The Spokesman-Review’s Oct. 24 editorial recommending Reagan Dunn for Washington attorney general admirably explained the context of a Karl Rove political action committee ad, wherein Bob Ferguson is inaccurately depicted as a heinous defender of cop killers. Having viewed this misleading ad (which indeed appears to have Rove’s fingerprints all over it) several times, we thank you for making our voting decision for this particular position much easier.
It is fashionable for candidates to take a “boys will be boys” attitude toward rabid PAC efforts on their behalf, no matter how demeaning or out there they may be. But a candidate with moral integrity, a quality we hopefully expect from our attorney general, wouldn’t turn a blind eye to such dishonest shenanigans, which treat the public like morons and appeal to our worst instincts.
Any worthwhile candidate, upon discovering an “independent” effort designed to further their cause by theatrically ignoring the facts (as the above ad most certainly did), would immediately disavow said ad and make it abundantly clear that it does not speak for him or her.
The lack of such action on Dunn’s part speaks volumes.