April 01, 2006
Party-changing legislator also changes religion, gender, ethnicity

State Representative Rodney Tom of Medina, who changed parties from Republican to Democrat last month, has disclosed some even more astonishing changes in his life: He converted to Islam and has successfully undergone gender and racial reassignment surgery. The former Rodney Tom is now Faadumo Mohammed, a Somali woman.

Before: Rodney Tom After: Faadumo Mohammed
At her debut press conference, Mohammed said:
I started thinking about this a while back when my seat-mate Ross Hunter said he was on a "jihad for education funding"" and I'm, like, hey! the best way for me to join his jihad is to become a Muslim. After thinking about it some more, I concluded I would also be a more effective advocate for transportation spending if I became a transgendered refugee woman of color.
Washington State Democratic Party Chairman Dwight Pelz praised Mohammed for increasing the diversity of the party's legislative caucus.

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at April 01, 2006 10:39 AM | Email This
1. Nice try

Posted by: no fool on April 1, 2006 11:00 AM
2. Well, it sounds as plausible as that he can serve his constituents better as a Democrat.

Posted by: Clean House on April 1, 2006 11:10 AM
3. OK.
Now we're just getting petty, juvenile, sophomoric and small...

Which is what makes it so damn funny.
Gotta have a little bit of truth to make comedy good.

Although I noticed that your, er, news article didn't have a quote from Esser.

Posted by: Reporterward on April 1, 2006 11:11 AM
4. Okay, this time, I understand.

This is "Satire" (Thank you for explaining it last month)

AKA a waste of a post and 10 seconds of my life.

Posted by: Gerald on April 1, 2006 11:16 AM
5. Ha ha! April Fool's!

Posted by: chunkstyle on April 1, 2006 11:23 AM
6. I agree, this is a little low. I mean, I know it's an April Fools joke, but still.

Posted by: Cliff on April 1, 2006 11:28 AM
7. its not even funny.

Posted by: Me on April 1, 2006 11:32 AM
8. I find this to be in questionable taste. C'mon Stefan, you can do better.

Posted by: Erik Huber on April 1, 2006 11:39 AM
9. Cliff and Erik:

Some people are never satisfied. I, for one, applaud Stefan's efforts to raise the level of discourse on this blog.

Posted by: ivan on April 1, 2006 11:49 AM
10. It IS an April Fools thing I hope?

Posted by: RWGal on April 1, 2006 12:27 PM
11. HILARIOUS!! Speaking of which:

Perhaps Hillary will follow suit and become the red blooded Repulbican man that she really is!

Posted by: SP Fan on April 1, 2006 12:31 PM
12. No worries. Mohammed can just as easily change back.
ivan must live with himself wherever he goes.

Posted by: Amused by liberals on April 1, 2006 12:47 PM
13. I think we as good Republicans should do whatever we can to ensure that both Luke Esser and Rodney Tom get re-elected. Both have served our community well. Any community should feel honored and lucky to have them both serving us. Both Luke Esser and Rodney Tom are considered among the best legislators in Olympia who have proven with their integrity and through their dedication that they earned our trust and deserve re-election. That is the message we as good republicans need to promote into the fall election.

What? Rodney Tom has switched parties? He is now a Democrat?

Well you know Rodney Tom is considered to be one of the worst legistators in Olympia. We should be ashamed of having him representing us. His lack of integrity and lack of dedication has earned him the distrust and disdain of the community. We are quite unfortunate to have had him representing our community and that is the message all good Republicans need to promote into the fall election.

Posted by: Repubibot on April 1, 2006 12:51 PM
14. Golly whiz, Repubibot sure has us nailed eh?

Posted by: Amused by liberals on April 1, 2006 01:08 PM
15. "Repubibot" is just the latest name of the annoying troll that usually calls itself "Conservative not Republican"

Posted by: Stefan Sharkansky on April 1, 2006 01:11 PM
16. Amused by liberals, are you amused by all liberals or just Democrats?

Posted by: Conservatives, not Republican on April 1, 2006 01:15 PM
17. I like Repubibot better.
For one, it's shorter than Conservative, not Republican.
It doesn't have that annoying comma in the middle which I have to move my right pinky over on my keyboard to snag each time I reply to one of his inane posts.
Plus it has the letters "pubi" in the handle which is a bit more fitting in my opinion.

Posted by: Reporterward on April 1, 2006 01:41 PM
18. Okay, this time, I understand.

This is "Satire" (Thank you for explaining it last month)

AKA a waste of a post and 10 seconds of my life.

Amen to that. If the quality of your posts is any indication, time you spend here is not well invested.

