Liberals are experiencing a roller coaster of emotions over the political playing field in the 48th LD. Euphoria over state Sen. Rodney Tom’s decision not to seek re-election this year, followed by fury over rumors that state Rep. Cyrus Habib of the 48th LD is seriously considering running for state senate.
Why have rumors of Habib’s potential run provoked the ire of liberals?
As it is always with liberals, their reasoning is based on a solid analysis of job qualifications. You see, liberals really look at what the candidate brings to the table experience-wise. They don’t judge based off of gender or sexual orientation, it’s all about experience and qualifications that best serve the public…. Right?
“Habib runs the risk of angering female voters and female party members (not to mention members of the LGBT community; McBride recently married her partner of 14 years, Margaret, and has fought for domestic partner rights on the Kirkland council), who may see a boys-club aspect to Habib’s potential move.”
A Planned Parenthood Votes spokesperson tweeted,
Joan McBride would be first ever openly gay woman in #waleg Senate. Party should be embracing her, not finding another man to take over
— Erik Houser (@erikhouser) April 17, 2014
And… there you have it. The reason behind why liberals are angry over Habib’s potential run… and it has absolutely nothing to do with McBride’s qualifications. Liberals’ very reaction—the reasoning that McBride’s professional qualifications is defined by her gender and sexual orientation and not by her professional achievements—is highly disturbing.