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Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 1:50 pm

A Kittitas County Superior Court judge on Monday granted Central Washington University professor and state House candidate Mathew Manweller’s request for a temporary restraining order barring the release of a 2012 university investigation into allegations made by students in 2006.

The order, granted by Judge Scott Sparks, followed requests for records involving Manweller submitted to CWU by the Yakima Herald-Republic and the Daily Record. The order prohibits the university from releasing the investigation results to the newspapers or any other third party.  

Manweller and Moses Lake Democrat Kaj Selmann are running for 13th Legislative District House, a seat now held by state Rep. Bill Hinkle. Manweller, an associate political science professor at CWU, sent a written statement via email.

“This is an ongoing legal matter between myself and my employer. As such my comments must be limited,” Manweller wrote in the email. “I can state, however, that in my 10 years at CWU I have never been the subject of any student or faculty complaint and I have never been subjected to any disciplinary action.”

In his written comments, Manweller called the legal action a response to a single administrator in the CWU president’s office who acted in an unethical manner.

“Obviously, the judge who issued the restraining order agreed with us,” Manweller wrote. 

CWU Director of Public Affairs Linda Schactler declined to comment on the issue. Assistant Attorney General Alan Smith, who represents the university, could not immediately be reached for comment.

 The allegation

Court documents filed by Manweller in Kittitas County Superior Court on Friday said that an unsubstantiated allegation of misconduct involving students was made in 2006. No student complaint was filed against Manweller in connection with that allegation, and a CWU investigation determined that no action should be taken against Manweller, according to court documents. 

The Yakima Herald-Republic reported this morning CWU documents from 2006 to 2008 showed university staff heard from two women, who had been students of Manweller, alleging he made sexual advances toward them. The notes contained in an August records release indicate a full investigation never took place, but also that no formal complaint was brought by the students against Manweller. The Herald-Republic did not report on the allegations because no formal complaint was filed, the newspaper said.

In September this year, CWU hired an outside party to investigate the 2006 incident, according to court documents. The university did not pursue any disciplinary action against Manweller following the investigation, according to court documents. A report was finished Oct. 1.

Oral report

Manweller’s court filing states that no new facts came to light regarding the allegation between the conclusion of the original allegation in 2006 and September, and the 2012 investigation violated CWU’s policies. It says the university could have ordered an oral report of the investigation rather than create a written document that would have to be released in response to a records request.

The release of the investigation would cause irreparable damage to Manweller’s “reputation, his right to privacy, his professional and political career and his personal relationships,” court documents said. 

Manweller sought an order expunging the investigation report and related documents. He also seeks attorney fees.

  A hearing is set at 9 a.m. Nov. 5. in Kittitas County Superior Court.

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50 comments:

  • Darwin posted at 3:39 pm on Thu, Nov 8, 2012.

    Darwin Posts: 1763

    Good Job Matt Manweller. Thanks for spending the time and resources to run for an office in this county. It seems others choose to just complain and not do anything about it. You were man enough to step up to the plate. I sincerely hope CWU gets on the ball and investigates everyone they have on the books and makes in public. Its only fair they do their entire job. I hope the DR and the Yakima Hearld can find the time to force every folder left unfuinined at CWU to the front and have them investigated instead of just picking out people they wish to destroy.

    Thanks Again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • whatatrip posted at 10:30 am on Thu, Nov 8, 2012.

    whatatrip Posts: 2102

    John Stewart has a good segment on Fox news coverage:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/08/jon-stewart-fox-news-election-meltdown-video_n_2092224.html

    I didn’t see Meghan’s question to Karl. At least Megyn tries to fair and balanced sometimes. Her question is a classic. She asked of Karl “is this just math that you do as a republican to make yourself feel better”. It is a classic, absolutely classic. LOL, bravo to Megyn Kelly.

    There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind just how deluded FOX news is. This is not an aberration, this is their daily routine, and this is how they operate. Of course Fox news mentor and inspiration Rush Limbaugh was way over the top, like usual. Yet people listen to these idiots and worse, they believe the crapola.

    I can’t find a clip of the whole 15-20 minute episode but it is worth watching if you can find it. I called the “room” the control room when it was really the “decision room”. And it looks like maybe the decision room was 99.9% sure Ohio went to Obama.

    By the time Florida is official it will be 332 electoral votes for Obama out of 538 which is a 62%-38% win by Obama. That is a landslide. I used to say Obama will crush Romney/Ryan, now I can say Obama crushed Romney.

