Jim Jacks Cracks the Door a Little

by lewwaters

UPDATE Nov 3, 2017: Finally the rumors have been confirmed, almost seven years later

Since the abrupt resignation of Democrat Jim Jacks as representative of Washington’s 49th legislative district on March 25, it has become almost as if he never existed. A total blackout on word about him suddenly quitting immediately went up.

His website was scrubbed and his name removed from the roster even before word of the sudden abandonment of constituents was made public. Speculation on the ‘why’ was heavily discouraged in the comments section of the local paper, the Columbian.

Two requests for public records that might shed some light on his rapid exit were rejected with the notice of, “Your request makes assumptions about both the existence of records and our ability to provide them. Without commenting on the existence of any such records, I should point out that this request encompasses records which are not public records as defined by state law.”

Supporters of Jacks maintain that now that he is a “private citizen,” anything he may have done is “off limits” to the public. Wrong! Whatever it was that happened to bring about the abrupt quitting of a seat he was just reelected to, happened while a public official. Emphasis on the PUBLIC.

The Columbian’s Lou Brancaccio tried to spank me and others for seeking the truth on Jack’s abruptly quitting with his April 9, 2011 column, One’s history will never be forgotten when it comes to the public which only served to fuel speculation even more.

Lou’s column today, What’s going on with former Rep. Jim Jacks? which seems more like an effort to feed a minimal amount of information to sweep it all under the rug with an admission from Jacks of “I resigned because I’m an alcoholic,” clears up nothing as to an explanation of why we in the 49th were abandoned in the midst of the legislative session by who recently won the seat.

While I hope he is receiving treatment for the disease, part of it is to admit what you did while drinking and make efforts at amends. That means admitting to your inappropriate behavior while under the influence of alcohol. While what Jacks does today is as a private citizen, what he did before was as an elected official and supposedly on behalf of all of us in the 49th district. That’s one pitfall of becoming a PUBLIC official.

Lou gives a little teaser in today’s column of “Jacks’ exclusive interview continues in another Press Talk column only in The Columbian print edition” Sunday.

I’m sure I’m not the only person looking forward to what will be said tomorrow and yes, I’ll break down and actually buy a copy of the paper.

But I’ll also say more efforts at a whitewash will not work.

The paper has had no problem in the past blasting and exposing every little lurid detail when a Republican is caught in scandalous or inappropriate behavior.

They have already shown their unwillingness to apply the same standard to Democrat Jim Jacks.

The admission by Jacks of being an Alcoholic is a good first step for him in recovery.

An admission from the Columbian of their application of double standards in coverage between the elected officials of the parties might be a good first step in their own recovery.

When PUBLIC elected officials have to abruptly quit their position, the public has a right to know why, whether they are Democrat or Republican.

I will follow this up after seeing what is said in tomorrow’s column.

16 Comments to “Jim Jacks Cracks the Door a Little”

  1. Lou: “They have already shown their unwillingness to apply the same standard to Democrat Jim Jacks.”

    The operative word here being Democrat of course.

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  2. Just so.

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  3. The Columbian isn’t ever going to “recover”, Lew. Elitists can never admit they’re biased or wrong.

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  4. That’s why we continue to point it out to them, Jack.

    I schmooze Lou from time to time, just as he does me.

    But we know the truth.

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  5. Interesting that Brancaccio claims HE broke the story as to why Jacks resigned.

    I get the feeling that instead of journalism Brancaccio must have majored in revisionist history.

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  6. I believe we predicted he would do that 😉

    You know he isn’t going to give bloggers credit for much if anything.

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  7. About the only thing that Lou will do is send his minions or reporters over to Clark County Politics, Clark County Conservative and other local political bloggers to steal content as they deem fits their interest.

