King County executive candidate Susan Hutchison—a "nonpartisan" former KIRO anchor whose politics are decidedly Republican—raised $58,880 last month, less than KC Council members Dow Constantine ($70,584) and Larry Phillips ($58,884) but more than Democratic state senator Fred Jarrett ($9,071) and Democratic state representative Ross Hunter ($9,600). That's an impressive total for a candidate whose main strategy appears to be avoiding public events. (Hutchison has been a no-show at several county council debates, and has failed to RSVP to numerous upcoming events to which she has been invited).
Where did Hutchison's money come from? Let's take a look.
$3,200 from Kemper Freeman, the pro-roads, anti-transit developer of Bellevue Square, and his wife Betty;
$1,600 from Trilogy Partners executive Theresa Gillespie, who maxed out to Republicans John McCain, Gordon Smith, and Mitt Romney, among other Republican candidates;
$1,600 from Dudley Miller, a Bellevue therapist affiliated with a group called the Christian Network Forum for Sexual Health, and $1,600 from another counselor, Kathleen Miller, who I assume is his wife;
$1,600 from Linda Nordstrom of Medina, a donor to Dave Reichert, George W. Bush, John McCain, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee;
$1,600 from Lisa Persdotter, a 28-year-old Swede who married Hutchison's boss, then-60-year-old billionaire Charles Simonyi, last year;
$3,200 from J.V. and S.S. Rundlaub, two big donors to the Republican US Senate Victory Committee;
$1,600 from Marilyn Smith of Medina, who donated $1,000 last year to Mike Huckabee;
$1,600 from wireless zillionaire John Stanton, another big donor to McCain, Romney, Gordon Smith, et al, plus another $3,200 from fellow wireless zillionaire and Republican donor Bruce McCaw and his wife Jolene;
$1,600 from KIRO CEO and Romney donor Ken Hatch and his wife, Cathi;
And so on. Bottom line: Hutchison is a Republican with partisan Republican donors, and King County deserve to know that before they decide whether she should represent them as county executive.