Port Commissioner Creighton: I'm "Middle-of-the-Road."

By Erica C. Barnett October 5, 2009

In this morning's Morning Fizz, we reported that Port Commissioner John Creighton donated to both George W. Bush (in 2004) and John McCain (in 2008). Although it's come to our attention that the Creighton who made those two donations was actually Creighton's dad, John Creighton Jr., Creighton III (the port commissioner, who typically drops the "III" because, he says, "it sounds pretentious") does have a history of giving to Republicans and involvement in the Republican Party.

In 2004, he served on former gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi's transition team. He gave $2,000 to George W. Bush in 2000—a contribution he said he made "pinching my nose because one of my [law] partners was hosting a fundraiser for" Bush. In 2005, he gave $100 to the Republican Party of Washington.

In 2004, Creighton also gave $1,750 to Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and $500 to Congressman Norm Dicks (D-WA). He says he also gave $100 each last year to Dennis Kucinich, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama, although none of the four major campaign-finance web sites show any record of those contributions.

"My politics are really middle-of-the-road," Creighton says. "I ran to the right last time"—in 2005, against Democratic incumbent Lawrence Molloy—"because that's where I got support. It's a nonpartisan position," he adds.

Creighton is being supported by Reform the Port, which is also supporting Max Vekich and Rob Holland for the two remaining open seats. He is not being challenged for reelection.

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