In a rare move, a conservative politician in the county that contains Seattle, Washington has voted to punish herself after sending an offensive campaign mailer.
"The Metropolitan King County Council voted on Tuesday to strip Councilmember Kathy Lambert of her committee chairmanships, as punishment for a mailer her campaign sent out that featured a colleague and was widely condemned as racist," The Seattle Times reported Tuesday.
To head off the vote, Lambert unsuccessfully asked to resign her committee leadership positions. But the vote was held, with Lambert voting with her colleagues making the vote to discipline her 9-0.
Lambert had chaired the Community, Health and Housing Services Committee and the Regional Water Quality Committee.
Lambert is being challenged in the race by former Seattle University executive Sarah Perry.
"Lambert's new mailer portrays Perry as a marionette and calls her a 'socialist puppet.' Holding the puppet strings are Councilmember Girmay Zahilay, who's joined by Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, Vice President Kamala Harris and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Zahilay, Sawant and Harris are all people of color; Sanders is white and Jewish. Lambert is white," is how The Seattle Times described the situation.
At least four members of the County Council have endorsed Perry, but Zahilay — the only person of color on the body — is the only one depicted in the mailer.
Zihilay is described as a "Seattle social leader" and says he wants to "defund the police."