That would be Jay Inslee.
Check out this video from the WSRP.
Meanwhile, State Attorney General Rob McKenna is busy fulfilling the obligations of his elected office, despite the rather serious hindrance to his campaign. Which, it appears, the Democrats are busy milking to Inslee’s advantage.
“Winners never quit and quitters never win.” It’s a common motivational saying that at least one Washington politician hasn’t taken to heart.
In a stunning reversal of his oft-repeated assurances that he wouldn’t, Jay Inslee is abandoning his constituents in Washington’s 1st Congressional District. He is resigning his seat effective March 20th to focus on his gubernatorial campaign. By announcing his resignation after the March 6th cutoff date, he spares voters a special election, but hangs his constituents out to dry with no representation in D.C. On one hand, I’m enormously pleased that Inslee will no longer be pimping his green agenda at the national level. On the other hand he’ll no longer be available to ignore my concerns on the occasions I feel compelled to voice them.
It’s not as though the Inslee campaign can’t use a boost. He’s barely ahead in fundraising, despite the fact that his opponent, Washington’s Attorney General Rob McKenna, has been barred as an elected official from any fundraising efforts since the State Legislature convened on November 28th, with only a brief respite between the end of the regular session and the start of the special session*. If the Washington Legislature didn’t regularly fail to conduct their important (i.e. budget) business before considering a plethora of lesser issues, it would be enough to make you think the current special session was a ploy by State Democrats to hamper McKenna’s campaign.
It’s hard to see how bailing out on his constituents will help Inslee’s campaign, but, hey, if that’s what he wants to do, I hope he doesn’t let the Congressional door hit him on his way out.
*McKenna’s campaign raised over $250,000 in the three days between sessions. If you’d like to donate to his campaign, register to receive updates to be notified when fundraising is once again open.
Jay Inslee announced his 2012 gubernatorial bid on June 27th, 2011. By my calculations, that was four months ago, yet a quick visit to his website turns up a short announcement video, a placeholder for a graphic with a broken link and buttons to click if you want to follow him on Facebook or Twitter. You can also make a donation, but even that’s not easy; you have to click on the Al Gore event button.
Yes, this is the sum total of Jay Inslee's campaign website.
In contrast, Rob McKenna’s website is bursting with information.
Even Shahram Hadian, a long shot, first time candidate has a better website than Inslee.
You have to wonder, does Inslee have any vision at all for Washington, other than it would be really cool to be governor? Does he have an in-depth understanding of the issues facing our state? Does he have any ideas for solving them? Does he even care? Heck, at this point, I’d almost be willing to settle for knowing he has a vague idea of what some of the issues are.
Inslee is running his campaign like (a) a rank amateur or (b) he believes he’s so sure to be elected that he doesn’t need to try very hard. Inslee is nothing if not a shrewd politician so I’m going with (b); it dovetails nicely with his arrogant, condescending demeanor.
…Er, I mean, the Green Jobs Answer Man. LOLZ ensue.
That’s the only explanation for his scheme to plunder the State pension system to invest in green industries.
I’ve always considered Jay Inslee to be something of a one trick pony – green jobs all the way, baby! Even so, I was shocked when I heard his plan to risk the financial future of thousands of public employees to finance his pet agenda. Given the fact that it’s recently been revealed that the State pension system is underfunded by $50 billion, his proposal is not only moronic, but shockingly reckless as well
Face it…it’s not as though Inslee has proven to be the Green Oracle. Lori Sotelo, writing at Northwest Daily Marker, has complied a list of Inslee’s failures to accurately predict market place winners and losers. Even the Seattle Times Editorial Board, who rather confusingly endorsed Inslee in 2010, notes that the plan “abounds with unnecessary risk.”
One almost has to wonder if Inslee is even peripherally aware of the monumental issues our state faces.
Everyone should read this piece by Paul Ryan on The Empty Promise Of Green Jobs. Everyone should read it but people living in my home state of Washington should take care to memorize it point by point. It’s information we’ll need as Jay “Mr. Green Jobs” Inslee prepares to run for governor in 2012.
Shane D’Aprile tells us that 50 or more Democrat seats are set to change hands. Please, God, let some of them be in Washington.
James Watkins, WA-01 (Jay Inslee*)
John Koster, WA-02 (Rick Larsen*)
Jaime Herrera, WA-03 (Open, Brian Baird retirement)
Doc Hastings*, WA-04
Cathy McMorris Rodgers*, WA-05
Doug Cloud, WA-06 (Norm Dicks*)
Steve Beren, WA-07 (Jim McDermott*)
Dave Reichert*, WA-08
Dick Muri, WA-09 (Adam Smith*)
Dino Rossi, Senate (Patty Murray*)
Washington has one of the more left-leaning Congressional delegations. It’s not too late to make a contribution of time or money.
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Video of the entire debate from Monday, October 18, 2010.
Part 1/11; Opening Statements
Part 2/11; Is Inslee going to run for Governor?
Part 3/11; Taxes
Part 4/11; Earmarks
Part5/11; Immigration and Term Limits
Part 6/11; Jobs
Part 7/11; Health Care
Part 8/11; Wall Street Reform
Part 9/11; Social Security
Part 10/11; Special Interests
Part 11/11; Global Warming
Would Jay Inslee even recognize the truth if it walked up and punched him in the nose? Which is sort of what it did this week when he lied about his reason for missing a ceremony to rename a post office for local Medal of Honor recipient Bud Hawk.
Giving credit where credit is due, Inslee was responsible for passing the legislation renaming the post office, but when it came down to showing some personal gratitude and respect for Mr. Hawk’s extraordinary heroism, Inslee was M.I.A.
Inslee asserts on tape that he was in Washington, D.C.
“I don’t know if my opponent understands what it means to carry the hopes and dreams of the 650,000 people I represent to Washington, D.C., but it means standing up for them every single day and that is what I do.
I honored Bud Hawk by passing a bill and I honored you by voting in Washington, D.C.”
Congressman Inslee was most certainly not voting on the day in question, February 26, 2010. A quick check of Congressional records shows that Inslee missed all six roll call votes taken that day.
So how does Congressman Inslee stand up for me when he’s not in the other Washington voting? Apparently by speaking at a luncheon of local business leaders. You know, the kind of people who can make big contributions to his gubernatorial campaign. The takeaway here is that Inslee’s willing to honor vets…as along as it doesn’t get in the way of some quality face time with potential donors.
It may be the case the Congressman Inslee wasn’t lying intentionally. It may be the case that this ceremony honoring Bud Hawk was so insignificant to the Congressman that he just didn’t remember what he was doing that day, but is that really any better?
James Watkins for Congress