Far-left activist groups who financed the third statewide hand count of ballots in Washington State's stolen gubernatorial election expect immediate payback from Democrat Christine Gregoire:
OLYMPIA If Christine Gregoire can hold off a potential Republican legal challenge and take her oath as governor Jan. 12, liberal Democrats will be awaiting her thanks and expecting even more.
The unprecedented statewide hand recount of the governor's race was paid for in part by donations from the left wing of the Democratic Party, attracted to Gregoire only in near-defeat. They saw her drawn-out struggle with Republican Dino Rossi as a surrogate for the battles they had hoped to wage on behalf of first Al Gore, then John Kerry, in their close races with George W. Bush.
Now the left is hoping Gregoire repays the favor by striking a more progressive tone. At the very least, they hope a Gregoire administration will be more open to supporting their issues than her campaign was.
"Gregoire should not expect a honeymoon. And if she's smart she'll be consulting with, not alienating, those who defended her right to be governor," said Bill Moyer, founder of the Backbone Campaign, a liberal group based here that has been pushing the state and national Democratic Party to the left.
If Gregoire enters office as governor, she will owe so many people so much, it will just add to the miserable conditions she can expect to face. Half the electorate didn't vote for her, she won the office due to, at best, incompetence and at worst, outright fraud. She cost the state millions as an inept attorney general due to missed court filing deadlines. Many voters were nervous about her, including a number of Democrats. It's not a recipe for a successful governorship.