“The governor wants to make this race about Trump, and at the end of the day he has to run on his record and against me… Let’s deal with the issues that are affecting people in Washington state.”
That’s what GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Bryant had to say in response to Jay Inslee’s never-ending attempts to make the governor’s race about anything except Inslee’s high-profile failures as governor.
Bryant, as reported by the Seattle Times, hit the nail on the head. By attempting to make Donald Trump the top issue in the race by insulting the GOP presidential nominee at every opportunity, Inslee wants to deflect any attention from his own failed record as governor.
For his part, Inslee — rather weakly — continues to insist that Trump is relevant because of his history of controversial statements. Of course, Inslee is prone to — quite hypocritically — attacking Trump for “hate”, when that is clearly the emotion he is going for in his constant email attacks.
Not too long ago, Inslee sent out an email to supporters asking them to help them get “Trump-style” politics out of Washington State. Ironically, getting “Trump-style” politics out of our state would require Inslee leaving.
That is because Inslee is the only candidate in our state engaging in the hyper negative attacks — and now, apparently, the media is beginning to notice the hypocrisy. After all, it was Inslee who outlandishly stated, “I am going to build a wall around Washington to keep Scott Walker and Donald Trump out of Washington.”
It was also Inslee who, time and time again, attacked State Senate Republicans — sometimes going so far as to single out certain GOP senators and bring in California billionaire Tom Steyer to fund sleazy attack campaigns on GOP leaders — when he should have been trying to govern.
Inslee’s campaign strategy of invoking Trump reveals the pathetic position of his candidacy. The truth is that our green governor has nothing to actually run on — he has a nonexistent record of success.
During his first term, Inslee repeatedly injected his hyper-partisan agenda (notably his extreme “green” policies) into an already partisan legislative environment. Inslee has not governed. Rather, he infused D.C.-style politics our state. As Shift has reported, Inslee has acted and continues to act as an obstructer, not as a “deal-maker-in-chief.”
Inslee wants to nationalize the 2016 gubernatorial race, because he wants to avoid accountability for his stunning level of government mismanagement. From scandals at the state Department of Corrections to the messes made by the state Department of Transportation and the continued incompetency at the Department of Social and Health Services, Inslee has a bungled record of leadership.
It’s that record our green governor wants nothing more than to avoid.