Posted by: sweeneyblog | December 15, 2011

Sam Crawford faces Ethics Concerns . . . AGAIN

Mmmm. . . . corruption.

Hello Loyal Readers,

Local blogger and friend of The Political Junkie, Shane Roth (who you might remember was threatened by Doug Ericksen earlier this year) has filed an ethics complaint over Sam Crawford’s backroom deals with developers. You can read the entire text of the complaint here or read the official press release reprinted below. You might remember this is not Sam Crawford’s first brush with ethical issues. Or even his second. Or his third.

The next step for this complaint is the Ethics Commission of Whatcom County has to decide to consider the issue. Contact them today and urge them to consider Shane Roth’s complaint. Contact the Commission here:

Suzanne Mildner, Whatcom County Executive Office, 311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham,  (360) 676-6717

smildner@co.whatcom.wa.us

Political Watchdog Files Ethics Complaint over Crawford

BELLINGHAM – Local political watchdog and blogger Shane Roth has filed a formal ethics complaint with the County alleging that, “Mr. Crawford’s otherwise lawful actions were the cause of irreparable financial harm to the County, causing those actions to constitute a breach of the Code of Ethics.”

The ethics complaint focuses on Crawford’s efforts to help a developer avoid paying the standard fees for rezoning his property. In providing this service for one particular developer, Crawford has “cost the County $7,500 of fees.” The complaint has been filed with the Ethics Commission of Whatcom County.

“We need a moral and transparent county government,” said Roth when asked why he brought forward the complaint. “How can we trust our elected officials when they are making sweetheart deals behind closed doors?”

Sam Crawford has been dogged by ethical concerns in the last couple of years over backroom deals to appoint a conservative to fill Bob Kelly’s seat then during his last campaign, concerns over Crawford deleting electronic evidence of his deal-making with local developers.

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Responses

  1. […] both the Herald and KGMI have gotten around to covering Sam Crawford’s ethical troubles (which we covered in detail here). Ethics crusader Shane Roth (see right), has put together an incredibly thorough ethics complaint […]

  2. […] This is not the first time the County Council has gotten in trouble over this issue. Sam Crawford especially consistently uses his private email for public business and has been reprimanded. See my previous reporting on this subject here, and then again here and here. […]

  3. […] No Traffic Cams group, was there as a delegate for Ron Paul and was extremely frustrated. “Sam Crawford and the leadership shut us out. They are railroading us.” Another Ron Paul supporter […]

  4. […] own category. The three “candidates that are usually endorsed by the Republicans” are Sam Crawford, Kathy Kershner and Bill Knutzen. Of those, Kathy Kershner and Bill Knutzen are up for reelection. […]

  5. […] a conflict of interest as a councilman. He has tried to explain away the issues (see here and here) but his last election was a nailbiter, with Christina Maginnis almost unseating the long-time […]


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