Posted by: South County on April 1, 2006 02:11 PM
19. Stefan,
That is one of the best things you have ever posted!

But, man, do you have a bunch of humorless readers....

Posted by: dj on April 1, 2006 02:18 PM
20. Stefan you would support whomever the party elite tells you to. Right regardless of who that person is wouldn’t you?

You would probably even support Ted Bundy wouldn’t you? If they told you to.

Now I don’t mention that name arbitrarily. Ted Bundy was actually Dan Evans’ “golden boy” for a while. The “upper comer” for whom the mainstreamers of the day had a bright political future planned for. If you want irony, to start Ted Bundy on his way Dan Evans even appointed him to “ the Seattle Crime Prevention Advisory Committee.”

No joke.


So, when I say that “you would have probably supported Ted Bundy”, I am not being sarcastic, I am saying the truth. Because it could have been quite likely that all the big players of the time could have come to someone like you and say “this is OUR man, support him”, and you like the good Republican you are would say sure.

Of course, for mainstremers, they WOULD RATHER SUPPORT TED BUNDY, than a committed conservative. They themselves have no real loyalty to the Republican party.

This was shown most visibly in the 1992 governors election. Their candidate Sid Morison lost in the primary, so what does he do. Well he gives his mailing list to the Mike Lowry campaign who was a US congressman similar to Baghdad Jim. Very liberal. And the person he lost to wasn’t an Ellen Craswell type. Ken Eikenberry could hardly be called a “Robinson type” in fact looking at him it was a little too moderate for my liking.

But that didn’t stop the mainsteamers. They supported the (Baghdad Jim like) Lowy. And when I say supported, I don’t mean merely that they voted for him in the silence of the election booth. They worked for him. They spoke out in behalf him in the newspapers. As Republicans for Lowry.

So what did the Republicans do? They did everything they could to get the Lowry Republicans back. See Loyalty might be a good thing in other aspects of life, but in politics loyalty makes you politically impotent. You need to have an act of disloyalty now and then for the party to realize that they must work for your vote. Otherwise, if they think they have your vote regardless of what they will do to you they will work against your interests to get the support of others.

I guess what I am saying is the way to win elections isn’t to just become “me too” Republicans.. It is to convince people that Conservatism is the right way to go.

Sure it might take a little longer than just becoming a bunch of phonies and electing Republicans in Name Only to office. But my question is once you have elected a bunch of Democrats as Republicans, what have you proved? And what have you won? Sure you have won public office but you have lost any chance of conservative policies replacing liberal ones.

Posted by: Conservative, Not Republican. on April 1, 2006 02:25 PM
21. OK.
I swore to myself never to waste my time responding to a CnR post again.
But I am really curious about this issue with Ted Bundy.
Who came up with it? When? Where? And why?
Yeah I know old Ted was involved with local politics sometime in the 1970s in some minor fashion back before I was even freaking born (1976). So what?
How does that matter now? Today? In the 21st Century? Three and a half decades later?
And more importantly, who in hell came up with that stupid talking point to begin with? I've seen it bandied about a few dozen times over the past few months.
I sure as hell hope it's not the ReaganWing folks but I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt on this one. Even they have got to have more class than that.
It gets pretty low when your political discourse is degraded to the point where you can only stay in a debate by trying to hang the actions of a mass murderer around your opponent's neck.
And it's a good way to get your head pounded in too, at least where I come from.

Oh, and just for the record. Which party and political ideology was it that got the death penalty reinstated among the states? And which party is it that wants to see it abolished?

Posted by: Reporterward on April 1, 2006 02:43 PM
22. Stefan you would support whomever the party elite tells you to. Right regardless of who that person is wouldn’t you?

Um, no.

Posted by: Stefan Sharkansky on April 1, 2006 02:44 PM
23. You don't think that there are people who were associated with Dan Evans still within the state Republican party Reporterward?

Posted by: Conservative, Not Republican on April 1, 2006 02:52 PM
24. You are a reporter, Reporterward, look into who did appoint Bundy to the "Seattle Crime Prevention Advisory Committee."

The truth is the truth no matter how much the mainstreamer Evanites would wish to hide it.

Posted by: Conservative, Not Republican on April 1, 2006 02:55 PM
25. Reporterward,

By and large Mainstreamers are against the Death Penalty.

Posted by: Conservative, Not Republican on April 1, 2006 02:57 PM
26. This is pretty darn funny. I am impressed.
Did anyone see Ken Schram's commentary.
He actually shut up.

