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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Eyman too busy to answer questions for The Stranger's readers, not too busy to comment on his lack of availability

Saw this yesterday, and wanted to mention it because it's pretty funny:
At 1:00 p.m., the "No On 1033" campaign will answer your questions in Electionland about Tim Eyman's latest attempt to @#$% over the state. You'd think Eyman would relish this chance to talk directly to you, the beleaguered taxpayers of Washington, without us liberal clowns here at The Stranger in the way. But no.

Eyman won't do it (even though he reads Slog and routinely comments on posts about his cadaver of work).
Eyman responded in the comment thread by cutting and pasting the text of an email conversation from a month ago between him and Dominic Holden.
From: Dominic Holden
Sent: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 4:28 PM
To: Tim Eyman
Subject: Re: The Stranger's Electionland Online Town Hall

Thank, Tim. Sorry, didn't mean to pester you. I know you're busy.

I'll be in touch as stories come up.

Dominic Holden,
Reporter, The Stranger

On Sep 15, 2009, at 2:07 PM, Tim Eyman wrote:

you've been calling repeatedly asking for my commitment and I've responded each time that I don't know my schedule this far out.

So let me resolve it now: I can't do as many of these media things this year as I used to anyway and so I won't be able to participate in any of the Stranger's election events, ed board meetings, etc.

If you decide to do another story on I-1033 and want to hear our side, feel free to call me.


Regards, Tim Eyman
Translation: Apparently as far as Tim Eyman is concerned, not all publicity is good publicity anymore. Eyman used to hate on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Neil Modie (who broke the story about Eyman's big lie), but Modie has retired, although on occasion he still freelances for the P-I.

The Stranger has apparently taken on Modie's role.

It sure makes sense that Eyman was too busy to participate in the Q&A but not too busy to explain why he wasn't participating in the Q&A:
UPDATE: Tim Eyman has left a comment on this post. It's an old email exchange we had—in which Eyman says he's too busy to answer your questions—but he isn't too busy to dig through his old emails and comment on blog posts.
You know, Tim, you could really clear up your schedule by calling it quits and shutting down your initiative factory.

Your fellow citizens won't mind... honest. In fact, there are undoubtedly Washingtonians who would gladly donate to your personal compensation fund if it would mean you would permanently stop sponsoring destructive initiatives.


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