:49 AM

Actually the new vetting process only has one qualifying question. “Did you file w/ a 1040 EZ?”

lm10001 on February 24, 2009 at 9:52 AM

1) Do you have any baggage?
2) Is it a lot of baggage?
3) No, seriously, we need someone with lots of baggage.

rbj on February 24, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Obama is going to need more porters.

Johan Klaus on February 24, 2009 at 9:54 AM

Im surprised he didnt put that Beverly from Acorn in the position.

Anyone hear about Joe Biden’s sons being linked to the firm of the newest guy in a financial scandal? I cant remember his name right now…I need more coffee.

becki51758 on February 24, 2009 at 9:55 AM

Anyone hear about Joe Biden’s sons being linked to the firm of the newest guy in a financial scandal? I cant remember his name right now…I need more coffee.

becki51758 on February 24, 2009 at 9:55 AM

Yup. They had a hedge fund associated with Stanford.

Anyone who lets a Biden hold their money is a total moron – regardless of anything else.

progressoverpeace on February 24, 2009 at 9:57 AM

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,499067,00.html

Seems like all of Obama’s cronies are tainted. heh

becki51758 on February 24, 2009 at 9:58 AM

Another sterling pick by the Smartest President Ever.

And the media lickspittle whores yawn.

Bishop on February 24, 2009 at 9:11 AM

I’ve decided to forego commenting, in favor of simply quoting Bishop and Asher whenever they comment. Saves time and embarrassment.

Jaibones on February 24, 2009 at 9:59 AM

But but but Obama is refining the rules for those lobbyists. That should satisfy his zombie supporters.

promachus on February 24, 2009 at 9:59 AM

Question: Is all this destruction o is creating done out of malice or stupidity or inexperience or rage(to quote Rush)or……… WHY? what makes this nut tick. I read this and I read that but nothing explains the sheer, overwhelming, stupendous incompetence he’s so far shown.

Yes

anniekc on February 24, 2009 at 10:01 AM

Ogabe is a overwhelmingly stupendous incompetent, simple as that.

Obama: “And I’m no slouch as President.”

American Public: “Don’t sell yourself short Mr. President, you’re a tremendous slouch!”

NoDonkey on February 24, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Question: Is all this destruction o is creating done out of malice or stupidity or inexperience or rage(to quote Rush)or……… WHY? what makes this nut tick. I read this and I read that but nothing explains the sheer, overwhelming, stupendous incompetence he’s so far shown.

Yes

anniekc on February 24, 2009 at 10:01 AM

Long time “community organizer”, mentored by a communist as a kid, worked with terrorist/communist Bill Ayers.

Not incompetence, but deliberate strategy to wreck and remake the American economy. He’s had Warren Buffet advising him. Why Buffet was for him I can’t fathom, but I gotta believe that this talking down of the economy is not Warren’s advice.

rbj on February 24, 2009 at 10:23 AM

He’s had Warren Buffet advising him.

Buffet knows how to invest.

That doesn’t necessarily mean he has an idea on how to build an economy or to stimulate one that’s having problems.

That being said, I can’t imagine Obama listened to anyone who even knows how to invest when he signed that idiotic Pelosi/Reid “stimulus” package.

The market has been tanking ever since due to their sheer audacity of stupidity that bedcrap exhibited.

NoDonkey on February 24, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Looking for more corruptocrats to join the team? Hey, our state has plenty and don’t mind spreading the pain around a little. Any post you can think of for Queen Chrissy would be much appreciated!

hopefloats on February 24, 2009 at 10:31 AM

Ogabe is a overwhelmingly stupendous incompetent, simple as that.

Bishop on February 24, 2009 at 9:24 AM

AND

NoDonkey on February 24, 2009 at 10:03 AM

I’m not so certain of that. It alsmost looks like an intentional act to provide background noise while the real work is done.

Look at the timing of when announcements are made, particulary about the economic problems. Incompetence, or intentional? Several couldn’t have done more damage to the markets if they had tried to be destructive, which is why I question the timing.

Just how many really screwy things slip by under the radar of scrutiny? i.e. I know there was some noise over the executive order reinstating the offshore drilling ban, but this should have some people really worried.

Noise seems to be providing cover for his plans to bakrupt the coal fired elecrical power plants.

His Dr. Doom schtick is either an attempt to drive things into deeper chaos or he is the BIGGEST moron on the planet. Even my second favorite moron, Bubba Clinton noted that using this tactic isn’t the best approach when everyone needs a cheerleader to instill confidence.

And he’s only been there for 30 days or so.

