By Derek Young
In the midst of what has been one of the most negative campaigns in Washington state this election cycle, Eric Choiniere (D—University Place) was forced to take legal action, filing a police report against the O’Ban campaign to force them to remove sensitive court documents that they posted on the internet. Included in the documents are the social security numbers for both Eric and his wife Donelle.
“When my daughter alerted me to our sensitive and very personal information being posted on the internet for anyone to see I was completely appalled,” said Choiniere. “O’Ban is a lawyer and knows better. This was a complete violation of my privacy and unfortunately I was compelled to involve the police.”
The documents are part of a smear campaign being run by Steve O’Ban (R—Lakewood) that have been highlighting some very dated financial challenges that Choiniere faced as a result of some life-threatening medical hardships.
Choiniere has issued the following statement in response to the attacks and the blatant violation of his privacy.
“The charges listed by Mr. O’Ban are taken out of context. I did in fact file for bankruptcy during a challenging time in my life. While working to support my family, I fell ill, and because I did not have health insurance provided by my job at the time and found myself in the incredibly tough predicament of deciding how to pay for a life-saving medical procedure and put food on the table to feed my children.
I have been disgusted with my opponent’s exploitation of an issue that took place over 20 years ago to run a negative campaign against me, but their current actions of putting my family’s financial security at risk has crossed a line and shown his true colors. I am running against a man who has taken thousands of dollars from large Wall Street banks and out-of-state insurance companies and will do anything to win. Voters deserve to know the character of those who are asking for their vote and I hope that Mr. O’Ban will end this smear campaign immediately.”
A link to the campaign website in question can be viewed at http://www.facebook.com/