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Last night Congressman Jay Inslee (D - WA 01) visited the regular monthly meeting of the Whatcom County WA democratic party.  Jay Inslee is an inspiring leader.  He gave an excellent talk that showed he knows what matters for our future.  I don't know if there will be a primary field and don't want to jump to conclusions but .... he would be a great Governor.

As a candidate, we need someone who can stand up to our very own Walker, presumed R candidate Rob McKenna.  As a governor, we need someone who can navigate us out of the horrible trap set by Initiative 1053, which, at least as it has been interpreted, allows 1/3 of the legislature + 1 to stop any legislation that would have the consequence of increasing tax revenues, even closing egregious tax loopholes.  We need someone to provide 21st century leadership in clean energy development in our state.  I think he's that person.

We sure know now just how badly a state can get screwed up when a radically bad governor gets elected and sets out to dismantle basic citizen and worker protections.  I expect that Walker fellow didn't seem so bad when he was a candidate.  Funny how that keeps happening.  I remember something about a "compassionate conservative", not sure his name anymore but that can't have ended well.

As ably pointed out Here by Sarge In Seattle, we have another Walker in the making in Rob McKenna, someone who has a known history of trying to kill workers rights.  Even with a legislature that is likely to stay democratic, don't think for a moment that McKenna won't simply order the wrong kind of changes.  The Walker model - just do what you want and by the time the courts reverse you, the damage is done.

But we need more than someone who isn't Walker.

I was struck by how much Inslee emphasized clean energy, not just and not even mainly from the environmental angle, but as a core requirement for us to remain competitive in the world.  He described how, on a delegation to China, he directly saw how China plans to clean our clock in clean energy.  How much would it suck if, a few years from now, we had to import clean energy equipment from China like we import Bratz dolls?  We need to be the world's leading exporters of clean energy technology.

As a member of the minority in a US House run amok, Inslee has a lot if visibility into these if not the ability to change much at this time.  As Governor, he will have the oportunity to lead a state that is naturally gifted with what are likely the best clean energy opportuntities of any stat in the US.  I think he has the vision to prioritize aggressive clean energy development as being all of an environmental, economic, and national security imperative.

As someone who has not annonced for the governor race, Inslee spoke mostly of national issues, matching his current job.  I look forward to hearing from him post-announcement (assuming that's his plan) about his plans for WA-specific leadership.

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Disclosure: I have never met Jay Inslee before, I'm not affiliated with his office or campaign.  Just someone who saw him talk last night.

Originally posted to JRW on Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 07:33 AM PDT.

Also republished by PacNW Kossacks.

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  •  I'd gladly get behind an Inslee campaign (7+ / 0-)

    or, heck, even a Draft Inslee movement. He'd never do something as a pure PR stunt like McKenna going after HCR.

    The big problem of course is the economy. We've been fortunate to have had Democratic governors for a long, long time in this state. Thru good times and bad. But you know that any Repuke will run on an "Isn't it time for a change?" campaign.

    The Weeping Orange Creeper (vulgarium boehnerii) is a Class B noxious weed and should be removed if possible.

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 07:51:38 AM PDT

  •  Republished to PacNW Kossacks (11+ / 0-)

    Thank you for the update on your experience with Rep. Inslee.  It is hard for me to imagine my state electing a R Governor, but considering what is happening all over the country it seems like a possibility now when it wouldn't have seemed likely a few years ago.  We definitely need a good candidate to step up and run against McKenna, because he sucks.

    I'd rather die than give you control ~ Trent Reznor

    by JustJennifer on Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 08:09:41 AM PDT

  •  But I would like to keep my congressman! (5+ / 0-)

    I appreciate Jay's efforts and and his solid democratic positions. The 1 CD could (unfortunately) swing red without an experienced candidate like Jay running.

    The failure to nail currant jelly to a wall is not due to the nail; it is due to the currant jelly. Theodore Roosevelt

    by notrouble on Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 08:13:46 AM PDT

    •  Yes, but (1+ / 0-)
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      wouldn't it be better - well, not as bad, I suppose - to have a strong Democratic governor and one bad district?  I hate to say it, but as long as King County stays blue, the state will stay blue - as my conservative sister-in-law complained in the last election when Dino "3 strikes and yer out!" Rossi lost - again. bright spot in the 2010 election.

      If at first you don't succeed, try again. Then quit. No need to be a damn fool about it. - W.C. Fields

      by Isaacsdad on Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 08:27:13 AM PDT

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      •  I have a R Rep (2+ / 0-)
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        ontheleftcoast, supercereal

        in my district (Reichert)   Compared to the crazies in his party he seems relatively sane for a Republican, but I would still prefer a Dem (obviously)

        I think having McKenna as Governor  would not be good at all for this state.  I don't trust that they are learning any lessons from Wisconsin.

        I'd rather die than give you control ~ Trent Reznor

        by JustJennifer on Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 08:31:19 AM PDT

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        •  I had to read that twice (5+ / 0-)

          "he seems relatively sane"? You must be talking about a Reichert from some other part of the state and not Dave "I'm the Sheriff" Reichert (WA-08). He's about as loony tunes as they come. A birther wannabe, a misogynist, a serial liar, and leading the charge against the AARP. Reichert is a pure Republican nutjob. Sure, every once in a while he does something like vote for an environmental issue but I'm putting that in the "blind squirrel and acorn" bucket.

          The Weeping Orange Creeper (vulgarium boehnerii) is a Class B noxious weed and should be removed if possible.

          by ontheleftcoast on Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 08:54:19 AM PDT

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          •  I think Dave is hiding his nuttiness (1+ / 0-)
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            behind his complete incompetence.  In the 111th Congress, he was what the 417 most influential congressman.  Voting in lockstep with party leadership until they told him he could vote for legislation that was going to pass anyway.

