How to Lose an Uncontested Election - Page 3
In response to a public document request covering the materials previously requested by KIRO, and therefore known to already have been compiled, the city responded that the request would take 5 years to fulfill and that there would be a separate charge for each page. This is in violation of the state statute governing public document requests, which states that documentation must be produced timely.
The blogger "Run Fuddlesticks Run," a strong supporter of the write-in campaign, started a YouTube channel as a central repository for related videos. S/he recently received this notification from YouTube:
"We'd like to inform you that due to repeated or severe violations of our Community Guidelines your YouTube account runfuddlesticksrun has been suspended. After review we determined that activity in your account violated our Community Guidelines, which prohibit spam, scams or commercially deceptive content. "
There was no commercial content on that page. There was no spam. The only "deception" was many people claiming to be Mr. Fuddlesticks in a sort of new millennium "I am Spartacus." There was nothing on that channel other than free speech advocacy and criticism of Renton's administration.
After appealing to YouTube, the page was reinstated. Apparently anyone can flag a YouTube account for closure,so there is no way to say for sure who did it. However, Run Fuddlesticks Run has posted numerous accounts of threats and offers of bribes from "guild members" who apparently believe s/he is Sergeant Marsalisi, which s/he denies.
Consider the following quote from an August 15, 2011 Renton Patch article by Jenny Manning:
"Patch: What if the [Mr. Fuddlesticks] video's creator is not a City Employee?
Mayor [Law]: The big issue with the public is the perception that if 'Joe Q' citizen takes a shot at the police, or takes a shot at public officials that we're going to go after them on a First Amendment basis, that they don't get to be critical of us. That's so far from the truth, its almost silly. … We never would have gone after a private citizen, they have the right to say anything they want."The frequent discussion of strongarm tactics against city employees stands in stark contrast to this June 28, 2008 article from the Renton Reporter, entitled Renton relaxes under leadership of new mayor:
"Today, a certain serenity seems to have fallen over the city, a counterpoint to what was perhaps the most contentious mayoral race in recent memory last fall.
Maybe it’s also that political honeymoon most new mayors get to enjoy. Or maybe it’s just a matter of the personal style of the man who presides from the seventh floor of City Hall."Anonymous posters weigh in about the role of the two local papers: Continued on the next page