Gillespie’s Smear Effort Falls Flat

by lewwaters

Disclaimer: The following should not be construed as in support of or in opposition to any campaign currently underway. It is merely a “setting the record straight” effort on my part.

Boris ColumbianWe recently saw a new junior reporter show up at the Lazy C, Katie Gillespie to replace or take over where über leftist Stephanie Rice left off.

In a brief exchange with Ms. Gillespie shortly after she was seen participating in the C3G2 hate site on facebook, she assured me of how “proud she is of her objectivity.”

Apparently she and I have all together different definitions of the word “objectivity.”

Be that as it may, being the county political reporter for the Lazy C, she is center in the current fiasco in the campaign for County Council Chair and has apparently stumbled across a 5 year old post written by fellow blogger, Kelly Hinton who now supports the write-in effort for Liz Pike over electing his brother-in-law, former Commissioner Marc Boldt.

The 5-year old post called into question Ms. Pike’s conservative credentials, something both conservative and liberal bloggers are known to do concerning their respective candidates.

Gillespie’s post, Pike and Boldt share political sin in common seems more designed to give the local RPCCGOP a black eye, not that they need much help there, being fully capable of being asses on their own.

Getting back to Hinton, Gillespie states,

“In a 2010 blog post, Hinton claims that because Pike’s business, Pike Advertising Agency, had sold political ads to Democratic candidates, that she too may be a Democrat.”

“Now, I don’t know how much sway Hinton actually has within the general Republican party. Futhermore, I don’t think that Pike selling a service to those she may may disagree politically is necessarily reason to question her leanings.”

“But Hinton has certainly made a 180-degree turn where Pike is concerned…”

As we are repeatedly reminded when pointing out switcheroo’s from liberal politicians, opinions are not carved in stone and are subject to reversal as people gain more information.

I don’t know how Gillespie managed to just stumble upon that 2010 post, though, and miss a later post written by Hinton on January 24, 2012, Rough start: Liz Pike announces for the 18 where Hinton clearly states,

“In the past, I have hammered Pike. But to her credit, she has contacted me directly to discuss my concerns and past political issues.”

“She is the only candidate in 6 years to directly address the concerns I have expressed in this blog.”

“Wasn’t easy for her to do, and she did it.”

What strikes me here is just back in June, merely weeks ago, when the subject came up of Mayor Leavitt being the one that originally made a claim on tolls for the now comatose CRC being a high as $8 and he popped in on her facebook page to justify and explain, she replied to Leavitt,

“And regardless, what you said six years ago does not necessarily pertain to the claims Councilor Madore is making today. If I were to fact-check every claim every politician has made ever–including the ones that predate me by years–I’d get nothing done.”

Apparently, in the world of yellow journalism the Lazy C is known for, being “objective” does not include doing your homework before slapping someone.

6 Comments to “Gillespie’s Smear Effort Falls Flat”

  1. Gillespie seems more interested in making friends and fitting in with that c3 crowd than with any sort of balance. While your offer to her about the conservative opinions page was putting a good foot forward, considering the nature of her previous posts on c3, her lack of objectivity was evident from the start. Personally, I don’t think any reporters ought to be participants in any of these blogs, including the Columbian blog. Hidle and Rice regularly slammed Madore, Mielke and Benton. Reporters oughtn’t slam their subjects in one place, and then purport to objectively report on those same subjects elsewhere.

    Incidentally, the local PRAVDA has a story on the poor condition of VANCOUVER parks. Lack of funding. From what I’ve seen, the COUNTY parks are in great shape. Looks like Madore and Mielke made a good move for the county in severing the cooperative agreement between the county and the Vancouver parks. Maybe Gillespie can write something about this.

  2. I would wager that I have spoken against Republicans more than she has spoken against Democrats since she arrived here. And I am biased.

    As for parks, instead of funding more, why not allow citizens to care more for their parks, like the article says of other neighborhood parks?

    Seems I recall citizens trying that before only to be smacked down by the city and union employees.

    Funny how long they have cried they couldn’t afford to maintain and keep up on current parks, but found a way to dedicate $600K to constructing a new one down by the waterfront concrete jungle they want built:

  3. What happens if neither Dalesandro, Boldt or Pike gets a majority of votes? Is the winner the top vote getter, or would there be a special runoff election. I’d think the latter, but I haven’t seen this addressed anywhere. Maybe I’ve missed it. I’d think that Pike’s chances improve considerably if it’s the top two. I’d also think that a write-in would no longer be an option during a special runoff election. Sorry for being a bit off topic here.

  4. Whoever receives the most votes wins, is my understanding.

  5. That is correct. A plurality is all that’s required here.

  6. great article

    BTW… I was thinking now that it seems the thing to do when you don’t like the top two that made it is to make someone run: I am thinking about having you run for port commissioner because I don’t like the two choices we have.
    😉Ruth Ann Hughes

    Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:08:48 +0000

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