Democrat State Representative Luis Moscoso has a strange sense of priorities. Consider that he thought it was important enough to make an appearance at a Seattle rally for Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders, but he didn’t think the same about showing up to vote on the state budget the following week.
Moscoso, from the First District in North/South Snohomish counties, was one of just three members of the State House who missed the vote that finally allowed the legislature to adjourn for the year.
It’s unclear why the other two lawmakers missed the vote, but it is especially strange that Moscosco chose not to do his work in Olympia. You see, according to reports, Moscosco was on the House floor minutes before members began to cast their votes.
Despite his presence in the capital, Moscosco did not vote for or against the supplemental budget. He has not provided an explanation for his sudden absence and, unfortunately, news outlets have not bothered to ask.
When considering how well Snohomish County made out in the supplemental budget (House budget writer Hans Dunshee is, after all, heading over to the Snohomish County Council), Moscoso’s failure to vote gets even more odd.
Perhaps, like other Democrats, Moscoso isn’t pleased with the prospect of supporting a budget that does not contain new taxes. Certainly, that possibility isn’t far-fetched for an avowed lefty like Luis.
Or perhaps Moscoso, who is widely considered to be the Democrat’s choice for the State Senate when incumbent Rosemary McAuliffe mercifully decides to retire, didn’t want to give a potential Senate opponent an issue to use against him.
Either way, rather cowardly of Moscoso to skip out on a vote.