In an act of unprecedented political bravery, Jay Inslee decided that election night was the appropriate time to inform Washingtonians that he voted no on the Washington Education Association’s (WEA) latest power grab, I-1351. When it was too late to make a difference either way, Inslee finally made it clear to the public that he does not, in fact, support I-1351.
Inslee’s excuse for his failure to take a public stand on I-1351? He did not want to sway voters one way or another. Essentially, Inslee thought it was okay to knowingly allow the WEA to deceive voters through its so-called smaller class size initiative if it meant he did not have to step on the toes of his major campaign donor. The WEA donated $1 million to his gubernatorial bid and, as we all know, Inslee likes to give his donors a substantial return on their investments. In this case, Inslee gave the gift of his silence.
As election results stand, voters are narrowly passing I-1351 by less than a percentage of the vote.