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Anyone who has ever been involved in a divorce action understands how emotions run high, accusations run fast and loose, and truth often gets trampled under anger and the desire for revenge. Toss in kids, and the animosity and rage become even more wild and vicious.

A recent TV ad, produced by a radical national political action committee (PAC), whose objective is to turn the Washington State Legislature red, is a derogatory rant about incumbent 45th Legislative District State Rep. Roger Goodman (D-Kirkland), based on claims made by his estranged wife during their divorce proceedings. His then wife stated that Roger, under the influence of marijuana, often drove with their two children in the car. The ad also states that Goodman has been delinquent in payment of both child support and income taxes. The forms they make public are not public record and contain private information.

I have known Roger for several years, working on his campaigns in the past and this year. We have talked about how the media makes a circus of his divorce and the pain it is causing him, as well as his ex-wife and their two children. Roger loves his children, would never put them in danger, and has never been in trouble with the law.

Does he smoke marijuana? The TV ad described it as “illegal drugs.” Perhaps, although I have never noticed any sign of it. Has Roger fallen behind in his tax and child support payments? Not that I know of, nor is he a “deadbeat dad.”

Roger is one of the most effective, hardworking legislators in our state, recognized on a national level for the DUI laws he has sponsored and gotten passed, as well as his work to keep minors in our state away from the lure of drugs. In 2011 and 2013, Roger was recognized and awarded by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for “commitment to advancing MADD’s mission in Washington by promoting effective DUI countermeasures.”

The TV ad currently being aired is one of the nastiest works ever seen in Washington state politics. Even Roger’s opponent has backed away, claiming no part in it. His ex-wife has requested the information posted by the PAC on Facebook, and this disgusting ad, be removed. What this PAC is doing is appalling and underhanded. Common decency and fair play demand its immediately removal. We cannot allow politics here in Washington to become mired in the sludge of gutter politics.

Barbara Manley, Redmond

I am writing in response to the disgusting ad being run on local cable TV against Roger Goodman, incumbent candidate for State Legislature 45th District, Pos. 1. KOMO TV did a piece about it on the evening news last night. It featured an interview with the “friend” of his opponent who is spearheading and funding this smear ad. The ad is about as ugly as it gets, dredging up 2-year-old divorce papers and dragging Roger’s family through the mud. Really folks, is dirty politics the best his opponent can do to get into the news?

Joel Hussey must not have much to recommend him for this office if he has to stoop to such tactics or allow someone to act on his behalf. This effort should violate anyone’s standard of common decency.

I know Roger to be a responsible parent and a dedicated legislator who has the support of many local groups and large numbers of citizens. He’s earned my support by his accomplishments in office and his responsiveness to the needs of his constituents.

Jeanette Merki, Kirkland

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