It is not news that Dan Pike has made the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal and Coal Trains the central message of his campaign. However, I was extremely disappointed to come across this piece of campaign literature that the Pike campaign is dropping on voter’s doors.
There are several things wrong with this piece. First of all, attacking Kelli for using the same words as SSA Marine is pretty low. It smacks of guilty by association (note the “Goldman Sachs” reference at the end and the repeated line “Kelli Linville and SSA Marine will not acknowledge that . . “).
Second, it just isn’t true. Kelli Linville has acknowledged that this is a coal terminal. From the July 24th article in the Bellingham Herald profiling the candidates, “Both oppose a massive coal terminal at Cherry Point, and both say they have no big objection to a much smaller, multi-cargo facility of the kind SSA Marine originally planned to build there . . . (Linville) . . . notes that she was expressing opposition to a coal port while Pike was still talking about routing the coal trains around Bellingham.”
Here she is again in the latest issue of the Whatcom Watch,
“I am opposed to a single-purpose coal pier that exports our non-renewable natural resources and will not be sustainable because of cost and environmental pollution.”
Seems pretty clear cut. She is for some sort of shipping facility but not this proposal and certainly not anything that involves coal. She even calls it a “Coal pier”. Not quite the “coal port” that Dan Pike is calling on her to say, but darn close.
But most of this is semantics. What it really gets down to is that Dan Pike is trying to make it appear as if Kelli Linville is pro-coal trains. She isn’t. It is that simple. Frankly, I’m disappointed. I would expect this sort of deceptive campaign tactics from Doug Ericksen, not a Democratic Mayor.