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April 28, 2006

No So... Brilliant

As the Seattle Times reports:

Morton Brilliant, Gov. Christine Gregoire's former campaign spokesman, resigned this week from his latest campaign job amid allegations that he changed an online Wikipedia biography of an opponent in Georgia's gubernatorial race.

Moral of the story: don't let your campaign staffers edit your opponents' Wikipedia bios -- leave that to the netroots. ;-)

Tempest in a teapot, if you ask me.  But really, really childish.  More pathetic, though is Rossi spokesperson Mary Lane's attempt to smear Gregoire as a "cloak and dagger" campaigner.

Posted by Jon Stahl on April 28, 2006 at 03:50 PM in Inside Baseball | Permalink


The issue is way overblown and Rossi's people are trying to take advantage of it.

The reason he resigned had nothing to do with Washington State. He added onto Wikipedia comments about the opponent of the canddiate he worked for, who was running for Governor in Georgia, after she expressly told the campaign not to talk about certain things. The opposition candidate's son was arrested for drunk driving in an accident that killed the son's friend. Brilliant resigned because he was exposed for doing something he was expressly told not to do, which was to not talk about this.

In Washington state a year after the Gregoire- Rossi election it appears he added onto Rossi's biography in Wikipedia, statements that were true but which Rossi suppoters try to deny or ignore.

These statements reference that Rossi "was stung throughout the campaign by a Seattle Times expose which implicated him in questionable business practices. He was also hurt when it was revealed that he has exaggerated his business credentials. Finally, a ssries of articles in different papers documented that many of his biographical claims were untrue."

The Washington State Democratic Party issued a press release before the election that documented these three issues and others.See http://www.wa-democrats.org/press_room/press_10-21-04b.php It references a Seattle Times article dated 10/20/2004 as much of the source ot their information.see http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=rossibiz20m&date;=20041020&query;=rossi+10/20/2004

The Stranger in its Sept. 30, 2004 edition stated that "Rossi started out at a real estate company that engaged in fradulent business practices and went bankrupt, and whose President, whom Rossi followed to other firms, was eventually indicted by a Federal Grand Jury and sent to prison."

Rossi's biography repeatedly stated that Rossi was a real estate Broker. He was even listed as a real estate Broker by the Washington Post on election day. In a 9/29/2004 PI article however he admits that he was not a Broker but only a real estate salesman.

I was a real estate saleman for one year. It is the position you start out in real estate. To be a Broker you have to do additional training and pass a state certified test. Rossi admited he was not certified as a Broker, yet he continued to identify himself as one.

Other false claims were made by Rossi and pointed out by the media. Rossi is hoping people will just forget all this. Deny it all is a standard technique used by people like Rossi. It is the standard operating procedure used by Republicans like Bush these days. Deny it all and then claim it was dirty tricks by your opponents.

But don't take my word for it. Google on "Rossi business" or a similiar combination and the controversy pops up. Read it for yourselves.

Posted by: Steve Zemke MajorityRulesBlog | Apr 29, 2006 1:43:01 AM

Makes me laugh. I worked for Brilliant on the Gregoire campaign as an unpaid staffer and found him to be completely uninterested in the blogging world or the Internet. At least he now sees it has some value. Too bad he didn't believe in it enough to pay attention to our "rules".

Posted by: Lynn | Apr 29, 2006 7:58:01 AM

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