     
  • whatatrip posted at 9:48 am on Thu, Nov 8, 2012.

    whatatrip Posts: 2102

    I watched a replay of the Fox News coverage on Rachael Maddow last night, LOL. When Ohio was the projected winner by NBC, Brett, Meghan and the crew went “what does that mean? Is it over? What happened? That can’t be the end.” There were moments of “silence”, something not allowed on Fox even if time for “thought” is needed Good ol’ dependable Karl Rove says, NO it isn’t over, they have got it all wrong, I can’t be wrong. So Bret sends Meghan down to the “control room”, LOL, where all the experts are at. One says it is all over another says it is not all over. The Fox news channel was in total shock. But that is what happens when you live mentally on another planet while you are oblivious to the world around you. If you repeat your crapola enough, you begin to believe it yourself.

    We can count on Kittitas county republicans to do the wrong thing. They succeeded in voting Manweller into office. What an embarrassment to the county.

     
  • Goodnotgod posted at 8:19 pm on Wed, Nov 7, 2012.

    Goodnotgod Posts: 81

    Hey Darwin, nice call on Romney. LOL!!! You, Limbaugh, Morris and the rest of the Fox news brain trust should start a Pundit Consultant company. LOL!!!!HAHAHA!!!! LOL. Man it feels good to be on the side of sanity and know that the real Americans are with me! Can't wait to see what you have to say in 2016!!LOL!! Priceless and enjoying every moment![beam]

     
  • Darwin posted at 8:59 pm on Fri, Nov 2, 2012.

    Darwin Posts: 1763

    Eastside my vote and y spouses vote both go to Manweller and Romney/Ryan.

    I have seen enough dirt thrown around this election year to realize anything and everything coming from the left is desperate lies.

    It seems the left has pulled out all the stops and the only way they can win is to drag the other guy down. They have no record of their own so they try to destroy the person rather then the persons ideaS.

    Looks like in Manwellers case they needed to dig up some dirt becasue they cannot win on the issues.

    Since when do we care how many times a guy has been married? I mean after all the liberal left is pretty much against morals and they find 2 marriages offensive? Really?

    Manweller won't be taking baggage to Olympia only the folks who dug this up and tried to destroy him will be packing baggage. As you sow, so shall you reap. This works in both ways.

     
  • Eastside posted at 7:29 pm on Thu, Nov 1, 2012.

    Eastside Posts: 577

    I bet Darwin doesnt post up here again. Whats left to be said. We are fortunate other people outside the County have been paying attention to whats going on here. Manweller will be taking a lot of baggage to Olympia. Maybe he should focus on getting things straight in Ellensburg first. Thats my opinion.

     
  • portlander06 posted at 11:50 am on Thu, Nov 1, 2012.

    portlander06 Posts: 10

    Or ALL of MANWELLER'S dirty little secrets! Check this out: Traditional Marriage, "Manweller Style", Posed this morning on Slog.TheStranger.com.

    He met his first wife while he was teaching at the high school she was attending... he was 29 and she was a high school sophomore! You can see the 97-98 school yearbook on the Hurricane High School's website showing Manweller as the boy's team soccer coach and his x-wife, Oralynn Reeves as the team manager! She graduated in June of 2000 and they married June 23rd, 2000!

     
  • whatatrip posted at 9:37 am on Thu, Nov 1, 2012.

    whatatrip Posts: 2102

    Darwin, well I guess you will not be voting for Romney and the Republicans if you don’t vote for those who play that kind of politics.

    Republicans nationally and locally have pulled every dirty trick to oust Obama. They have gone so far as to implement “poll taxes” on the poor, elderly and disabled by passing laws that restrict unnecessary voter registration laws. It is truly disgusting just how low Republicans have gone.

    The Republicans even nominated the supreme pathological liar team Romney/Ryan. Daily garbage comes out of his mouth. During the primary debates he told the nation that FEMA should be turned over to the states, that anytime federal power can be put back on states it is a good move and an even better move would be to turn it over to private enterprise. He even suggested that given the large deficits, FEMA funding should be cut even though their funding already was inadequate. Katrina was a prime example of a failed presidency leading FEMA. Romney will do the same.

    NOW, that FEMA has played and is playing such an important role in NJ and NY, Romney now says FEMA has played an important role in working with states and localities. He NOW also says, as president, LOL, he will ensure that FEMA has the funding it needs to fulfill its mission. Don’t believe him, he is lying.

