WA AG Ferguson taking heat for using COVID-19 fear as fund raiser


Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is drawing heat for a fund-raising letter that allegedly smacks of fear-mongering. (YouTube)

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is under fire for sending a fund raising e-mail last month in which he allegedly used fear of the coronavirus pandemic to gin up support, according to KCPQ, the Fox affiliate in Seattle.

The message, sent on March 27, declared “We cannot let Trump postpone the November election.” The rest of the note was so over-the-top it got the attention of veteran reporter Brandi Kruse.

Ferguson, who began filing lawsuits against the president almost from the day he took office and has since brought more than two-dozen actions against Donald Trump, is quoted stating, “This president has spent the better part of three years breaking all sorts of norms,” Ferguson said. “I speak from a fair amount of experience that 26 times we have sued him and stopped him from doing things he tried to do, and only when federal judges told him he couldn’t did he stop – and those are during good times in our country. We’re now in the middle of a national pandemic health emergency.”

His lawsuits have earned for him the uncomplimentary nickname among conservatives, “Sideshow Bob.”

But according to Kruse’s story, Marc Lotter, director of strategic communications for “Trump 2020,” said any notion that Trump would delay the election is “the dumbest thing I have ever heard.”

Here is the full text of the email:

When Ohio delayed their primary election last week, it understandably triggered fear that President Trump would use the global coronavirus pandemic to delay or cancel the November general election.

It may sound outrageous, but Trump has already exploited his emergency powers to raid hundreds of millions of dollars to build a wall along the southern border. Fortunately, my legal team beat President Trump’s Department of Justice in court, ensuring that he can’t steal funding from Washington state military projects to build his wall.

But with polls showing Trump behind in most battleground states, he may try to exploit this public health emergency to retain power.

If President Trump delays or cancels the November elections, I will consider an emergency lawsuit — but it should not come to that.

If you believe it’s essential that Congress take immediate action to implement a national vote-by-mail system and safeguard the November election, I’m asking you to sign our petition and make your voice heard.

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My office has led the fight on many of the highest profile lawsuits against Trump — including the travel ban, protecting DREAMers, public charge, 3D-printed guns, and family separations — because we anticipate his unlawful actions before they happen.

We’re preparing for an attack on our democracy. Please help us get the message to Congress that they need to prepare as well.”

Bob

Ferguson’s message asserted, “When Ohio delayed their primary election last week, it understandably triggered fear that President Trump would use the global Coronavirus pandemic to delay or cancel the November general election.

“It may sound outrageous,” the fund raiser continued, “but Trump has already exploited his emergency powers to raid hundreds of millions of dollars to build a wall along the southern border. Fortunately, my legal team beat President Trump’s Department of Justice in court, ensuring that he can’t steal funding from Washington state military projects to build his wall.”

Ferguson vowed to file yet another “emergency lawsuit” if the president tries to delay or cancel the November elections.

Last year, and through the recent legislative session, Ferguson supported efforts to ban so-called “assault weapons,” and also original capacity magazines. He also supported the idea of requiring background checks for ammunition purchases. None of those measures survived the session.

Until Gov. Jay Inslee scuttled his unsuccessful run for the presidency last year, Ferguson was considered the heir-apparent to that office. Now he is running for a third term in the AG’s office but he has conservative challengers.

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