Posted by: Jason Woodruff on April 1, 2006 03:09 PM
27. conservative, not republican's comment "Stefan, you wold support whoever the party elite tells you to"...
clearly shows that CNR has not read this blog for very long. Else he would know that Stefan isn't at all impressed with Sam Reed and has not voiced much in the way of support for him. Quite the opposite. But then, CNR, you wouldn't want this little factoid to get in the way of your discourse, would you?

Posted by: Misty on April 1, 2006 03:46 PM
28. CnR--

I'm sure there are still some people associated with Dan Evans still in the state GOP. Ted Bundy, however, is not one of them. Now if you're suggesting that because Bundy was once part of the party that the modern GOP is a bunch of serial killers, I think we need to change your name to Delusional, not Conservative.

Hey, that's DNC! What do you know?

Posted by: Marc on April 1, 2006 03:50 PM
29. Bob Packwood was also a so Called "Mainstream Republican".

What I am saying is that mainstream Republicans (like all liberals) are so immoral themselves that they can't sense evil in others.

Or if they sense it, they push that to the back of their minds because of course we wouldn't want to be judgemental against someone just because of a gut feeling.

But I don't think they even sense it. Immoral people can't sense evil even when it is looking at them in the eye.

Posted by: Conservative, Not Liberal on April 1, 2006 03:59 PM
30. By the way, Misty.

Sam Reed has been a long time leader in the "Mainstream Rupublicans of Washington State".


They are the enemy that we must first defeat before we can move on to the Democrats.

Posted by: Conservative, Not Republican on April 1, 2006 04:07 PM
31. Damn it.
Now I am really curious about who first came up with that Bundy talking point. Especially since folks aren't fessing up to it right now that they've been called on it.
Looks like the RW used it last year on their little website. No surprise.
Would be nice though to learn which little twerp first started slinging it around.
Nothing like building party integrity than by accusing folks of being mass murderers. Real classy.

Posted by: Reporterward on April 1, 2006 04:11 PM
32. Nothing like building party integrity than by giving your mailing list to Mike Lowry so he can make you his transportation secretary. Real classy.

Posted by: Conservative, Not Republican on April 1, 2006 04:15 PM
33. Hey Conservative, Not Republican, Repubibot,

Please explain.

Posted by: Amused by Conservative, Not Republican, Repubibot liberals on April 1, 2006 04:26 PM
34. After losing to Ken Eikenberry in the primary, Mainstream Republican Sid Morrison gave his campaign maling list to Democratic candidate Mike Lowry. Many of Sid Morrison's Republican (meaning being involved with the republican party structure) supporters came out publicly in support of Lowry over Eikenberry.

In return for helping him defeat Ken Eikenberry, Mike Lowry made Sid Morrison his transportation secretary.

Real classy, huh?

Posted by: Conservative, Not Republican on April 1, 2006 04:32 PM
35. "Classy" is the last word I would think of when thinking of these so called Mainstreamers.

They have never played by Marquess of Queensberry rules so neither will I.

Too much is at stake to do otherwise.

And it is an Historical Fact about Ted Bundy, and the Godfather of the Mainsteam Republicans of Washington State Dan Evans.

And as much as liberals try to deny, change, reinvent history, they can't change this.


Bundy worked on the re-election campaign of Washington's Republican Governor Dan Evans. Evans was elected and he appointed Bundy to the Seattle Crime Prevention Advisory Committee. Bundy's political future seemed secure, when in 1973 he became assistant to Ross Davis, chairman of the Washington State Republican Party. It was a good time in Bundy's life. He had a girlfriend, his old girlfriend was once again in love with him, and his footing in the political arena was strong.

Posted by: Conservative, Not Republican on April 1, 2006 04:56 PM
36. Oh, but I know some of you will say, all that stuff happened so long ago.

But, my response to that would be that you you only have to look at Sam Reed who below Dan Evans can be considered a leading force in the Mainstreamer Movement to know that the Mainstream Republicans of Washington State (Washington State Republicans in Name Only aka RINOS or "Me Too" Republicans as in if the Democrats like it then "Me To") haven't changed much over the years.

Posted by: Conservative, Not Republican on April 1, 2006 05:06 PM
37. Hey Conservative, Not Republican, Repubibot,

Not that. Explain the other.

Posted by: Amused by Conservative, Not Republican, Repubibot on April 1, 2006 05:32 PM
38. Rodney Tom, per nice voter database, owns house on water in Medina. I almost bought near him, cuz neighbors can share the dock.

He's known to be a jerk; hassling the neighbors who have legal/deed rights to share the dock..

Glad he left our team

Posted by: rafeman on April 1, 2006 06:16 PM
39. What?

