In a story that appeared in the Kitsap Sun this morning, Josh Brown doesn't come out and outright deny the charges that he never occupied the residence he gave as his address. He does say, the lawsuit is wrong and that, "Obviously, I consider myself a resident of the CK district."
There's a very real difference between "considering yourself a resident," and actually living there.
The story was written by Brynn Grimley, who is seemingly Brown's personal press agent. During the campaign, she wrote absolutely nothing but glowing reports about the 25-year old commissioner, while completely ignoring questions brought to her attention concerning Brown's ethics and qualifications for the job as well as the issue of his residency.
In the story, it's obvious she didn't talk to anyone but Brown. Unbiased journalism would have dictated she at least call Robert Ross, the CK resident who brought the suit for a comment, in addition to trying to reach the attorney who filed the action. But in my view, Grimley hasn't done anything in reporting on Brown that would present him in anything but the most positive light. Frankly, if I were Sun Editor Scott Ware, I would remove Grimley from covering him since she has what appears to be a personal bias favoring Brown, and put a more seasoned, unbiased reporter on it — someone like Travis Baker perhaps.
The bottom line questions for Josh are this:
• Do you live at the address you gave on your Declaration of Candidacy, or not?
• Have you ever lived there, and if so, on exactly what date did you move in?
• If you do live there, why have your neighbors given legal depositions saying they've never seen you, and believe the apartment you claim to occupy is vacant?
• Would you be willing to open the door to the press today so we can see furniture in the apartment as well as other obvious signs of occupancy?
• If not, where exactly (meaning a bona fide address) is it that you actually do live, and for how long?
As I said in my earlier post, I don't believe the plaintiff's in this suit would go as far out on the limb they have without a pretty solid case. Frankly, if Brown were willing to open his Perry Avenue apartment door today, he would put ALL this to rest immediately. If not, he will only fuel the speculation that he blatantly lied. That's certainly not the best way to begin a political career...
So, how about it Josh? Can we come visit today?