Roddy: You missed the central point -- this bogus phone-calling operation was intended to piss off potential Tarleton voters and get them complaining about it on social media. And guess what? In that sense, this unethical maneuver worked! People actually were annoyed, they attributed the harassing calls to Tarleton, and they complained about the calls to Tarleton and on myballard.com
. What is so hard to understand about that? And don't claim that little Noel Frame's supporters would never, ever adopt such shoddy, deceptive tactics.
Moxie Media played dirty pool against State Senator Jean Berkey in 2010 (and it worked then), but Lisa MacLean (Frame's campaign manager) incurred a huge fine as a result and probably wouldn't risk another major campaign violation so soon. More likely, a group (the Teamsters?) or person (the charming Heather?) behind the $100K independent expenditure to smear Tarleton decided to use leftover spare change to stir up more trouble for Tarleton. The local Teamsters have been on a jihad against Port Commissioner Tarleton for a few years running now because she pushed a program to reduce toxic truck emissions at the Port of Seattle without forcing the drivers to unionize. To the Teamsters, this was unforgivable sin. And, to rub salt in the wound, the Port's clean-air program has proven to be successful too.
The deceptive phone calls to potential Tarleton voters obviously are highly unethical (and possibly illegal). But for a certain kind of "progressive," any means evidently are justified to drive voters away from the super-manipulative, evil Tarleton, who surely is plotting new ways to crush workers, pollute the environment, mislead her fellow commissioners, and start new wars at this very moment. To their everlasting credit, the good progressives at The Stranger have done all they could to expose Tarleton's wicked ways at the Port and tip the balance toward the wonderful, saintly Ms. Frame.