Democrat Seattle trial lawyer Jeffrey Sprung is running against Republican State Senator Mark Miloscia for State Auditor. Though a first time candidate like Sprung should not be expected to be particularly experienced at the typical sleazy Democrat campaign tactics, he is catching on fast.
At least, that’s what his latest attack against Miloscia indicates.
Sprung says he is the only candidate running for State Auditor “who fought this year against cutting funding for the office, which is charged with rooting out fraud and waste in government.” His statement in the voters’ guide for the Aug. 2 primary election reads:
“In the recent legislative session, Jeff was the only candidate demanding Olympia politicians stop diverting citizen-mandated Auditor funding.”
Only, that’s not true. Miloscia did oppose moving $10 million out of the state’s performance audit account. In fact, Miloscia send a letter urging Inslee to “veto the $10 million transfer from the performance audit fund, a request the governor obliged.”
Perhaps the most ironic part of Sprung’s claim is the fact that removing the funding for the office charged with upholding accountability was the bright idea of members of his own party. It was Jay Inslee and House Democrats who targeted funding for the auditor’s office.
The News Tribune is not impressed with Sprung’s claim. That paper called Sprung’s attack “False.” Via the News Tribune:
“False. Sprung can’t claim he was the only candidate fighting to maintain funding for the auditor’s office, since Miloscia formally requested that the governor veto cuts to the agency.
“Both candidates sent out press releases saying they thought the money should be restored.”
The truth has never bothered Democrats during campaigns – and Sprung, apparently, fits right in with that approach.