I was a writer long before I was married and I am still, first and foremost still a writer.
My stories- the fiction, the non-fiction, the poems and even my photographs are all based in part on my own life experiences. I have been putting the bulk of my work consistently on line since the late 90’s and by doing that became a public figure long before Luis became an elected official.
My life is literally an open book and for the most part I’ve written that book. Additional chapters were written by others and that was okay in my world. To another degree I’ve also come to understand that stories take on a life of their own.
Stories are powerful and dangerous tools
A few years ago a story was created with the singular purpose to destroy the life and political career of a good man in order to install a man named Guy Palumbo with zero verifiable experience, zero character into Office.
Why? Because Guy Palumbo’s campaign was funded by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and the Washington State Democratic party wanted a taste of that Amazon money in their campaign coffers.
It’s called ‘surplusing’ and if Palumbo thinks that he was ‘preferred’ because of his political savvy he is as naive as the individuals in the First LD who chased Palumbo down the rabbit hole.
The link to how the story that was created to not only destroy Luis’ career- but to tarnish our sons lives as well follows at this close.
This story is a sobering reminder that you can bury the truth, you can spin the truth but the will out.
In this instance, what occurred led the chairwoman of the Snohomish County Republican Party on Monday to demand that an executive of the county Democratic Party resign and the party’s leader apologize for the spread of falsehoods online about a GOP member.
The Republican party leader is not going to get what she seeks, although it’s pretty clear the Democrats’ portrayal of events does not sync with reality.
I have written at great length about the negative, hateful and personal attacks that Guy Palumbo waged against my family in seeking election to become Washington State Senator for the First Legislative District.
Its an attack his supporters feel necessary to still wage despite the fact Luis is not running against Palumbo now.
Palumbo for his own special reasons has chosen to continue to spread these libelous claims. Perhaps he feels it is necessary to diminish Luis in order to elevate his own standing.
As it stands, Palumbo’s character and integrity is being questioned now and wherever he ends up after November 8th it will continue to be questioned.
I am sure that most of this bile is rising up in the throats of Palumbo’s ‘supporters’ because our family did not take to our knee for Palumbo and joyfuly endorse and work to seeing him be elected.
This is the mindset that we’ve been faced with by a few party loyalists who apparently care more about gaining a seat then who is sitting in it.
Again my family who as individuals are still having to deal with Palumbo’s Dirty Campaign tactics are being called upon again to “take it for the team” by a Palumbo Supporter:
Rep. Luis Moscoso Responds to the above comment:
It’s amazing that anyone would consider my refusal to support Guy Palumbo as a “protest vote” or a “grudge.” Guy Palumbo took the 1st LD Democratic Senate Primary into the gutter with his scurrilous rumors about me and my extended family.
As to concerns about the “policies actually at stake” – when were they ever truly addressed? There was no candidate debate or forum. Just lies – yes, “LIES” – by Palumbo, his LD supporters and his Charter School PAC financiers.
My integrity and the Truth is more important to me than just winning a Senate seat for an unscrupulous politician who pretends to be a Democrat.
In closing I would like to state the obvious:
Anyone who demands that one puts FAMILY AFTER political rhetoric needs to check their priorities or lack thereof.
Palumbo has no right to demand a vote, an endorsement party loyalty or call upon anybody to do anything for the greater good when he so clearly lacks the ability to DO THIS HIMSELF.
It would appear that some of Guy Palumbo’s supporters are concerned because Guy Palumbo has been called out for lying about his contribution to the Transportation Package Rep Moscoso actually did the work on.
Once again his campaign is coining phrases like Guy being one of ” little people” who wrote letters to Olympia just to remind you who the big bad Latino is- I guess they have to have one more good hard blow on that dog whistle. Guy Palumbo just can’t help himself. One could say that resorting to character and cultural assassination is what happened during a nasty campaign season- but the perplexing things is WHY Palumbo still needs to do that to Rep Moscoso.
So I will bring up a couple of points- they are worth mentioning because they demonstrate the same lack of respect for my family that Palumbo ran on, but that he is clearly patronizing and showing a lack of respect to the Voters by his continued attack on their intelligence.
Guy Palumbo did spend time in Olympia-only he hung out at hearings for Education ( literally, he stood in the back of the room and played on his phone ) Guy Palumbo had the chance to be at Transportation hearings, but he chose NOT to.
Considering his campaign was funded by Charter Schools in the Primary one can see why
And let’s be clear, Guy didn’t run on being the Leader who mobilized a community, he didn’t even MENTION that he was a part of a letter writing campaign.
This is how he sold HIMSELF
From Representative Luis Moscoso’s FB page:
Guy Palumbo never once contacted me about his concerns regarding this issue. Sen. Hobbs & Sen. Liias, Minority Ranking Member and Asst. Minority Ranking Member, both contacted me as Co-Vice Chair of the House Transportation Committee to introduce legislation to improve SR 522 after it was cut from the original Senate Budget. I submitted the request and it was added to the final budget because of my effort. The Legislature has the documents to prove it. I corrected Guy months ago about this in front of the Seattle Times interview panel when he tried take credit for my work then. Rep. Judy Clibborn also said he was “wrong” in her Everett Herald LTE, July 8, 2016. (http://www.heraldnet.com/…/palumbo-wrong-about-opponents-t…/)
My District has voted for the Democrats- and for good reason- they were solid candidates.
