Last week, Far-Left state Sen. Pramila Jayapal entered the race to succeed 14-term (and retiring) Democrat Congressman Jim McDermott. Though she has a competitive race ahead of her (several Democrats have found/will find a seat for life an attractive prospect), Jayapal is already making a lot of promises.
During her announcement speech, Jayapal declared that she would fight to raise the minimum wage, ensure debt-free college, and work to expand social programs.
There’s one small hiccup in Jayapal’s plan to connect with the voters – she does not actually live in the 7th Congressional District. Though technically not a barrier to her candidacy, as the Constitution only requires that one live in the state where they are seeking office, not living in the district you would like to represent in the United States Congress is not ideal.
Dave Ammons, a spokesman for Secretary of State Kim Wyman, told the Seattle Times, it is “pretty unusual” for a candidate to run in a district he/she doesn’t live in. For speaking this truth, he was “disciplined” by the office.
Jayapal responded to Ammons “carpetbagging” allegations by saying she would move to the 7th if elected. Apparently, she believes there are not enough Far-Left politicians in the 7th, so she needs to run… then move there.
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