State GOP will tone down large request for Stuart email

first_imgClark County Commissioner Marc Boldt said Wednesday the Washington State Republican Party has agreed to file a new public disclosure request for Commissioner Steve Stuart’s emails.Boldt said the party will ask for only 10 months of emails instead of 81 months.Boldt said he spoke with Peter Graves, executive director of the state Republican party.“I said, I don’t want to say anything bad about my party, but that I’m prepared to,” Boldt said.A call to Graves was not immediately returned.The revised request will save county employees hundreds of hours of work. Boldt said he explained to Graves that the initial request would have cost thousands of dollars worth of staff time.The party filed a Sept. 27 request asking for all of Stuart’s emails from Jan. 1, 2005, through Sept. 20, 2011.The party has also requested Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt’s emails from Jan. 1, 2010 through Sept. 20, 2011.Last week, Josh Amato, communications director for the state Republican party, said the requests were filed because Stuart and Leavitt have been mentioned as two potential opponents for U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas.“We are asking for those records because we want to see what they are doing on official government time,” Amato said Sept. 29.Leavitt and Stuart, who have both said they are evaluating whether to run, said the requests amounted to a “political fishing expedition” and said the state Republican party should not waste the time of city and county staff for political purposes.Chairman Dwight Pelz of the Washington State Democrats also criticized the requests, saying they are “probably more intended to intimidate than to enlighten.” He said he files requests for documents from elected Republican officials, but his requests are targeted to find information in the context of a critical issue.last_img read more