I am sure that if Guy Palumbo were to go to Olympia the only person he will be serving is himself- he has a proven track record of doing exactly that.
We want to hear that our candidates and electeds are willing to reach across the aisle to make things work for our state, for our country. It shows that they are willing to be respectful, reasonable and that they care willing to set aside personal politics for what is best for the communities they lead.
We as voters should be willing to do the same when casting our votes for candidates to office.
In this election a member of my family- Representative Luis Moscoso ran for State Senate in Washington for the First Legislative district. His challenger was Guy Palumbo who can only be described as a Political Opportunist as opposed to the Democrat that he claims to be.
Guy ran a smear campaign that depicted Luis and our sons as men who were groomed to beat women because as the message went it was ‘cultural’ ( Luis and our sons are Latino ). You can read my letter about the libelous campaign Palumbo benefited from as it appeared in the Herald HERE.
One of Guy’s other twisted tactics was to run on Luis’ fine record by claiming to be an expert in the fields Luis has actually worked in and then blasted Luis for not fixing every single problem we face in Olympia on the very same record Guy proudly claimed as his own.
Guy also put forward that Luis outright lied about his degree from the University of Iowa in the Voter’s Guide.
What most people didn’t know was that the person who sent it through to the voter’s guide despite our instructions that it needed to be corrected,was our consultant.
We fired that consultant after the election.
He works for Guy Palumbo now.
Today in the mail I received Palumbo’s flyer- and in it is an outright lie about Palumbo’s ‘expertise’ in transportation:
Guy’s letter writing campaign as stated in this ad didn’t secure anything- the bills Luis worked on passing them DID and what should be made clear here is that in no time did Guy ever contact Luis’ office (As the Vice Chair for Transportation who lives in Guy’s district that should have been Guy’s first stop in pushing his letter writing campaign AT LEAST). At no time did Guy show up and speak at hearings ( which is something any concerned citizen who is able to attend can do ).
However credit given where credit is due: Palumbo did give a presentation on transportation to our Legislative District.
That’s not a problem- the problem is when you imply it was your work or that you played a part in the work when you did not.
(See Article ” Palumbo Wrong About Opponent’s Transportation Record ” HERE)
In addition, Guy has touted his endorsement by ” Public School Employees” to further muddy the waters in the hope that voters will think that he as a candidate who was funded by Charter School PAC money and did not NOT receive an endorsement by the Teachers Union, is somehow endorsed by them now.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
The Public School Employees are a separate body from WEA.
That’s called campaign messageing:Palumbo Style.
This ad and its falsehoods and half-truths was donated to Guy’s campaign by the Washington State Democratic Central Committee.
This is the party that me and my family have supported. This is the party were Luis served as Secretary and where I served as President for a women’s political group. We are paid members of the First LD Democrats. On behalf of Democrats in my state- I could not be more ashamed they have played a part in Palumbo’s campaign.
So in this race- and a few others- I am breaking ranks with my party and this is why:
In the past I have been able to rely on my party to help guide me through the voting process. They were a good resource and for the most part they fielded great candidates. Their support of Palumbo, that single endorsement has made it clear to me that they are more concerned with how many seats they can get then they are with character and integrity in the candidates that they support..
As a Democrat who has held various positions in the party I could not be more concerned with the road they have chosen to take for the likes of Guy Palumbo- the candidate whose claims to have accomplished things in Olympia already but whose record of that great work can’t be verified.
My guess is because the record he claims to own is not under his name.
Guy Palumbo’s campaign practice of using dog whistles to scare voters to his side is a cheap campaign strategy and Palumbo has mastered its use:
Don’t vote for Luis because all Latino men are culturally inclined to beat women. SO DON’T VOTE FOR HIM LADIES.
Don’t vote for my Republican challenger because Republicans hate LGBTQ. SO COME OVER HERE PROGRESSIVES.
But in the end Guy Palumbo has to play this cheap stunt because the fact is, Palumbo has nothing of substance to offer the voters in this district.
Palumbo’s opponent Mindie Wirth does have character, integrity. She has great respect for ALL of the people she wants to serve. I would urge voters to consider supporting her as I firmly believe that she is willing to put the needs of the District above that of her Party and herself.
It’s a great quality and one that is needed now more then ever.
Guy Palumbo and his Campaign Spokesman had originally promoted the original story through his campaign from the SnoCo Reporter which was a hit piece not on on Luis- it also smeared our family too.
The above story is a retraction and explains how this all came about.
Claudius: What’s the matter with us, Herod? These are the children of my noble brother Germanicus. How could it happen?
Herod: Well, you know what they say about the tree of the Claudians: it bears two kinds of fruit: the sweet and the bad.
Claudius: Well, they’ve certainly had a terrifying crop this season.
