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Dori: Dean Logan stole ’04 governor’s race, and he’s at it again in California

Dino Rossi ran for Washington governor in 2006. (Washington State Republicans)

The man who stole the governor’s election in Washington state is now doing the same thing in Los Angeles. We had absolute criminals in charge of the Democratic Party in Washington in 2004.

Ron Simms, as we all know, lied to my listeners and me on the air when he was chair of Sound Transit Board of Directors. But Ron Simms was also actively involved in, what I am convinced, was the biggest Democratic Party conspiracy in Washington’s history. When people ask me why I’m so cynical about local government, it was that gubernatorial election of 2004 that is at the top of my list. What I saw was a Democratic Party that was as corrupt as any political machine has ever been.

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In case you need your memory refreshed, that was when Attorney General Christine Gregoire was running for governor against Republican candidate Dino Rossi. When they counted all the votes, Dino Rossi was the winner – by 261 votes. Such a thin margin triggers an automatic recount. When they did the recount, they found some more Gregoire votes, but Rossi won again — by 42 votes this time.

And that is when the Democratic machine of Ron Simms, Christine Gregoire, and the head of King County Elections at the time, a guy named Dean Logan, got involved. What was revealed in subsequent lawsuits was remarkable. On the third recount, they miraculously found a few hundred more votes for Gregoire to steal away the governor’s race. Apparently, there were 300 illegal votes, 400 more where the voter could not be verified, 240 felons who voted illegally, 44 votes from dead people, and 10 people who voted twice. When all of those votes were counted, the third time around, all of a sudden Christine Gregoire was the governor.

Then and now, I think it was a Democratic Party criminal conspiracy. The guy spearheading this in King County was Dean Logan, who was finding uncounted ballots all over. He was absolutely amazing at finding Gregoire ballots in between counts.

Dean Logan had to resign in disgrace from King County Elections. Where did he go? Los Angeles County.

Did you see what happened last night in the California gubernatorial primary? In that primary, 118,000 people were accidentally left off the Los Angeles County polling place rosters. We’re talking about nearly 120,000 people who went to vote. Some left frustrated, and some were promised absentee ballots.

They’ve revealed the results and sure enough, the chosen Democratic candidate, Gavin Newsom, was the winner. But in California, it’s not the top Democrat and top Republican who go on to the general election — it’s the top two vote-getters. Everyone thought that the second-place candidate would be Antonio Villaraigosa, a Democrat and Latino.

Well out of the 118,000 people left out, many were Hispanic — it might have been expected that they would have voted for the candidate from their cultural background. If Gavin Newsom is challenged by another Democrat in November, he could lose. It could be that Hispanics in California, who make up a large percentage of the population, could galvanize behind Villaraigosa and Newsom could actually lose.

But, low and behold, a Republican, John Cox, got second place. A Republican of course has no chance in a general election against Gavin Newsom. Isn’t it odd that going into the election everyone thought Villaraigosa was going to get second place?

Dean Logan, the guy who engineered the criminal rip-off of the Washington state governor’s race in 2004 and had to resign in disgrace, just “lost” 118,000 names in the California primary because of a “printing error.”

You wonder why I’m cynical about politics? And you wonder why I’m cynical about what goes on in Washington state? It goes back to 2004 when a Republican twice won the gubernatorial election and yet didn’t become governor. And now the same thing is happening in Los Angeles. Quite a coincidence, don’t you think?

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