Joan McBride has served in public office at the local level for years, but just reached the Legislature this year. Perhaps in her zeal to show what a loyal Democrat she is now, McBride forgot that she is playing by new rules in her new role as a state representative.
The picture below shows McBride speaking Wednesday at fundraiser for Bellevue City Councilwoman Claudia Balducci. However, since the legislative special session started that day, her appearance may have violated the so-called “freeze” on fundraising activities from the day a session starts to the day of adjournment.
McBride appears to be taking her “fundraise even at the expense of doing what’s right” cue from Jay Inslee. As Shift reported, Inslee delayed the start of the special session until today in order to give Carol Gregory— the Democrat appointed to the state House’s 30th legislative district who faces a special election this November—four days from when the 2015 legislative session adjourned on Friday to raise money. That’s despite the fact that House Republicans, not wanting to waste anymore of taxpayers’ time and money, introduced a resolution requesting the special session begin on Monday, April 27.
Will it take an outside party to ask the PDC whether Rep. McBride violated the “freeze” rules, or will the freshman Democrat provide any evidence that her appearance had been cleared by legislative ethics folks?