State lawmakers cannot raise money while the Legislature is in session. Due to that fact, Jay Inslee delayed the start of the special session until today in order to give Carol Gregory— the Democrat appointed to the state House’s 30th legislative district who faces a special election this November—four days from when the 2015 legislative session adjourned on Friday to raise money. That’s despite the fact that House Republicans, not wanting to waste anymore of taxpayers’ time and money, introduced a resolution requesting the special session begin on Monday, April 27.
The Washington State Democrat Party made good use of the time Jay Inslee gave them to raise money for Gregory, sending supporters multiple fundraising emails riddled with false allegations and ridiculous claims. The last email Democrats sent out yesterday was no exception.
The email begins with Democrats’ age-old tactic of associating “Big Oil” with Republicans. This time around, they even threw in state Senator Andy Hill’s name (probably because they are afraid of his rising popularity among voters). The email reads,
“Big Oil and other special interests threw money at State Senator Andy Hill and pretend Democrat Tim Sheldon so that Republicans could keep control of the State Senate.
“Now they’re set on winning the State House, and they’ll go for broke to defeat Carol.”
Now, anyone whose been paying attention to political fundraising knows that Democrats’ claim is not only absurd—Hill’s campaign relied on grassroots supporters—but highly hypocritical. By far the largest financial influencer in recent state elections is far-left California billionaire and extreme environmentalist Tom Steyer. Last election cycle alone, Steyer spent $1.25 million—not to mention the money he laundered into a liberal attack network—attempting to advance his extreme environmental agenda in our state by buying Jay Inslee the state Senate.
Democrats also rely on special interests for campaign funding. Big labor groups from the AFL-CIO to the Washington Education Association (WEA) pump millions into Democrat campaigns every election cycle. In turn, Democrat lawmakers work hard to ensure they are rewarded with taxpayer dollars.
Democrats wrap-up the email by touting House Democrats’ “accomplishments” during the 2015 legislative session—the implication being that, if Gregory loses, it would be more difficult for Democrats to achieve similar success next time. Of course, Democrats conveniently forget to mention the part where House Democrats proposed a $39 billion spending package to be paid for by $1.5 billion in new taxes, which they refused to vote on and forced the Legislature into special session.
As Shift reported, Democrats know the importance of Gregory winning this special election. Her loss would place Republicans just one seat from a tie and two seats from a majority in the state House. And, it would threaten Rep. Frank Chopp’s security as Speaker of the House… leaving the door open to potential competitors, including Rep. Christopher Hurst.
You can check out the email below.