Less than a month after Washington voters overwhelmingly rejected Governor Jay Inslee and the extreme environmental agenda pushed by Democrat legislative candidates, the #2 Democrat in the state House still doesn’t quite seem to grasp how badly his party was beaten – and why.
House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan–who had a scare in the primary, drawing only 52% of the vote–took to TVW this week to claim that climate change legislation is a priority in the next session, because “I think polling clearly shows that this is an issue that the general public cares deeply about.”
Perhaps someone should show Rep. Sullivan some actual polls, because his “thinking” is actually, well, wrong.
As the Washington Policy Center’s Todd Myers pointed out last month, neither national nor Washington State polls put environmental or climate change issues anywhere near the top of the voting public’s priority list. Less than 3% of Washingtonians named the environment as a leading issue, despite millions in spending by Democrats and outside donors like Tom Steyer to try to get the public to care about it.
On second thought, maybe Majority Leader Sullivan likes to live in the same fantasy world as Jay Inslee, where global warming is the only issue worth focusing on. It certainly makes it easier than actually working on solutions for challenges like our public schools, jobs, transportation, etc.