No Election Fraud in Washington State; The Elect Senator Rossi Campaign Has Just Begun


I guess who ultimately couldn’t see this coming? This election was marred with so much questionable voter fraud that of course the Judge would side for the Democrat. It is hard to imagine that Judge John Bridges could have kept a straight face when he made the comments regarding his ruling to uphold Democrat Christine Gregoire’s victory.

A judge Monday upheld Democrat Christine Gregoire’s victory in the closest race for governor in U.S. history, rejecting Republican claims that last fall’s election was stolen through errors and fraud.

The election — decided by an amazingly close 129 votes out of 2.9 million cast — included 1,678 illegally cast ballots, Chelan County Superior Court Judge John Bridges found. But he said Republicans failed to prove that GOP candidate Dino Rossi would have won if those votes had been disregarded.

Unless an election is clearly invalid, when the people have spoken their verdict should not be disturbed by the courts,” Bridges said. Nullifying the election, he said, would be “the ultimate act of judicial egotism and judicial activism.”

Unless the election was clearly invalid? What type of sick joke is this? In the ultimate slap in the face, Judge Bridges even went so far as to “throw out only a few illegally cast votes and raised Gregoire’s margin of victory to 133 from 129.”

The Republicans argued that large numbers of votes were illegally cast by felons or cast in the names of dead people; that there were errors in the counting of ballots; and that there was stuffing of the ballot box and destruction of ballots. They concentrated their attacks on Seattle’s heavily Democratic King County, the state’s most populous county.

While the Republicans characterized the election problems as “sinister,” Democrats described them as innocent mistakes that happen in every county, in every election. They said the GOP lacked the clear and convincing proof needed to justify overturning the election.

In his ruling, the judge said the GOP failed to make the case for any deliberate, widespread fraud. He rejected the GOP’s argument that an analytical technique called “proportional deduction” showed that most of the illegal votes cast in the election went to Gregoire. He also held that even using Republicans’ proposed analytical technique, Gregoire still won.

If this had been the other way around Democrats would have been marching and chanting, “no victory, no peace.” So I guess the judge thinks that just fraud is acceptable as long as it is not wide spread. This is simply shameful.

Following the decision Republican Dino Rossi decided not to go ahead to the state Supreme Court with his legal challenge to the 2004 election of Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire.

Reeling from a courtroom rout, Republican Dino Rossi decided today not to press ahead to the state Supreme Court with his legal challenge to the 2004 election of Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire.

“With today’s decision, and because of the political makeup of the Washington State Supreme Court, which makes it almost impossible to overturn this ruling, I am ending the election contest,” Rossi said at his campaign headquarters in Bellevue.

Bridges turned back the GOP challenge on several fronts. He said the Republicans’ claims of fraud were not supported by any evidence. He rebuffed their statistical proposal for subtracting invalid votes from the candidates, calling it scientifically inadequate. And he rejected their suggested interpretations of state laws and previous court rulings on election challenges.

“I don’t think I can think of anything we argued that he didn’t take lock, stock and barrel,” Democratic lawyer Kevin Hamilton said.

Well isn’t that reassuring? After Democrats have clamored over every election that they should have won like in Florida in 2000 and OH in 2004 because of voter fraud after this man you have no more room for complaint.

Michelle Malkin live blogged the even charade and has a great play by play of the events.

Sound Politics put it best we have “Nothing to do but work harder.”

As voters, we have all the power we need to make these changes, regardless of the decisions of any court, executive or legislature. Our remedy is to be more organized and to work for candidates who believe as we do. This is one election. There will be hundreds more in our lifetimes and we must contest them all. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

Let’s just hope that this is the beginning of the Rossi for Senate Campaign run. The voters of Washington State will not forget this. People know when a wrong has been committed no mater what a Judge may rule. Rossi for Senate in 2006.

Posted June 6, 2005 by
Judicial, Politics | 6 comments

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    6 Responses to “No Election Fraud in Washington State; The Elect Senator Rossi Campaign Has Just Begun”

    1. jt007 on June 7th, 2005 1:16 am

      The big picture result of the Washington debacle will be to embolden Democrats to contest every election they lose until they can generate enough extra votes in re-count shenanigans to achieve victory for the Democrat candidate. Democrats will always have an advantage when it is unionized state/county employees handling the ballots because a significant majority of those folks are Democrat and, with or without an actual conspiracy, will be sympathetic to the Democrat candidate. Either way, the result will be to give the election to the Democrat candidate.

