Posts tagged ‘Alcoholism’

April 25, 2011

Lou Has His Paper Trail Now, What Will He Do With It?

by lewwaters

Ever since the sudden unannounced quitting of his office by former Rep. Jim Jacks and the immediate clampdown on any information, the extreme lack of transparency if you will, I have smelled a cover-up.

I’m not the only one, either. Blogs, Washington State Wire, an NPR radio correspondent, all have sought the story of the ‘why’ of this abrupt quitting on constituents.

The Columbian’s editor, Lou Brancaccio made it a point to claim there was no paper trail to follow as they did back in 2007 with former Republican Reps. Richard Curtis and Jim Dunn.

In a rare instance of direct engagement with a commenter on their website, Lou and I went back and forth on the disparity I see in coverage of the Jacks incident and earlier ones.

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April 24, 2011

The Whitewash of Jim Jacks is on

by lewwaters

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

See update after post for additional revelations in this odd case.

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” Abraham Lincoln

The Columbian threw us a bone Saturday with a teaser piece on Democrat Jim Jacks, former representative for the 49th legislative district admitting to being an alcoholic and that being the reason he suddenly quit his office March 25 and nearly all history of him was scrubbed from Olympia even before the media was notified.

Being available only in the print edition, the article, if you wish to call it that, plays residents of Clark County, especially us in the 49th district as fools.

Lou Brancaccio, editor of the Columbian tells us that Jacks had a “moment of clarity” all of a sudden in March, resigned his seat, climbed into the passenger seat of his wife’s car and had her drive him straight to rehab.

End of story. Well, if you’re a Democrat in Washington State it is.

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