[UPDATED 7/31/2014]: Here’s the uncensored photo….
Another day in Washington state politics. Apparently it is like the town in “Footloose” on the other side of the Cascades. Amy Biviano, Democratic candidate for Spokane Valley’s 4th District House of Representatives, has been “outed” for having posed for Playboy magazine’s “Women of the Ivy League” in 1995. She was a student at Yale at the time
“Outed” is a stretch of the term since Amy Biviano, nee Amy Nabors, wrote a passionate, no-apologies essay about her experience around the time the Playboy pictorial was published:
So do I believe that my future might be affected by posing for Playboy? Yes, I believe that it will. But, it has made a positive contribution to my life – I gained a sense of self-reliance which I lacked before the posing scandal. Yes, it was fun to have my five minutes of fame both on the Yale campus and on the national scene. It is a nice little boost to the ego to know that some people consider me to be attractive enough to be in Playboy. But of course I know now, and I knew when I first chose to pose, that these benefits will fade, and they will only be remembered by a few people searching through dusty archives. However, posing for Playboy has permanently changed me by making me think a little bit differently about myself – I’m now more of a risk-taker, fear social approval less, and know a bit more about what I’m capable of. I may never do something this controversial again, but it’s nice to know that I could and did.
Amy Biviano, a Sunday school teacher and business owner, is in a brutal race with Matt Shea (R-4th district) in a heavily Republican area. She trailed Shea by 20 points in the August primary.
It has been reported that Shea has posted photographs on Facebook of himself smiling outside her house and refused to remove them. The congressman has also labeled Biviano a “radical socialist.”
So when the conservative website Western Center for Journalism gleefully “exposed” Amy Biviano for her past work for what they call the “soft porno magazine” Playboy, it simply added the personal attacks on top of the idealogical slander of her opponent.
Biviano is a far from a socialist (she’s a corporatist who believes in the privatization of worker’s comp programs) and her support for abortion rights and marriage equality are the majority opinions of Washingtonians. There is nothing “radical” about her platform.
One has to ask themselves if they are willing to not vote for a candidate with whom they agree on the issues, simply because they chose to pose nude during college. Eastern Washington is in the midst of recovering from a bad fire season and an even worse economy. Those should be the issues, not whether someone was naked in the 90s.
If you are without sin, we’d love to hear from you in the COMMENTS section. If you have a lot of sins, we’ve love to hear from you even more so.
[UPDATE]: Amy Biviano’s congressional opponent Rep. Matt Shea has “condemned” the release of Biviano’s Playboy past. A heavy emphasis of the QUOTE, UNQUOTE. Shea postures with a good old-fashioned “Have you stop beating you wife” technique full of snark and backhanded concern:
I am saddened by the release by a national media outlet of my opponent’s involvement in pornography. I strongly condemn the release of this information. Our campaign was aware of this information several months ago, and made a very determined decision to not use or disperse this information in any way, shape, or form. I specifically instructed the few members of my campaign team who knew of this situation to not disseminate this information, engage in negative, personal attack campaigning, even though my opponent had already done so. This type of negative campaigning is exactly what is wrong with politics today. While these revelations are indeed alarming, my heart goes out to Amy and her family. My wife Viktoriya and I will continue to pray for her.
With “condemnation” like that, who needs friends.
Amy Biviano, herself, released a statement expressing how there was not even an attempt by her campaign to hide her pictorial in Playboy “Women of the Ivy League” in October 1995. Biviano, like most people of the 21st century, believes that nude pictures have nothing to do with the challenges facing Washington state’s 4th district.
In Seattle: The King County elections and Seattle mayoral primary was held yesterday (we vote by mail, none of this “waiting in line” bullsh!t, what’s wrong with the rest of the country?) and the results are…more of the same. Mayor Mike McGinn came in second (at last tally) to Mr. Establishment himself – Ed Murray. Only in our town can an openly gay candidate be The Establishment. Meanwhile, socialist candidate Kshama Sawant put up surprisingly strong numbers in her failed bid to unseat Seattle city council incumbent Richard Conlin. Last fall, Sawant ran as a write-in candidate against the former state speaker of the house. So Seattle has to settle for the socialism it already has (jk). Oh, yeah, and King County voted to keep on funding its public parks because we are all smart enough to know that Tea Party philosophy is asinine.
Good, bad or ugly, the primary elections in Seattle keep the status quo the same.
In Bellevue: Look out “old” Bellevue with your Thurston Howell III politics. You and Lovey may have to take a backseat to the “new” Bellevue. A Bellevue where families must struggle on a meager average household income of only $100,000 annually. The more progressive challenger, Lynne Robinson, crushed the conservative stalwart Don Davidson for Bellevue City Council. The council’s conservative majority now hangs in the balance. Finally!
