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Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Tim Eyman pleads with his followers for more cash: “I’m getting the crap kicked out of me”

Dis­graced ini­tia­tive pro­mot­er Tim Eyman basi­cal­ly owns the front of this year’s gen­er­al elec­tion bal­lot, which will fea­ture an ini­tia­tive spon­sored by him (Ini­tia­tive 976), a ref­er­en­dum to rein­state an ini­tia­tive spon­sored by him (Ref­er­en­dum 88), and twelve of his waste­ful, decep­tive, and uncon­sti­tu­tion­al push polls.

But he’s not a hap­py man.

Why?

Well, for starters, he keeps los­ing skir­mish­es in his long-run­ning legal bat­tle with Attor­ney Gen­er­al Bob Fer­gu­son, who is try­ing to hold him account­able for his repeat­ed and will­ful vio­la­tions of Wash­ing­ton State’s pub­lic dis­clo­sure law.

And if that weren’t bad enough, Eyman’s income has been falling. Since the begin­ning of the year, his month­ly receipts have dropped sig­nif­i­cant­ly.

We don’t know the iden­ti­ties of all of Eyman’s bene­fac­tors, but we do know how much they’re col­lec­tive­ly giv­ing Eyman every month because he’s required to sub­mit reg­u­lar finan­cial reports to the Unit­ed States Bank­rupt­cy Court.

(Eyman filed for Chap­ter 11 late last year in an attempt to stall Bob Fer­gu­son’s cam­paign finance enforce­ment action against him, then tried to back out when that did­n’t work, but has been kept in bank­rupt­cy by Judge Marc Bar­reca.)

For Jan­u­ary of 2019, Eyman report­ed month­ly receipts of $29,626.16. Six months lat­er, for July of 2019, Eyman report­ed month­ly receipts of $7,984.08.

With his income hav­ing declined sub­stan­tial­ly, Eyman is now belat­ed­ly try­ing to cut his expens­es. He’s still liv­ing beyond his means, though, which is some­thing right wing can­di­dates and elect­ed offi­cials fre­quent­ly claim house­holds nev­er do.

In an attempt to boost his income, Eyman is ask­ing his fol­low­ers to take pity on him, telling them in an email today: “I’m get­ting the crap kicked out of me.”

What did he mean by that, since he’s been los­ing to Fer­gu­son in a court on a fre­quent basis? What just hap­pened to mer­it this woe-is-me email mis­sive?

It turns out (and no, I’m not mak­ing this up) that Eyman’s feel­ings have been hurt by a few peo­ple who iden­ti­fy as right wing/conservative leav­ing com­ments on Face­book say­ing things like “Can’t stand him” and urg­ing Eyman to own his many “errors” (Eyman’s polit­i­cal his­to­ry is absolute­ly lit­tered with a slew of own goals.)

In an era (error?) of Trumpian insults, those are some pret­ty tame crit­i­cisms.

And yet con­sid­er the effect those tame crit­i­cisms seem to be hav­ing on poor Tim, who respond­ed with an eye-catch­ing whine that (nat­u­ral­ly) turned into a plea for mon­ey for him­self: “I’m get­ting the crap kicked out of me.”

No doubt you’re under a lot of stress, but if you can’t take the heat, Tim, then, for good­ness’ sake, why are you in the kitchen!?

You say you love pol­i­tics, you say you’ll nev­er quit push­ing destruc­tive ini­tia­tives that would wreck every­one’s qual­i­ty of life, includ­ing yours and your own fam­i­ly’s, you delight in call­ing Demo­c­ra­t­ic elect­ed offi­cials (and some­times Repub­li­can ones, too) nasty names and impugn­ing their motives. You’ve com­pared your­self and your fol­low­ers on more than occa­sion to “junk­yard dogs”.

But while you can dish out crit­i­cism with gus­to, you clear­ly can’t take it.

You are in so many ways like your idol Don­ald Trump.

You don’t deserve any­one’s pity, or their mon­ey. What you deserve is jus­tice — to be held account­able for your repeat­ed and will­ful law­break­ing.

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One Comment

  1. No doubt!

    # by Gretchen Sand :: September 5th, 2019 at 10:42 PM