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Thursday, August 29, 2013
Sonntag Scathed by DEMS
A little over a month ago, we announced that former State Auditor Brian Sonntag would be joining our organization as our Senior Fellow for Government Accountability. We were overjoyed to have him come aboard, but there are others in Washington who didn't take the news so well. You can read more about that a little further down.
Over the past few weeks, Brian has stepped into his role nicely, visiting our office, sharing his wisdom with our staff, and scheduling appearances at several events around the state. While he was here, he took the time to record a special video message for you.
Brian Sonntag, Senior Fellow for Government Accountability at the Freedom Foundation
We're thrilled to work alongside a champion of open government such as Brian, and if the news media coverage and online response over the past few weeks is any indication, so are many other people in Washington state.
There are some who are not so excited. Washington State Democrat Party Chair Dwight Pelz made headlines yesterday after he formally excommunicated Brian from the State Democratic Party. He accused Brian of joining up with a "union-busting outfit."
Sonntag wasn't flustered, though. His comment on the situation was simply, "If I were as narrow as Dwight wanted me to be, I don't think I would have been in a very good position to govern on behalf of all the citizens in the state."
Our Executive Vice President, Trent England, also took the time to respond publicly to Pelz and defend our new Senior Fellow. You can read his comments here.
You can keep the fight for government accountability going strong by making a donation today in honor of Brian Sonntag. We'll use the funds, and his expertise, to ensure Washington continues to improve its transparency and openness for all its citizens. Your donation is a great way to stand up to bullies like Dwight Pelz.