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"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard." — Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956)

Monday, April 04, 2005

Sims says let Logan finish the job

After Republicans on the King County Council called for a federal investigation and for the resignation of Dean Logan, County Executive Ron Sims had this to say:

"These unopened and uncounted ballots are the result of the systemic problems he is working to fix," Sims said in a statement. "It is important to let him finish the job he has begun."
That's all well and good, Mr. Sims -- unless, of course, the "job" you want Logan to finish is something other than disclosing what went wrong, how it happened, how many have been fired as a result of their neglect or willful misconduct, etc.

What are the "systemic problems" that Sims claims Logan "is working to fix"?

Are they the "cultural" problems that Logan refers to on occasion?

It seems obvious that some lower-level supervisors and "middle managers" need to go. The disregard for legal requirements and sloppy job performance of their subordinates shows they haven't done the job of supervision expected of them.

If Logan won't get rid of them, then he needs to go as well.

His efforts to stall and cover up the discrepancies discovered during the canvassing of ballots before the initial certification of election returns on November 17 may be grounds for firing him.

If he also fails to clean house now that many of the discrepancies have been revealed to the public, then what good is he? (That is, what good is he to law-abiding, honest folks who insist that our elections be decided by the legitimate votes cast by qualified electors?)


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