Blame where blame is YOU

Posted June 20th, 2008 by Joe Kaiser

Now, can you please stop the "don't blame us, it's not our fault" stuff?

Dear Rob,

It seems people are giving you a pass on this new law debacle, and I for one am determined not to let that happen.

Yesterday’s post contained a comment from Eric. His email address indicated he was with an online news organization and hearing him say your office is somehow not responsible for the mess we’re now in troubles me.

And with David and Janelle and Kristen assigned to shift the blame from your office to anyone other than your office, it’s clear it’s politics as usual.

Just one thing . . .

In Support

Let’s all be very clear and not let the spin doctoring obscure the simple fact that your office endorsed the amended version of the bill. Pretending it did not is a bald-faced lie.

And so again, here’s your AAG Jim Sugarman, at the podium . . .

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Did you catch that last part?

In Support

If not, I’ll spell it out for you . . .

So we’ve crafted, as, as, ugh, what Representative Lantz said, a very simple bill addressing that transaction and that’s what we’re here in support of today.— Jim Sugarman
Assistant Attorney General

In Support

Your office came before the Legislature and endorsed the last and final version of the bill. It has your fingerprints all over it, and you encouraged its support, period.

Now, can you please stop the “don’t blame us, it’s not our fault” nonsense? That characterization is simply not true, no matter how hard you all attempt to spin it today.

With no reservations, your office asked the Legislature to pass it. You gave it, in its final, horrific form, your office’s unqualified support. As a result, this disastrous new law is and always will be, without question, 100% YOUR doing, Rob.

I suggest now would be a good time to change it from the Joe Kaiser Bill to the Rob McKenna Debacle.

In the arena,

Joe Kaiser

4 Responses to: “Blame where blame is YOU”

  1. Mark responds:
    Posted: June 20th, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Why doesn’t someone contact Parker Howell from the Spokane Review and ask him to investigate this further? He covers real estate news for the paper.

    His June 12, 2008 article is titled “Law aids ‘distressed’ home sellers”. I already pointed him to one of Joe’s previous posts but never heard back.

    It might be helpful for someone else to contact him regarding today’s notes. The video is compelling. I thought the press thrived on catching politicians red-handed. Is that still the case?

    Here’s a link to Parker’s article:

    Here’s a link to Parker’s contact information (for those interested):


    TAG: HB2791, hb 2791, washington state attorney general, Rob McKenna

  2. Mark responds:
    Posted: June 20th, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    For some reason, the link to the article now asks you to log in. To get around that, here is link to a Google search. As of this writing, the second link in the search results takes you directly to the article.

    TAG: HB2791, hb 2791, washington state attorney general, Rob McKenna

  3. Chris responds:
    Posted: June 20th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    This June 11th posting is still up at the AG’s website under “press releases”. I wonder how long they keep it up?

    Pay particular attention to the final sentance:

    June 11th,
    Attorney General McKenna’s new laws go into effect Thursday
    OLYMPIA – New laws requested by Attorney General Rob McKenna dealing with mortgage foreclosure schemes, identity theft, spyware and third-party marketing of cell phone numbers will go into effect on Thursday.

    “These new laws address critical threats to consumers from the purveyors of modern frauds—from mortgage rescue schemes to identity theft and online spying” McKenna said. “Also beginning this week, consumers’ cell phone numbers will be protected from solicitors, since they can no longer be published without express consent. I want to thank legislators from both parties who helped pass these crucial protections.”

  4. Vlad responds:
    Posted: June 21st, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Maybe Sugarman will become the Suga Mama for all folks in foreclosure….

    ‘Cuz the investors’ dough would be kinda out of question here….

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