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.
UPDATE: THE SNO-CO REPORTER- WHO RAN GUY PALUMBO’S HIT PIECE ON FMR. REP LUIS MOSCOSO ( WHICH WAS PASSED ALONG DIRECTLY BY HIS CAMPAIGN AS WELL AS THROUGH THE FIRST LD CHAIR – THEN THE CURRENT CHAIR AND FORMER CHAIR) HAS RETRACTED THEIR STORY. THE UPDATE TO IT CAN BE FOUND HERE
Before he even FINISHED his first term Guy Palumbo did a Sarah Palin on the Democrats and resigned in order to- wait for it- become a Lobbyist for Amazon. Big Surprise, right?
Wow First Legislative Democrats- you backed a winner here because not only did he do a runner on you ” Uber Progressives ” in the Party, his first gig was to try to unseat a Democrat in King County.
Guess he thought they’d be as easy pickings as you were.
I have documented ( look for links at the end of this story ) the smear campaign against Former Representative Luis Moscoso and our family that Guy Palumbo used to get himself a seat in Olympia.
Two years ago Guy Palumbo kited into the Washington State Senate with a boat load of Amazon Cash and bought himself a seat in Olympia.
Palumbo didn’t run a campaign per se- Guy Palumbo ran a smear campaign based on stereotypes and two of his most vocal campaign spokesmen- one of who was at the time the LD Chair and the second was a Former LD Chair -blew hard on each and every dog whistle Palumbo handed them.
However, I will give him credit- Palumbo is a multi tasker- he didn’t seek to destroy only Luis’s career and legacy. For his own warped and twisted reasons he tried to do that to me and Luis’s sons too.
He managed to cast a shadow over our sons- I can only guess I was left out of the narrative because when I first met Palumbo after his first ill fated run at a Democratic seat I almost made him cry.
I’m not kidding.
Our Legislative District held a dinner at a local restaurant to go over the recent election wins and one of the attendees was Guy Palumbo who until that night had never attended any First LD functions or meetings.
On to the tears.
They weren’t happy tears- Palumbo was angry and frustrated and he blamed Luis for his loss and DEMANDED Luis call him. I was under the impression from Palumbo that I was obligated by Palumbo because of this loss to get Luis to show him both honor and respect.
I’m still puzzled by Palumbo’s behavior that night.
Fast forward a few years later and on an old Facebook Post I came across a comment recently left by a journalist recently- who ran this story for Palumbo- in fact his campaign spokesman provided people with the link to the story she wrote on an ” unofficial ” LD Facebook Page.
Here’s the post from my face book post from two years ago- below is Brandia’s comment from just a few days ago
From this point on my writer’s sensibility tells me that this is Brandia’s story to tell. I respect that process and I will not be adding to her narrative. :::UPDATE::: Brandia’s story in the SNO-CO REPORTER STORY CAN BE FOUND HERE
To be clear here- the only person have ever held responsible for the attack on my family was Guy Palumbo and the Democratic Party and it’s leadership who allowed him to do what he did.
So I will wait, with the rest of you to see where Brandia’s story takes her.
In the mean time I suggest Guy Palumbo remember that we do indeed reap what we sow and Guy Palumbo has planted a terrifying crop for himself.
:::UPDATE::: SNO-CO REPORTER STORY CAN BE FOUND HERE
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.
Guy Palumbo IS a charter school funded candidate- and what he will HAVE to do to the families ( like Mindie’s and a lot of my other friends with children in our Public Schools and our Teachers ) to show his ‘gratitude’ for receiving this massive amount of funding to his campaign will be devastating to our community.
Raising our taxes and shipping our funds to Olympia will only be the beginning of what Palumbo will have to do to ‘work off’ his campaign ‘contributions’ from the groups who wrote him checks.
It’s a fact, Charter Schools have put a massive down payment on Guy Palumbo and we in the First Legislative District must not allow ourselves to be responsible for paying off the balance.
Just because he is running as a Democrat ( Guy Palumbo as everything except for Dog Catcher and maybe the Ice Cream Man ) does not mean he is
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.
” He ( Guy Palumbo ) is a Snake- feel free to quote me on that “
Tony Yuchasz Executive Director-
House Democratic Campaign Committee (WA)
Guy is a Twitter Maniac.
He used to send Tweets to Republicans during their card games in Olympia to tell them what great jobs they were doing. They were not amused. They told the Democrats that Palumbo is one of theirs so they need to tell him to stop doing that.
The Democrats thought it was funny and told them to do it themselves- as far as they were concerned he was one of theirs.
Guy like some people who exist through and in Social Media forget that there is a real world out there and that people actually talk to each other.
For example, at an endorsement meeting ( which at the time he did NOT receive at the time ) he pitched it- and so did his Campaign spokesman that he can work with ‘both sides of the aisle’ in Olympia- the problem is he races to each side and tells them what they want to hear and then things like this happen
( from a Republican Facebook Group )
The Seattle Times endorsed Guy in the Primary and cited his ” impressive public service resume” as one of his strong points.
The curious thing is that if you’re researching a potential candidate you won’t find a lot about Guy on google that isn’t attached to his current campaign webpage.
Guy’s strongest supporter going back to the days when he ran as an Independent in 2012 against Sen Rosemary McAulliffe , First LD Chair for The Democrats, Dan Wilner- tried to head the question of the lack of info on Guy’s so called impressive yet seemingly non-existent record by saying that Guy does all of this work off the grid, that he doesn’t do ‘beauty shots’ on Facebook because it’s not important to him to be noticed.
Danny boy, nobody twits and tweets and trolls and uses Facebook like Palumbo.
Now THAT is something he is well known for.
the Guy you see is the Guy he wants you to see and he will tell you exactly what you want to hear.
Is he Democrat? An Independent? A Republican?
Guy is none of those things-
Guy is first and foremost a Palumbocrat.
Guy Palumbo is running for State Senate in the district I live in.
Since 2012 Guy has since gone on to run on of the dirtiest most contentious campaigns in 2016 that has ever been waged in the First Legislative District against another Democrat.
These posts ( and I will be posting others ) are about Guy’s impact on my community, family and Party.
This post popped up today as well.
Now both sides of the aisle are officially questioning Guy’s positions- and character