It wasn’t too long ago that far-Left state Sen. Pramila Jayapal was being outpaced in endorsements by her competitors who actually live in the 7th Congressional District that Jim McDermott is finally giving up this fall. For instance, King County council member Joe McDermott won the sole endorsement of the 34th District Democrats in the race to replace the other McDermott.
Additionally, Democrat State Representative Brady Walkinshaw picked up the support of Jayapal’s own district colleague, state representative Eric Pettigrew.
Well, Jayapal appears to have the most recent laugh. She’s securing a who’s who of the far-Left and labor support. Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a political group based in Washington D.C. with close ties to MoveOn.org, threw its weight behind Jayapal. But, perhaps the most telling endorsements came courtesy of local unions.
Last week, United Food & Commercial Workers Local 21, United Auto Workers 4121, Ironworkers 86, Sailors Union of the Pacific, and the American Federation of Government Employees endorsed Jayapal.
It appears that labor does not mind that Jayapal does not actually live in the 7th CD. Apparently, like Jayapal, labor leaders believe there are not enough far-Left politicians in the 7th CD.
Let the (McDermott) Hunger Games continue.
“It appears that labor does not mind that Jayapal does not actually live in the 7th CD.”
Our Constitution doesn’t mind, either. A Member of Congress must reside in the state he or she represents, not necessarily the exact district within that state.
If both the U.S. Constitution and voters in the 7th District are OK with representation by a non-resident, why should anyone else care?