Letter to the Editor: Mark Mullet Must Come Clean on Cheryl Pflug

Brad Toft, Republican 5th District Senate candidate, says he calls on his opponent, Democrat Mark Mullet, to condemn Pflug's recent appointment and reject her endorsement.

Editor's note: Brad Toft has responded here to some of the comments on his letter. The response appears at the end of this letter.

Dear Editor,

I entered this race because our families need jobs, and our children deserve the best possible education we can give them. But since the May candidate filing week, a convergence of events has ignited into an unwanted distraction of corruption that must be spoken to.

The proof that has been called for has now flooded the media. Through a public records request to the Governor's office by Senator Erickson, evidence was obtained that showed Cheryl Pflug was appointed to the Growth Management Act Hearings Board, in spite of the fact that she lacked the qualifications. And in exchange for the million dollar appointment, former Senator Pflug attempted to give an open senate seat to Mark Mullet. She also agreed to endorse him in exchange for a guaranteed six year job. Mark Mullet is attempting to be the direct beneficiary of a backroom deal that shows contempt for voters and distrust of our democratic process.

Cheryl Pflug publicly endorsed my opponent the same week she was appointed to the Growth Management Act Hearings Board. She has appeared in television commericals and mailers on his behalf. Her endorsement is listed in Mullet's voter pamphlet statement.

If Mark Mullet is an honorable man, he must condemn Cheryl Pflug's appointment and reject her endorsement, or explain why he has chosen not to. The voters of this district deserve to know where he stands on an issue that strikes at the heart of our election process.


Addendum from Brad Toft:

It is encouraging to see many Patch readers who are interested in separating fact from fiction in this alleged scandal in the 5th Legislative District. Corruption in government is a serious issue and it is wise to tread carefully before any accusations are leveled.

An important question has been raised by readers: Even if Governor Gregoire did engage in a corrupt deal with former Sen. Cheryl Pflug to stack the deck against the voters, where is the direct connection with the Democratic candidate? This question, among others, does beg for an answer.  

On May 10th, at the Eastside Chamber of Commerce Legislative Wrap Up, then-Sen. Pflug informed Democratic Sen. Rodney Tom that she was leaving the state Senate. She further stated that Tom would enjoy working with her successor, Mark Mullet. This was a full week before any candidates in the 5th District race filed for election. Sen. Tom conveyed this information to me in person and also to House Rep. Jay Rodne, via phone. Therefore, plans were afoot long before Sen. Pflug admitted publicly to the deal.

In addition, my opponent denied having any connection with Governor Gregoire. It appears he did not tell all. His prominent Democrat father, Steve Mullet, former mayor of Tukwila and member of the Renton School District board, has been an appointee of the Governor since 2006. They are well connected in many ways.

At the higher levels of the political world, educated and astute people carefully craft plans of succession. So, this curious confluence of circumstances requires an explanation. My opponent must address his involvement with the governor, the former senator and the Democratic Senate Caucus.

Leaders do not avoid difficult issues. They serve best by bringing clarity to them. My opponent can silence this issue, once and for all, with a plausible explanation


