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Location: Kent, Washington, United States

I was born in San Francisco and grew up in Anaheim. I really didn't have much interest in politics in those days.Other than Pres Reagan anyway.My wife turned me on to rush limbaugh and the rest as they say is history.Some Consider me a hard core conservative.I don't,yes I am a conseravtive but I'm more open minded than the hard core ones.For 10 years we lived in skagit county during that time I was a pco Area chair and county yr chairman.Since my wife and I moved to Kent almost 3 years ago the fargo precinct in the 47th district where we make our home has sat empty.Its been actually 5-6 years since its been vacant. The King Gop doesn't like me so empty the fargo precinct sits.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

So when did free speech become illegal in the King County GOP?

Many of you know I am not a big fan of the King County GOP.
When its needed I have been pretty outspoken about them.
Well here comes another one of those times.Let me say that
this is not a fun thing for me to talk about.

This all began back at the king county GOP convention
in June.Phil Fortunato became a surprise late opponent against
Pete von reichbauer.One of the things fortunato did was he had a
brochure detailing some of the differences between he and von reichbauer.
Sounds reasonable doesn't it I mean who wouldn't want to know that?

Well not to Michael Young it isnt.Thats right Michael young told fortunato
he couldn't distribute the brochure and if he did the delegates would not
be allowed to vote for him.Such an American thing do, my first thought
was you have got to be kidding me.I wondered what would happen next.
Soon enough I would find out.

This past weekend at the annual King County GOP picnic it happened again.
Edwina Johnston was handing out a flier she had put together detailing
what she believed had gone terribly wrong with the redistricting
of the king county council.Yes she did mention by name von reichbauer,
Reagan Dunn and that democrat Jane Hague who masquerades as a
republican on a daily basis.

Some of you may not agree with what Edwina said but she had a right to
say it. In Michael youngs world she doesn't .He told her she couldn't hand
it out and if she did he would have her arrested.So this is what its come to
trying to intimidate a 72 year old woman.Thats real class on the part of
are illustrious party chairman.Meanwhile Reagan Dunn stands near by thinking
how funny it is.Reagan you wouldn't think it was funny if it happened to you.
You have also demonstrated that if it was a brochure or one of your supporters
attacking Steve Hammond you could care less.

This is supposed to be the republican party of king county not
an outpost for Michael young to decide whose views he likes best.
Oh and before any of you say that what Edwina Johnston or Phil
fortunato did is against the county or state bylaws don't.Because its
not true.Now I know Michael young says he was doing this for
party unity.Sir you cannot have a united party when you try
and silence those that don't agree with you.

Let me give you an example of how you do it the right way.
Prior to moving here I lived in skagit county.It gave me the opportunity
to work with one of the best county chairman that I have ever known Mark
hulst.When mark took over skagit was much like king is now.
They were divided and had not won a whole lot of elections in a long

In a short period of time mark was able to unite them.He didn't do this
by trying to silence anyone.He let them all have there say and while he
didn't agree with everything they said.He respected there opinions and because
of that they respected him.The party members then worked together and
guess what they had a lot of success.

Mr young you should be ashamed of yourself and your goons for
trying to scare a 72 year old lady.The only thing you accomplished
was making yourself look foolish.If you had any honor at all you
would do the right thing and resign.At the very least you should
apologize to Edwina young for what you did to her.Oh and it doesn't
really look to good when you have John Wootress threaten others
with physical violence that don't agree with you.Its not very becoming
of a leader of political party to do that and certainly not something
that George W.Bush or Ronald Reagan would ever do.

If you want to turn king county around this kind of
behavior must stop at once.

Next Week The US Senate race Up close and personal.

(For those of you That are Interested My personal profile is
finally up.Along with my email address.


Blogger divaqs said...

Wow! I just read on the Reagen Wing website the first hand account of Doug Parris being roughed up. (http://thereaganwing.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=PagEd&file=index&page_id=273)

I am surprised charges haven't been filed against John Wootress (Michael Young's Enforcer?) for assault.

8:38 AM  
Blogger divaqs said...

I would recommend putting a link to the information on the flyer. The content does raise some serious questions.... which I would think would be in the interest of the public to make available for consideration.

I've always been of the mind that government was for the people, by the people. But as always, it is possible to abuse power and probably only way to protect ourselves from abuses of power is through public scrutiny (i.e. the media). Has anyone submitted this information to the media?

8:49 AM  
Blogger phil spackman said...


As far as I know the media has
not picked this up.Why there
hasn't been assault charges filed
is a good question.At this point
its probably to late for the
police to take it seriously anyway.

What flyer are you talking about?

9:25 AM  
Blogger divaqs said...

