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May 30, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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McKenna faces ethics complaints

Let down on policy and now ethical violations

Having retired from public employment, and voted for Rob McKenna, I am shocked and disappointed at the practices of the Attorney General’s Office published in The Times. [“Injunction denied in McKenna case,” NWWednesday, May 30.]

Now complaints are rising that ethics violations may have occurred while McKenna was a county official.

When I worked, it was made clear in repeated employee training and in regulations that political material was not to be sent or received on our public computers, that copiers and telephones and work time were not for political use, but for service to the people. Violation was grounds for discipline.

This isn’t a few partisan calls accidentally made on state long-distance lines. This is political strategy discussed repeatedly at meetings supposedly conducting taxpayers’ business, use of state-owned technology, and discovery of records in state storage reflecting conduct of partisan politics on the taxpayers’ dime.

I tend to vote Democratic on policy but am always open to an excellent Republican candidate. McKenna let me down policy-wise, but now the ethics board is looking at violations, a much more serious matter.

Maybe someone doesn’t care if state time and equipment are spent by a political party, but I do. If that is how the Attorney General’s Office has been run, I can’t consider him for governor and risk possibly spreading those practices statewide.

— Nancy M. Miller, Leavenworth

Stance on gay marriage

Rob McKenna was quoted [“Social issues split Inslee, McKenna,” NWWednesday, May 30]: “ ... for me, marriage itself is a question of religious faith, and I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.”

So then Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna has no problem with discrimination based on religious grounds and emphatically states that his religious views are superior to any others that might conflict with his, thus his should take precedence over religious plurality? Then he has no business in holding any public office.

— David Kerchner, Kirkland

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