Jay Inslee does not have a record of accomplishments he can run for re-election on. Making matters worse for our green governor his favorability numbers are sinking.
Nor does Inslee even have the unanimous approval of labor lobbyists who poured so much money into electing him the first time around. To say the least, Inslee is struggling to garner any type of enthusiasm or momentum for his campaign.
Given the difficulties he is contending with (i.e. his highly unattractive candidacy), it should be no surprise that Inslee is very desperate — the sending four emails touting a fake fundraising deadline in the course of 24 hours kind of desperate.
The four highly hypocritical and uncreative emails covered all of liberals’ latest go-to fundraising pitches, including the “big, bad Koch brothers are coming to get me” and “get Trump-style politics out of Washington.” Inslee’s campaign did, however, switch things up by making up a nonexistent “mid-month” fundraising deadline.
Here are some excerpts from the emails:
“I believe that the power of a grassroots movement will always be stronger than special interest cash…
“I get it, $5 might not feel like much compared to the billions that the Koch brothers and their dark money friends are pouring into our political process this year. But if everyone reading this email chips in that amount, we’ll have enough to block what the Republican Governors Association and their billionaire buddies could do to our campaign… Look, we have a real race ahead of us. That’s why POLITICO ranks us as one of the top 10 governors races of 2016. I know we can take on the GOP and win, but only if we’re united.”
“If we want to keep Trump-style politics out of Washington, there’s only one thing to do: Support Jay Inslee today.”
This isn’t the first time Inslee has insinuated that the Koch brothers are somehow the major funders of the Republican Governors Association without any proof — let alone that the Koch brothers have are planning to put their money in Washington State. But, we would be remiss not to point out the hypocrisy of Inslee’s baseless allegations.
Perhaps the most stunning example of Democrats’ hypocrisy (nation-wide) is their willingness to take and use “dark money” for their political purposes, while lambasting the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and portraying Republicans as relying on big-bad secretive donors. True to his D.C.-style politics, Inslee pushes this hypocritical narrative at every opportunity.
But, our memories are not as short as Inslee — apparently — believes. It wasn’t too long ago that California billionaire Tom Steyer was caught trying to illegally funnel big money into a Washington State PAC – and then was let off the hook almost immediately by the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC). The close call hasn’t stopped Steyer from continuing to play a role to promote Democrats’ extreme “green” agenda in our state.
It also wasn’t too long ago that Steyer tried (and failed) to buy the State Senate for Inslee by pumping millions into Democrat races in our state.
Steyer and his NextGen Climate Action Committee have coordinated with our state’s most liberal activists, including the Progress Alliance of Washington, to funnel millions of dollars into Democrat campaigns — including Inslee. The secretive group does this through a variety of front groups like Fuse Washington. It’s unclear just how much dark money Steyer has managed to funnel to Democrats in our state thus far. However, it is clear that Steyer plans to have an impact in our state’s future this upcoming election-cycle.
Inslee’s call to get “Trump-style” politics out of Washington State is just another way he has latched on to the tactic employed by liberals nationwide — it’s Democrats’ grasping at straws for something to push as a rally point for voters. Ironically, getting “Trump-style” politics out of our state would require Inslee leaving.
Inslee is the only candidate engaging in the hyper negative attack politics in our state which he is supposed to be against. It’s 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, jumped on the liberal bandwagon and imposed various hypocritical bans on state travel based on a heap of highly intentional, political misinformation.
Inslee’s fundraising emails reveal the pathetic position of his campaign. They are dealing with a green governor who is highly unpopular and has a nonexistent record of leadership.