Hi Phil,

On the Reagan Wing website, Edwina Johnston has the contents of her flyer listed at http://thereaganwing.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=PagEd&file=index&page_id=274

It would be interesting to see an independent person verify the information (i.e. investigative reporter), since she does raise some disturbing issues that could imply abuses of power that are not in the public interest.

11:11 AM  
Blogger phil spackman said...


This has all been pretty much
verified.Jane hague has acknowledged thats what they did.
She said we didn't need dick derham.Among other things.

Because it involves democrats
there hasn't been much coverage.
Although sound politics covered
it while back.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everything was embellished. As big as John is, that's no reason to implicate him in intimidating others. Edwina might be 72, but she was the one that was pushing people, and sticking her finger in her faces. She was the one who was trying to be intimidating. Now, seeing this next to a man the size of Wootress, it looks quite comical actually.

Everyone was respectful and courteous what Steve Hammond was speaking, but it was right when Dunn started speaking that Edwina started getting in everyone's face. She was trying to prevent others from listening to what Dunn had to say. She was also passing out the infamous flyer, without a message of who it was paid for. It was basically an attack on Republican Councilmembers for conspiring against Hammond. Personally, I don't believe the backroom planning image that she is presenting, but it does beg one question. If this is the only thing that the Hammond campaign has to hang their hats on, then they are in trouble.

P.S. I was also at the Eastside Republican club when they hosted a fundraiser for all of the republican candidates. Edwina passed out a flyer that was just a pure attack on Dunn with nothing constructive to say at all. It was filled with lies and inuendos. The difference with this one is that she put that it was paid by her at the bottom of the flyer. What she was passing out at the fair had no such disclaimer.

12:19 PM  
Blogger phil spackman said...


I don't who you are and it really
doesn't matter.Wootress put his
hands on another person know one
has that right.I am supposed to believe that
a 72 year old woman is intimidating.

Iregardless of that michael young
doesn't have the right to limit
anyone 's free speech.

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fair is supposed to be a fun, family-oriented atmosphere. All Edwina was doing was inciting and dividing people. Wootress wasn't the first to lay hands on anyone, it was Edwina and her supporters.

Michael can limit that speech if she didn't pay to be there or was being confrontational, which is exactly what she was doing. Just like with Susan Hutchinson, you are having a terrible time justifying your arguments.

3:31 PM  
Blogger phil spackman said...


I wasn't aware other than the vendors
that there was an admission charge.
Oh common you know darn well that
isn't why michael young didn't
want her to pass that out.

As for Susan hutchison (this is how its spelled)I wasn't trying to justify
why I support her I don't need to.
Nor am I trying to force her down anyone's throat.I wish could tell all of
you her stand on the issues.Because
I know most of you would like her
positions.When that happens is up
to Susan.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Nathan said...

Against my better judgement, I'm going to post a small bit of advice, Phil. If you criticize someone, you will get a better response from them if you tone down your rhetoric.

Be civil. You made an excellent point about Hulst, but I doubt very much if anyone will notice given that it's buried among some rather inflamatory stuff.

12:50 AM  
Blogger phil spackman said...


Thank you for your response.I
call them as I see them.People
I guess are much more sensitive
now than were even 5 years ago.

For to long the king gop has
ran roughshodd over some of its
members and it has to stop.playing
nice with these people doesn't seem
to work.They seem to think they
know better than you and I.I for
one will not put up with it anymore.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Doug@TheReaganWing said...

"Anonymous" isn't telling the truth. Is she claiming to be a witness to Wootress' assaults? Will she sign an affidavit that Edwina tried to intimidate Hulk Wootress? Will she even reveal who she (or he)is? It's easier to spin fiction if you're careful to stay anonymous.

10:34 PM  
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8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one should believe anything that the Reagan Wing writes. They were the first blog to question the impressive credentials of Reagan Dunn, did anything show up? I haven't heard anything since. It's time to look at Steve's depressing credentials. A doctorate and a masters from Southern Baptist School. Sounds good enough, until you visit this site: http://southernbaptistschool.com/

This is not an accredited university. Why not ask your golden boy Steve about this? I demand an explanation of how he can claim to be a good pastor, yet not have any of these degrees from a real school. He got one from a diploma mill! Take a good look at your candidate.

8:02 PM  
Blogger phil spackman said...


Boy you Reagan Dunn supporters must be
getting pretty desperate at
this point to cart out this
crap.Between this and Reagan's
Endless need to grandstand
its pretty pathetic.

Tell Reagan Dunn to be a man
and actually have the guts to
debate Steve Hammond.Of course
we all know it will never happen.

10:28 AM  

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