      The Washington judge interpreted state election law to require evidence of actual conspiracy to commit fraud before he could invaildate the election. That seems absurd since there was a mountain of evidence in this case that, regardless of intent, showed that the actions of King County’s election board changed the result of the election. This wasn’t a criminal prosecution of those officials which would’ve required evidence of criminal intent/”mens rea”. It was a trial to determine the validity of the 2004 gubernatorial election results and the impact that errors by election workers had on the reults of that election. As in the case of King County, 2004 and Broward County, 2000 (wher that troll manufactured over 400 votes for Gore by counting “dimples” that were disputed by the Republican observer), local Democrat bureaucrats and politicians are more than willing to brazenly do whatever is needed to add votes to the Democrat tally. Their sense of entitlement seems to eliminate any need for active conspiratorial communication. They all seem to have the same attitude and the same lack of compunction to do anything they want to change the election’s result.

      Finally, Rossi pisses me off just like Ashcroft did in the Missouri Senate reace in 2000. These races and the illegality that led to the Democrat winning the race isn’t about them. It’s about the integrity of our elections and, for the Republicans who nominated them, it is about protecting the rights of people who didn’t vote for the Democrat. Rossi should pursue this case to the end in hopes of getting the courts to better define the law and to force them to set clear precedent in regard to election laws. That way, they won’t have such an easy time manipulating the result to favor the Democrat.

    2. Tomahawk on June 7th, 2005 9:06 am

      “Finally, Rossi pisses me off just like Ashcroft did in the Missouri Senate reace in 2000. These races and the illegality that led to the Democrat winning the race isn’t about them. It’s about the integrity of our elections and, for the Republicans who nominated them, it is about protecting the rights of people who didn’t vote for the Democrat”

      I could not, respectfully, disagree more. As I am sure you know, and I know the ScaredMonkeys guys know, politics is perception. No one will ever know who won the 2004 Governor’s Race in washington. But, one thing I do know. those who draw out legal battles over elections, lose in the long run. Cantwell, Gregoire, et al. will lose in the long run. True, the integrity of the system must be fought for, but the King County idiocy has been exposed…job done. Now it is time to focus on the next election and keep a close close close eye on King county. This is what the dems forgot after 2000. They were still fighting an “unelected” President from 2000 and people, real people, in the real world, were over that. This is a good play by Rossi. Ask Jim Talent is he thought Ashcroft should have fought…ask John Thune if he should have fought tim Johnson stealing the election….Ask John Kerry if he thought Gore should have emboldened the Florida GOP the way he did…I live in Florida…Bush won this state by over 300,000 votes!!! Mostly because we GOP voters were pissed that the Dems made such a big stink about 2000…ask Bill McBride and Terry McAuliffe what making a legal case out of Florida did against Jeb Bush….

      In the end…the system will be closely monitored and if Rossi runs against cantwell…he will win. Voters, left and right, for the most part…hate cheaters!

    3. Observer on June 7th, 2005 11:04 am

      Rossi will not be a U.S. Senator. Why? Because he isn’t going to run. He has said so, and stated his reasons, which are very good ones, IMO. He was cheated out of the Governor’s post, the job he wanted. Asking him to accept a two-bit consolation prize of running for the Senate (a race he is unlikely to win anyway) is just another slap in the face. Consolation prizes are for losers, and Rossi is not a loser. Rossi fought the fraud as best he could. Fraudoire and the associated cheaters and enablers came out on top in a crooked political system and a flawed judicial system that is berift of any notion of justice or doing the right thing. You couldn’t blame Rossi if he turned his back on the whole rotten, corrupt mess and washed his hands of it.

    4. Red on June 7th, 2005 12:45 pm


      We shall see what he decides in the end after the sting and stink of this fraud that was perpetrated dies down. If he was not going to run for Senate I wish he would have appealed this decision.

      What a system we have that condones fraud as long as its not wide spread, so say the Judge.

    5. Observer on June 7th, 2005 12:52 pm

      Red, I think Rossi may be tired and disgusted with the whole thing, after this travesty of “justice” and fraud of an election. I know I would be.

      I take Rossi at his word. He is impressive in part because of devotion to his family. He has stated that he believes going to DC (if by some miracle he could win that race against Cant-Think-Well) would be disruptive to his family life. I have to agree. He’d either have to drag them across country to the cesspool that DC has become, or live apart. Either way it isn’t good when you have young children in school.

      I also believe Rossi when he says he only got into the race in the first place beceause he could help his state best as Governor. Being a junior Senator (even if it is with the majority party, or so I’ve heard) from a state with little political clout in DC, dealing with arcane national issues, 3000 miles away, is not the way to have an impact. Senators don’t set state budget priorities or select heads of state agencies.

    6. Red on June 7th, 2005 1:02 pm

      You are probably right, maybe he will run again for Gov and the people will set the record straight once and for all and vote him in.

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