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POLITICS AJSFD VOLITICIAJVS
In .spite of the fact that progressive Re
publicans seem to control the state, yet many
of them will break away from the regular
Republican organization and seek nomina
tions on the ticket that will center on Theo
dore Roosevelt. They will do this first be
cause they will avoid the expense of the
primary election, secondly, because they be
lieve the Roosevelt ticket will sweep the
state in November and, thirdly, if Roosevelt
should by a fluke win the presidency, they
would be in a position to control the federal
patronage of the state.
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It is safe to predict at this time thut the
regular Republican party will have to con
tend with a "progressive" element in the
primary election, the members of
which will maintain they are nei
ther bolters nor party destroyers, but in
sist on being named for office or they will
bolt. The Democrats will cut little or no ice
at the November election, as one or the
other wing of the Republicans is sure to
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Myron E. Hay is to be the administration
candidate for governor, but Taftism will not
enter very largely in the primary election,
hence the governor will have to set the pace
for himself. AVhile he has made no political
alliance with Orville Billings, yet many of
his friends and advocates are saying, "Hay
for first and Billings for second looks good
Otto A. Case, who was quoted as being a
Republican deserter, denies the allegation
and defies the ailegator. In him the Repub
lican party lias ; very bad Case of chronic
office seeking, who knows a good thing when
lie sees it, and he not only will not leave the
Republican party, but it is very doubtful, if
he can even be kicked out of it.
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John C. Lawrence is no Longer a Repub
lican as he lias announced his intention of
running for governor on the Roosevelt tick
et. There perhaps will be no one else so
foolish, and from now on Mr. Laurence will
not have to spend any more money on a
nomination campaign and he can also kick
himself for the $15,000 he has already spent.
As a Republican he never even had the re
motest chance of reaching the nomination
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H. B. Dewey is reported as having de
serted the Republican party and will try to
go to congress on a, Roosevelt ticket. As a
Republican he stood some show of nomina
tion and election, but as a Roosevelt candi
date lie is almost certain of defeat, though
he will dodge the primary election campaign
expenses, which would he quite an item.
WANT TO BE SHERIFF.
They are not all hero, but many of them
are and this will give tbe readers some idea
of why they want the office of sheriff. It's
a long time before the primary election and
The Seattle Republican will have many op
portunities to have heart to heart talks with
THE SEATTLE REPUBLICAN
you about the army of shriveality candidates
and this is talk number one.
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Thayer wants to be sheriff of King County
and the only ability he seems to have to
hold the office is an extensive pocket book.
From the way he is going after the job it
looks as if he and his business manager know
it's a good thing and they propose to have
it if money will buy it. It is reported that
Mr. Thayer will hear something drop be
fore he has been nominated.
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Jack Stringer, who has been a candidate
for sheriff of King County since the year
One, is again out for the office. Jack has
been an active "Morphine" Progressive Re
publican and helped to organize the rump
convention in Aberdeen. He may go off with
the Roosevelt party as he is always looking
for something new. A deputyship, however,
will satisfy him in case he does not get the
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Matt Starvich, the Ravensdale terror to
evil doers, has flung li is banner to the breeze
and is working for the nomination of sheriff
just like he meant to get it. Matt has done
some good criminal work in the past, which
ought to help him along in his light, but his
nationality is going to count against him.
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Oscar Wise, constable for the Seattle pre
cinct, is to also run for sheriff of King Coun
ty. "There will be a hundred and one candi
dates for the nomination and it seems to me
my chances are just as good as the others."
Oscar is a Wise old boy and lie may be the
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Wylie, a building contractor, lms either
tired of his former occupation or sees ;i
greater opportunity to "get the money" in
the office of sheriff of King County. Times
are rather dull in Seattle just now, which is
largely responsible for men like Wylie and
a hundred and one others, who are seeking
office this year, to want to feed at the public
crib. The crop of politicians this year is
the heaviest in the history of King County.
Office grafting must be dead easy these
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John W. Roberts, criminal deputy under
Sheriff Hodge, is a candidate for his chiefs
place. lie is an old timer in King County
and ought to stand a good chance of being
elected. He says that but one thing has oc
curred in his long official career in bringing
criminals to justice, and that was his fail
ure to bring Chas. W. Shomo back to Seat
tle, but his failure to do that was due largely
to the cusseduess of the Pinkertons, who
thought they Avere striking a blow at the
Burns' detective agency. Roberts would
make a good sheriff.
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Bert W. Thompson is a candidate for
sheriff and is the only candidate out of the
whole bunch, who is not "one of the boys."
Bert has no sympathy with boose fighters
and he won't get many of their votes, but
should he get the support of the church folk,
FRIDAY, JUNE, 28, 1912.
which he richly merits, there would be noth
ing to it.
"Red" of the sheriff's office bobs up
serenely and says, "me too, fellows, for
sheriff." Red, however, reminds one more
of a corn field scare crow than a live human
being possessing qualifications fo be sheriff
of King County.
Chicago probably paid a half-million dol
lars for the late Republican convention, and
it was cheap at that, for nearly four times
that amount was dropped in Chicago by the
delegates. That's an eye to business.
Was the hot time at the Chicago conven
tion due to the "big smoke" from the
South? "Where there is so much smoke
there is bound to be some fire," runs an old
It makes our tired ache to read of the
government officials out "After Another
Shipping Combine," because it's nothing
more nor less than free advertisement for
After Root had been elected temporary
chairman he proved such an adept at operat
ing the steam roller that a permanent chair
man was not necessary.
The Republican party may have been poi
soned with the "special privilege" potion,
but it has no sins of wilful murder to an
If the type of the Outlook is not of a su
perior make the Colonel's next editorial is
liable to melt it on the press.
"Madero Still in the Saddle" is a head
line, where he had better stay or the revolu
tionists will have him in a pine box.
Roosevelt'f party will meet in August to
decide whether it will be a bolt or a "bot
If it be true misery loves company, Teddy
and Billy, being like companions of misery,
may get together.
It may not have been the Republicans'
steam roller that the Democrats used at Bal
timore, but it both acted and looked like it.
and yet Baltimore recently paid a quarter
of a million to get one.
Teddy's third term is entirely too euphon
ious to ever be real.
It may be a fact that Clarence S. Darrow
used money to "fix" jurymen and witnesses
in the McNamara case, but the evidence thus
far brought out against him in the case now
on trial is far from convincing.
A jackass convention is not the kind of
an one that sensible communitise would
break their necks to have held among them