After much speculation, Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert announced he would not run for governor in 2016. Rather, Reichert will continue to serve the state by remaining in Congress.
“Like so many of you, I have been extremely disappointed in the decisions coming out of the governor’s office…” Reichert said. “Yet, I believe I can better serve you now, today, in another Washington where politicians are more interested in fighting each other than fighting for America; where leadership has been in retreat, and courage has been on recess.”
Reichert’s announcement isn’t all that surprising. He is a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. As a former police officer with 33 years experience, Reichert was also recently selected to lead the House GOP’s policing reform efforts.
It didn’t take long for Inslee to make Reichert’s announcement into a fundraising opportunity. Seemingly moments after the news broke, Inslee sent a borderline giddy email claiming Reichert decided against a gubernatorial run because he knows his “policies of slashing Medicare and Social Security and defunding Planned Parenthood aren’t welcome in our state.”
If Inslee is so concerned over which issues are welcome in our state, he would drop his extreme green agenda and his partisan push for a state income tax. After all, voters rejected his agenda when they ensured Democrat candidates did not gain a majority in the state Senate—despite Inslee and Tom Steyer’s best efforts. And, voters made their position on a state income tax crystal clear… repeatedly.
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