    But we all know what he really means. He is a liar. He will go back to the Bush policies on national emergency defense and we will have another FEMA response like we did during Katrina.

    Manweller is cut of the same cloth as Romney. Manweller will embarrass those who voted for him. This is not over even if he gets into office. The record is out there and it is only a matter of time before the chickens come home to roost. The best thing Manweller can now do for himself is to withdraw.

     
  • Eastside posted at 5:25 am on Thu, Nov 1, 2012.

    Eastside Posts: 577

    Go to the Columbia Basin Herald for a story that has some reader comments for some "biographical" information on Professor Manweller. Too late for most people to switch votes. If Manweller gets over 60% of the vote, whats that say about the people who live in Grant and Kittitas County?

     
  • Darwin posted at 4:24 pm on Wed, Oct 31, 2012.

    Darwin Posts: 1763

    Whats really sad Moderate is the dirty politcs that are played to gain ground in an election.

    I would NEVER vote for a candidate who plays these kind of politics. The Democrats are behind this act and therefore I would not even consider the other guy simply becasue if he is that cut throat then I sure don't want him for my rep.

    Sad is not the word to describe these acts. Desperate is the word. The Democrats feel Desperate and they have to get down and drag people thru the Mud just to get votes.

    I think this will backfire on them. I sincerely hope Manweller wins this election and I also sincerely hope someone forces all the records at CWU to be investigated and brought out into the light.

    Time we know all the dirty little secrets CWU has been hiding and time we know the names of ALL the people being sheltered..

    The door is open so lets get the dirty laundry out on everyone over at CWU not just Manweller.

     
  • whatatrip posted at 11:36 am on Wed, Oct 31, 2012.

    whatatrip Posts: 2102

    Moderate, your sadness is understandable. This is not just an Eastern Washington “phenomena”, it is a national disgrace. Just look at how Republicans treated Obama even before he entered office. In a meeting of the leadership, they decided that they would oppose Obama at every opportunity just to make sure he was a one term president.

    They have succeeded in opposing the President at every opportunity at great risk to America. The whole Republican primary was “anything goes” including lying, dishonesty, fabrication, disrespect and a total lack of integrity.

    In sum moderate, there is no line. It will be a very sad day for America if Americans elect Mitt Romney as president. He has no moral compass, his character is in the gutter, he will tell any lie if it suits him and the worst part is that he is no more than a “tool” for neocons and the Tea Party. They will be able to manipulate him any way they desire.

     
  • moderate posted at 7:28 am on Wed, Oct 31, 2012.

    moderate Posts: 85

    I'm so sadden by your comments Darwin -- so by your premise people in Eastern Washington are so tied to their party that they will vote for the candidate despite their personal qualities or qualifications. Have we really become so partisan that it no longer matters who the candidate is? Where do you draw the line? What happened to reasonable people and common sense?

     
  • Darwin posted at 5:24 am on Wed, Oct 31, 2012.

    Darwin Posts: 1763

    When you open a can of worms usually more then one worm comes out.

    CWU has just opened a can of worms. I suspect the public will want all the worms up front and center.

    This should make for really good headlines as requests are made to open all the CWU investigations that have been "not offically investigated"

    I can hardly wait to see the lists of names that come to light as now that the ball is rolling we can look into all the investigations at CWU

    Its about time.

    Face it folks Eastern Wa is Republican . Manweller will win this elction INSPITE of the dirty politics.

    Just hope those who drug this out are more then willing to have their own cases brought forward because it will happen. And in Eburgs small community its going to be real shockers to some of the elitist folks whose names become part of an investigation thats been kept secret by CWU.

     
  • neyney221 posted at 5:52 pm on Tue, Oct 30, 2012.

    neyney221 Posts: 42

    That's a good point about who else may come forward if Manweller presses forward with a lawsuit against CWU. Things could really backfire on him if there are other people who claim to be additional victims. Kind of like the Sandusky thing. Yea Darwin, those desperate democrats, fighting unfairly, digging up garbage to throw out in public. I'm glad the republicans never stoop to those kind of tactics. [smile]

     
  • whatatrip posted at 1:05 pm on Tue, Oct 30, 2012.

    whatatrip Posts: 2102

    Darwin, I hope he follows through also. I wonder how many more young women will now come forward. The judge never said he believed CWU was politically motivated but that someone out there with a “tip” was politically motivated. It could very well have come from a fellow Republican who doesn’t want their party to continue in free fall because of the extreme right that has taken over the party. From the Yakima Herald-Republic article:

    “Superior Court Judge Scott Sparks said he believes anonymous tips to the two newspapers that triggered the records request were politically motivated. But Sparks said regardless of motive, the allegations involved Manweller’s actions as a public employee and were not of a private, personal nature.”

