Letter to the Editor: Toft is in no Position to Lecture on 'Duplicity'

Washington 5th District Senate candidate Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah), responds to a Local Voices post on Patch by his opponent, Brad Toft (R-Snoqualmie).

Editor's Note: Mark Mullet submitted this letter to Sammamish-Issaquah Patch in response to a .

To the editor:

My first response is that Brad Toft is not in a position to lecture any resident of our State on "duplicity." Brad's first act when running for his first public office was to write a letter to a King County District Court Judge where he lied under oath. In March of 2012, Brad wrote a letter where he swore under oath (with the penalty of perjury) that a different Brad Toft had committed the violations that were showing up on his record. He asked the judge to vacate the judgment and have his record sealed. The Associated Press proved that he was the "real" Brad Toft who had committed these violations, revealing Brad as somebody who lies under oath to a judge to try and hide his embarrassing civil and criminal history from the voters in our State (http://bradtoftfacts.com). Brad Toft accusing any resident of our State of "duplicity" reminds me of a professional thief who calls the police to complain when his own home gets robbed.  
In terms of my position on taxes, let me repeat: I am opposed to a personal income tax and a corporate income tax in Washington State. Hopefully this will settle the issue for the remainder of the campaign. In terms of the two-thirds requirement, I will never vote to overturn this law if voters have passed it at the ballot box. When I check a box saying I support the King County Democratic Platform, I was affirming that I'm not running as an independent, but rather as a Democrat. Every leader in the Democratic party has known since January that I don't support a personal or corporate income tax.
Unlike my opponent, I am not hiding from my embarrassing past and like most voters I'm not interested in political theater. Every elected official should be focused on getting our economy moving and making sure our public schools are preparing the next generation to compete in a global economy. I believe my business background both in finance and as the owner of the Zeeks Pizza and the Ben and Jerry's gives me the experience in the private sector to help state government run more efficiently and make the right decisions for our economy.

I have four daughters who will work their way through our public schools. Needless to say, I have a vested interest in being a strong champion for our schools. We need to prioritize early learning; ensure accountability; retain and recruit high quality teachers; and make sure technical training and colleges are affordable and accessible for the kids of Washington State. You can read more about my plans on job creation and our public schools at electmarkmullet.com.

Let's have a vigorous debate over the critical issues facing the voters of the 5th Legislative District. Let's focus on how we create jobs and how we make our public schools the envy of the world. Our state is facing huge challenges. Now is not the time to manufacture quotes or make up the positions of our opponents. Let's respect the process and let voters decide on substance, not misrepresentation of your opponent's position.