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  8. Re: What’s going on with former Rep. Jim Jacks?
    By, Lou Brancaccio
    Saturday, April 23, 2011
    http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/apr/23/whats-going-on-with-former-rep-jim-jacks/

    Dear Mr. B.:

    Excellent gumshoe work. Your article and the blogs of several Conservatives and Republicans raised this question: Is there a discussion of an Indictment for murder in the works? Mr. Jacks’ “alcoholism” does or does not fit with the testimonies of wholesomeness. Even Mr. Jack’s political opponents are not saying much more than Mr. Jacks is suffering from “alcoholism.” San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy quit after five months into his second term. The world later learned he had cut a secret deal to avoid Indictment and a sure conviction. http://legacy.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20050425-0947-murphy.html.
    Both defrauded the voters who were so pleased with their work that they gave each a second term. The only difference between the two is this: Dick didn’t wipe clean his websites and obstruct the release of his public information. Someone is doing Jim a favor, since as a private citizen, he has not power to destroy public information and obstruct the release of Government files and records. Here is how “Clark County Conservative” Lew Waters exposed the Jim Jacks cover up:

    “Two requests for public records that might shed some light on his rapid exit were rejected with the notice of, “Your request makes assumptions about both the existence of records and our ability to provide them. Without commenting on the existence of any such records, I should point out that this request encompasses records which are not public records as defined by state law.” “Supporters of Jacks maintain that now that he is a “private citizen,” anything he may have done is “off limits” to the public. Wrong! Whatever it was that happened to bring about the abrupt quitting of a seat he was just reelected to, happened while a public official. Emphasis on the PUBLIC.”
    https://lewwaters.wordpress.com/2011/04/23/jim-jacks-cracks-the-door-a-little/

    Perry Mason, in “The Case of the One-Eyed Witness,” February 22, 1958, was able to cross examine the witness after the prosecution opened an area once off limits to questioning. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0673350/. Clearly the people ought to be able to cross examine Mr. Jacks’ public “alcoholism” while he was a “PUBLIC” servant. After all, it was the witness, Mr. Jacks, who gave testimony to an unrelenting Editor, Mr. B., that opened this door into his “alcoholism” while a public servant.

    Best regards,
    /s/Emanuel McCray
    emanuel.mccray@hotmail.com

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  9. I still think it will be “interesting” to see what happens in The Columbian the next time a “scandal” comes up involving a Republican.

    The Columbian has gone way out of it’s way to establish “standards” in the discussion about Jacks’ resignation, and I think they’re going to pay for it dearly the next time a “scandal” happens.

    Of course, The Columbian will take the “that’s old news – this is now” typical Leftist approach to apply “different” standards to the new “scandal”, but they aren’t going to get away with it.

    Lefties are class hypocrites, so in the meantime don’t expect them to “change their spots”.

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  10. The hypocrisy is glaring. And, reading that Jacks transferred his remaining campaign fund to the Democratic Caucus two days prior and faxed his letter of resignation from Oregon on the Morning of the 25th sort of blows a little hole in the claim of a sudden unplanned epiphany. Add to that Pridemore’s earlier comment of they had been discussing it with him in the days prior snd it looks more and more like a full blown cover-up. Still!

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  11. It’s so “amazing” how things are handled by Republicans and how things are “excused” and “swept under the rug” by Democrats, Lew.

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  12. In some ways, the Republicans hurt themselves by ousting members who were effective and caught in scandals, when Democrats embrace theirs and tack it on to their resumes’.

    With the bulk of ther media in their pocket, Democrats rarely seem held accountable for just about anything.

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  13. Thank God computers are killing the Media, Lew.

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  14. They don’t need to, Jack. All that is asked of the media is even coverage. Not every article needs to be a liberal oriented editorial.

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  15. They shouldn’t need to Lew, but that would be in a “perfect world”. The Media is totally suicidal and deserves to be killed off.

    Again, thank God for computers.

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  16. Should they die, Jack, they only have themselves to blame.

    But you are correct, neither the left or the right has a platform to promote their view only any longer with computers and bloggers.

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