The whole thing about the "Frog in the Pot"?

If you pot a frog in a pot of boiling water, the frog would immediately jump out of the pot. But if you a frog in a pot of warm water and turn the temperture on the stove gradually hotter, the frog will never jump out of the pot, but instead be boiled alive without ever realizing it.

Well consider "jumping out of the pot" as being a conservative backlash to liberal policies. A situation where liberalism was pushed upon the public so fast and so hard that they rebelled. This happened in 1994 and one newspaper (I don't remember which one) even had the headline "The Frog Jumped".

So symbolically "the water's heat" is liberalism. And Liberal Democrats have a tendancy to push liberalism to fast and to hard on a public who just aren't ready to have it all.

But Liberal Republicans, Mainstreamers, RINOS, they know how to introduce the liberalism a little more gradually a little less forcefully than the Liberal Democrats do. So, in this analogy whereas the frog jumped because of what the Liberal Democrats did to them ie the public voted for a more conservative direction, with the liberal Republicans they allowed themselves to be boiled alive ie. no backlash against the liberalism and eventially just accepting the liberalism as that is just how things are.

So that is why I say I would rather have a Liberal Democrat in power than a Liberal Democrat. Of course I would perfer a conservative principled Republican in office, but if it does come down to a choice of a Democrat vs a so called "Mainstream" republican I would want the Democrat to win because I see the Mainstream Republican as a much greater threat to conservativism.

Posted by: Conservative, not Republican on April 1, 2006 06:23 PM
40. I hope when I use the term "mainstream" republicans you realize that is what they call themselves.

When you look at who they really are they are a bunch of Elitists who are as far away from the grassroots or the so called "mainstream" as one can get.

They are the "Country Club" Republicans who the media likes to stereotype all of us as being.

Posted by: Conservative, not Republican on April 1, 2006 06:27 PM
41. Rafeman how dare you say that about a fellow Republican. How about the 11th Commandment? How about the rule saying that that You can't say anything negative about a fellow republican no matter how truthful the statement might be?

Oh, sorry, I forgot again. He switched parties. He is now a Democrat.

Ok, go right ahead. Sorry for interupting you.

Posted by: repubibot on April 1, 2006 06:35 PM
42. "He's known to be a jerk; hassling the neighbors who have legal/deed rights to share the dock." -rafeman

Really, rafeman. And he just started hassling the neighbors right after becoming a Democrat. Didn't do that before when he was a Republican, but the moment after switching from being a Republican to a Democrat he started hassling the neighbors.

Well thank you rafeman. Thank you for NOW bringing that to our attention.

Posted by: Conservative, Not Republican on April 1, 2006 06:42 PM
43. "For one, it's shorter than Conservative, not Republican."

And, honest for a change.....

Posted by: alphabet soup on April 1, 2006 06:43 PM
44. Don't look now but, "Conservative, Not Republican" is actually ivan weiss.

Posted by: Amused by liberals on April 1, 2006 10:22 PM
45. Hello.

Uhhh.... is Repubibot actually Roger Rabbit? What's wrong, tired of puting dozens of posts on the 'ass, so you now come here to do it as well?

Man, some people have WAAAAAY too much time on their hands...


Posted by: Left Behind by the New Democratic Party on April 2, 2006 01:26 AM
46. Did y'all read that perfectly ridiculous story by Dave Ammons about Dino?? The theme was: "Will people remember Dino in '08"?
Will they remember him in '08?? EVERYBODY who draws breath in this state knows who Dino is! What a ridiculous thought that they won't!~ Every poll shows him leading Gregoire in a hypothetical matchup. What was Dave Ammons thinking, wondering if people would remember him??? WAtonians can't WAIT to re-elect Rossi and give the Queen the boot~

Posted by: Misty on April 2, 2006 01:50 AM
47. rebupbot and you buddy.

Rodney Tom wasn't a name worthy of a blog till he switched sides. I'm a constituent and could not have told you who my rep was, nor what he stood for.

But i did bump into him (or stories of his blocking the driveway/dock) and of course thought "oh fun, gotta sue a guy to use my dock"....ouch

as ps, i'm not a fan of double first name guys, but thats a diff topic

Posted by: rafeman on April 2, 2006 04:01 AM
48. Ted Bundy was a minor political operative for the Evans re-election campaign and then went on to be the driver for the head of the state GOP while in college. Hardly the "golden boy" of the state party.

And this was all well before he went off the deep end and started whacking every girl who resembled his college sweetheart. I lived not too far away from Lake Sammamish State Park where he kidnapped two of his victims.

