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Spin Control

Say what?

“Transportation is a nonpartisan issue,” Sen. Ann Rivers, R-Vancouver, said in a  debate over an appointment to the state Transportation Commission. Could’ve fooled everybody last week when the Senate majority voted to dump Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson.

“I think if you asked most people in the state of Washington ‘Did you have confidence in the Department of Corrections based on recent revelations, the answer would be no. If you asked the same question about the Department of Transportation, most Washingtonians would answer no, they did not have confidence in Secretary Peterson. . . And that’s why it was necessary on Friday to do what the Senate did,” said Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-Pierce County.

Perhaps, but if the standard is going to be “does the public have confidence in how you’re doing your job?” legislators might all be on the street.



Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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