Many residents in Bellevue today started receiving leaflets from the “Committee to Elect Jane Braunlich Mayor.” It is election season after all and Jane is one of two democrats vying for the vote of residents next month. Nothing out of the ordinary, right?
A member of the Liberty in Bellevue Core Group thought the same, until they explored the website listed on the leaflet. Below are the screen shots of the website launched by the “Committee to Elect Jane Braunlich Mayor.” None of the images below have been doctored or manipulated in any way, shape, or form.
Who is the committee asking us to vote for? Jane Braunlich? Or Connie Rankin, owner and editor of “The Citizen?”
Is this an official endorsement of Jane Braunlich’s campaign or simply a very weird coincidence?
Perhaps Connie’s own blog can shed some light on the matter. On April 12, Connie published a blog article titled, “You’re fired!” which vaguely criticized some “elected officials.” We couldn’t be sure exactly to whom Connie was referring. Based on Connie’s criticism of “certain elected officials” and the above posted screen shots we believe it is safe to say the owner and editor of “the Citizen” is supporting the Jane Braunlich for Mayor campaign.
Why all the secrecy? Why speak so vaguely but work quietly behind closed doors? Isn’t transparency in government what we all claim to want?