An article last week from The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review brings to mind a political truism.
While truth in politics is a rare commodity these days, and while we understandably have a craving for it, we’re going to wait a minute to get there. First, a little about the article itself, which The Columbian published across the top of Wednesday’s front page and online with the headline “Experts say Washington elections are secure.”
Writing about election security in Washington and about persistent, unfounded claims of fraud, Spokesman reporter Colin Tiernan took a detailed and interesting look at fabricated doubts surrounding the 2020 presidential election. The money quote: “This is all organized as a fraud by Donald Trump and his folks and it’s just not true. People have gotten sucked into a lot of lies.”
That is from Ralph Munro, who knows a bit about election security. He was Washington’s secretary of state from 1981 to 2001. Oh, and he’s a Republican.
His successor, Sam Reed, is a Republican and oversaw state elections from 2001 to 2013. Reed was followed by Kim Wyman, another Republican, who remained in office until taking a job with the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency last year.
Yes, a Republican took a job with the Biden administration. Shocking! Some things, apparently, are more important than party tribalism — like protecting our democracy.
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