Well, maybe Lisa Ayers is the exceptional exception. But generally our elected officials are flawed “human becomings.” Some are more flawed than others. And some like Mark McClain are substantially flawed to the point of being unqualified.
We’re all aware of the hypothetical rookie cop who can’t find a gun big enough or car fast enough. They’re dangerous to themselves and the public. In fact, that rookie cop is almost as dangerous as a Mark McClain potentially sitting in the lead chair in the Pacific County prosecutor’s office. Candidate McClain is a bully with a law degree. That’s dangerous!
While serving as a Republican Kittitas County Commissioner, Mr. McClain was the subject of several investigations by local law enforcement authorities of alleged threats/assaults, as well as another incident involving after hours trespass of a local drinking establishment. Several charges of unethical practices by him while teaching a class at Central Washington University were also noted during that same time frame. And twice McClain filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection (1988 and again in 2003).
Check his rap sheet on the internet. For just one example, check the Cle Elum Police Department’s detailed incident report No. C08-0117 relating to an assault. The incident occurred January 12, 2008 in Roslyn, where two officers were dispatched to the Brick Tavern. By the way, during that “unfortunate” incident at Roslyn’s Brick Tavern, McClain was with then Kittitas County Republican Chair Mathew S. Manweller. McClain and his boozing buddy Manweller were close political associates. In fact, McClain served on the 2010 Kittitas County Republican Party draft platform committee.
That county platform favored “right to life” as in antiabortion and anti-birth control. But at least there is no evidence McClain is against Viagra or vasectomies, so relax, guys. Only the ladies need worry. Obviously, McClain and his gentleman friends in the Kittitas Republican Party do not trust women to manage their own reproductive decisions. So much for small, unobtrusive government.
Twice when running for political office in Kittitas County — county commissioner and prosecutor — McClain was an unabashed Republican. Being a Republican, even one heavily immersed in that party’s hierarchy, is not a priori proof that one is a schnook. Recall Republican Gov. Dan Evans who by all measures was a superb chief executive. But what does it say when McClain enters Pacific County politics as an “independent” after years as a very active Republican in another jurisdiction. There is something a bit opportunistically tacky about quickly changing his spots for political gain.
Those voters who know McClain best — citizens in Kittitas County — gave him a resounding 77 percent “no” vote in his 2010 bid for county prosecutor. But back then he was a Republican. Today McClain tells us he’s an “Independent.” Hmmmm. Well, that makes all the difference in the world! If integrity counts, Pacific County voters will follow the vast majority of Kittitas County voters and deny McClain the Pacific County prosecutor’s chair.