In news that would be shocking to a normal Democrat incumbent governor, Jay Inslee failed to secure the early endorsement of the 37th Legislative District Democrats (Southeast Seattle). It takes 80 percent of the party faithful’s vote to secure an early endorsement, yet Inslee only managed to gather 49 percent.
That means that in Seattle’s most solidly Democrat district, Inslee could not even get a majority of the party’s activists to support his re-election.
The vote grants insight into Seattle liberals’ disapproval of Inslee. According to lefty blog Publicola, they have a “growing list of gripes” about our green governor. The list includes his failure to deliver on his “high profile environmental agenda” and the fact that he “let a charter bill make it past his veto pen.”
The party’s most vocal supporters were certainly in a cranky mood. U.S. Senator Patty Murray, U.S. Representative Adam Smith, and State Attorney General Bob Ferguson also failed to secure the early endorsement – though none of them came in nearly as low as Inslee in approval.
Apparently, the fact that Murray, Smith, and Inslee are superdelegates planning to support Hillary Clinton – despite the fact that Socialist Bernie Sanders won big in Washington State – played a role in their failure to secure early endorsement.
All in all, Inslee’s embarrassingly low lack of support only reinforces just how ineffective he is as a so-called leader.
Even among his party’s most active supporters.