Nov 5, 2012 Gorn commented on Tarleton Claims "Suspicious Robocalls" Are Harassing Voters in Her Name.
Juris: Don't make fun of me -- it hurts my feelings.
Nov 5, 2012 Gorn commented on Tarleton Claims "Suspicious Robocalls" Are Harassing Voters in Her Name.
Okay! You've finally convinced me that the bogus, harassing calls made in Tarleton's name were just some sort of weird, random event, and that nobody was behind it. J2 Solutions of Bergenfield, New Jersey, obviously decided to call voters in the 36th District on Thursday night to bug the crap out of them because...well, just because.
Nov 4, 2012 Gorn commented on Tarleton Claims "Suspicious Robocalls" Are Harassing Voters in Her Name.
Calling the Teamsters and Heather Weiner -- would you care to make a statement? You couldn't have provided any money for this, right? So, who DID pay for the calls made by J2 Solutions to get voters angry at Tarleton?
Nov 4, 2012 Gorn commented on Tarleton Claims "Suspicious Robocalls" Are Harassing Voters in Her Name.
It's nice that Lisa MacLean has denied any involvement in the bogus, harassing phone calls. It would have been very foolish for MacLean to engage in more dirty tricks after being fined so heavily for her anti-Berkey crap in 2010. But what about the groups and individuals behind the $100K of attacks ads to make voters think Tarleton is the enemy of workers and the environment? (Got anything to say on the subject, Teamsters?)

Regarding MacLean's subtle attempt to throw doubt on whether harassing phone calls actually were made on Thursday night, did Frame's campaign ASK the voters they contacted if they had received such calls or did it just expect them to volunteer the information for some reason? MacLean's statement on this point means nothing. After all, people who got the annoying calls did complain to the Tarleton campaign and did express their disgust on myballard.com. Did the Tarleton campaign invent these people, Ms. MacLean?
Nov 4, 2012 Gorn commented on Tarleton Claims "Suspicious Robocalls" Are Harassing Voters in Her Name.
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.

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Nov 4, 2012 Gorn commented on Tarleton Claims "Suspicious Robocalls" Are Harassing Voters in Her Name.
#4: Agree completely. This "false flag" operation to anger voters, who would blame Tarleton, probably was funded by the same groups who put up $100K to take down Tarleton and put little Noel Frame in office. (Take a bow, The Stranger: you've certainly done your part!)
Nov 4, 2012 Gorn commented on Tarleton Claims "Suspicious Robocalls" Are Harassing Voters in Her Name.
Since the harassing calls to voters had a live person on the line when the voter answered (that is, these weren't robocalls) and some calls were made late in the evening (after 9 PM), the idea that this incident could have been a foul-up by the Tarleton campaign is just not credible. Maybe this effort to annoy voters, and to get them talking about their irritation, was mounted by somebody (HW?) who has had it in for Tarleton for a long time.
Oct 31, 2012 Gorn commented on The Two Faces of Gael Tarleton.
Brendan Kiley: Are you revising your "excellent" article (Dominic Holden's characterization) to take account of the success of the Port of Seattle's program to reduce -- by more than 50 percent -- toxic emissions from heavy trucks?

(Oh, I forgot: to credit Port Commissioner Tarleton with any accomplishments would undercut The Stranger's role as Noel Frame's propaganda organ.)
Oct 29, 2012 Gorn commented on The Two Faces of Gael Tarleton.
I see that Dominic Holden in a Slog post this afternoon has called attention to this "excellent" article on Port Commissioner Tarleton's super-manipulative, evil ways. I assume this will be a daily (or hourly) occurrence every day through the election.

Once again, The Stranger is to Noel Frame (Tarleton's inexperienced and vastly-less-accomplished opponent) as Fox News is to Mitt Romney.

Score one for yellow journalism right here in progressive Seattle.