Proving that he is perhaps as much of an ingrate as he is unethical, State Auditor Troy Kelley decided it was time to forget Jay Inslee’s endorsement from 2012. He even decided to forget the governor’s willingness last year to try and give him time to sort out his sordid legal problems before belatedly joining the chorus of people (and media) asking him to step down. So, Kelley just returned fire on his fellow Democrat.
You see, last week, Inslee sent a letter to the disgraced Auditor asking why he chose to fire a trio of senior staffers upon his return to work following a mistrial in the federal corruption case against him. Well, Kelley has responded… in a rather entertaining way.
Kelley’s derisive two-page letter reveals just how little respect Inslee commands in Olympia, even among members of his own party. Kelley begins by lambasting Inslee for not walking the “50 yards between our offices” to have a conversation about his concerns, but instead grandstanding with a letter that he ensured would get media coverage by accompanying it with a press release.
Kelley then suggests that Inslee take a “deeper concern for the various serious management issues facing your cabinet agencies right now.” He goes on to highlight the recent critical audit findings regarding the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). He even brings up the early release of approximately 3,000 prison inmates over a 13-year period and accuses Inslee of taking “no significant steps to look into the root causes of the problems.”
After a couple more suggestions of problems Inslee should concern himself with, Kelley wraps-up the letter by asking our green governor to “refrain from political grandstanding” because it “appears to be campaigning with taxpayer resources at best, and at worst another attempt to influence the ongoing federal administration of justice to which you directly reference in your letter.”
Kelley concludes his scathing letter with a closing jab at “your General Counsel of television Survivor fame, Nicolas Brown” and a request that Brown stop contacting the United States Attorney’s Office due to his “close long-standing personal friendship with the lead prosecutor in the recently concluded trial.”
It was Baltasar Gracian who once advised, “Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.”
Perhaps Inslee should have heeded those words before trying to campaign at Kelley’s expense.