Bellevue is getting better.
In Woodinville: Woodinville, the town where the Pacific Northwest gets drunk on wine, has been under assault for a while now. Between gentrification and King County’s Agenda 21 regulations, the town will go from being Mayberry to Terry Gilliam’s Brazil in a few more years. Woodinville is taking big steps towards Big Brother. From Q13:
The city of Woodinville is trying to ease concerns about the use of surveillance cameras in public places. The City Council agreed to purchase the cameras this spring. Tuesday night, they approved a set of guidelines on how those cameras can be used. But the ACLU put out an action alert this spring, saying cameras “do not prevent crime and violate the privacy of people.”
Woodinville is getting worse. She is now, literally, the former flame you only visit when you’re drunk.
You can’t win them all. Enjoy as your Washington schools are sucked try of talent and treasure and that talent and treasure is giving to private corporations. 40 schools that get the “good stuff” while the rest of our schools aren’t just left wanting, but left bleeding. In Washington state, a good education is the new lottery.
Once again, King County saves the rest of Washington state from itself. It is Washington’s largest (and best) county keeping
cyborg candidate Rob McKenna from becoming governor. This according to King 5:
Updated ballot counts from across the state still show GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna trailing Democrat Jay Inslee by about 50,000 votes, and McKenna’s share of the King County vote is not growing enough to overcome Inslee’s total.
Olympia is within Congressman Jay Inslee’s grasp. Democrat Inslee ran on his opposition to the Iraq War and the Wall Street bailout. Republican Rob McKenna ran on pretending he was not a Republican.
King County voters seemed to notice the little “R” after his name.
For Amy Biviano, it has been a long, tiresome fight in Spokane Valley this election season. From her opponent Matt Shea’s Facebook bullying to “revelations” of Biviano’s Playboy past, few Washington state candidates running for any office have endured what Amy Biviano has. SBS-Seattle has proudly endorsed Biviano but we’d like to share this plea by Amber Waldref for all those in the 4th District of Washington to give your vote to Amy Biviano for State Representative:
The Spokesman-Review called Amy Biviano the “only level-headed candidate” and the “sensible choice” in the race for state Legislature in the 4th Legislative District. I couldn’t agree more. I’m impressed with Amy’s cooperative spirit, her financial skills and her commitment to the needs of families.
Amy has been endorsed by locals of both parties. She is ready to cooperate and get things done in Olympia, like reform the business and occupation tax. This willingness to reach across party lines stands in sharp contrast to Rep. Matt Shea’s stances on state sovereignty, which pit him against members of his own party and local law enforcement. We need a representative who can produce results instead of more conspiracy theories.
Biviano is more than just a collaborator. She is a successful certified public accountant and small-business owner. Amy has helped her clients survive this recession, and she will use her financial skills to work for us in Olympia.
I especially want to encourage women to support Amy. She is focused on priorities important to those of us with young families: improving education, ensuring public safety, and supporting reforms to help small business. Please vote Amy Biviano for state representative in the 4th District!
We could not agree more.
Please note all of SBS’s endorsements, take a look and tell us YOUR opinions.
Washington’s King County is the definition of a “blue” county. So now local Republicans may have found an innovative way to change that. This is a warning direct from the King County Board of Elections:
It’s been reported that King County GOP is offering to collect and return voters’ ballots.
We recommend that voters return ballots to an official King County Elections ballot drop-off location or through the US Postal Service. Voters may use the online ballot tracker to confirm that King County has received their ballot.
Also, if John Koster pulls up in a white van and offers you candy say No, then Go, then Tell.
This according to the King5 poll:
- Washington governor’s race: Jay Inslee (D) 47 percent, Rob McKenna (R) 46 percent
- Referendum 74 (gay marriage): Approve 52 percent, Reject 43 percent
- Initiative 502 (legalization of marijuana): Approve 56 percent, Reject 37 percent
- Presidential election: President Barack Obama 54 percent, former Governor Mitt Romney 40 percent
Congressional candidate John Koster is an anomaly in Seattle-area politics. He’s a Tea Party guy who might win. And as a Tea Party guy John Koster doesn’t mind forcing women to carry to term if they experience, in Koster’s words, “the rape thing.” Also, ladies, don’t worry about baring an incest child. John Koster says “it’s so rare” that it’s barely worth discussing.
Here’s the video:
Needless to say – We proudly and strongly endorse Suzan DelBene.