There has been much speculation among political observers over whether or not Democrat Brad Owen, our state’s Lieutenant Governor, will seek re-election in 2016. Owen was first elected in 1996 and, since then, has more or less skated into office in each of his four re-election campaigns.
However, due to a recent ethics probe, Owen may not find his chances as rosy this time around—hence his reported hesitation. King 5 reports,
“Last fall, the KING 5 Investigators reported on Owen’s work ethic and a potential conflict of interest related to a private archery business that Owen runs in partnership with a lobbyist. Owen insisted that the business did not create a conflict…
“Separately, Owen settled an ethics matter with the state Executive Ethics Board last September. He agreed to a $15,000 fine for using his official office resources and staff to support the private nonprofit he started, Strategies for Youth.”
Well, a little public records digging has helped shed light on what Owen is thinking for 2016. On August 24, 2015, Owen filed a candidate registration form with the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC). There is only one rather embarrassing problem with Owen’s form. It appears that he forgot the name of his campaign committee. Check out Owen’s scribbled out mistake below,
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