Update 4 Sept. 2014: I am 99% certain that Cyrus Habib and Perkins Coie scrubbed the Internet to have negative information about him deleted.
Here then, is a link to Ms. Darnell's responses to the four questions that Mr. Habib ignored.
The Seattle Stranger wrote that Michelle Darnell was in favor of raising taxes on the middle and lower economic strata, and clearly implied that she was a hypocrite. I got into it with them because they wouldn't release a video or audio of the exchange and I know for fact that Ms. Darnell does not want to raise taxes in that fashion.
Now I have worked as a field scout for three different presidential campaigns going back to the 80s with Jesse Jackson, and in the modern era for Dick Gephart and John Kerry. Along with way I have won several first amendment trials and settlements so I am very particular about political commentary or defamation issues. Just this spring a $.5M Defamation Jury Verdict was entered against the Boston Herald after I helped Joanna Marinova secure her counsel at Todd & Weld 4 years ago. Todd Weld summary.
That having been said not every situation calls for legal action. While I most certainly do view the comments from the Stranger as Defamatory, this isn't the place for a lawsuit, but it is a place for me to ask the questions to both candidates that the Stranger will not openly discuss. I gave both candidates written questions and an opportunity to respond in unedited video but only Candidate Darnell responded. Her full response, unedited, appears above and her written responses are forthcoming today on the journal page. Bur first watch my video visit to Cyrus Habib's office at Perkins Coie -- counsel for the entire democratic party, who advised Candidates Kerry and Obama along the way. Query, did they advise Cyrus Habib to ignore these questions:
Remember the four (4) questions I posed to 48th District Candidates Cyrus Habib and Michelle Darnell a month ago after a completely inaccurate endorsement from the Seattle Stranger stated that Ms. Darnell was in favor of raising taxes on Joe the Plumber? Well in case you don't recall, they are linked above and replicated in the comments section below for your edification.
Candidate Darnell timely responded with video and written responses that directly contradict the materially false and misleading endorsement for Cyrus Habib, whose $200,000.00 war chest was built largely with out-of-state contributions like any other corporate attorney candidate. There's nothing new here.
Be that as it may, I waited patiently for a response from Attorney Habib for weeks, emailing and calling him at his campaign headquarters and legislative office. Finally, having not received any response I took a video ride to his high-rise digs at Perkins-Coie, the law firm that also serves as counsel for the National Democratic Party. In the video I wonder if they advised Cyrus Habib to stonewall me...... on the believe that Ms. Darnell is not a viable threat even though she garnered 37% of the vote with 4% of the money.
This is part one. In part two I will air Candidate Darnell's written and video responses. Keep in mind that I afforded Cyrus Habib the exact same opportunity, to run unedited written and video responses but he didn't believe that transparency required him to engage himself. Let's see how that plays with the voters and on public access TV here in the Sound.