The Moderate Washingtonian

Outlook on politics and elections in the state of Washington from an overall centrist viewpoint. My views tend to be libertarian in nature, but at the same time are largely nonpartisan.

02 September 2006

McGavick gaffe blows up in face

I did not care one iota about US Senate candidate Mike McGavick's admission to a 1993 drunk driving arrest, and took all the Democratic potshots at him in the aftermath to be a cheap and pointless attack. However, as reports surface that McGavick's supposedly forthcoming story about that night were sugarcoated, this could and should become a real scandal. Larry Sabato, perhaps the nation's foremost elections analyst, was quoted in today's P-I as saying:

"If you're going to go the confession route in politics, make sure it's a full and accurate confession...Otherwise, you're defeating your own purpose and you're going to create a second spate of worse stories, which is exactly what (McGavick) has done."

Sabato is 100% correct. Barring any unforseen gaffes, Maria Cantwell should not have to worry about not being reelected anymore.


At 9:14 PM, Blogger thehim said...

This was a serious head-scratcher. I don't think McGavick is that stupid, so I can only imagine that he thought there would be no way for the actual report to surface. But yeah, he's even taking a beating for this by some folks in the Sound Politics comment threads. Ouch.


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