One of the most contested Democrat legislative primaries in August happened in the First District, which straddles the King-Snohomish County line. State Representative Luis Moscoso was trying move up to the Senate seat being left open with the retirement of Rosemary McAuliffe, but Moscoso’s coronation in a district Democrats had held since the 1980’s did not go off as planned.
Instead, Guy Palumbo challenged Moscoso in the primary, leaving the sole Republican, Mindie Wirth, to finish first in August with 40% of the vote. Palumbo edged Moscoso 31-29% to advance to general, in part due to some negative campaigning in the closing weeks of the election that even caught Shift’s attention.
The mudslinging bothered Moscoso as well, as today he posted a scathing non-endorsement of his fellow Democrat on Facebook, pointing out that Palumbo had run for office before as independent, and that this year “capriciously and disingenuously claimed he was now a Democrat.”
But that’s not all, as Moscoso was particularly incensed that Palumbo had told an Everett reporter that “Rep. Moscoso and I overwhelmingly share the same views on the issues facing the voters of the 1st Legislative District.” Instead, according to Moscoso, his former rival was a “lackey” of “Charter School Billionaires”, that “Palumbo lied about my transportation record in the House,” and that “1st LD constituents are just now learning what an unscrupulous opportunist he really is.”
Evidently hell hath no fury like a Democrat primary candidate scorned.