State Sen. Fred Jarrett (D-41), a longtime Republican who switched parties in late 2007, has reportedly hired Bruce Boram, a Republican consultant, to help him with his campaign for county executive. Jarrett is running against three Democrats—State Rep. Ross Hunter (D-48) and King County Council members Larry Phillips and Dow Constantine—and one Republican, former KIRO anchor Susan Hutchison, for the exec job, which is officially nonpartisan.

Boram—whom I once referred to as a "">Republican hit man," when he did some work for the Seattle firefighters union—is best known for serving on the Dave Reichert's 2004 campaign, and for creating a series of controversial, anonymously funded ads attacking former state insurance commissioner Deborah Senn, who ran for attorney general in 2004. Boram resigned from Reichert's campaign over the ads, which accused Senn of dismissing a fine against an insurance provider in exchange for funding for four new employees in her office. (The ads were later ruled illegal.) Boram's consulting firm, Catalyst Consulting, has also worked for former lands commissioner Doug Sutherland, a Republican; the Whatcom County Republican Party; and United for Washington, a conservative, pro-business PAC.

Jarrett has not yet returned a call for comment.