In the latest news concerning the race we like to refer to as the (McDermott) Hunger Games, State Senator Pramila Jayapal struggled to explain away her acceptance of political action committee (PAC) money – especially considering the fact that her leading opponent, State Representative Brady Walkinshaw, does not accept what some liberals consider “dirty” money.
Unfortunately for Jayapal, in attempting to give an explanation, she revealed her basic ignorance of how union PACs work. She actually told the liberal Seattle blog Publicola:
“Union money is all member money given from paychecks for politics.”
Of course, the correct phrase would be “union money is member money taken from paychecks for politics, whether the member supports that politician or not.” But, if Jayapal actually spoke the truth about the unions’ confiscatory practices, she would put in jeopardy the big money that union PACs normally provide to Democrats like her.
It could be considered as a little hush money, so Jayapal would not actually point out that PACs (like the Service Employee Internal Union 775) are actually losing court battles to retain their ability to steal money from their members to give it to liberal politicians.
Despite her PAC money advantage, Walkinshaw has outraised Jayapal.
Let the (McDermott) Hunger Games continue.