There I was, peacefully watching the Seahawks game in a small Pizza parlor in Port Townsend when my phone starts blowing up with emails from Rob Fix and Dan Robbins. Loyal Readers may remember this part of my 2015 political preview on Friday:
Local developer (and unsuccessful Charter Review candidate) Ralph Black and labor leader (and unsuccessful Charter Review candidate) Chris Johnson. Black is being supported by Dan Robbins and Rob Fix . . . insert your own “The Fix is In” joke here.
Yesterday, Fix emailed me to say that he has never endorsed Black – so naturally, I red-lined the sentence in my blog and checked my notes. Upon review, I found that Robbins had said that Fix and he were supporting Black. Assuming that Robbins was overzealous, I let Fix know and scheduled a blog update for clarification.
Then I got this email from Dan Robbins:
This is where Robbins story falls apart. The event was the “What About Those Promises” after party hosted by Lummi Nation. He was taking Ralph Black around and introducing him as Rob Fix and Dan Robbins choice for Port – I watched him do this twice and two other people at the event recall the same thing. I checked the story with them after it happened and again before this post.
Do I believe that Rob Fix has endorsed Ralph Black? No, he always struck me as a smart and effective communicator – I believe that Robbins was merely speaking out of turn. But I stand by my reporting of Robbins shilling for Black. So here is the real question, what makes Dan Robbins willing to lie repeatedly to avoid being associated with Black?
I know we have a hard time calling people liars in Whatcom. It is rude and we prefer a whole range of euphemisms. “He misspoke,” or “that’s just not accurate”. But in this case, I’m standing by my use of the term.
This isn’t the first time Robbins has crossed lines and then back-peddled to cover his tracks. During Robbins’ election in 2013, he met with fellow candidate Ken Bell and Rob Fix in the Railroad Avenue Woods Coffee location and tried to persuade them that Renata Kowalczyk was a scary communist (much of that material was regurgitated in a Whatcom Excavator post here). Unfortunately Kowalczyk herself was sitting a few tables away and heard the whole thing. They saw her when they walked out. When a Kowalczyk supporter confronted Robbins about it, he denied everything.
It is disappointing when our public officials feel a need to deceive the public. I’ve filed a public records request to get more details, so this story should continue to develop.