Letters to the Editor

Seaquist’s meltdown was totally unprofessional

During our campaign for the 26th District House of Representatives seat, Rep. Larry Seaquist (D-Gig Harbor) and I maintained a cordial and professional relationship.

This week, however, I attended a property rights rally in Olympia, and after the rally I went to see him to urge him to vote in favor of property rights.

He was away from the office and his legislative assistant was not at her desk.

I was bringing Larry a rock to symbolize the property rights issue. It appeared that I was not alone.

There were several bags of dirt in Ziploc bags on the desk.

I wrote a simple note requesting that Larry vote in favor of property rights and signed the note.

Then I stopped by his office a couple of days later to discuss some other legislative issues and was quite shocked when he began yelling and shaking his fists at me.

He kept claiming I “humiliated” him.

He was so angry I never could understand what he was talking about. I started backing toward the door so I could escape his verbal attack and as I left he yelled that I was never to come to “his” office again.

This behavior is caustic, non-productive, and not becoming of an elected official and an embarrassment to the position.

This is not the first time Mr. Seaquist has exhibited this type of behavior, but since his re-election his outbursts seem to be more and more frequent.

One has to wonder if that old adage about absolute power corrupting absolutely applies in this case.

MARLYN JENSEN

Gig Harbor

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