Monday, January 08, 2007

The Bottom Line On Josh Brown

It's no secret that Josh Brown was elected by a big margin because Jack Hamilton was so completely unacceptable to the majority of local voters — including me. Josh was unacceptable to me as well, so just for the record, I didn't vote for either of them, and wrote in Jimmy Buffett instead.

That said, if Josh and his lawyer — a former Democratic Party chairman — will stop hiding behind legal technicalities and just be honest with the voters who elected him, we can all put this behind us.
The only questions he has to truthfully answer are really pretty simple.

• Does he or does he not live at the address he gave on his Declaration of Candidacy? This is a simple yes or no question.

• If not, even if we forget that knowingly giving a false address is a crime, where exactly is it that he does live?

• If he doesn't live at the address he gave, is wherever it is he does live in the district he was elected from or not?

The citizens of Kitsap County — including ALL of the ones that voted for him — have a right to know the answers. For people to be defending his actions without demanding he give honest answers to these questions is simply unconscionable. This isn't about party politics. It's about honesty and integrity. If the situation was reversed and Hamilton did what Josh is alleged to have, the Democrats would be screaming about his ethics — or lack thereof — until we were all covering our ears in self-defense.

It's time for the Democrats hold their own accountable to the very same standards they demand.

If Josh lied, he needs to face the music and let the chips fall where they may.

If he didn't, he needs to step up like a man and prove it .

Doing either will allow all the citizens of Kitsap County to get this behind us. Does it get any simpler than that?

So how about it Josh? Will you be a man and answer the questions — or not?

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