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.
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.
Democrats are unveiling new strategy of campaigning against potential challengers rather than actual candidates. You can hardly blame them; they haven’t had that much success lately against real candidates in places like New Jersey, Virginia and Massachusetts. Apparently they’re afraid the trend could continue in Washington.
Witness the DSCC’s new website spoof, Dirty Deals Dino. Recent polls have shown Rossi holding a narrow lead over Murray in a hypothetical matchup and the DSCC appears rattled. For his part, Rossi denies the allegations and has asked the Murray to call off her dogs.
And a second spoof campaign website, Rob McKenna for Governor, paid for by the Washington Democratic Central Committee.* I’m guessing this one is for the benefit of Jay Inslee; surely Her Royal Highness Christine Gregoire wouldn’t be so foolish as to run again, with approval numbers in the 30s. Then again, taking her math skills into account, maybe she would.
I’m not saying that Rossi won’t run; personally I think the chance of him entering the race is better than 50/50. Likewise, it’s no secret that Rob McKenna would like to be governor but what’s the rush? Yo, Democrats, feeling a little jumpy? I mean, Washington won’t elect a new governor until 2012!
I think that by jumping the gun on the attack websites the Democrats may have revealed a little more than they intended about how vulnerable they’re feeling. It’s time for Republicans to press their advantage.
Update 1: Pudge at Sound Politics has some thoughts on this issue.
*Return with me now to the days of yesteryear, when the Soviet Union was a world superpower and central planning reigned supreme.
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.”