Friday, July 21, 2006

Don't Let The Door Hit You In The Ass Dean...

Beleaguered King County Elections chief and Olalla resident Dean Logan recently resigned to take a position as second in command at the Los Angeles County elections office. Talk about the Peter Principle and rewarding incompetence…

But to hear Logan's former boss, King County Executive Ron Sims tell it, Logan was run out of town — and in my view, not a moment too soon, either. Frankly, I think he should have faced criminal charges over the 2004 governor’s race. If you remember, the current occupant of the Governor’s mansion, Democrat Christine Gregoire, “beat” Dino Rossi by 129 highly questionable votes — after Rossi was twice declared the winner.

Logan presided over an operation that misplaced thousands of absentee ballots, counting ballots from both more than few dead people and convicted felons among the numerous other irregularities. Yet Sims had the chutzpah to actually say, "Some unscrupulous people bent on partisan gain have chosen to treat Dean unfairly as they have worked to undermine confidence in our elections system."

Excuse me?
What about the absolutely partisan-driven fiasco that got us here in the first place? You have to admire Sims’ cojones though. He called on the King County Council "to rise above partisanship and establish an atmosphere of trust, collaboration and joint problem solving. We need to work to get together to keep the Dean Logans of the world here and not drive them out."

Does Sims truly want to restore faith in the system? Let’s start with electing the head of King County elections instead of appointing a partisan lap dog for Sims, and then lets have King County report its election results first. No matter how Logan departed, it’s a good thing.

Just don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out of town, Dean...


  1. Anonymous11:07 PM

    His move is actually a job advancement. His new job has more voters and more power. Besides have you ever read the House Justice comittee report What Went Wrong in Ohio also known as the Conyers report? That is how to really steal an election. You Republicans would not reccognize a stolen election Ohio style if it bit you in the ass.

  2. Denise Norman1:32 PM

    That's what was meant by the "Peter Principle." It means rewarding and promoting incompetence.

    The Peter Principle says you should find your level of incompetence and take one step backwards. In Logan's case, I guess that means working the registration counter.

  3. Anonymous11:37 AM

    Lary -

    Finally something we agree on. They called it a recount, which to my understanding means making sure that the ballots were counted correctly, not going out and finding new ballots. They just kept finding new ballots until they had enough. Remember that old adage, its not important that all ballots are counted, whats important is who counts the ballots.