Best Regards,


Mark Mullet

Owner of the Zeeks Pizza and Ben and Jerry's in Issaquah

Member of the Issaquah City Council

Candidate for the State Senate in the 5th District

MacG August 31, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Thanks for shedding light on Brad. Not sure I want someone with his shady background representing me.
Pieter Hart August 31, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Mr. Mullet, I read "The Mullet Duplicity". His question about where your position lies is a valid one--you made two different statements. You committed to your party platform, but you are now saying that you were never committed. You are not being elected to represent the Democratic Party, but rather the people. This is not a matter of what everyone at the Democratic Party knows, it's earning the trust of the voters in the 5th District. Mr. Toft's point about you responding with sincerity is also valid. We don't need leaders in Olympia who will put the talons out whenever questioned. Is this how you intend to use your experience to "bring people together" as you state on your twitter feed? You and your supporters have developed a habit of responding to reasonable questions with character assassinations to your opponent. With this tactic, you are inviting question into your own character. I have also read on several blogs that you and Cheryl Pflug have enlisted the help of a an unhinged woman to harass Mr. Toft and his wife during the election. Can you address those rumors since your brought up the question of character?
Terry J. LaBrue August 31, 2012 at 09:11 PM
When a candidate, such as Mark Mullet, gets caught in the daylight trying to play both sides of an issue as important as supporting a state income tax, it really calls into question their credibility and honesty. I personally saw the questionnaire that Mark submitted to the King County Democratic Party stating he supported their tax-heavy platform. it's absolutely clear that he's now trying to eat his words. Maybe some Cherry Garcia ice cream would help them go down. Brad Toft is on the right side of the people and the issue of new taxes.
Jeanne Gustafson August 31, 2012 at 09:41 PM
I think this is a great discussion to have to help voters in our district, and I want to express my appreciation to both candidates for taking advantage of the Patch platform to express their views and foster that conversation. I invite anyone who feels that the comments section doesn't allow enough space to express their opinion to submit a letter to the editor at jeanne.gustafson@patch.com or to post a Local Voices post.
Ken James September 01, 2012 at 05:58 AM
I always find it odd that when candidates are asked for their approach to many issues, they often give a satisfactory answer to suit my Independent, conservative ideology. For example, in Mullet's letter above, he writes: -- I am opposed to a personal income tax and a corporate income tax in Washington State But he is running as a Democrat and explicitly stated that he approved the content of their platform which includes the statement: "Our state needs a more progressive tax system, including personal and corporate income taxes" I think we all agree that these two statements are in conflict. Are we supposed to accept that the candidates declare allegiance to the Democrat party, but later tell us that they were "just kidding"? Or, does Mullet really think that we buy his explanation: "I was affirming that I'm not running as an independent, but rather as a Democrat." Right.... And then he complains: " Let's respect the process and let voters decide on substance" and " I'm not interested in political theater" But he starts his letter talking about his opponents old traffic tickets instead of the issues. Hypocrisy much?
Mark Mullet September 01, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Pieter, I do not personally know many of the people who have liked our Facebook campaign page. I have never met or spoken with the person you are referring to in your comments. My experience on the Issaquah City Council has taught me that you can't resolve things like this by going back and forth in a newspaper response column. I will give you the same offer I give to every constituent in Issaquah. Come meet me at Zeeks and we can discuss this in person over a slice of pizza. I can be reached at "Mark@ZeeksPizza.com", or on my cell phone at 425 - 681 -7785. Best Regards, Mark
Danny Chapman September 02, 2012 at 04:26 PM
You show me a Democrat that doesn't like taxes and I'll show you a Unicorn with a purple jacket on! Though I am sure Mark is a great guy and family man, he is still a Democrat - he chose to run as a Democrat and not an independent. So one cannot have it both ways (I am against taxes but I am for taxes.) What Washington state (as well as the Federal government) needs is fiscal and spending discipline. Both the state and federal budgets are growing faster than the population and are completely unsustainable. And despite what the Democrats say, simply raising taxes on the rich will NOT solve the problem: http://www.forbes.com/sites/danbigman/2012/04/03/john-stossel-tax-the-rich-the-rich-dont-have-enough-really/ Our Country and state are in a fiscal crisis. On the Federal level, we borrow almost half of what is spent. We need fiscally disciplined politicians elected to solve these problems. NOT politicians that say one thing but are active members of a Party that says something else. And by-the-way Mr. Mullet - are you not the one that pushed the Issaquah City Council to take away MY right to use a plastic bag at the grocery store? And I am supposed to believe that you will not raise my taxes because you think I shouldn't use a plastic bag? And speaking of double standards and double-speak, last time I got a pizza at your place, they put part of the order in, yes, you guessed it - a plastic bag.
Pieter Hart September 02, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Mr. Mullet, it's more expedient to just answer the question in a public forum, rather than trying to shift the conversation private and peddle pizza for votes. I asked you about her several weeks back through your Twitter account, and was subsequently blocked from communicating with you. Based on your answer below, it appears that you know who I am talking about. So, it is just a question of whether you condone her harassment of a candidate for office, along with his wife who is a private citizen.
Randall September 04, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Mark and Brad are on the same side regarding taxes - they are both against them. As far as the people in the 5th, Brad is a right-wing tea party conservative, and definitely not a good fit for this area.
Randall September 04, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Ken, it's much more that just "old traffic tickets." He has lied under oath at least two times, and been sued (or named in a suit) at least 22 times. It calls into question his judgement and character, which in many ways are what we are voting for more than anything else.
Randall September 04, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Hi Danny, I'm a Democrat and I don't like taxes. I would like to see your purple-jacketed unicorn now, please! :)
Danny Chapman September 04, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Hey Randall - Sorry, he flew away before I could get a photo! :) My real point was that regardless of political party, for us to continue as a healthy State and Nation, the Democrats must stop this nonsense that just raising taxes on the "rich" will solve all of our problems - while keeping all spending the same. While the Republicans must stop saying no new taxes of any kind while continuing to support ever-increasing military spending. Americans, including residents of Washington State, must face the fact that we are literally falling off a fiscal cliff. And only by raising taxes on everyone and cutting spending everywhere (while means-testing all social programs including Social Security and Medicare) will begin to get us even close to fiscal sanity. Quite frankly, I have not heard (nor will we I am afraid) such bold and truthful facts from any politician - Democrat or Republican.
Randall September 04, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I agree (pretty much). I'm not sure that any Democrat says that raising taxes on the rich will solve all our problems - if they do, they are wrong. But everything should be on the table. Raising taxes, eliminating/reducing programs, everything. It's too bad that the people in charge seem unwilling or are unable to make the hard decisions.
Ken James September 04, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Randall, being sued doesn't prove anything in our system. How many times has he had civil judgments against him for matters which are relevant to the position for which he is a candidate. Has he been convicted of purjury? I looked at the accusations by his political opponents and I saw a lot of weasel words so I'm a little suspicious. Unless you have criminal convictions for purjury and civil judgments against him for relevant matters, I'll assume that these are just dispicable personal attacks that have become too prevelant during the election cycle. Let's stick to the issues.
Ken James September 04, 2012 at 10:57 PM
But Randall, since both parties agree that we need to reduce spending, shouldn't we get on with that? We have a disagreement about the impact of raising taxes so we should continue to debate that. Even though you claim that the Democrats also want to cut spending, they always hold that idea hostage to pass measures that would increase taxes. They need to get the things done now where there is agreement. They use the argument that they want "balance" but we didn't get in the condition we find ourselves in a 'balanced' way. Spending has increased at a much higher rate than taxes were cut. Fact is, any agreement they have reached on tax cuts is suspicious since the tax cuts are actually reductions in the rate of growth and they start years in the future so they can be 'undone' when they don't have the scrutiny of an election cycle.
Charlie Labounty October 25, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Would you rather have Mark Mullet in office, who has been associated with a bribe involving Governor Christine Gregoire and former Senator Pflug? I can't believe such an honest man would involve himself with such shady tactics. If Mark Mullet can't even run a fair election, how can we trust him in office? Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlR8dLr-jGk&feature=youtu.be
Randall October 25, 2012 at 06:10 PM
I keep hearing about these "accusations" of bribery between Mullet/Pflug/Gregoire, but no one has ever produced a single piece of evidence, no matter how flimsy. Not one piece. So if we're looking at the personal character scorecard: Brad Toft: At least 22 separate judgments in court, including multiple cases of lying under oath to judges, claiming he has college degrees when he doesn't, and more. All verifiable, admitted, and documented. Mark Mullet: Nothing. Those are the facts.


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