To our likely generational misfortune, we are stuck with two political liars highly placed in local government, politicians who lied to get elected.
Tim Leavitt lied repeatedly about his positions on tolling for the I-5 Bridge. He skillfully used that lie to defeat the incumbent, Royce Pollard who quite wrongly but truthfully told anyone who would listen what his position was on the necessity of tolling as he saw it to get the I-5 bridge replaced and loot rail into Vancouver.
Steve Stuart, who was an integral part of Tim Leavitt's campaign, helped to develop the lie, since there was no way he would ever support a true-anti-toll candidate.
Like Pollard, Stuart has always supported tolls. Like Pollard and Leavitt, Stuart knows that without tolls, this project would never be built. That building it will enslave 65,000 plus commuters is of no consequence to either Leavitt or Stuart, since they likely will not have to commute to Portland to be mayor or county commissioner; meaning that, precisely like the baseball scam, the people of Clark County are going to get stuck with the costs of something these two want, and could easily kill, but will not have to pay for.
Stuart, realizing the success of the lie in Leavitt's campaign, utilized the same strategy in his own, promising a county wide vote on loot rail this November; using that lie to barely get re-elected against a candidate who did very little and who had every disadvantage from a lack of name-familiarity to a lack of funding.
These lies are out there. The blogging community keeps them alive, reminding everyone of the lack of integrity of our government leaders, leaders who lied to get elected.
The democratian is well aware of this. So, once again, when the politician carried their water, even to the obvious detriment of our community, they do everything they can to rehabilitate their image, including crap like this from the democrat blog:
White Mayors Can't Jump
Blog: All politics is localMay 27, 2011A May 12 celebrity basketball game raised $20,000 for Clark County Family YMCA, said executive director Eddie White.
The game featured players from the Vancouver Volcanoes and Dan Dickau and Derek Raivio, who were standouts at Prairie High School and Mountain View High School, respectively, before each starred for Gonzaga University and played pro ball.
Then there were people not known for being ballers, including Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt.
And Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart.
Who, with his double knee braces, reminded us of a certain former Portland Trail Blazer.
Stuart said Leavitt's team won, but only because Leavitt cheated. After a practice, Leavitt complained that Stuart's team had an unfair height advantage. But instead of asking for the 6-foot-5ish Stuart, Leavitt got Jake Carlisle, a 6'8" player for the Volcanoes.
One of the commenters on the blog wrote this: "Leavitt cheated? Imagine that."