The Seattle Times doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to picking out a candidate for State Auditor. In 2012, the Times editorial board endorsed now disgraced Democrat Troy Kelley for the position.
The Times editorial board wrote that Kelley is its “disappointing choice between two flawed candidates.” The factor that “tipped the scale” in favor of Kelley was then-Republican candidate James Watkins aggressive attempts to expose corruption in the Democrat’s past– the very same corruption that launched a federal criminal investigation.
Since Watkins’ “aggressive attempts” proved warranted, one would think that the Times would take a little more care with its endorsement this year – perhaps choosing a candidate with a public record of proven, trustworthy leadership.
Regrettably, that didn’t happen.
Instead, the Times editorial board endorsed Democrat Seattle trial lawyer Jeffrey Sprung — as opposed to Republican State Senator Mark Miloscia — for State Auditor. A pathetic choice, really.
Suggesting Sprung is a “political newcomer,” the editorial board insists that “fresh leadership” is needed in the office that truly needs someone who can uphold government accountability. So, naturally, the Times picked a special-interest candidate from the same party that has tainted the office with scandal and corruption.
Billing him as someone that would bring “fresh leadership,” the Times ignores that Sprung has already resorted to typical sleazy Democrat campaign tactics — especially in his attacks against Miloscia.
Sprung isn’t concerned with defending the truth — as his false claims in the voters’ guide for the Aug. 2 primary election proves. Unfortunately, the Times editorial board has (once again) fallen right into that trap.