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Eye On Olympia

One judge’s screwup becomes another’s political albatross…

But wait, there's more (the ad writer who coined that phrase has died, prompting this brilliant obituary lead) .

Three years ago Supreme Court Justice Bobbe Bridge was arrested for drunken driving and hit-and-run after her Mercedes side-swiped a parked pickup truck in Seattle and she -- with a blood-alcohol content of .22 -- kept going until boxed in by another motorist. Bridge, a first-time violator, publicly apologized and was reprimanded by the state's Judicial Conduct Commission.

Now that incident is being used in campaign ads -- not against Bridge, who's not up for re-election this year. Instead, a new TV ad blasts Chief Justice Gerry Alexander. His offense: publicly expressing support for his colleague.

The Building Industry Assocation of Washington-backed "It's Time for a Change" PAC paid for the ad.

From the ad

:“Alexander backs Bridge, despite her driving drunk with a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit,” intones the radio ad’s announcer, over a picture of a repentant-looking chief justice. “…Gerry Alexander: Justice for whom?”

Here's our story on this and other attack ads in the races, as well as a breakdown on the record-breaking cash flow into the races.

Short takes and breaking news from the Washington Legislature and the state capital.