Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Hauge's vendetta — $338,000 and climbing

Kitsap County Prosecutor Russ Hague recently filed yet another lawsuit against embattled Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club (KRRC) Executive Director Marcus Carter. This is a civil suit against Carter personally, not against the KRRC. 

Carter has beaten Hauge in court three different times, without the benefit of a lawyer. When Hauge couldn’t win that way, he resorted to using the land-use code to try and shut down KRRC — which is still in litigation. Now this. Am I the only one who believes that Hauge is using our tax dollars to finance what amounts to a personal vendetta against Carter?

We filed a public records request asking just how much of our money Hauge has spent pursuing this personal vendetta. The total had exceeded $338,000! That’s prior to the land-use action — which went to Superior Count and is on appeal — and the most recent civil suit. At this point, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if it’s topped a half a million dollars.

This is unconscionable! There are so many other, more pressing needs that money should have been spent on — more deputies on the street; the meth problem; helping the homeless; supporting food banks; recreation for kids. The list goes on.

If you believe it’s time the taxpayers stopped financing Hauge’s personal vendetta and for the county commissioners to rein him in, call your commissioner today — 360-337-7146.

Enough is enough


  1. I have tried to give the benefit of the doubt to the Prosecutor's Office that Mr. Hauge was pursuing Marcus Carter in good faith... until the third attempt and now the civil suit just takes things way over the edge from being about public safety to being personal.

    I hope Mr. Hauge reconsiders and moves on. If he can't, the voters need to help him.

  2. Anonymous7:59 AM

    Lary ,does not the Kitsap Sheriff have the authority to tell Russ to give it up?

  3. No, the Sheriff has no say in this — only the commissioners.