It what can only be considered a case of being overly anxious – and utterly inexperienced – Democrat trial lawyer Jeffrey Sprung has launched a web site [jeffsprung.com] for his campaign for State Auditor, but he hasn’t quite gotten around to actually filing his campaign papers with the Public Disclosure Commission.
Sprung, claims (in the third person) that he is running because “Jeff’s career prepared him to fulfill the core mission of the State Auditor. Starting with four years at the U.S. Justice Department, Jeff has over 25 years’ experience managing financial investigations and safeguarding public funds.”
Unfortunately, “Jeff’s career” didn’t prepare him for following campaign rules, like filing for an office before spending money on a web site, etc. That’s even though he must be somewhat familiar with campaign operations, since he has contributed money to a Who’s Who of Washington Democrats over the years – Chris Gregoire, Jay Inslee, Bob Ferguson, Mike Kreidler, Ed Murray, and three state legislators who are evidently returning the favor of Sprung’s prior financial support by endorsing him now (Reuven Carlyle, , David Frockt, and Pramila Jayapal).
Further, sounds like Sprung – the self-described manager of “financial investigations” – doesn’t actually want to talk about what he really does, which is file lawsuits and take a hefty percentage of the money recovered – i.e., he’s a class-action trial lawyer. His Linked In page even goes farther in trying to raise his stature above ambulance chaser, comparing his role to serving as a “private Attorneys General.”
Should he really file for Auditor, Sprung may have to eventually explain to voters how much money he keeps when he files lawsuits as a “private Attorneys General”, and how that makes him qualified to be Auditor. Or perhaps he’ll be able to explain why he is just now challenging current Democrat State Auditor Troy Kelley, when it was his law firm that had filed a suit against Kelley back in 2008 over the type of behavior that currently has him under indictment.
Of course, given his background, maybe he’ll just sue his web consultant for malpractice over putting his web site up a bit prematurely.