    Once those requests were made, CWU had to respond. Darwin, I just love it when you step in it. Manweller is a close “cousin” of Romney. Both have very little good character or much integrity. I think Manweller will be proved a liar if this goes to court just as Romney was proven, once again, to be a liar.

    Romney recently said Jeep was sending all its jobs to China, LOL. Either he is too stupid to understand that Jeep was expanding their production to include Jeeps for Chinese in China or he is a flat out liar or both.

    Now that the Obama auto bailout has been a huge success, Romney is trying to say Obama did what he said should be done but that too is a lie. Romney said GM should be allowed to go into bankruptcy and be recapitalized and restructured. The problem with this is that there was not private money to bail out GM so bankruptcy would have lead to failure of GM and Chrysler and, even according to Ford, to Ford motor company.

    I know there was no money for lending. I went into University Auto in Oct-Nov of 2008 and as I walked in the door and said I wanted a new car, they told me there was NO money for an auto loan so if I needed to borrow money for a car, they couldn’t help me.

    Romney is now trying to say he advocated for government backing of auto loans in his op-ed piece but look closely at what he said:

    “The federal government should provide guarantees for post-bankruptcy financing and assure car buyers that their warranties are not at risk. “

    Note that he says federal guarantees “AFTER” bankruptcy. In other words he is saying private capital should be used for bankruptcy. Bain capital was approached and they refused to invest. Post bankruptcy financing sounds like he wanted the feds to guarantee auto loans for car purchasers and insure warranties. But nothing in his statement suggested that he advocate the feds take GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy. So once again Mitt Romney is a liar.

    Also take note that in that op-ed Mitt said, which he is now against:

    “I believe the federal government should invest substantially more in basic research — on new energy sources, fuel-economy technology, materials science and the like — that will ultimately benefit the automotive industry, along with many others. I believe Washington should raise energy research spending to $20 billion a year, from the $4 billion that is spent today. The research could be done at universities, at research labs and even through public-private collaboration.

     
  • Eastside posted at 12:40 pm on Tue, Oct 30, 2012.

    Eastside Posts: 577

    Darwin is now a Bill Clinton supporter or at least he has changed his mind on all the Republican complaints about Clintons affairs, accusations, etc.

     
  • portlander06 posted at 9:03 am on Tue, Oct 30, 2012.

    portlander06 Posts: 10

    The newspapers are the ones that made the public records requests, not the democrats... Your grasping at straws to turn attention away from a predator, Darwin! Just blindly follow, with no concern for the safety and well being of our Central students or State staff and interns if he wins, good plan!

    Manweller's own attorney said that the report (independent investigation) will be damaging if released! Why is it damaging?! Because a professor abuses his power... so let's give him more!

     
  • Darwin posted at 4:29 am on Tue, Oct 30, 2012.

    Darwin Posts: 1763

    I hope he follows thru with this suit and takes CWU for every penny he can. They deserve to be drug into court and made to spend taxpayer money to defend their vicious attacks on a candidate just weeks before an election.

    " In a second ruling issued at Monday’s hearing, Sparks denied a motion from the university to dismiss Manweller’s lawsuit against the university alleging the investigation was politically motivated. Manweller filed the lawsuit Oct. 19, three days before the university’s deadline to disclose the records.

    Manweller’s Ellensburg attorney, Douglas Nicholson, said he would look to amend the complaint to include demands for monetary damages against the university."

    Go gettem Matt!!!!

     
  • Darwin posted at 4:25 am on Tue, Oct 30, 2012.

    Darwin Posts: 1763

    Just another move by the Desperate democrats>>

    They cannot fight fair. If they cannot win then they dig up any garbage they can find and throw it out to the public

    Seems the Newspapers are also very desperate for news.

    The Monday hearing on the release of the investigation was originally scheduled for Nov. 5, the day before the election. It was moved to Monday following a request from an attorney for the Herald-Republic and Daily Record.

     
  • whatatrip posted at 12:48 pm on Sat, Oct 27, 2012.

    whatatrip Posts: 2102

    Matt could always fall back on the new standards of party line and claim it wasn’t “legitimate” harassment or that it was “God’s intention” or that women have a natural defense against harassment, so their bodies are designed so that harassment couldn’t have happened.

