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He lives in Vancouver! No…make that Walla Walla! No…

The Speaker’s Roundtable, a Republican political action committee mailed out postcards to five legislative districts last week, blasting Democrats for not endorsing a GOP-backed bill to toughen sex offender laws. (Democrats are working on their own version.) On the front of the card, in big, bold-face type, are the words “SEX OFFENDER NOTIFICATION.”

That’s beyond the pale, livid Democrats said Tuesday. Several said they’d fielded angry or worried calls from local residents who thought it was a real notification about a real sex offender in their neighborhood.

The man pictured on the card is apparently real, the Democrats say. But he lives in Pierce County, not Walla Walla or Vancouver or the other districts where residents got the cards.

“For people to play political games and to terrorize our citizens by sending out phony postcards — the world’s already a scary-enough place,” said Rep. Deb Wallace, D-Vancouver.

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