Last week the Seattle Times reported that Jay Inslee held a secret lunch in the Governor’s mansion with his billionaire benefactor Tom Steyer, who was in from California allegedly to discuss “pretty technical and wonky” aspects of climate policy according to Inslee flack David Postman.
Postman denied that the meeting was focused on helping Inslee and Democrats win back control of the State Senate, as had been the case in Inslee’s first meeting with Steyer in 2013. The spokesman, who has been caught lying for his boss in the past claimed that “there was no specific political request or plan discussed.”
The LA Times has another take on what Steyer is discussing these days, under the headline “Billionaire Steyer looking at spending on legislative races.”
The story quotes Steyer’s lead political attack dog Chris Lehane describing his mission:
”The goal here is, consistent with the national plan, to demonstrate that climate can be an incredibly effective wedge issue, particularly when defined as right vs. wrong, good vs. bad, moral vs. immoral,” he said. “Once an issue is deployed that way, people win elections and lose elections.”
The LA story focuses on Steyer’s plans to spend on California races, but quotes the billionaire as saying “we’ve said consistently that we think a progressive environmental message is one that resonates with voters around this state and around the country.”
You think maybe that topic seeped into his lunch discussion with Inslee, beyond the “wonky” topics that Inslee’s spokesman wanted the public to believe was the focus?