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Monday, January 24, 2005

Washington State Michael J. Murphy, State Treasurer, would succeed Sam Reed

ARTICLE III of the Washington State Constitution, “THE EXECUTIVE,” Section 1, establishes the following order of succession: (1) governor, (2) lieutenant governor, (3) secretary of state, (4) treasurer, (5) auditor, (6) attorney general, (7) superintendent of public instruction, and (8) a commissioner of public lands.

Therefore, in the event the Washington State Secretary of State Sam Reed is successfully recalled by the people of Washington State, his replacement, as established in the Washington State Constitution, will be the Washington State Treasurer, Michael J. Murphy.


In the event the State Treasurer cannot serve as Secretary of State, the Secretary of State’s Office would be filled by the State Auditor (Brian Sonntag), State Attorney General (Rob McKenna), Superintendent of Public Instruction (Terry Bergeson), or the Commissioner of Public Lands (Mike Cooper).

6 Comments:

At 5:53 PM, Blogger Josef said...

Give me 24 hours to do a bio search on this guy (I tonight have something else going on, thanks to KVI) and you'll get my final answer.

 
At 5:29 PM, Blogger GOPvalues said...

someone says: "Therefore, in the event the Washington State Secretary of State Sam Reed is successfully recalled by the people of Washington State, his replacement, as established in the Washington State Constitution, will be the Washington State Treasurer, Michael J. Murphy."

WRONG! That article is for succession for GOVERNOR, and no other office. Read everything in context, please!

 
At 7:44 PM, Blogger recallreed blog said...

The State Constitution establishes the EXECUTIVE BRANCH, and lists the order of succession. A comprehensive search of all there is on SUCCESSION all point to this order of succession. It is so. Article III addresses the EXECUTIVE team and "establishes" the order of succession.

The authors of our state constitution were very precise in their wording. You will note that they said "establishes" order of succession, and DID NOT state "order of succession for the Governor." There is explicit intent and purpose in the wording they used.

Since you assert "WRONG! That article is for succession for GOVERNOR, and no other office. Read everything in context, please!” you have accepted an obligation to cite your logic and provide evidence to back up your words.

It is therefore on you to prove it WRONG and cite whatever makes you RIGHT.

Thanks for writing.

 
At 10:05 AM, Blogger GOPvalues said...

you state: "Since you assert "WRONG! That article is for succession for GOVERNOR, and no other office. Read everything in context, please!” you have accepted an obligation to cite your logic and provide evidence to back up your words."

Fine. The Washington State Constitution, Article III, Section 10 states: "SECTION 10 VACANCY IN OFFICE OF GOVERNOR. In case of the removal, resignation, death or disability of the governor, the duties of the office shall devolve upon the lieutenant governor; and in case of a vacancy in both the offices of governor and lieutenant governor, the duties of the governor shall devolve upon the secretary of state. In addition to the line of succession to the office and duties of governor as hereinabove indicated, if the necessity shall arise, in order to fill the vacancy in the office of governor, the following state officers shall succeed to the duties of governor and in the order named, viz.: Treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction and commissioner of public lands. In case of the death, disability, failure or refusal of the person regularly elected to the office of governor to qualify at the time provided by law, the duties of the office shall devolve upon the person regularly elected to and qualified for the office of lieutenant governor, who shall act as governor until the disability be removed, or a governor be elected; and in case of the death, disability, failure or refusal of both the governor and the lieutenant governor elect to qualify, the duties of the governor shall devolve upon the secretary of state; and in addition to the line of succession to the office and duties of governor as hereinabove indicated, if there shall be the failure or refusal of any officer named above to qualify, and if the necessity shall arise by reason thereof, then in that event in order to fill the vacancy in the office of governor, the following state officers shall succeed to the duties of governor in the order named, viz: Treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction and commissioner of public lands. Any person succeeding to the office of governor as in this section provided, shall perform the duties of such office only until the disability be removed, or a governor be elected and qualified; and if a vacancy occur more than thirty days before the next general election occurring within two years after the commencement of the term, a person shall be elected at such election to fill the office of governor for the remainder of the unexpired term. [AMENDMENT 6, 1909 p 642 Section 1. Approved November, 1910.]"

This section does not apply to ALL executive offices, only the position of Governor.

While I am certain that there may be state laws that outline filling a vacancy in state executive offices, there is no specific provision of our state Constitution that speaks to filling the vacancy of any other Executive office. None.

 
At 10:00 PM, Blogger recallreed blog said...

Article III, Section 1, comes before section 10, and has precedence. Article III, section 1, establishes the order of succession. Order of succession means what it is: order of succession for each and every office in the Executive.

If (6) is unable to serve, (7) is next in line to assume (6), and (7) is filled with (8). There is no other way it can be, it is in the Constitution. If you check your history, you will discover it has happened many times before on several of (1) through (8).

You going to section 10 is a clever maneuver, which does not apply. Section 10 does not address order of succession.

What is so difficult for you to understand such a simple concept?

In the event the people of Washington State successfully recall the Washington State Secretary of State Sam Reed, his replacement, as established in the Washington State Constitution, will be the Washington State Treasurer, Michael J. Murphy.

 
At 1:16 PM, Blogger GOPvalues said...

Unfortunately you seem to read something into Article III, Section 1 that isn't there.

It states: "ARTICLE III
THE EXECUTIVE




SECTION 1 EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT. The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, and a commissioner of public lands, who shall be severally chosen by the qualified electors of the state at the same time and place of voting as for the members of the legislature."

No where in here does it state the order of succession for any of these offices. You are mistaken.

 

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