Brad Toft

Randall October 25, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Is this a joke? There's nothing new in the "proof that has been called for has now flooded the media." Just the same old conjecture and coincidence that amounts to exactly nothing. Can we talk about real, verifiable facts and issues please? Maybe Toft can start answering questions from the voters in his district (like me) instead of throwing mud at Mullet hoping something will stick.
G.Teller October 25, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Randall, this is all that Brad has left, the Sammamish Patch. This is comical! Proof, my left foot! Brad Toft has done himself in. Lies upon lies caught up with him and he is a disgrace to the Republican party, heck, he's a disgrace to mankind. Hey Toft, so much for a "Clean Campaign"!
jared October 26, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Nice try, B-Rad. I just got more political insight from the "Does Cheerleading Need to be More Regulated?" article.
Jeanne Gustafson October 26, 2012 at 02:11 AM
G. Teller, like everyone, your comments are welcome, but please do respect our terms of use and refrain from name-calling. I believe Patch users really want a constructive local discourse here where they can share opinions respectfully.
Jeanne Gustafson October 26, 2012 at 02:13 AM
And G. Teller, on second reading of your post, I have deleted it, and ask that you repost your thoughts without the name-calling. Thanks, and if you need to discuss this with me, feel free to email or call me.
G.Teller October 26, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Absolutely, Jeanne. But "Hag" is okay? Brad Toft: YOU are the distraction. It must really make you angry to know that the Republicans in Olympia are stuck with you; your lies created a vulgar mess. It's because of you, that some are running around in panic, making accusations and innuendos about Pflug. Republicans don't know what to do with you! Pflug's record is stellar & you know it. It's when you entered the scene that everyone suddenly had a problem with her. Are you the one who waged this war? Are you the one responsible for all of these false allegations? Did you pay off Spring (who acts nutty)? Of course these are rhetorical questions as we know you are not capable of taking responsibility for your actions and telling the truth. There you are, adding to the hot mess: Your fictitious degrees (honestly?!), your 22-plus criminal acts (wow), your waging wars on hard-working people like Mullet (fail), fictitious accusations of being harassed (c'mon!), and this uncreative story about Pflug. Your campaign plays the commercial on TV, but it is the many allegations you launch which are sad. We know you are desperate, because your lies and antics get larger, similar to the size of the space which should house a brain. How arrogant and disgusting to believe you can act with impunity. Oh - you may also want to treat servers with a tad bit of dignity and respect. Especially when you are talking about "destroying" people who cross you.
Jeanne Gustafson October 26, 2012 at 02:59 AM
No, "hag" is not ok, G. Teller. As your Local Editor here, I do my best to monitor the comment stream, but I definitely realize that I am an imperfect human. Anyone who feels personally attacked and thinks a comment that violates Patch's terms of use is absolutely encouraged to email me at any time at jeanne.gustafson@patch.com, or call me at 425-394-3506. Please note the user name of the offending commenter. As I've said before, my goal is to help the community have a constructive discourse, even, and really, most especially, on difficult or heated topics, with hopefully no one feeling silenced from expressing their honest opinions. On that note, thank you for reposting your comment per my request. I do not in any way want to keep you from sharing your opinion, but I think you can agree that sometimes how we say things affects whether the crux of the content is appreciated.
Jeanne Gustafson October 26, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Well, don't call me at 2 a.m., please, but text me in that case and I'll call you back at 4 a.m. :-)
dexterjibs October 26, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Reading the posts makes me feel like voting for Toft if I lived in that district. I am thinking this is an unfair attack on Toft cuz no one had any evidence to prove he is a liar or incompetent. Maybe its because he is a Republican and the left wing extremists in his district are unfairly attacking him.
David Kirkpatrick October 26, 2012 at 05:43 AM
@G. Teller I think we at least deserve to hear whats going on. This doesn't sound like an issue that should just be shrugged off and forgotten. We should hear what Mark has to say about the accusations. If the story isn't a big deal and holds no fact than why are people becoming so outraged over it? Leave it be and let facts surface. Then we can come a proper conclusion.
SHIC October 26, 2012 at 02:36 PM
@David, sometimes when there's smoke, there's fire. And sometimes there's just a clown with a smoke bomb yelling "fire!" The people outraged by the accusations are the same people who were outraged enough by a metaphor related to pizza to picket one of Mark's restaurant, so for the "why" question, I'm going to guess some kind of neurochemical imbalance. Otherwise, they're just upset about actual bipartisanship in happening in their local politics, and surely no responsible citizen would be anything other than happy about that.
Jeanne Gustafson October 26, 2012 at 07:53 PM
SHIC, let's not spread the wealth to this comment stream. Thanks.
Bob McCoy October 26, 2012 at 09:12 PM
This is all interesting stuff, but I would like to see some answers to the questions that Patch readers posted prior to the online typing contest between Mr. Mullet and Mr. Toft: http://sammamish.patch.com/articles/participate-online-5th-district-senate-candidate-forum-on-sammamish-issaquah-patch
Jeanne Gustafson October 26, 2012 at 09:26 PM
For those following along, we've added Brad Toft's responses to some of the comments here in his letter, and published a response sent to us by Mark Mullet. You can read that here: http://patch.com/A-yYWb
G.Teller October 28, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Jeanne, I hope you've never received a call at 2am! :) dexterjibs: You may want to pull up articles from the Seattle Times on Toft which explain his sordid, factual past and extensive criminal record. In addition, they are public record and can be found on the Washington State Courts website. I just noticed yet another, fresh record posted, too. Looks like Toft is a defendant in a whole new court case, not surprisingly. Also, Toft lied about having not one, but two degrees from universities, when he has no degree from any university. Such a stupid, stupid, thing to do, when running for an election. Wouldn't you agree? Attending a 3-day seminar does not earn one a degree. Toft's lies being uncovered one by one demonstrates how desperate he is to drag Mullet down. He is forced to make it up as he goes, and this approach will not reap any factual evidence. Fiction is Toft's life, apparently. What will we find out next? I cannot fathom what Toft would do in office. It's about time we weigh the character, transparency and integrity of the people who run for office. Electing morally bankrupt candidates who continually lie, would make even the most staunch Republican wonder if Toft is telling THEM, his own party, the truth.
jared October 28, 2012 at 03:03 PM
G, I totally agree with you that Brad's past, combined with present actions make him a very undesireable candidate, but we should not focus solely on these matters. Brad has a difficult time answering questions on issues. In a recent debate he was completely caught off guard by the question, 'what's your view on health care?'. The response given after a long pause and fumbling through papers was forgetful and didn't assess a view. I would also read the ealrly Oct online Q&A the Patch hosted. Toft did not offer an answer to most questions, and any answers that he offered left me scratching my head. In the end, Toft would be a GOP pawn, doing what he's told. Mark is a free thinker and can hold his own under the pressure of a public forum. He is definitely more well prepared to deal with the pressures in Olympia and will strive to improve the 5th.


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