     
  • whatatrip posted at 12:47 pm on Sat, Oct 27, 2012.

    whatatrip Posts: 2102

    They wouldn’t but it would make sense that they would feel an obligation to make it known to the administration that they had a professor that needs to be “reined in” and told to control his behavior. I know of no other complaints since then so maybe Matt has “solved” any problem that he had or the incidents didn’t happen. I think the former is true and the latter is not true but public disclosure would allow everyone to make an “informed” decision and it should be done before the election. We don’t want people suffering from “buyer’s remorse”.

     
  • whatatrip posted at 12:41 pm on Sat, Oct 27, 2012.

    whatatrip Posts: 2102

    A person has to ask why two women would bring to attention sexual misconduct by a professor to CWU administration and not file a formal complaint. I don’t know the specifics of the case but if these women were finished at CWU and moving on with their lives, why would they file a formal complaint?

     
  • joanne posted at 3:31 pm on Fri, Oct 26, 2012.

    joanne Posts: 2

    I took a peek at the writing on the wall--yes, I can see it clearly--and it predicted the outcome of Monday's hearing on the injuction and expungement of allegations of sexual misconduct by Professor Manweller. The writing clearly says that CWU will not fight the injuction and expungement, but will argue the second suit, that the university was somehow motivated to do him political damage, which is really just a negotiation regarding who will be paying Professor Manweller's attorney fees for the injunction and expungement. CWU does not want the details of a potential violation of federal anti-discrimination laws, caused by its lack of investigation into two separate allegations, to be accessible, and Professor Manweller does not want the sexual misconduct allegations to be released, so their causes are actually aligned.

    The first argument for this outcome begins in the details: that a news organization performed a legal FOIA on a professor at the university with allegations of sexual misconduct that had gone uninvestigated. Per the YHR, university administration feared that they were in violation of federal anti-discrimation laws in not investigating those allegations, so they performed a quick investigation before they were required by law to turn over those records. According to court documents filed by Professor Manweller, the university advised Professor Manweller that they would be required to turn over public records to the news organization by Monday, October 22, if he did not seek a legal injunction, which he did upon their counsel.

    Without releasing the records, which are sealed until the appropriate motions have been gone through to permanently seal them Monday morning, CWU has told the court that the investigation yielded nothing that could be substantiated, in a tone that says, 'you don't really need to know, there's nothing in there that's meaningful.' If that is truly the case, why do we have two lawsuits to prevent a legal FOIA request? CWU appears to take a harsher tone with the second suit, which accuses them of performing the investigation with a political motive and requests that CWU pay for Professor Manwellers attorneys. It seems that they may actually object to paying his fees for it.

    I think that there is more than one issue at stake here. Because the FOIA has been restrained, few know whether Professor Manweller has been guilty of sexual misconduct toward students. However, the language of the suits and the apparent mutual interest in the preventing the release of the documents, leads one to wonder whether the university has committed violations of anti-discrimination laws in leaving allegations of misconduct uninvestigated, in these cases and possibly others. There seems to be ample motive for the university to desire restraint of those documents, as well.

    It appears, at least in the wall writings, that Professor Manweller and CWU will be aligned in the goal to prevent a legal FOIA disclosure to news organizations, making a mockery of our Freedom of Information Act, which keeps our public institutions functioning at some level of transparency and accountability. If the news organizations have no legal remedy to this farcical nonsense, Professor Manweller and CWU will prevent the FOIA request, and they will have dodged transparency. That being said, I've already read Monday's news--on the wall.

     
  • whatatrip posted at 9:37 am on Fri, Oct 26, 2012.

    whatatrip Posts: 2102

    Darwin, maybe folks at CWU know something about Manweller that you do not. And don’t tell us you had not decided until this issue came to light.

    Give me an honest, smart and trustworthy man like Kaj any day.

     
  • whatatrip posted at 9:37 am on Fri, Oct 26, 2012.

    whatatrip Posts: 2102

    When he yells at college students because they disagree with his politics as he did on the streets of Ellensburg or when he makes disparaging and untrue remarks about others as he did about a local female, Linda Huber, or when he, a 41 year old man, “sucker punches” a 55 year old man with cancer, then Manweller has clearly crossed the line of not being qualified as an elected representative. Fred Huber, the man Manweller attacked, was correct to say to Manweller that Manweller “has a problem with women”.

