Gary Randall’s Pitiful PAC

Tomorrow is election day, so it’s time to size up the political effectiveness of Washington’s favorite meddling Oregonian, Gary Randall.  Randall is the anti-family theocrat who joined forces last year with Larry Stickney in the failed attempt to repeal Washington’s comprehensive domestic partnership law via Referendum 71.

Randall has been promoting his Faith and Freedom PAC pretty heavily since October 12th, the day he unveiled his “2010 Candidate Information General Election“, his Washington voter guide.

Faith and Freedom PAC has targeted 5 races that we feel can be won and will significantly improve the Legislative posture toward our core values in the upcoming session. We may add to that list over the next week. While we intend to support all the candidates we have endorsed, this is our focus.

We are asking for your donation to specifically assist us in helping these candidates win.

The specific candidates he listed were these virulently anti-gay people

* John Ahern House District 6, position 2

* Michele Strobel House District 14, position 1

* Jason Hearn House District 22 , position 1

* Steve O’Ban House District 28 position 1

* Dr. Art Coday House District 32, position 1

Did the Faith & Freedom troops rally to Gary Randall’s call?  Not according to the Public Disclosure Commission.  In 2010, Faith & Freedom PAC has received a paltry 6 in donations from 15 donors.  Only 0 of that has come in since Randall’s October 12th call to action.

And what of the support promised to Randall’s star candidates?  Faith & Freedom PAC did start the year with ,062.41 cash on hand left over from the 2009 Referendum 71 campaign.  Of the almost ,650 spent so far in 2010, ,845 (over 75%) was transferred to Randall’s Faith and Freedom Network for “website mgmt”.  About 0 has been spent on compliance consulting fees and other minor expenses.  Only 0 (8%) of Randall’s Faith & Freedom PAC expenditures has been used to actually support candidates; In July, the PAC donated 0 each to legislative candidates John Ahern, Michele Strobel and Matt Shea.  Nothing for poor Jason Hearn, Steve O’Ban or Dr. Art Coday.

I’m not saying Randall’s star anti-gay candidates can’t win.  They will win if enough of Washington’s fair-minded majority don’t vote.  But it would be despite Gary Randall and his pitiful PAC.
Presumably this means that Randall can’t carry out the big plans he hubristically reported to the Wall Street Journal in July:

In Bellevue, Wash., the Faith and Freedom Network plans to hire activists for about an hour next month to promote statewide candidates with Judeo-Christian values for the fall elections, says Gary Randall, the group’s president. Recruits will knock on doors and will be dispatched in large groups, hoping to draw media attention, he says.

Randall corrected the WJS in a July 19th blog post stating

The Wall Street Journal was correct, except that our campaign they referenced will be launched after the primary and will involve youth from various churches in selected areas. …Details on this aspect of our efforts will be forthcoming after the primary election.

Never heard another word about it, but that’s not surprising since Randall clearly no longer has support in Washington.  Without money to buy the motivation of church youth, Randall’s program is as defunct as Russell Johnson’s theocratic Youth Revolution.
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Washington Supreme Court bans Gary Randall’s judicial pick from the bench

It is Primary season in Washington state, which means the retired homophobic televangelist “of questionable ethicsGary Randall is again endorsing judicial candidates for his neighboring state of Washington.  No surprise he’s endorsed the two-fer pack of homophobes for the Supreme Court; he has a habit of identifying the dregs and foisting them on too-trusting Washingtonians.  

Gary Randall’s judicial recommendation: Convicted felon Michael Hecht

Take for example one Michael Hecht, Randall’s 2008 judicial recommendation for Pierce County (WA) Superior Court.  Of Judge Hecht the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct recently said he brought “great dishonor” to the state courts.  Then they censured him and recommended to the Supreme Court that he be barred from ever serving as a judge in Washington again.  It is a severe penalty, but after all Hecht was found guilty of felony harassment and patronizing a prostitute.

A Pierce County jury found him guilty of threatening to kill a man who claimed he sold sex to Hecht and of buying sex from another young man.

Just the kind of judge you’re likely to end up with if you vote for candidates recommended by a preacher from another state.

In an uncanny happenstance of timing, the Washington State Supreme Court has just announced that they have permanently barred Hecht from the bench.  It’s almost as if the Lord were trying to send Randall a message.  Can you hear the clarion call, Pastor Randall?  “And why recommend thou the felonious scum to thy brother’s court, but considerest not the same for thine own court?”

I can’t wait to see who else Randall endorses this election.  But I do hope we’re in for a less disturbing disappointment this year.  Maybe a stealth graffiti artist or doorknob thief.  Please Pastor Randall, no more bilious homophobes or murderous felons.  It makes us doubt your direct line to God.


* Judicial Commission censures Gary Randall’s Pierce County judicial pick

* Gary Randall’s judicial pick convicted of felony

* Oregonian Gary Randall’s History of Manipulating Washington State Voters
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