Nine people were in our editorial board interview with Laura Grant and Terry Nealey. Seven of them were taking notes. Unfortunately we don't have an audio recording.
The consensus of those taking notes is that we were surprised when the Republican candidate said something positive about the governor and the Democratic one said something negative.
What we heard Terry Nealey say is that Chris Gregoire is "a pretty effective governor." Perhaps what he meant was that she is pretty effective for the Democrats.
Nealey feels that his comments were misrepresented in our editorial recommending his opponent. We stand by our recommendation -- and our notes -- but we are giving him a platform to respond.
"Contrary to the TCH editorial on Thursday, October 15, I DO NOT think Christine Gregoire has been an effective governor for the state of Washington. In fact, I believe quite the opposite.
She is the leader of the Washington State Democrats, the party responsible for a culture of failure. The same culture of failure that has brought record deficits that adversely impact Washington taxpayers. These impacts are felt by children, seniors and some of our more vulnerable citizens through budget cuts to education, public safety and health and human services.
I appreciate the opportunity the TCH has afforded me to set the record straight."
-- Terry R. Nealey