     
  • whatatrip posted at 9:36 am on Fri, Oct 26, 2012.

    whatatrip Posts: 2102

    I don’t know what Manweller is hiding but it is well known in political circles that he has a “reputation” for being a bully. I am glad this particular issue came to light. If he has done nothing wrong or improper, then he has nothing to hide and he should welcome the record becoming public and to set the record straight.

     
  • Steve Mallett posted at 6:56 am on Fri, Oct 26, 2012.

    Steve Mallett Posts: 3

    @Dodge

    Actually he's not my pick...and rest assured if you get accused of something I'll be just as impartial and willing to suspend judgement for you until the facts are in. It is possible to disagree with someone but still respect them...and grant them goodwill and benefit of the doubt.

     
  • Darwin posted at 8:20 pm on Thu, Oct 25, 2012.

    Darwin Posts: 1763

    Lets see 365 days in a year. It took 2190 days before CWU decided they needed to make this an issue and you don't think this isn't politcally motivated?

    Why not at 2000 days .. Why not at 2300 days.. Nope just need to break this out right before an elction is about to take place.

    Cwu and these people working there are just showing the whole state how they lack the ability to play fair.

    If you can't win fair and square or if you dislike the guy then slander him and his family to make yourself look like the bigger person.

    Just this action alone will turn people to Manweller and not away from him.

     
  • dodge posted at 3:07 pm on Thu, Oct 25, 2012.

    dodge Posts: 724

    We get it Steve; Manweller is your pick. Fine. But why do you have to defend his actions if he doesn't have anything to hide? Reminds me of Romney's tax records request. If nothing to hide, give it up. Both have just a little something to hide, be my guess. BTW, My vote will cancel yours.

     
  • Steve Mallett posted at 2:13 pm on Thu, Oct 25, 2012.

    Steve Mallett Posts: 3

    @ portlander06
    Allegations without formal complaints, especially regarding incidents that occurred years ago where the alleged victims are long graduated and out of danger of retribution, don't constitute a data point against anyones character. To that end I will grant you exonerated isn't a correct term, as there were never any formal charges to be exonerated of. It's strange...somewhere we've gone from the presumption of innocent until proven guilty to the presumption that you're guilty until proven innocent beyond all reasonable or unreasonable doubt.

     
  • joanne posted at 1:39 pm on Thu, Oct 25, 2012.

    joanne Posts: 2

    The thing is, he isn't being "forced" to do anything. He filed a suit to prevent disclosure of a legal public records request, and to have the investigation over sexual misconduct complaints expunged from his record and the university's records. If he had been "exonerated," he wouldn't have needed to file those motions. I seriously doubt CWU wants this information to get to the public either. However, if he hadn't sued to prevent a legal FOIA disclosure, there would be nothing to report, unless the information it contained was news. But a professor suing the university is definitely news.

    I agree that if CWU had handled it appropriately at the time, they wouldn't have needed to conduct an investigation when the records were requested; but strangely, people seem to be intimidated by him, even at the university. CWU rushed to conduct a well overdue investigation before they were forced to release records to a news organization that showed that they hadn't performed one after at least two complaints, and, at that point, they were just trying to cover their own hineys.

    Please give me a break about a political conspiracy. No one planted sexual misconduct complaints at CWU, and Professor Manweller provided the news himself by suing the University. It should be shocking that so few people outside the college knew this before now. This isn't the first time he's used political martyrdom to wriggle out of accountability for bad behavior, and he will continue that tune as long as it plays. Chickens just eventually come home to roost. I want to add that I'm very impressed that the Record and the Yakima Herald took on some investigative reporting at the University. We need more of it.

     
  • portlander06 posted at 1:01 pm on Thu, Oct 25, 2012.

    portlander06 Posts: 10

    I didn't see his opponent's name anywhere in the article or on the message boards... The Record was acting on a tip from CWU, Selmann is a contractor in Moses Lake. But if you chose to vote for him simply because people have exposed his misgivings, rather than considering their likely negative reflection on our district, that's up to you.

     
  • Darwin posted at 11:43 am on Thu, Oct 25, 2012.

    Darwin Posts: 1763

    I was undecided until I saw this article and realized the politcal gains that could be made by someone trying to spread vicious rumors.

    Manweller gets my vote!

    I cannot handle voting for someone who has decided the only way they can win is to demonize the other candidate. I fhtey cannot run ont their own qualifcations and play fair and square then they are not the person for the job.

    Someone who demonizes another for politcal gain is not the knid of person I want to send to Olympia.