Indeed, I think we are in for some very strange times.

Marine_Bio on February 24, 2009 at 10:33 AM

or he is the BIGGEST moron on the planet.

He’s the SECOND biggest moron.

Every jackass who cast a vote for this guy is tied for first in being the FIRST biggest moron.

NoDonkey on February 24, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Wait…I recognize him as one of the kids in the NYU student sit in

winston on February 24, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Obama never met a Pay for Play politician he didn’t want to give a cabinet position to.

doriangrey on February 24, 2009 at 8:52 AM

Given where he cut his political teeth, Obama probably thinks this is how it’s supposed to work.

capitalist piglet on February 24, 2009 at 10:43 AM

NoDonkey on February 24, 2009 at 10:37 AM

My emphasis was to point toward my belief that he is intentional in this process, and not truly a moron.

However, you are correct about the idiots who voted for him. No one knows who this man truly is, not even himself. He essentially said the same thing about himself during his election night speech. How scary is that?

And the election margin was something like 9 million?

Wow. Maybe they’ll elect Mickey Mouse next.

Marine_Bio on February 24, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Jumpin’ Jehosaphat!

Obama choosing Ron Sims – King County Executive and now Gary Locke? If only he’d choose another former Gov. – Norm Lowery; Washington State would be cleaning out some riff-raff.

They’ll fit right in with Washington’s Rep. Jim McDermott, Senators Patty “Party” Murray and Maria Cant(vote)well.

None of these people have ever seen a pocket they couldn’t pick.

LAW on February 24, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Did those who vetted Obama’s birth certificate vet all his appointments so far, too?

Gawd help us…

profitsbeard on February 24, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Wow. Maybe they’ll elect Mickey Mouse next.

I would choose a cute and heart-warming cartoon character over Barack Obama right now.

Although I think the majority of his voters assumed the same thing about him.

Sponge Head Square Rants for President, and Foghorn Leghorn for VP.

Hope and Change fit for the Cartoon Network/MS-NBC.

NoDonkey on February 24, 2009 at 10:51 AM

It is getting interesting to see so many ethically challenged politicians turn up…almost every time I turn around (which is an incentive to stop turning around, one wag said) another one surfaces.

Bama’s score on picking thieves, from the petty to the major, is remarkable, don’t recall that the inept Bush had anywhere near this “luck” or collected so much in back taxes owed so quickly…

Maybe when he is done, he should apply to FBI or IRS for an investigator position. Sure has a nose for it.

Harry Schell on February 24, 2009 at 10:52 AM

Unreal. Of course, in this parallel universe we’re living in, Obama’s approval ratings will only increase with each corruptocrat he embraces.

Buy Danish on February 24, 2009 at 10:54 AM

The Game Plan

Everything old is a new again:) Clinton redux – Obama isn’t winging it.

http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/2009/02/imus-guest-paul-begala-game-plan.html

Dr Evil on February 24, 2009 at 10:56 AM

NoDonkey on February 24, 2009 at 10:51 AM

LOL.

Even the “Yes we can” was ripped from Bob the Builder. I always found it fascinating that it didn’t matter.

I lived in WA during Locke’s governorship, as did Michelle Malkin, who I’m sure Locke remembers fondly. :) I knew Michelle’s Rant would be great.

Marine_Bio on February 24, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Another worthless donk!

christene on February 24, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Unbelievable….well, not really.

becki51758 on February 24, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Nobody is “vetting” anyone, Allahpundit. They are all crooks.

This is sort of like if we elected Al Capone to the presidency and you wondered why his cronies were all gangsters.

Alana on February 24, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Smokin is the operative word…..

EricPWJohnson on February 24, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Hope and Change fit for the Cartoon Network/MS-NBC.

NoDonkey on February 24, 2009 at 10:51 AM

I’ll bet you could take all the old Fat Albert cartoons, dub in some hope-N-change dialogue and there you go.

SKYFOX on February 24, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Who is in charge of vetting these criminals?

anniekc on February 24, 2009 at 8:54 AM

Well, with a current batting average of 1.000, I’d say a criminal is in charge of vetting the criminals.

I’m learning a lot about what not to do in public office if you want to avoid even the appearance of impropriety (which, of course, Locke’s shinanigans go waaaay beyond).

Kind of sad about March Fong Eu playing the race card too with respect to screening Locke’s relationship with Huang. I had respect for her until I read that. After reading Michelle’s article, I googled “March Fong Eu” “John Huang” and came up with this; I’m wondering if that’s why she withdrew from the Governor’s race a few years back?

unclesmrgol on February 24, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Can’t anyone in this administration vet potential nominees? Did they really believe that tying themselves to the Clinton China-gate scandal was a smokin’ hot idea?

