Leading Democrats couldn’t run fast enough to get in line to support Pramila Jayapal for the State Senate coming open next year with the retirement of the 37th District’s Adam Kline. Jayapal’s effort to elbow aside other liberals already running for the seat, ranging from the district’s current Democrat Party vice chair and head of the Housing Justice Project, was welcomed (and endorsed) by such luminaries as Mayor Ed Murray, four current City Council members and former County Executive Ron Sims.
Jayapal is a favorite of the liberal insiders thanks to her running of OneAmerica, one of the supposedly “non-partisan” groups which is part of the Democrats’ dark-money orbit in the state, outed last month by public radio’s Austin Jenkins.
It remains to be seen how welcome Jayapal will actually be in the Democrat caucus, should she succeed in being elected, given the way she insulted them in her remarks announcing her candidacy. “There is an attempt to really make the [Democratic] caucus about a vision.”
Because evidently there is no vision right now.