     
  • portlander06 posted at 9:08 am on Thu, Oct 25, 2012.

    portlander06 Posts: 10

    @ Mr. Mallet- There is a big difference between being "exonerated" and not having any disciplinary action dealt out. This feels less like a dirty trick and more like the powerful microscope that politicians are put under during campaigns. It is important to know the character of our representatives and complaints of sexual advances made by a married, 40 year old professor's students (and remember, statistically speaking, for every woman who comes forward, there are likely several others who don't) are a big tell! Regardless of whether or not the University thought the actions were punishable.

     
  • lacalnot fooled posted at 9:41 pm on Wed, Oct 24, 2012.

    lacalnot fooled Posts: 0

    Alot of the blame rests with CWU for allowing a professor under there supervision to conduct themselfs in such a manor, the alegations should have been investagated,and made public, it will be a sad day if Manweller is elected for anything in this state.

     
  • Steve Mallett posted at 6:48 pm on Wed, Oct 24, 2012.

    Steve Mallett Posts: 3

    While not a fan of his politics, I do think that there is a issue of fairness here overlooked...namely a person who was investigated both internally and by outside investigators (according to the article above) and apparently exonerated both times is being forced on the eve of the election to defend himself against a trial in the press. If further investigation is warranted I would be in support of that. However, this smacks of dirty tricks on a scale that Nixon would appreciate.

    If our political system has produced politicians that are less than our expectations I would suggest it's because it has become a roman circus, where all is fair, including lies and deception, and any tactic to win is justified. Even those who we disagree with most fervently should be treated with basic respect, lest our favored candidates be subjected to the same. To steal an appropriate observation from a character in a movie I saw recently, "What's the point of having a civilization if we refuse to act civilized?"

     
  • cg5611 posted at 5:10 pm on Wed, Oct 24, 2012.

    cg5611 Posts: 109

    Glad to see you're voting for Kaj, lord. I knew nothing about Kaj, just there was someone running against Manweller. I'd planned on writing in my cat. I went to the forums and spoke with people working on his campaign. I'm so pleased we have a completely qualified candidate. I won't be voting for the lesser of two evils or writing in my cat. VOTE FOR KAJ!!

     
  • moderate posted at 2:17 pm on Wed, Oct 24, 2012.

    moderate Posts: 85

    I agree bbenson. A vote for Kaj is a vote for the people of this District. We are lucky to have such a great candidate -- too bad many in the 13th District can't see beyond the R behind Manweller's name.

     
  • bbenson posted at 1:15 pm on Wed, Oct 24, 2012.

    bbenson Posts: 11

    Forget about Manweller; he isn't worth the words. GET OUT YOUR BALLOT AND MARK IT FOR SELMANN. Kaj Selmann is smart, informed and dedicated. Luckily we don't just have to vote AGAINST a bad seed. We get to vote FOR a great candidate to represent us in Olympia. Regardless of who was running against him, Kaj Selmann would have my vote because of who he is: a trustworthy, intelligent and concerned citizen who will listen to his constituents throughout the district and take their concerns in consideration on every vote that he makes as our representative. I've had the great pleasure to get to know Kaj and his family. I am so impressed with Kaj's commitment to getting the facts on issues and to work with his colleagues to create legislation that improves the lives of those he represents. Go Kaj! --Beverly B. Vifian

     
  • portlander06 posted at 10:30 am on Wed, Oct 24, 2012.

    portlander06 Posts: 10

    Well said Joanne... Both times!

     
  • joanne posted at 8:50 am on Wed, Oct 24, 2012.

    joanne Posts: 2

    Mr. Manweller's academic achievement does not equal innate intellect, reason, and common sense. Case in point: Mr. Manweller's prior behavior and political agendas. It definitely doesn't guarantee impulse control. How about we take someone who thinks before he acts over someone who acts before he thinks.

     
  • newtothearea posted at 8:46 am on Wed, Oct 24, 2012.

    newtothearea Posts: 0

    I went to the most recent debate here in Ellensburg. Manweller was definitely the most polished politician there. By polished politician I mean he spoke very eloquently without saying anything at all. He dodged questions about important topics. It was clear to me that he is attempting to be a career politician and this is his first big step.

    Unfortunately it looks like he is hiding information from the public here, whether or not it is true it still looks shady. And if he is withholding information from us now to further benefit himself at the expense of the public, I fully expect him to do the same if elected.

