From Susan Hutchison, Washington State Republican Party Chair:
“Since my election to Chair of the WSRP I have declared that “my goal is to elect good Republicans to work with good Democrats to do good for the citizens of Washington State.
“For 20 years in public office, Brian Sonntag was one of those good Democrats. But good Democrats are becoming scarce in our far left-wing Democratic party. Their state Chair, Dwight Pelz has recently declared Sonntag unwelcome in his own party.
“As State Auditor, Sonntag was an effective watchdog over government spending and saved the taxpayers millions of dollars. He is now retired from government service, but serves as Executive Director of Tacoma Rescue Mission which provides emergency services to the homeless. He has also taken a part-time position with the think tank Evergreen Freedom Foundation (EFF) as a Senior Fellow for Government Accountability.
“Chairman Pelz made it clear to Sonntag that his party can not accept diverse views even from their most popular retired elected official. Specifically the Democratic party objects to a US Supreme Court ruling in favor of the EFF against the use of some state teacher’s union dues for Democratic campaigns. The Democrats are so beholden to union bosses to win elections, that they have closed their doors to open minded thinking about good government.
“The Washington State Democratic Party is becoming the party of intolerance, with a strict orthodoxy that few can truly embrace. The Republican Party, on the other hand, is the party that welcomes all citizens who want government that serves the people. Our party is a patchwork quilt of opinions on a multitude of issues. We welcome Brian and any other disaffected Democrats to join our efforts to ensure good government.”