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Jay Inslee Is A Quitting Quitter

“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.

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James Watkins-Jay Inslee Debate (WA-01)

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

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Pants On FIRE!

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.

Snip…

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

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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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Speaking Out Against Charges Of Racism

“This movement isn’t just about taxes and it has nothing to do with the color of the President’s skin. It is about returning this country to the principles of limited government, free markets and individual rights that our Founding Fathers intended.”

Jennifer Burke speaking at Seattle's 2010 Tax Day Tea Party

Jennifer Burke is the wife of Matthew Burke, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington’s 1st district. She is the youngest of 6 from a working class family. She is originally from the great state of Texas. A graduate of Texas A&M University, she has a degree in Psychology and has lifetime teacher certification in Texas. Jennifer taught Math, History and Speech Communications to 5th through 8th graders for 11 years. She is mom to 3 kids and 4 dogs.

She’s also a newly minted Tea Party activist. Recently, Jennifer had this to say about charges that the Tea Party movement is racist.

“The Tea Party movement has been wrongly and unfairly characterized as a racist movement. As evidence of this, detractors of the movement like to point out that there are very few people of color involved in Tea Party activities. I believe that the reason there are not many people of color in the movement is due to a misunderstanding of what the movement represents. I also believe that minority groups have been taken in by the distortions and misrepresentations that are reported in the media and disseminated by a Democratic Party that is feeling very threatened.

This movement isn’t just about taxes and it has nothing to do with the color of the President’s skin. It is about returning this country to the principles of limited government, free markets and individual rights (granted by God, not the government) that our Founding Fathers intended.

I was drawn to the Tea Party Movement as I watched the core integrity of my country being pulled away at a rapid rate. Granted, we had been on a slippery slope for quite some time, but 2009 was a full speed, head on attack on the principles, values, history, and citizens of this country. On election night, I was astounded that so many Americans fell for the picture the media painted of Obama as a centrist. I paid attention to the truths that came out about his background and affiliations. When looking at what he stood for, his voting record as a Senator, things he’d said, and what he’d done in the past, I knew he was not a centrist, but rather a radical leftist. It disappointed me greatly when I heard people speak about how the election of Obama was a realization of the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. My belief is that his election was quite the opposite; contrary to the vision of Dr. King. If America truly judged this man by the content of his character and not the color of his skin, then all controversies surrounding his past would not have been denounced as racist. Nearly every argument against him both during the campaign and since the election have been denounced as racist. There is a movement to silence the voice of the people by defaming them.

The Democratic policies to expand the welfare state and grow government do not help. It simply keeps people stuck in a place in which many can no longer see their way out. When you have generational welfare with even the youngest believing that is their lot in life, a thought process that I worked hard to counter in my years as a teacher, then there is a problem. Couple those policies with their constant use of class warfare and race baiting and you have not a party or President seeking bi-partisan solutions in an attempt to bring the country together, but a party and President seeking to pit Americans against each other using clearly partisan tactics.

I felt that I had to address these attacks on the Tea Party movement. To ignore their attacks would simply help perpetuate their stereotype and allow them to silence and shame us into submission. The fact that there have been many vocally criticizing this attack on the Tea Party movement as itself being racist has caused the left to pivot and search for yet another claim to make. Now, the attack being made is that this movement is one of sedition. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of sedition is incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority. If it is seditious to expect that our government leaders will follow the Constitution, then we have a problem here in America. Contrary to what many, including our president, would like you to believe, the Constitution is not a ‘living and breathing document.’ That idea is being pushed for the sole purpose of transforming this country into a place that is completely counter to what the Founding Fathers intended. The people that came before us did not go through everything they did for us to slip quietly into the night and become another European society.”

To for more information about Matthew Burke, visit his campaign Web site.

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WA-01 Candidate Matthew Burke Speaks At Tea Party

Matthew Burke is running for Congress in Washington’s 1st Congressional District, a seat currently held by far-left extremist Jay Inslee. He addressed a Tax Day Tea Party in Bellevue, Washington, on April 15th.

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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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