Letter to the Editor: Dwight Thompson's expensive direct mail piece takes on Gov Watch

Thursday, October 27, 2011

To the Editor:

I just received a direct mail piece from Dwight Thompson that is designed to take on some of the recent Gov Watch mailings.

On August 8, Dwight was quoted in the LFP Patch as saying he’s not focused on what Gov Watch is doing. “I’m running my own campaign with my own message. I’m not running against them [Gov Watch].”

Obviously, Dwight has a right to change his mind whenever it’s convenient (like his vote and personal financial support for the Prop. 1 tax increase before he heard the citizens (if only he’d asked before he tried to sneak it through on a primary ballot)).

He was obviously motivated to address Gov Watch in an expensive direct mail piece – his third of the campaign (imagine if he’d taken that money and given it to a charity or some cause that could have really used it).

In particular, he wanted to clear up the notion that we were drawing down our City’s reserve funds. Gov Watch says we have $1.5 million in reserves, but Dwight claims we have $5 million.

My question for Dwight: If we really have $5 million, why did you think we needed to raise revenues with a tax increase in the middle of a recession?

Tom Cox
Lake Forest Park


Anonymous,  October 27, 2011 at 7:40 AM  

"imagine if he’d taken that money and given it to a charity or some cause that could have really used it"

Can't the same be said for Gov Watch's mailings? Or, any candidate's for that matter?

Anonymous,  October 27, 2011 at 8:54 AM  

What really is breathtaking is that Mr. Thompson and his immediate family (wife Irene Arden and Lydia Thompson, elderly mother who resides with the Thompsons)have contributed or loaned a total of $17,914.49 to his campaign - of a total reported to the PDC of $28,394.32.

Anonymous,  October 27, 2011 at 9:17 AM  

It is truly amazing that Mr. Thompson would spend so much money debunking the facts that GovWatch has compiled from the pbulic record available at city hall. This makes his mailer a very expensive lie! As we consider our votes for this election, for mayor and city council, remember this sage wisdom:

Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct. -Thomas Jefferson, third US president, architect and author

Anonymous,  October 27, 2011 at 5:02 PM  

Lordy, after watching the silliness of all parties in the LFP involved with the latest election, I have to wonder how the city manages to survive as a collective, peace loving hive of drones. Utter pettiness on both sides versus finding solutions to real problems.

Seriously LFP citizens, you can do better than petty and small town bickering. Grow up, ALL OF YOU!

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