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Ediacara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:32 PM
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WA A-G Gregoire's staff shaped 'independent' investigation of her office
Gregoire's staff shaped 'independent' investigation of her office

By Ralph Thomas and Mike Carter
Seattle Times staff reporters


Christine Gregoire

A review billed as an independent investigation of Attorney General Christine Gregoire's office in 2000 was rewritten to downplay broad management problems at the urging of Gregoire's top deputies.

Internal documents show the investigation begun after Gregoire's staff missed a deadline to appeal a record $17.8 million verdict against the state was redirected to focus more blame on one attorney who later was forced to resign.

E-mails, a legal invoice and notes from phone conversations show Gregoire's aides were in almost daily contact with investigator Susan Barnes, a private attorney who had earlier worked as a federal prosecutor. The aides, reviewing Barnes' drafts, suggested making her recommendations "more positive" and asked with respect to one criticism: "Can you give us any leeway here?"

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falcon Donating Member (327 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 12:52 PM
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1. Dino Rossi
The repug running against her? Gee is that you.
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Ediacara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 01:00 PM
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2. Um, absolutely not
My name is DinoBoy because I'm a paleontology undergrad (dinosaurs), not because my name is Dino, or I'm a Dem In Name Only. I live in Montana too, so I can hardly be running for Washington Governor :-)

Strangely enough, Rossi actually IS a semi-close relative of mine, but I've only met him once and I honestly found him to be a big phoney.

I posted this because it's a) news and b) news about the front-runner for the Dem nomination in a big blue state that could potentially be damaging, and needs to be known by DUers.

I actually have a lot of respect for Gregoire, and have thought she has the potential to go great places, in fact one place in particular in 2012... I think she'll weather this storm, but wanted DUers to have a heads up re: shit MAY hit the fan in Gregoire's campaign.
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