The Questionable Political Career of Guy Palumbo

I am a writer.

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.

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Sometimes We Get It Wrong: Luis Moscoso v. Guy Palumbo

An Insidious Politician- Guy Palumbo of Washington State

 He ( Guy Palumbo ) is a Snake- feel free to quote me on that " Tony Yuchasz Executive Director- House Democratic Campaign Committee ...

 

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.

Briefly:

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. Not even a little.

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.

So.

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

 

( original Facebook post HERE )

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

From Creepy Pal To The Wealthy to Shady Political Candidate: Guy Palumbo

The Terrifying Crop-Guy Palumbo’s Legacy

Persona Non Google Guy Palumbo?

And The Truth Shall Get You Banned

Guy Palumbo Takes Low Road- or Guy Palumbo Never LEFT The Low Road.

 

 

Guy Palumbo: The Entitlement Candidate

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

ENTITLED

to our vote.

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It’s My Party and I’ll Call It Out If I Want To

Stand For Children and their checkbook had devastating consequences in the 2016 Primary in the First Legislative District in Washington State.

Supporting Stand For Children’s “democratic” candidate because Democrats feel they need to “save the seat for Democrats”is a forgone conclusion

First LD Democrats  need to wise up to the fact we  that lost  seat  when Palumbo advanced to the General- with Stand For Children pulling his leash.

I’ve  been told that the Republican Party considers the seat “won” No matter who wins  the seat in the First LD General.

Part of that certainty, I’ve been told from reliable sources,  came from Palumbo himself.

I supported and endorsed a Republican, (Mindie Wirth)for this seat because she ran a clean, open and honest campaign.

Guy Palumbo did NONE of those things.

Mindie did- she has been honest about her positions and who she is since she began her campaign

I could have cast my vote silently for Mindie, or been a party person and voted for Palumbo or silently no voted and took it for the team.

However, I know that Mindie will put the First above Party…and in turn I felt I confident I could reach across part lines to support her.

Please consider doing the same.

Guy Palumbo Takes Low Road- or Guy Palumbo Never LEFT The Low Road.

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

(READ: Following the charter school cash in the Washington State Primary: The latest money scheme )

 

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

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From Representative Luis Moscoso’s FB page:

FACT CHECK:

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.

And The Truth Shall Get You Banned

I have written to some length about Guy Palumbo who is running in Washington State for the Position of State Senator For The First Legislative District

HERE ( Guy Palumbo Has Not Earned Your Vote/ Herald ) and how his dirty campaign affected me and Luis’ family HERE

What I focused on was Guy Palumbo’s libelous attacks on my family ( myself, my sons and their father, Representative Luis Moscoso )

What further needs to be called out are Guy Palumbo’s attacks on the truth- in at least two flyers and the most recent one to reach voters Guy Palumbo is not only lieing about work that he claims he has accomplished in Olympia- without ever having been elected- he outright took credit for work and a record that was accomplished by Representative Moscoso.

It’s bad enough that Guy Palumbo’s campaign claimed Luis and our Sons are ‘culturally inclined’ and groomed to beat women, but Guy Palumbo stole Luis’ fine record and is claiming that work Representative Moscoso did as his own.

It’s gesture of contempt and Guy Palumbo as a candidate just gave you a taste of what Guy Palumbo the Politician is capable of doing.

From Representative Luis Moscoso’s FB page:

FACT CHECK:

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…/)

I am dismayed that Palumbo is still trying to take credit for my work.
Rep. Luis Moscoso

 

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Read also: From Rep. Moscoso’s FB page:

Why I can’t endorse the Democratic Candidate in the 1st LD Senate Race this year

It has been my honor to serve the good people of the 1st Legislative District these past 5 1/2 years. I firmly believe in the concept of a part-time Citizen Legislator, having been recruited to run by two former 1st LD Legislators after I retired in 2009. I was never interested in becoming a full-time politician then at age 60. This suited my open-minded approach to the office as a Servant Leader and gained me many friends on both sides of the aisle in Olympia. It has been a privilege I will always treasure to have served my constituents to the best of my ability.

It is therefore all the more difficult for me to issue this statement about why I can not endorse the Democratic Senate candidate in the General Election. I wouldn’t have said much more than that until I read Mr. Palumbo’s egregious and untruthful comments in a HeraldNet article last week. (http://www.heraldnet.com/…/1st-district-senate-candidate-s…/) I must set the record straight about who Palumbo really is and how different we really are. Especially when it comes to integrity.

Many Democrats, some Independents, and even a few Republicans have encouraged me to write this: the Truth behind what was arguably the nastiest political campaign primary the 1st LD has ever experienced.

