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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

August 11, 2009 at 3:25 PM

King County executive candidate Susan Hutchison’s court records

Lawsuit reveals a candidate not up for the job

Since she decided to run for King County executive, Susan Hutchison has been remarkably quiet. She has not been proactive in getting her agenda before the voters. In fact, quite the opposite has been true. She continues to do well in the polls due to name recognition and her refusal to say for what she stands.

Hutchison did not want the records unsealed from her discrimination lawsuit. One can see why. The records show her to be mean-spirited. She lies about others. She is unable or unwilling to accept factual information and she sees herself as a perpetual victim.

When her ratings fell and she was demoted, she claimed discrimination. When she was not allowed time off over a holiday, she claimed she was sick. When she was caught on vacation with her family and was given days off without pay, she claimed to have made a remarkable recovery and complained about the consequence levied on her because of her behavior. She thought she was treated unfairly.

She lied about her manager, going so far as to call the mother of an intern to warn her about the man. She claimed he had drug problems and was a sexual predator. These were lies.

Is this woman really someone we want to lead our county?

The county deserves leadership that is transparent and effective. Hutchison would provide neither.

— Carol Barber, Kent

Why newspapers matter

The Seattle Times has shown why newspapers are immensely important to our society by suing for — and winning — the release of court documents related to King County executive candidate Susan Hutchison’s failed discrimination suit [“Judge unseals records, calls court openness vital,” news, Aug. 8].

The release couldn’t have come at a better time for this voter, as I filled in my primary ballot this weekend. The records provided by the court have gone a long way toward shaping my mind on Hutchison, and there can be no doubt as to whether we’d have seen those documents without the Times: No blogger would have sued and been able to win the release of those records in such a timely manner.

— Andrew Smith, Seattle

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