Democrats in Olympia do not put a lot of stock in the will of the people (anyone ever heard of the 2/3rds rule to raise taxes?). Yesterday, they once again exhibited just how little they care about voters’ will when the Snohomish County Council appointed Democrat State Representative Hans Dunshee to fill a seat vacated by newly-elected Democrat County Executive Dave Somers).
Dunshee beat out fellow nominees Guy Palumbo and Mark Hintz for the position. He received the support of three Democrats on the council: Chairman Terry Ryan, Stephanie Wright and Brian Sullivan. What Dunshee did not receive is the support of the Democrat precinct officers charged with finding the best person for the job. Via The Everett Herald,
“When Democratic precinct committee officers [PCOs] from the council district voted on Feb. 6, they picked Palumbo over Dunshee by 17 to 11. Hintz received three votes.
“Palumbo, who runs a dog-boarding business in the Maltby area, is a former product manager for Amazon.com who serves as a District 7 fire commissioner and a county planning commissioner. He campaigned hard for the appointment, impressing many with his grasp of issues such as the county budget, land use and traffic gridlock.”
Of course, PCOs were upset over the fact that council members ignored their preference. A state Democratic committeeman put it perfectly when he said, “… the council turns around and says, ‘We know better than you do’ … ‘We’re going to select a guy we owe a favor to.’”
Interestingly enough, Democrat state legislators signed this letter urging the Snohomish County Council to disregard the will of voters and support Dunshee’s appointment. In the end, this should come as no surprise, considering certain payoffs in the budget that they might hope Dunshee will try to give them in the state budget he presides over as House budget chair.
Check out the letter below.