Fain is running against Democrat Mona Das, not a blank LinkedIn Avatar
Fain is running against Democrat Mona Das, not a blank LinkedIn avatar. Das also happens to be a woman of color, and not a sitting state senator accused of rape.

In the last weekend before the midterm elections, Sen. Joe Fain's campaign is sending out a pair of odious mailers. One of the ads (above) erases the face and name of his opponent, Democrat Mona Das. Another touts Fain's work "combating sexual assault" during his two terms as a state senator for the 47th LD.

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The mailers are particularly galling given the fact that Candace Faber accused Sen. Fain of raping her in a hotel room after her graduation from Georgetown University. Faber tweeted out the accusation during the Kavanaugh hearings, and has since written a list of 57 questions she'd like Fain to respond to. Fain denies the allegations and has called for an investigation, but it looks unlikely that any such investigation will take place before the legislative session begins in January.

He could start combatting sexual assault by answering Fabers questions.
The Seattle Times editorial board wrote a very bad argument doubling down on their endorsement of Fain after Faber came forward with her accusation.

Aside from figuratively erasing a woman, the LinkedIn Avatar mailer also suggests that Das has somehow not been present on the campaign trail in the district she's hoping to represent. That couldn't be farther from the truth. In fact, Fain has only attended two of the last nine candidate forums in the district. He skipped the Age Wave forum on Sept. 14, Washington CAN forum in Auburn on Sept. 26, the Jewish Federation "Voting and Vino" event on Oct. 14, the Northwest Harvest Forum on Oct. 20, the South King County Candidate Forum on Oct. 26, the League of Women Voters forum on Oct. 27, and the Kent Black Action Committee forum on Oct. 30. He did find time to attend the Kent Chamber of Commerce candidate forum on Aug. 1 and the Auburn Chamber of Commerce candidate forum on Oct 16.

So if anyone's face should be replaced by a generic white-dude avatar that's suggestive of absence, it's Fain's.

Das responded to the mailer on Facebook:

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The other flyer claims Fain is known for “combatting sexual assault.” Earlier this year Fain did sign onto a bill that addressed sexual harassment in the workplace, which is good! But he could have continued his work of combatting sexual harassment by answering Faber's questions when she asked them, or by demanding that the State Senate leaders call an emergency session to investigate her claims at any time during the last month. He didn't.

Fain's campaign did not respond to a request for comment on all this shit before deadline.