Democrat U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene will meet with the The Seattle Times’ editorial board tomorrow. The editorial board wants to use that opportunity to videotape DelBene answering a few reader questions. The paper is asking readers to submit questions.
So, we here at Shift decided to come up with a couple of questions we would like DelBene to answer (though we know she won’t).
1. You claim to be very concerned with getting “dark money out of politics,” does that concern extend to undisclosed donors and special interests that your party so often relies on?
DelBene decided to make “dark money” in politics one of her top issues of concern. Of course, her partisan agenda on the issue is exposed by the simple reality that, if she were truly passionate about the issue, she would start fixing the problem where she can: with her own party catering to extreme “green” California billionaire Tom Steyer. She hasn’t done that.
2. Why do you insist on using desperate and often bizarre tactics to fundraise for your campaign? As a multi-millionaire, do you really think voters are so stupid that they need to be asked multiple times to help you meet a fundraising goal that you are $300 away from?
It wasn’t too long ago that DelBene sent out an email informing recipients that she just needs $354 to meet her end-of-month fundraising goal. She then did it again, claiming she needed 27 more donors.
Of course, the absurdly low and oddly specific goals beg the question of why DelBene—someone who spent more than $2.8 million of her own money on her 2012 campaign to first get elected to Congress—cannot just cover the $354, or whatever total she expects to bring in with 27 donors, herself. Simply put, DelBene is a multi-millionaire who bought her seat in Congress, asking for $354 or 27 more donors makes her look ridiculous.
3. Would you describe a politician who uses vitriolic language, like accusing Republicans of waging a “crusade” on women’s rights, as being capable of bridging partisan divides and taking on a productive leadership role?
DelBene claimed in December 2015, “At the root of D.C.’s dysfunction and chaos is the Tea Party. They’ve tried time and again to shut down the government, they’ve led a crusade against women’s rights and even ousted their own Speaker of the House.” The absurdity of DelBene’s claims would be shocking if they were not the same talking points Democrats have been spewing out for years and years. It’s extreme partisan tactics at their worst, and DelBene decided to cover herself in them.
Hopefully the Times editorial board can find time to fit at least one of these questions in.
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