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Wed., July 9, 2008, 4:52 p.m.

Rossi campaign: “operatives” with video gear “won’t be welcome to come collect attack ad footage”

Responding to the state Democrats' new video of their camera people being barred from various Dino Rossi speaking engagements, Rossi spokeswoman Jill Strait says:

Of course we don’t allow Democratic party operatives with cameras to crash our events. In the age of YouTube, the State Democrats have proven their willingness to disregard ethics and use “select” footage out of context to make attack videos. That’s why they’ve been forced to remove several of their web videos for issues ranging from copyright infringement to ethnic slurs. Even if they start using taste in their editing – and soundtrack selection – they still won’t be welcome to come collect attack ad footage.

Dino has always said he welcomes anyone who’s willing to work in good faith to help fix our state’s problems. Democratic partisan operatives with recording equipment don’t exactly meet that standard.

UPDATE: Gregoire campaign spokesman Aaron Toso says the Republicans' video guy has been welcomed at Gregoire's public events.

I have personally said hello to the Republican/Rossi tracker at multiple public events. I’ve even cleared space on the media riser for him. It is our policy to be transparent.

Another update: Kelly Steele, a spokesman for the state Democrats, disputes that the resulting videos distort Rossi's statements:

Never have we infringed on anyone's copyright, and Mr. Rossi's statements and news clippings have been presented in context.

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