So Conservative, Not Republican, if you weren't born then or otherwise don't know your facts, it's probably best not to throw around stupid statements and assisine accusations.

Posted by: LoneWolf on April 2, 2006 07:59 AM
49. But Lone Wolf, nutburger/repubibot/CnR's raison d'etre is to throw around stupid statements and assisine accusations.

Posted by: alphabet soup on April 2, 2006 09:43 AM
50. Peeple Peeple!... This all started with a humorous April Fools post. GEEEEZ!

Can't we all just get along? - Rondney King

Posted by: Pickaxe Pete on April 2, 2006 09:45 AM
51. I could, but what fun would that be?

Posted by: alphabet soup on April 2, 2006 10:15 AM
52. Quelle transformation!

Posted by: Misty on April 2, 2006 04:30 PM
53. This thread is another fine example on how liberals can't take a joke.

In fact, the most hilarious thing about this thread is how well it shows just how "tolerant" they are and how they can never laugh at themselves.

Over at HA, this stuff is like peanut shells on the floor of a C&W bar.

Of course, all the jokes are about Republicans.

Posted by: Mike P on April 2, 2006 11:01 PM
54. Funny...the only flaw in the story is that how could Rodney Tom have his b@%%’$ surgically removed when he never had any to begin with???

Posted by: Pacific Grove Phlash on April 3, 2006 10:42 AM
55. From what I can tell Rodney Tom is a self-serving jerk. He has always been a self-serving jerk.

The problem is that somewhere along the line the Mainstream Republicans or specifically in this case the elitist grous of mainstream Republicans that have been called "the Bellevue Mafia" for forcing their candidates (a la Dunn) upon the Republcian grassroots using high-handed tactics decided that this jerk should become a legislator.

The fact that this is a monster of the Republicans own making should not be forgotten. I am sure there were many within the local Republican party who knew Rodney Tom for what he was but for whatever reason didn't stop him at a time when he would have been more easily stopable. Once elected, it is just expected that all "good" republicans support all the incumbents regardless of what kind of legislator that person really is. And a sad thing about conservatives is all too often they don't make waves. All too often they don't rock the boat. And in the end the liberal jerk stays in office. That is until the politician sees it as being in their best interest to stab the republicans in the back like Rodney Tom, and as was mentioned earlier, Sid Morrison.

To fact is that it was Republicans that helped him get in office despite all the character flaws that are now coming to light. It was republicans who proclaimed the accolades of Rodney Tom while in office.

In the end we all must look in the mirror and realize we are all to blame for Rodney Tom. The Evans Republicans, the "Bellevue Mafia" for getting this guy to run despite the kind of guy he is (or perhaps like Bundy they didn't sense it). And the conservatives are to be blameed for knowing what a jerk this guy was and still not standing up against him, out of fear, misplaced loyality to "the Party" or whatever.

Republicans are to be blamed for Rodney Tom. In the end we just must look to ourselves.

Posted by: Eric on April 3, 2006 11:54 AM
56. In the end all that is needed for evil to florish is for good people to do nothing.

The mainstreamers know that and that is why they use the misguided party loyality of conservatives to stop these good people from doing what often needs to be done.

Posted by: Eric on April 3, 2006 11:56 AM
57. How many other "Rodney Tom"'s are out there that Republicans are still protecting?

That is the question we as good CONSERVATIVES need to ask ourselves.

Posted by: Eric on April 3, 2006 12:00 PM
58. I know the guy quite well and he was completely dishonest about his reasons for changing party affiliation. He was once quite conservative but associating with all the liberal trash must have destroyed any cognitive abilities. I voted for him twice (his latest opponent scared me) but not again and I'll be sending Luke a nice contribution. As far as Ross Hunter is concerned, at least you knew he was out to f#*k you from the start.

Posted by: Dik on April 3, 2006 09:17 PM
59. Fuuny, I don't recall this type of ranting from the GOP when Tim Sheldon switched from D to R. Rafeman--your comments about the dock are certifiable.

Posted by: Party Phobic on April 3, 2006 09:28 PM
60. Eric--comments like that will make the GOP's cliams of a "big tent" sound disingenuous, don't you think? The fact is Rodney is quite conservative (fiscally) but not enough (pro-education and roads) for today's shrinking GOP tent.

Posted by: Party Phobic on April 3, 2006 09:31 PM
61. Eric--comments like that will make the GOP's claims of a "big tent" sound disingenuous, don't you think? The fact is Rodney is quite conservative (fiscally) but not enough (pro-education and roads) for today's shrinking GOP tent.

Posted by: Party Phobic on April 3, 2006 09:32 PM
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