I wouldn’t be so hard on Dear Leader, Ed. After all, it isn’t easy finding honest Democrats.

rbj on February 24, 2009 at 12:05 PM

I’ll bet you could take all the old Fat Albert cartoons, dub in some hope-N-change dialogue and there you go.

Weird Harold would make a better President than who we have now.

NoDonkey on February 24, 2009 at 12:22 PM

“Culture of Corruption” the one campaign promise the Democrats indeed to keep!

18-1 on February 24, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Oh, and in fairness to Obama – it isn’t easy to find high profile Democrats who aren’t crooks of one stripe or another.

Seriously, the Democrat platform is based on stealing from others. Why are we shocked that the people enacting the platform skim a little off the top before sending on their loot to the special interest groups that get them elected?

18-1 on February 24, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Not to be overly negative, but… might the problem not be that virtually every highly-placed Democrat has engaged in questionable fund raising schemes?

What strikes me as remarkable is that nobody, Democrat or Republican, has mentioned that President Clinton faced similar problems, but President Bush did not.

There is a difference between the two parties.

philwynk on February 24, 2009 at 12:34 PM

This is a great post Ed, it should be on RealClearPolitics.

Mark30339 on February 24, 2009 at 12:43 PM

18-1 on February 24, 2009 at 12:29 PM

There is truth to that, however, even though they might be in the minority of Democrats, there are a few that seem honest.

Rep Kaptur (D) of Ohio seems to be decent and honest, wrong in many ways, but still realistic. For example, she is one of the Dems who voted against the first bail out when it failed, back before the election. Maybe I’ve been fooled, but she has always come across as reasonable whenever I watch C-span.

(Yes I’m one of the 18 people who watch C-span regularly)

The problem as I see it is that coming from the Chicago sludge taints your perceptions of what is good and honest.

i.e. Roland Burris probably believes he did nothing inappropriate because by Chicago Democrat standards he was angelic. Inappropriate by the rest of the world standards remains to be determined as events come to light.

Obama could still choose better.

Marine_Bio on February 24, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Barack Obama has found his third pick for Commerce Secretary, a post that has resembled the Spinal Tap drummer more than a Cabinet position in the Obama transition

Now that’s funny! Unfortunately, it’s too true.

My first thought was the Chinagate connection. Another great choice by the most ethical administration evah.

Y-not on February 24, 2009 at 12:53 PM

So I was wonderin’ why they would pick this guy… but all became clear when I checked Wiki:

Locke attended Yale University, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1972.

Gotta’ keep up that percentage of Ivy Leaguers, no matter what baggage they bring!

Y-not on February 24, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Another Judd?

It’s a sign.

Christien on February 24, 2009 at 1:00 PM

I emailed this article to Senator Durbin and am hoping that with the Blago and Burris fiasco and how it looks for Illinois Democrats that Durbin is sensitive enough to not want more dirty laundry coming out on more Democrats that he goes to his buddy Obama and asks Locke to withdraw.

journeyintothewhirlwind on February 24, 2009 at 1:40 PM

This moron did absolutly NOTHING FOR 8 YEARS

he ought to fit right in with comgress..

We called him govenor GRID LOCK…
Because in 8 years the only bill he can actually claim credit for was giving boeing 4 billion in tax credits for a jetliner whos parts were all made overseas..

And they want to make this IDIOT a cabinet member..
?????

What are they frigin insane?
he doesnt have a clue (the only reason is he is chinese)
and a liberal …

Hell he probably works for the chinese secret service..

Ron sims was another abolute frigging MORON WHOS ONLY QUALIFICATION IS
he is Black..

Thats it..

If ron sims tried to run Sim city on a pc..
the thing would catch fire..

and Govern GRIDLOCK wouldnt be able to send aid since the roads are still plugged up 12 years after he left..

Democraps..
Apsolutly usless but now they are beomming
Dangerous due to sheer incompetince..

or incontenance either way there is nothing inside..
except hot air (no pun against tis blog intended)..

jcila on February 24, 2009 at 2:13 PM

The Everett (WA) Herald is obviously in locke’s pocket. They wrote an extremely fluffy, puff piece on him. Not one mention of any scandal involving locke…

rbb on February 24, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Oops the link to the Everett Herald article did not come through… It’s here

rbb on February 24, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Not surprised. I think it’s almost impossible to find a Democrat at this level that ISN’T corrupt.

Sultry Beauty on February 24, 2009 at 4:49 PM