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James Watkins Speaks at Tea Party

James Watkins spoke at Everett’s Tax Day Tea Party. Watkins is running against far-left extremist Jay Inslee in WA-01.

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McKenna Endorses James Watkins in WA-01

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From the Watkins campaign:

Attorney General Rob McKenna has endorsed James Watkins in Watkins’ bid to unseat 1st District Congressman Jay Inslee.

“James has the real-world experience and solid principles to be a great congressman working for the 1st District,” said McKenna. “He will make a big difference in D.C. and help put our nation on a better path.”

“Rob McKenna is a great public servant and a good man, and I’m so proud to have his endorsement,” said Watkins.  “His support not only means a lot to me personally, but also to this campaign.

“We’ve shown that Congressman Inslee is vulnerable, and Congressman Inslee has shown us that he’s not terribly interested in being the 1st District’s representative, but is already itching to start his 2012 campaign for governor.  (See here and here)

“With the support of Attorney General McKenna and people throughout the 1st District who want change in Washington, D.C., I look forward to retiring Mr. Inslee this November so he can devote himself full-time to seeking yet another political office.”

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No. Safe. Dems.

None at all.

Congressman Jay Inslee won re-election in 2008 with 68% of the vote. It looks as though he won’t be having such an easy time of it in 2010. A poll of WA-01 released yesterday by James Watkins’ campaign shows Inslee to be more vulnerable than this WA-01 resident had previously had the audacity to hope.

You may remember me wondering back in August how Inslee has managed to pass himself off as a moderate. The answer is that he apparently hasn’t had to do anything; his constituents don’t have any idea what he’s been doing back in D.C. Of course that’s just the sort of complacency that got us to where we’re at today but the upside is that it also means that there’s the potential to change people’s minds. With 2/3 of district residents describing themselves as fiscal conservatives, Inslee’s own record is going to be a powerful tool.

Update 1: More from Liz Mair.

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Most Excellent News For WA-01

We have a contest; James Watkins, a Redmond entrepreneur, announced today that he is a candidate for Jay Inslee’s Congressional seat. Says Watkins:

I’m running against career office-seeker Jay Inslee because we can’t afford him any more.  His voting record in Washington, D.C., shows he’s lost touch with our values.

We’re at a moment of clarity in our country. We the People are paying attention and following our representatives’ votes very carefully. We won’t let professional politicians like Congressman Inslee get away with voting for massive spending, bigger government and less freedom – and then come home and tell voters they’re looking out for us.

Congress is spending our nation into a black hole.  They’re burdening us – and our children – with a crushing debt.  They’re doing nothing to improve the economy or stimulate true job creation – in fact, they’re making things worse.

Instead of passing massive tax and regulatory burdens that kill jobs, Congress should create and foster an environment that encourages innovation, investment and job growth.

More from his press release:

Watkins said his career in the private sector will be put to good use in Congress.  Currently a business development consultant for entrepreneurial startups and small businesses, he has spent 15 years in and around Microsoft as a partner, consultant and employee.  Most recently, he spent five years at Microsoft running an internal startup business helping independent retailers compete against the mega-chains.  Watkins has a long history of growing businesses and creating value, has won the Microsoft Partner of the Year Award and earned his MBA from George Washington University.

“I have a strong sense of service, a proven record of problem-solving and the leadership ability to get things done,” he said.  “And unlike so many of the politicians in Congress, including Congressman Inslee, who have spent nearly all their adult lives on the government payroll, I know what it takes to create prosperity and private sector jobs.”
Watkins added that he is looking for support across the political spectrum.

“In times of crisis, Americans need to pull together,” he said.  “That’s why I’ll be asking Republicans, Democrats, Independents and any voters who feel like they don’t have a voice to help me get our country back on track and restore the American Dream.”

You can learn more about Watkins at his website, www.watkinsforcongress.com and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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