As well, look who else joined the party...Vulcan just kicked in $2,000.
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Update: A few interesting developments.
1) Remember those donors to Jones' campaign, Clyde and Rena Holland,who also gave money to Tim Eyman? Know who else they gave money to? Donald J. Trump for president (via the Puget Sound Business Journal.) Now, Chris Reykdal got rounded criticized for mentioned Trump in a donor letter but apparently, he wasn't too far off the mark.
2) Once again, I am getting heat for reporting what a candidate said. There are even a couple of people who think Senator Carlyle is not telling the truth. You have to ask yourself, "Why would he lie?" That Jones remains silent on this issue should tell you something. I also note that I would have to wonder about her effectiveness with legislators once they hear - and they will - that she distorts what is said in personal conversations. What legislator is really going to want to talk candidly with her?
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Two updates on the race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington State between Chris Reykdal and Erin Jones.
Once again, I do not believe Jones is ready for this office. Her tendency to say what she thinks people want to hear - and then go back and rearrange her thoughts - is not a good trait for someone in public office.
I'm supporting Chris Reykdal who has been consistent in his views and his words for the entire campaign and is the best qualified candidate.
This is a video (it appears to be a house party for Jones) where she talks about a phone conversation with
- He said he's not voting for Chris Reykdal "even though they work together."
- He said, "I need you to win this election and we need to hit the ground running."
- They were on the phone for 45 minutes, "plotting"
- "He and I are going to meet the first week in November, even before the election.." to talk about issues.
Except for the fact that she did have a phone conversation with Carlyle, in a conversation with me, he sayid NONE of what she stated to that group of people about their conversation is true.
This is not a "he said, she said." This is Carlyle, a respected Democratic legislator, telling me that he has never been this misquoted in the entire time he has been in office. He was really upset at what she claimed. (Update: his comment to me was that the majority of their speaking time was about McCleary and how to get that important piece of legislation done.)
He said he likes Reykdal and respects his work but is not endorsing either of them. (To note, people at OSPI including Randy Dorn and Gil Mendoza, Deputy Superintendent - people Jones has worked with - are not endorsing her either.)
He said he called her at the request of a friend and did not know her. He said they did not "plot" anything. (FYI, I have known Carlyle thru the years and he's really not the "plotting" guy. The minute I heard her say that I thought, "That's not Reuven.")
Who do I believe? The person who doesn't have the credibility problem, Reuven Carlyle.
I don't believe the person, Erin Jones, who over the course of this campaign, has repeatedly said she misspoke or was misquoted or changed her mind on various issues.
She also again said that The Stranger practiced "irresponsible journalism."
The Stranger only used her own words against her. No one trapped her, no one twisted her words and The Stranger actually gave her space to speak her peace after they withdrew their endorsement. Very classy on their part.
The second issue is the flood of big money now pouring into Jones' campaign.
These people - ed reformers - are not giving her money because they "like" her. They are giving her money because they believe she will listen to their ideas and drive OSPI that direction.
One key issue to consider is who she might hire to help her at OSPI. I suspect if she wins you will see many more ex-TFA and charter school types.
So who are these people?
- David and Patricia Nierenberg (and their investment management group) each giving $4,000. They have donated over $40K to the Stand for Children PAC.
- Clyde and Rena Holland, Republicans, each giving $4,000, who have donated over $800K to the State Republican Party in the last four years. In case you have not heard of the Hollands, they are big supporters of Tim Eyman.
- Howard Behar, $3,000. He has donated $40K to the Stand for Children PAC.
- Arthur Buerk, $3,500. He has donated heavy to the campaign to oust Justice Barbara Madsen from the Supreme Court.
- Christopher Larson, $2,000. He has donated to ed reformers, to the tune of $356K over the last four years, like LEV and DFER.
It's quite a long list.
Other interesting people on the list:
- Sean Waldheim, $1,500. Teach for America
- Paul Brainerd, $1,500. Has donated $3,500 to DFER
- Kelly Munn, $1,000. LEV State Field Director
- Don Nielsen, $500. Former SPS Board director and promoter of charter schools, vouchers, etc.
Consider all of this as you decide who to vote for.