This quote from ” I Claudius ” by Robert Graves perfectly sums up this campaign season- we’ve seen it played out in all of it’s toxic glory on TV, Social Media and on bumper stickers.
But for me and my family this ‘terrifying crop ‘ of fruit fell from a tree in our own backyard
During the Primary a fellow “Democrat” running for the same seat as one of my family members ( Rep Luis Moscoso) ran a negative campaign that not only was designed to attack Luis, it was designed to attack me and our sons as well.
It was effective and not only was Guy Palumbo rewarded by a place on the ballot, he managed to cast a dark cloud over our entire family.
I’d say ask Palumbo why he had to attack our family, but from what I’ve learned in my dealings with Guy over the years-
he might give you an answer…
but there is no guarantee what he will tell you will be the truth or that you’ll get the same answer five minutes later.
In the end, my so called ” friends ” in the Democratic Party told us that it was too bad this happened, they knew none of the negative campaign spin was true and gee they’re sorry but, ” You need to get over it and support Palumbo. WE need to save that seat for the Democrats.”
To coin a phrase- I feel like certain Democrats in the Snohomish County First Legislative District grabbed my Family by the p&^*y and they honestly don’t think that there was anything wrong with what they’ve requested of us.
In fact, I’d go as far as to say they feel entitledto have made that request.
What follows is my Letter and Link to the source that was published by The Herald today:
On behalf of Rep. Luis Moscoso’s family, I strongly disagree with The Daily Herald Editorial Board’s decision to endorse Guy Palumbo in the 1st Legislative District. I also feel that the editorial board’s description of this race as “bitter” is a gross understatement of what really happened to my family.
Specifically, your endorsement is a slap in the face to me and my family who were affected by the dirty and libelous campaign that Palumbo waged during the primary.
Palumbo knows that what goes on the internet stays on the internet. His use of social and print media depicted Moscoso men as being culturally groomed to beat women. And I was drawn as the mother who stood by and did nothing because, according to Palumbo’s messaging, this sort of behavior is “cultural.”
The heinous stereotype that Palumbo used to get a spot on the ballot this November was despicable and both he and his consultant should be ashamed of themselves for using it.
In this toxic and hateful campaign season, it’s easy for one to think Palumbo stooped to these low campaign tactics during the primary.
The fact is Palumbo didn’t stoop to anything — those are his methods and I believe I have shown he has a proven track record of using them.
One should look very carefully at Palumbo’s integrity and character during the primary before taking into consideration The Herald’s endorsement of him when casting their ballot in November.
Article Containing Representative Moscoso’s Statement about NOT endorsing Guy Palumbo
You’re like Voodoo baby, You just take hold. Put your cards on the table baby, Do I twist do I fold?
Let’s just say that someone- like me for instance- has been a voting Democrat since she was 18. That she served as a Recording Secretary for the County Dems, that she was President of a Chapter of the Women’s Democratic Federation. She has served on a steering committee for a former Presidential Candidate and local candidates and all of the sudden pulls back on the reigns on what has been going on in her Party and says, ” What the HELL is going on here?”
Well. I’d be curious to know what’s going on.
So I decided to write about it today.
My LD has a Facebook page where this is proudly posted on it’s cover page:
For the most part I thought that was true- and then a few months ago I was completely BANNED from the page. I couldn’t even see it.
The Chair of our LD said he had NO idea why that happened- it was a mystery to him. Of course, the fact that a member of my family was being challenged by the Chair’s BFF in an upcoming race had NOTHING to do with it I am sure.
Eventually I was allowed back on- though the Chair to this day has no idea HOW it happened because NOBODY did it.
What I hadn’t realized that the banning had started just before the Primary and continued long after it was over.
Eventually it was easy to see that the individuals being banned and who were having their party loyalty questioned, who were being cyber bullied, who were being invited to butt out of the conversation were not supporters of the Chair’s BFF.
Long story short- The Chair’s BFF made it through the Primary but not everyone was in love with the outcome- and they started to express it in Social Media- because that’s the new Town Hall as you may have sussed out.
My friend posted a letter on the page written by a person who was not going to be supporting our Chair’s BFF- the author of the letter was Peter Evans and my friend Vince was the person who posted it:
Here was the response from one of the Administrators:
You’re like Voodoo Honey All silver and gold? Why don’t you tell me my future? Why don’t I sell you my soul.
So the this is how the Chair and his lil’ gang are getting their candidate’s message out: they are trying to silence by censorship anyone who disagrees with them- let me be clear- they’re not slapping duct tape over the mouths of Republicans. They’re doing it to their OWN.
So here’s the LD’s new game plan:
If you walk their line and say what they want- you get to be a Democrat with the Blessings of the Chair of The First LD and his BFF.
They MIGHT even let you have your say.
Just a little advice: I’d hide that Voter Registration Card if I were you- never can tell when you’ll be asked to turn it in, though I have a sneaky feeling I know who will be doing the asking.
So here it comes – the sound of drums. Here comes the drums, here comes the drums?
The worst thing is that people really believe that the candidates have nothing to do with this sort of thing- the bottom line is nobody throws this kind of money around unless they consider it a sound investment.