A make-believe Democrat on the 31st District ballot

The News TribuneMay 27, 2014 

We don’t know how many people are conspiring to trick the voters of the 31st Legislative District, but one is obvious: Senate candidate Lynda Messner.

Messner, who is so conservative that she breaks the far-right end of the scale, has filed for the office claiming to be a Democrat. Before we go any further, let’s get a taste of what she posted about Barack Obama last year on a conservative website:

“We need to start DEMANDING proof, that can be certified that he is eligible to hold office. NO OBAMACARE, NO GUN CONTROL, NO DEALS WITH THE UN, NO IMMIGRATION REFORM, NO MORE EXECUTIVE ORDERS until Obama can prove he is eligible to hold office.”

So as of last year, anyway, Messner was a birther – one of those souls who dislike Obama so much they refuse to believe he was born where he was born and refuse to believe he’s a citizen of the country he’s a citizen of. Seriously, how many fingers does it take to count the number of birthers who are philosophically aligned with the Democratic Party?

A “Republican” version of Messner would go to a liberal website and post something like “NO LIMIT ON SPENDING, NO LIMIT ON TAXES, NO RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS, NO BORDER SECURITY, NO DEFENSE SPENDING UNTIL SARAH PALIN CAN PROVE THAT SHE’S FROM ALASKA!”

Messner’s claim to be a serious Democrat is just that bizarre.

Citizens of the 31st – which includes Bonney Lake, Sumner, Enumclaw and much of Auburn – are being treated to a certified political dirty trick. Somebody thinks they are fools enough to believe that a conservative extremist – even by REPUBLICAN standards – is a member of the liberal party.

Suspicion has fallen on state Sen. Pam Roach, the Republican incumbent in the same race. A pseudo-Democratic third candidate in the race would spare her a one-on-one contest with her real challenger, Republican Rep. Cathy Dahlquist of Enumclaw. Roach denies any involvement in Messner’s filing, though she has acknowledged thanking an acquaintance who was involved.

We’ll give Washington’s screwy primary system some credit for this scam. The law actually forbids – forbids – any indication of genuine party affiliation on the primary ballot. Legitimate Democrats and Republicans can’t give voters the merest hint that they have been endorsed, recruited or supported by their party.

The law allows a candidate to indicate only that he or she “prefers” a given party. Looking at the ballot, a voter can’t tell the difference between a lifelong Democrat and an infiltrator from the Sun-Ripened Warm Tomato Party. That’s even more ridiculous than a “Democrat” who thinks that the Democrat in the White House has bamboozled the public about his right to hold office.

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