Tis the season for county party reorganization meetings and last minute fundraising pitches—both of which reveal a great deal about the priorities of a party and/or politician. The priorities of Democrats appear to be all about building a hefty war chest at all costs in hopes of jamming through their increasingly extreme political agenda in the future.
Take, for example, Jay Inslee’s frantic pitches to raise money before the start of the fundraising freeze this Friday. Our green governor appears more concerned with raising enough money to scare off any Republican opposition, or so he believes, than actually listening to Washington voters and governing responsibly.
Of course, Inslee must realize he has no record to stand on and therefore must rely on outspending whoever might oppose him in 2016. The reality is that Inslee’s accomplishments are as empty as his promises. So, he is left with filling his war chest instead.
Than there are our state’s Democrat parties who have proven time and time again that they are willing to accept donations from just about anyone—even a known racist and bigot—if it means more funding to achieve their goals. At least, that is the case for the Thurston County Democrats who recently re-elected Roger Erskine to serve another two years as chairman.
During the 2014 midterm elections, Erskine accepted a whopping $85,000 from cult leader and known racist J.Z. Knight. Presumably, Knight’s contributions were used to fund attacks on Sen. Tim Sheldon, who caucuses with the Majority Coalition Caucus, in an effort to hand the State Senate back to Democrats.
Knight, who claims to channel a 35,000-year-old Lemurian warrior named Ramtha, made headlines for her public attacks on the gay community, Mexicans, immigrants, Catholics and Jews. Yet, despite video evidence of Knight’s racist and bigoted comments, Erskine refused to return or donate the money.
Instead, Erskine said that Democrats were not only “comfortable” with accepting Knight’s contribution, they were “thankful for the gift.” He went onto call Knight a “good Democrat.” Well, it appears that precinct officers of the Thurston County Democrats agree with Erskine’s analysis of the racist cult leader—and his willingness to accept her donations. They, once again, voted him in as chair.