Sensible Washington learned earlier this afternoon that the Service Employees International Union and other players in progressive causes in Washington State have declined to financially support paid signature gathering for I-1068.

You have to hand it to Philip Dawdy, spokesman for the effort to legalize marijuana. It’s standard in politics to put out a press release when somebody supports you. When they don’t support you, you slink away, defeated. Not Dawdy. The man has imagination. Today he put out a press release as follows:

Sensible Washington learned earlier this afternoon that the Service Employees International Union and other players in progressive causes in Washington State have declined to financially support paid signature gathering for I-1068. Over the last month, the SEIU and others in state politics have talked with Sensible Washington about steps they could take to ensure that the initiative turned in enough signatures to qualify for this November’s ballot… Now after stringing the I-1068 campaign along for four weeks, they’ve walked.