            Didn't Deputy Dave release the Green River Killer from custody and they didn't track him down again for another 20 years??????

            •  And that incompetence is a mighty big shield (0+ / 0-)

              But IIRC he didn't have him incarerated, just questioned and dropped from the suspect list. But in all fairness it was in the days when police thought serial killers looked like serial killers. But his using the apprehension of that wretched waste of skin as a ticket to DC? Yeah, that was pretty slimy.

              The Weeping Orange Creeper (vulgarium boehnerii) is a Class B noxious weed and should be removed if possible.

              by ontheleftcoast on Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 10:06:51 AM PDT

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              •  Incompetence? Oh give poor Dave a break! (1+ / 0-)
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                It only took him 22 years to find the Green River Killer of 49 women after questioning him twice when he was identified by a survivor who broke free from his truck.


                apparently due to ancient hardware and the transition to dk4 I can't recc tip jars or comments any longer so in lieu of the 'standard nod' you'll see a variety of replies until this gets fixed or becomes a mighty big fucking pain in the ass

                by oopsaDaisy on Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 10:50:15 AM PDT

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          •  Ok, well (3+ / 0-)

            given the current crop of loonies he seems relatively sane, which is sad that our standards have been lowered so far.

            I do know he switched his vote on DADT repeal from no to yes.  

            I don't like the guy and would like to see him gone next go round for sure.

            I'd rather die than give you control ~ Trent Reznor

            by JustJennifer on Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 09:42:56 AM PDT

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          •  Reichert is a tool (0+ / 0-)

            and he will dance to the GOP tune --

            He is not working for the people in his district - or for the people of Washington.

            He is a horrible Representative ....

            "Proud to proclaim: I am a Bleeding Heart Liberal"

            by sara seattle on Mon Apr 25, 2011 at 11:16:40 PM PDT

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      •  I'm not sure (0+ / 0-)

        Jay would be giving up a US congressional seat to be the state governor. We need sane congress critters.

        The failure to nail currant jelly to a wall is not due to the nail; it is due to the currant jelly. Theodore Roosevelt

        by notrouble on Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 10:38:37 AM PDT

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  •  Yes, I've always been impressed with Inslee. (1+ / 0-)
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    And you have that right about how we can't let McKenna achieve a governorship!

    But I haven't had my radar on about when the next election is, or who the Democrats are positioning to run for governor.

    I've got my spine, I've got my (DKos) orange crush, we are agents of the free.....R.E.M.

    by FlamingoGrrl on Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 08:30:23 AM PDT

  •  Jay's my Congressman (3+ / 0-)
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    Kinda sorry to see him move on.  Couldn't beleive the nut job running against him last time.

    Haven't heard of any other D positioning for the 2012 gov. race.

    •  earlier, there were rumors... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...that Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown was thinking about it.  But I haven't heard anything in that mold for several months, so perhaps she's decided against it.  Her seat (LD3, Spokane) comes up on the Presidential & gubernatorial cycle.  Thus, she would have to give up her Senate seat to run for governor, which wouldn't be the case for, say, Ed Murray or Derek Kilmer or Rodney Tom, all of whom were re-elected in 2010 and will be up next in 2014.  (Not that any of those Senators have expressed the slightest interest in running for governor.)

      And remember, Gregoire has not revealed her plans for 2012.  WA doesn't have term limits, so she'd be able to run for re-election if she wanted to.  shudder...

      grok the "edku" -- edscan's "revelation", 21 January 2009

      by N in Seattle on Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 01:57:01 PM PDT

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      •  Am I missing something about Gregoire? (0+ / 0-)

        I've been in WA state since 2007 and I watch her quite closely.  She seems to be doing a good job, but am I hoodwinked?  Let me know if you get a chance, or point me to a website where I can educate myself, if you don't mind.


  •  I don't care if he runs for governor or not (2+ / 0-)
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    N in Seattle, DWG

    I'm voting for him for that job either way.

    At the moment, I can't imagine a better candidate for gov in WA.

    We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard. - John F Kennedy

    by badger on Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 11:59:35 AM PDT

  •  We need to start writing LOTS (0+ / 0-)

    of emails to his office. I would enthusiastically get behind him.

    We all have photographic memories. Some people just don't have any film.

    by fireflynw on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 12:59:45 PM PDT

  •  What about Gregoire? (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks for posting this.

    I'm on Inslee's mailing list to get updates because he's my rep., and he's fantastic, but I'm hoping Gregoire runs again.

    So is anyone interested in forming a grass roots campaign in Snohomish County for everything from local judges all the way to the top?  Our state needs a lot of help to keep McKenna, Rossi and Reichert out of power or we're likely to go the way of Wisconsin.  We're a very purple state, and these are frightening times, so we need to push push push.  Here's the latest from Wikipedia on the WA State Gub race:

    First off, it's "likely" but not "safe" democratic.  Here's the rest:

    Christine Gregoire (Washington)Main article: Washington gubernatorial election, 2012
    Governor Christine Gregoire will be eligible to run for re-election, but has so far not announced if she will do so.

    Other potential Democratic candidates include state Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, King County Executive Dow Constantine, state Treasurer Jim McIntire, Auditor General Brian Sonntag, U.S. Representative Jay Inslee, and Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon.[27]

    State Attorney General Rob McKenna, U.S. Representative Dave Reichert, and Seattle Port Commission President Bill Bryant are speculated to be potential Republican candidates.[27][28] Former state Senator Dino Rossi, who ran unsuccessfully for governor twice in the previous gubernatorial elections and is now working at Everett based commercial real estate firm Coast Equity Partners, has not ruled out running again.[29]

    The Lieutenant Governor will be elected separately.

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