It is presumptuous of Palumbo to just “believe” he can get my support or anyone else’s by falsely stating that he and I “overwhelmingly share the same views on the issues.” This statement is ludicrous at best, for if we indeed shared like views on issues, why challenge me if not for personal gratification and a desire to place himself in a position of power?

Ever since Palumbo first ran as an “Independent” (no party affiliation) against Senator McAuliffe in 2012 it should have been clear to all that he is just a Democrat of Convenience. Realizing he could get more traction as a Democrat rather than as an Independent, he capriciously and disingenuously claimed he was now a Democrat. But he never even bothered to attend any 1st Legislative District meetings to introduce himself until after he lost in the 2012 Primary! It is no secret that Palumbo was recruited by Charter School Billionaires then and now. He is their lackey as they try to “buy” another Senate seat.

This past March, even before Senator McAuliffe had announced her retirement from the Senate, the Chair of the 1st LD Dems (a personal friend of Palumbo’s) threatened that Palumbo would challenge me if I didn’t rescind my support for Rep. Dunshee to be appointed to the Snohomish County 5th Council District instead of Palumbo. Another 1st LD official then set up a fake 1st LD Democrats page to promote Palumbo and trash me. If you didn’t agree with them you were kicked off the site. Palumbo used this and other social media to demonstrate that he actually doesn’t share the same views as me.

Palumbo lied about my transportation record in the House by trying to take credit for work I did in the 2015 Transportation Revenue Package. He continued lying on his campaign mailers even after Rep. Judy Clibborn, Chair of the House Transportation Committee, called him out in a letter to the Editor: Palumbo wrong about opponent’s transportation record. (http://www.heraldnet.com/…/palumbo-wrong-about-opponents-t…/)

Palumbo had already begun spreading malicious rumors about me several years ago in Olympia and in the 1st LD. I confronted him about this on several occasions but he denied it. The gossip continued so I asked Palumbo to participate in a facilitated mediation session to discuss the reasons for his personal attacks on me. He refused. He was clearly afraid to explain what several public officials and Party members told me he said about me and my family. Similar personal attacks were then taken up by his Charter School PAC donors during the campaign.

It’s for these reasons that I cannot make an endorsement in this race. The need for this statement reflects my disappointment that Palumbo would have stooped to such negative campaigning, funded almost solely by Charter School PACS and 1% Billionaires, in running for office. Guy Palumbo has exhibited some very unsavory behaviors in his pursuit of this office. I can not support anyone who has been as underhanded and deceitful as Mr. Palumbo.

I believe elected office is a noble calling, one predicated on collaboration and civility that transcends partisanship. Even my Republican opponent met with me right after the Primary to ask how she could better appreciate my views and as well as those of the residents of the 1st LD who have elected only Democrats for the last 24 years.

Palumbo has yet to acknowledge my concession made nearly a month ago or let alone ask for my support. Yet he has the effrontery to pose as a Democrat who claims to share my views on issues. His only desire now is to co-opt my reputation as a progressive Democrat to get himself elected. 1st LD constituents are just now learning what an unscrupulous opportunist he really is.

Because of all this many Democrats, both elected officials and Party activists, have been telling me for weeks now that I must not endorse Palumbo.

I only wish there was a real progressive Democrat running for the Senate in the Nov. 8 General Election.

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During the Primary both Luis and I were banned from the First Legislative District Democrats LD page- I’m not sure why I was because at the time I didn’t speak to the campaign- but Luis was banned for various reasons one being in the end that he would not support Guy Palumbo.

The person who did that to us was the person who brought Guy Palumbo into LD for the first time EVER just after Guy Palumbo lost his first race. Dan, our chair insisted we are a ‘big tent party’ and there was no reason Guy Palumbo couldn’t join. He had first started out in that race as an Independent and then in the same race switched to being a democrat. So I guess one can see why he may not have gone to our LD meetings.

Being banned and uninvited to meetings and clubs happens- but to be banned from the Democratic Party because one is afraid that as long as someone with true Character and integrity is around the person who is lacking in those areas will be shown for what they really are.

It’s sad, it’s desperate and it is NOT Democratic, is it?

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From Creepy Pal To The Wealthy to Shady Political Candidate: Guy Palumbo

 He ( Guy Palumbo ) is a Snake- feel free to quote me on that " Tony Yuchasz Executive Director- House Democratic Campaign Committee ...

He ( Guy Palumbo ) is a Snake- feel free to quote me on that ” Tony Yuchasz Executive Director- House Democratic Campaign Committee …

 

 

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:

 

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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.

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