UPDATE: Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan Has Strong Words For Governor Jay Inslee
Joint Statement on Mike Fagan's Remarks:
On February 21st, a Tim Eyman fundraising newsletter, co-signed by our fellow City Councilmember Mike Fagan called Governor Jay Inslee a "lying whore." Surprisingly, instead of apologizing, Councilmember Fagan defended his actions as appropriate to a KHQ news producer yesterday afternoon. We believe such degrading name-calling has no place in political discourse. It is especially disturbing that one elected official would use such demeaning terms to describe another elected official. Councilmember Fagan is an elected representative of Spokane and his inappropriate words reflect poorly on our city and our citizens. We strongly condemn his actions yesterday. We call on all elected officials in Spokane County to condemn this behavior and bring civility back into our shared political discussion.
Ben Stuckart Jon Snyder Amber Waldref
City Council President Councilman, District 2 Councilwoman, District 1
SPOKANE, Wash. - Initiative promoter Tim Eyman and Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan sent out an email Thursday calling newly elected Gov. Jay Inslee a "lying whore". KHQ received a copy of that email.
The letter was signed by Fagan, Eyman and another man, all of them part of Voters Want More Choices. The email was soliciting money for the group. Voters Want More Choices advocates for lower taxes through statewide voter initiatives.
The email appears to have been sent in response to a House Democrat transportation package that would raise the gas tax in Washington by 10 cents a gallon. This package is the first step in what is expected to be a lengthy dialogue between both houses of the legislature and Governor Jay Inslee.
KHQ spoke with Council member Mike Fagan via email. In our first email, we asked the council member if he stood by using the term "lying whore" to describe the Governor of this state. This was Council member Fagan's response:
"Please see the following definitions of the words "lying" and "whore".
lying (Webster definition): Characterized by untruth:a lying witness. See Synonyms at dishonest.
whore (Webster definition): A person considered as having compromised principles for personal gain.
It is really unfortunate that a lot of folks aren't aware, or won't take into consideration that words tend to have multiple meanings as you can see in the above Webster definition. We tend to always assume the worst.
In this case, as a principle of Voters Want More Choices I do stand by the quote. Our intent in using the term was two fold; 1. The word "whore" was used in the correct context per the definition above, and 2. the email generated the intended interest by those who received it.
I really have to wonder why the media hasn't shown the same kind of interest in Inslee's broken promises to the same extent as the media is showing with a few tough words in an email?
In a follow-up email, KHQ asked Council member Fagan if he thinks "lying whore" is appropriate language for a member of the Spokane City Council to use. This was his response:
While I would tend to agree that a statement like that wouldn't be appropriate coming from a city councilman, it didn't.
It came from the principals of a political action committee whom on their own time, using their own resources sent an email to convey information and express frustration towards another politician who has gained tremendously through lies.
Any thoughts on my question with regards to why the media isn't reporting on the lies ?
According to The Spokesman Review, Spokane Mayor David Condon said he wanted to talk to Fagan before offering a comment.
And again, Mike Fagan says he wants the media to focus on what Candidate Jay Inslee said, and what Governor Jay Inslee is doing. KHQ plans to investigate.
Link To Voters Want More Choices: http://www.voterswantmorechoices.com/
Link To Gov. Jay Inslee's Website: http://www.governor.wa.gov/
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:43 PM EDT2013-05-21 17:43:51 GMT
BREAKING NEWS - The Medical Examiner's Office has revised the death toll in the Moore, Oklahoma tornado from 91 people to at least 24 people.>>
UPDATE: Originally the death toll was reported to be 91 people and counting, however, the Medical examiner's office revised the death toll from the Oklahoma tornado to at least 24 people. A spokeswoman said Tuesday morning that she believes some victims were counted twice in the early chaos of the storm.>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 3:31 PM EDT2013-05-21 19:31:19 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) - Wind, humidity and rainfall combined precisely to create the massive killer tornado in Moore, Okla. >>
WASHINGTON (AP) - Wind, humidity and rainfall combined precisely to create the massive killer tornado in Moore, Okla. And when they did, the awesome amount of energy released over that city dwarfed the power of the atomic bomb that leveled Hiroshima. Meteorologists contacted by The Associated Press used real time measurements to calculate the energy released during the storm's life span of almost an hour.>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:29 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:29:31 GMT
BONNER COUNTY, Idaho - The Bonner County Sheriff's Office hired several marine deputies to get ready for the summer season on Lake Pend Oreille.>>
BONNER COUNTY, Idaho - The Bonner County Sheriff's Office hired several marine deputies to get ready for the summer season on Lake Pend Oreille. Almost all of the deputies are retirees with some experience in law enforcement or marine rescue.>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:16 PM EDT2013-05-22 01:16:52 GMT
SPRAGUE LAKE, Wash. - The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has confirmed with KHQ that one person died following a boating accident on Sprague Lake.>>
SPRAGUE LAKE, Wash. - The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has confirmed with KHQ that one person died following a boating accident on Sprague Lake. The Sheriff's office says that about 3:00pm Tuesday afternoon they responded to a report of two people who had washed ashore at Sprague Lake. Once they arrived they found a man and a woman on the shore.>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:14 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:14:26 GMT
POST FALLS, Idaho - The Post Falls Police Department is seeking the public's assistance with locating Angela Dawn Simpson who has been reported as a missing person.>>
POST FALLS, Idaho - The Post Falls Police Department is seeking the public's assistance with locating Angela Dawn Simpson - aka Angela Walker or Angela Dunning - who has been reported as a missing person.>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:52 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:52:29 GMT
SPOKANE, Wash – As the murder trial continues for Clay Starbuck, charged with strangling his ex-wife Chanin to death.>>
SPOKANE, Wash – As the murder trial continues for Clay Starbuck, charged with strangling his ex-wife Chanin to death, in court Tuesday morning the jury heard a :30 second 911 call that came from Chanin Starbuck's cell phone the morning she was killed on December 1, 2011.>>
HONOLULU (AP) - A Coast Guard rescue swimmer in Hawaii whose months-long disappearance led to a massive search is admitting to desertion, saying he spent three months camping in the mountains of Oahu and didn't plan on ever returning to his job. Petty Officer 1st Class Russell Matthews pleaded guilty to desertion and using marijuana during a special court-martial in Honolulu on Tuesday.>>
BONNER COUNTY, Idaho - The Idaho State Police responded to a fatal head-on collision just south of Priest River Tuesday morning. Police say 19-year-old Anna Hurst of Oldtown was traveling north on Highway 41 north of Blanchard when she attempted to pass another vehicle. As she crossed into the southbound she collided head-on with a semi-truck.>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-21 23:16:57 GMT
KHQ.COM - A tornado that devastated Oklahoma City's suburbs has left dozens of people dead, numerous injured and missing and countless homes destroyed.>>
KHQ.COM - A tornado that devastated Oklahoma City's suburbs has left dozens of people dead, numerous injured and missing and countless homes destroyed. As rescue workers continue to pick through the rubble, hoping to find survivors, here are some accounts from those who did make it out. READ MORE DETAILS INSIDE OF THE STORY>>> >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:19 PM EDT2013-05-21 22:19:30 GMT
SPOKANE, Wash. - KHQ has confirmed that Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives made no charging recommendations for a fatal shooting that happened in March.>>
SPOKANE, Wash. - KHQ has confirmed that Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives made no charging recommendations for a fatal shooting that happened in March. Their report was submitted to the Spokane County Prosecutors on May 13th.>>