Last week, Jay Inslee released his re-election campaign’s first TV ad. The topic of our green governor’s first ad is job creation. It claims that Inslee’s focus since his first day in office has been jobs, alleging 250,000 new jobs in the state since he took office.
Inslee also takes the time to boast of progress made in college affordability. He takes credit for signing a bill to lower tuition — seemingly forgetting that his own party fought against the bill and he didn’t support it until he signed it.
Of course, the ad fails to mention that these advances occurred in spite of Inslee’s disastrous leadership. In fact, Inslee has done more to harm job creation than help it.
Alcoa – the world’s third largest producer of aluminum—revealed the extent of damage Inslee’s failed leadership could wreak on our state. In anticipation of Inslee’s carbon rule and its resulting higher energy costs, Alcoa announced its intention to close factories in Ferndale and Wenatchee, resulting in thousands of lost jobs.
Further, experts point out that Inslee’s bureaucratic carbon rule — which he thinks he can jam through via executive order — would encourage companies to suspend operations in our state. As the Washington Policy Center’s Todd Myers pointed out, “[Inslee’s] plan actually pays for taking jobs overseas, but punishes for keeping jobs here.”
Inslee’s first ad also fails to mention that the bill to reduce college tuition originated with Senate Republicans. The truth is the shocking increases to college tuition occurred under Democrats’ watch — for decades, Democrats used tuition hikes as means to generate more money for their extreme, special interests-driven agenda.
Worse, when Senate Republicans pushed for a solution to rising tuition costs, Democrats showed a complete lack of concern for reversing the mess they created. Democrats fought against Republicans’ efforts to lighten the college tuition burden. Half of the state Senate Democrats voted against lowering tuition. Democrat Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe went so far as to urge fellow Democrats to “reject any bill which would reduce tuition [for any program].”
Inslee’s first ad falls in line with his campaign strategy thus far: take credit for accomplishments he has nothing to do with because he has no real record of success as governor.