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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Stefan uses our intellectual property to attack Darcy Burner

A couple of days ago, Stefan Sharkansky posted a brief entry on unSoundPolitics (entitled Axis of Evil II) which included one of the photos from our collection, used without our permission, with the caption "Darcy Burner gazing admiringly at her mentor, Baghdad Jim McDermott."

The photo, which was originally posted along with a writeup of a Darcy Burner for Congress campaign event in February, was removed while we were fixing an error with the page's HTML and CSS syntax.

(The photo remains available from our site, however).

Stefan describes the event in his post as a "Burner/McDermott mutual-admiration-fest", which is inaccurate. Actually, the event where the photo was taken was put on for Darcy by all of the Democratic members of the state's congressional delegation (Jay Inslee, Rick Larsen, Brian Baird, Norm Dicks, Jim McDermott, and Adam Smith).

The point of the event was to show unified Democratic support for Darcy's campaign from her future colleagues and fellow caucus members in the U.S. House. And, of course, the event was also a fundraiser.

Of course, Stefan conveniently left out the five other Democratic congressmen from his short, snide entry. And his assertion that McDermott is Darcy's "mentor" is pretty ludicrous. McDermott had nothing to do with Darcy's decision to run for Congress. But he does wholeheartedly support her bid to represent the 8th District - as does every other loyal Washingtonian Democrat.

It's worth noting that by the end of January 2006 - the month before this fundraiser - the field of candidates was completely clear, leaving Darcy as the only Democrat in the race.

Darcy not only has the enthusiastic backing of the state's Democratic congressional delegation, but she also enjoys strong netroots and grassroots support from bloggers, activists, PCOs, and party Chairman Dwight Pelz. She has outraised Reichert twice. She is mounting an aggressive, grassroots driven field effort that will lead the campaign to victory.

As far as we're concerned, Stefan can wallow in his own irrelevance. But he does not have our permission to reprint photographs belonging to our organization and its members without asking.

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