    Kaj is far from impressive, but at least he is honest. I will take honest and sensible over a slick fly-by-night politician to represent me any day. Know this Manweller, if you get elected, your opinions are far from a cross section of your district.

     
  • branchout posted at 9:14 pm on Tue, Oct 23, 2012.

    branchout Posts: 3

    Disgusting. Well said JustThinking. I'll vote for Kaj, I'll take decency over intelligence any day even if that means one more democrat in office.

     
  • Sue Lani Madsen posted at 9:01 pm on Tue, Oct 23, 2012.

    Sue Lani Madsen Posts: 1

    Let's see, a second hand allegation from a "friend of a friend" rumor was checked out in 2006 and showed no reason to even conduct an investigation. Matt files as a candidate for the legislature in 2007, and somebody at the university just happens to take a look again in 2008 to see if an investigation is warranted, with a report due back that just happens to be timed for the day ballots are mailed. Yeah, no dirty politicking there.

    Mr. Selmann's Democrat friends aren't doing him any favors with such sophomoric antics. Must be desperate.

     
  • joanne posted at 8:58 pm on Tue, Oct 23, 2012.

    joanne Posts: 2

    Manweller wrote in the email. “I can state, however, that in my 10 years at CWU I have never been the subject of any student or faculty complaint and I have never been subjected to any disciplinary action.”

    Um, allegations of sexual misconduct are complaints. I'm not sure what else he thinks that is.

     
  • Eastside posted at 8:02 pm on Tue, Oct 23, 2012.

    Eastside Posts: 577

    You really have to wonder about the people in Kittitas and Grant County who blindly pull the lever for Tea Party Republicans like Manweller and Janea Holmquist. In the case of Manweller with his background its apparent there is nothing that would disqualify him for being elected. We are a long ways from Stu Bledsoe arent we? Its time for Democrats from the westside to cut funding off for schools in eastern Washington. By the way why should eastern washington be a welfare case......

     
  • joanne posted at 7:31 pm on Tue, Oct 23, 2012.

    joanne Posts: 2

    The release of the investigation would cause irreparable damage to Manweller’s “reputation, his right to privacy, his professional and political career and his personal relationships,” court documents said.

    So let's get that exponged so that no one will ever know what's happening to their students at Central! That doesn't sound like innocence, that sounds like he has something to hide. Any public or private institution should have the right, should be bound, to do an investigation when there are allegations of sexual misconduct, particularly when they are a public academic institution with a weight of responsibility toward impressionable, young people still learning self-advocacy skills. And shouldn't a young woman coming forward to tell someone at her university that she's been mishandled by a professor, even if it is made verbally to a Department Chair or to a counselor, be "formal" enough. That Manweller wishes they would have taken it orally is beyond ridiculous. What institution does oral investigations with no paper trail so that no one can ever access it if they do a public records request? Only a corrupt one would ever consider that kind of premeditated fraud upon socierty. If he's seeking to have it exponged, it's bad enough that it probably shouldn't be, and if the findings weren't damaging, he wouldn't be worried about it harming his reputation. You would think that he would be relieved to show his innocence if it existed. Is his argument here really the college has somehow damaged him by looking into allegations only after they were called on the carpet by a news agency, and because they left a paper trail? Amazing how predatory personalities attempt to cry victim after they make poor choices.

     
  • lordoflys posted at 7:22 pm on Tue, Oct 23, 2012.

    lordoflys Posts: 83

    Manweller does not have the knowledge of the agricultural economy of the Kittitas Valley to make decisions on our behalf in Olympia. His radical conservative politics keeps our county from connecting with the DOE and other state agencies. His back door agreement with Rep. Hinkle smacks of good ole boy politics...He is a political
    lifer and has no business representing Kittitas County at the state level.

     
  • JustThinking posted at 3:31 pm on Tue, Oct 23, 2012.

    JustThinking Posts: 2

    Mr Manweller's reputation for reckless behavior whether as a hot head or brawler is not improved with this information- no matter how hushed up it gets. Voters need to realize that this is only part of a larger piece about a candidate who is not the best choice for our district. Kaj Selmann may not hold a PhD or a position with the university but he's a decent guy without a history (alleged or otherwise) like Manweller. Please, don't send this guy to Olympia!

     
  • dodge posted at 2:46 pm on Tue, Oct 23, 2012.

    dodge Posts: 724

    Hush things up until after the election. That way, if he gets elected, these allegations will take years to get him out of office. What ever happened to public disclosure?

     
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