I suppose it's no surprise that I'm not a fan of Rep. Julie Parrish (R-West Linn). From her bizarre @HotCouponMama Twitter stream to her off-the-cuff missives on the OregonLive comments section, Parrish's grating sensibility is not what I'd want in my state rep.
We can agree to disagree on style. Maybe Parrish's constituents are into having their state rep post strident gobbledegook online. But the robocall/voter suppression activity with the aptly named Tim Trickey is completely out of bounds for someone who's allegedly elected to represent the people of her district. And honestly, the story doesn't smell right at all.
How is it Trickey "mistakenly" told people that it wasn't Parrish who was responsible for the voter suppression calls, but a business group did it? Seems as if Trickey has indeed learned a few things from being Bill Sizemore's acolyte. Parrish's claims of the need for "data integrity" are ludicrous. Calling people to tell them that their voter status was listed as deactivated--many of whom had current and active registration, is just compounding the lie. Stop it already.
Robocalls are illegal in Oregon--and Parrish's feigned ignorance on the matter is no excuse for participating in illegal activity. On Friday, Our Oregon filed a complaint with the Oregon Attorney General, asking for a thorough investigation of the matter.
At the very least, Parrish should be censured for this activity. This has nothing to do with constituent outreach. This is about a deliberate attempt to mislead and confuse voters.
Parrish's inability to be up front and honest doesn't end there. As T.a. Barnhart wrote earlier this week, Parrish took a campaign contribution from the notorious Koch brothers--and later attempted to whitewash the campaign finance database to hide the contribution.
If you're going to take money from the Koch brothers, be loud and proud about it, Julie. Don't hide your light under a bushel. Not only is it deceitful--your constituents deserve to know who is paying your way. And to whom you owe your allegiance.
Oh yes, and if you'd like to see the House cleaned up after this malfeasance, throw your vocal and financial support to Parrish's opponent, Carl Hosticka.