“I wasn’t fired.”

by | Mar 19, 2019

Longtime lead counsel in AG’s office tells process server: “I wasn’t fired.” She’ll be in court on Friday @ 9:00am where we’re finally gonna learn what the hell’s going on in the AG’s office.

“She was in court in the morning, shoved a junior after that, and out on her keister with no update to WSBA info, no outgoing VM, no OOO on VM, etc.”

“I wasn’t fired.” 

Those were the first words out of Linda Dalton’s mouth when the process server handed her papers to appear in court on Friday at 9:00 am.  My process server is a former law enforcement officer and he didn’t ask her anything about the case – he just served her the papers at her Lakewood home at 7:12 pm last night, observing that she was somber and downcast.  Unprompted, she said “I wasn’t fired” and took the papers.

He said:  “Thank you for your 30 years of service.”

She responded:  “32.”

The company line is Linda Dalton “retired.” 

As the AG’s replacement counsel (and physical assault victim?) said to Judge Tabor: 

Todd Sipe (very nervous): “Yes, so uh, um, Linda Dalton uh she’s retired. So she is not on this case anymore. But the original, er, the three other attorneys, uh, who are on this call are are are on this case so the the communications should be sent to to all all all all the remaining attorneys.” 

(am I the only one thinkin’ PTSD?: https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/post-traumatic-stress-disorder#1)

So she “retired”?  After 32 years?  With no retirement party?  No cake?  No gold watch?  No kumbaya session with colleagues telling funny stories?  No public announcement thanking her for her service and wishing her bon voyage?  None of that.  At the age of 62?

Ya, right!

The AG’s office is in chaos over this — and they’re desperately trying to keep her outster a secret.  She’s been lead counsel on almost all campaign finance cases for decades. 

And now she’s out.  Not just on my case, but all cases. 

What prompted all this? Judge James Dixon recently ruled in my favor (details here: https://tinyurl.com/WhyDidFergieFireLinda).  Yup, that’s it.  He agreed to decide on April 5 whether a lifetime ban on all my future political activity is constitutional or not.

Ya, I know, it’s absurd.  It’s ridiculous.  But it’s what Ferguson’s attack on me has always been about: 

The central plank of Fergie’s lawsuit is what columnist Joel Connelly called the “nuclear option”: for the rest of my life, I, Tim Eyman, can never do political activism in the state of Washington ever again.

As Connelly wrote: If the “nuclear option” succeeds, “Eyman will have to find something else to do with his life.”

Ferguson figured he’d never have to justify such a ridiculous remedy to a judge — he must’ve thought I’d break. That I’d throw in the towel and beg him to stop because I couldn’t possibly keep up financially with the power of the State.

But thanks to you, I have. I’m still here, and I’m still fighting (not only court, but also in the political arena, qualifying our $30 Tabs Initiative and working on getting our Give Them Nothing referendum on the November ballot).

Because of your continued support, Fergie’s lifetime ban faces a judicial determination (execution?) on April 5. Please help me keep fighting.

I love you all.

Tim Eyman