Jay Inslee

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee likens opponent to Republican presidential hopeful

2012-08-13T21:30:00Z 2012-10-09T18:19:05Z Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee likens opponent to Republican presidential hopefulBy Erik Olson / The Daily News Longview Daily News
August 13, 2012 9:30 pm  • 

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee said Monday in Longview that the addition of Tea Party favorite Paul Ryan to the Republican national ticket is a boost for his chances in November.

In an hour-long interview with The Daily News’ editorial board, Inslee tied his GOP opponent Rob McKenna multiple times to the Romney/Ryan presidential campaign. He said McKenna and Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman Romney picked Saturday as the GOP vice presidential nominee, are too conservative for Washington.

“My opponent is part of the ‘Rob-Ryan-Romney’ plan to take the state backward,” said Inslee, a former Bainbridge Island congressman. “I’m happy to stand with President Obama, who’s going to win this state.”

In response, McKenna’s campaign said Inslee is taking an old page out of the playbook for Democrats in Washington, which last voted Republican in a presidential election in 1984.

“It’s a bit disappointing that the congressman continues to focus on issues outside the state ... and very little on the issues that matter to Washingtonians. I just don’t understand why a gubernatorial candidate would be focused on the presidential race like it seems he is,” McKenna campaign spokesman Charles McCray said in a telephone interview.

After trailing McKenna in the polls for most of last year, Inslee has enjoyed a recent surge and bested McKenna in the Aug. 7 primary, 47 percent to 43 percent. Inslee said he’s had to work harder to achieve name recognition than McKenna, who was first elected to statewide office in 2004 as attorney general.

“We feel real good about the position we’re in. But we were going to get up and work like a son of a gun, no matter what the result of the primary,” Inslee said.

So far, Inslee has spent about $4.6 million on the race, which will be decided at the Nov. 6 general election. McKenna has spent just over $4 million. However, McKenna holds a fundraising edge, having collected $7.7 million to Inslee’s $7.3 million.

Inslee stopped in Longview to introduce his new jobs plan, which includes creating a new state office focused on coordinating economic development. He said job creation is the best way to build the economy and general tax revenue to support education and other state programs. He said he supports universal access to early childhood education but offered no details on how to pay for it.

Inslee touched on other subjects during the interview, including:

• Proposed coal terminals. Inslee said he likes the jobs the terminals promise, but he’s wants to make sure environmental factors such as train congestion are addressed. He stopped short of calling for a massive, collective review of six proposed terminals in the Pacific Northwest, which two Washington state agencies, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have called for.

• Two-thirds majority for tax increases. Inslee said he does not support Tim Eyman-backed Initiative 1185 because it gives too much power to a minority of legislators.

• Marriage equality. Inslee said he will vote "approve" on Referendum 74, which asks voters to approve or reject the state’s new same-sex marriage law.

“I just don’t believe any politician ought to be able to tell anyone who to love and who to marry,” he said.

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(33) Comments

  1. GoneFishing
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    GoneFishing - August 13, 2012 10:16 pm
    Here it is Washington voters. Elect this guy and continue the tax and spend, spend, spend way of the democrats. Haven't you had enough of this system? It's sad that they haven't found a cure for liberalism yet....perhaps someday the light will shine on their feeble minds.
  2. JackTwo
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    JackTwo - August 14, 2012 12:20 am
    lIberalism is an incurable.disease of the brain
  3. JackTwo
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    JackTwo - August 14, 2012 12:31 am
    apparently Inslee didn't get the "panic memo" from the Obama Campaign over Romney's runnimng mate choiceof Ryan that has the Democrats in total panic.
  4. JackTwo
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    JackTwo - August 14, 2012 12:32 am
    "I just don’t believe any politician ought to be able to tell anyone who to love and who to marry,” he said. So Inslee supports Polygamy then?

  5. Cheney119er
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    Cheney119er - August 14, 2012 3:06 am
    You obviously read the newspaper, do you comprehend what is in it? I don't think the state goverment is spend, spend, spending. They have been cut, cut, cutting. But you just keep trying to sell that nonsense, true or not. There's a reason democrats keep getting elected governor. People here don't agree with republicans.
  6. Cheney119er
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    Cheney119er - August 14, 2012 3:14 am
    Well if believing that the rich should be richer, that dinosaurs and humans were on the earth at the same time, that torture is acceptable practice, that corporations are people, that people without health insurance can just go die in a ditch yet still have the unmitigated gaul to call themselves christian. You and Rush can use liberal as a curse word, the voters here just don't agree, you'll see once again on election day.
  7. Lux Interior
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    Lux Interior - August 14, 2012 6:36 am
    Second verse same as the first..........Yes, I liken Washington (D) voters to Jerry Springer guests, no matter how many times the guy cheats on his girl friend, no matter how badly she is treated she will all ways go back to him because she loves him SOOOOOO much. But then again, all that free food, housing, medical and the rest if hard to resist when you have no plans for your life and that all you see your parents do.
  8. Cheney119er
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    Cheney119er - August 14, 2012 9:38 am
    Panic is what Romney has been doing trying to squirel away from Ryan's budget. Looks to me like you lost the election 2 weeks before your convention. Ryan's budget plan is EXTREMELY UNPOPULAR, except in the echo chamber you folks live in, where these extreme radical ideas are welcomed by Fox and Friends with no examination. I'm a proud democrat, I'm not panicing I am perfectly gleeful. Read E.J Dion's column today for more thorough and a better explaination of why.
  9. Cheney119er
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    Cheney119er - August 14, 2012 9:46 am
    In my opinion the real incurable disease is greed. It is responsible for war, global warming, poverty, and the bible spends about 2/3 of it's time condemning greed. Liberalism is a virtue and is nothing to be ashamed of. All societies are judged by how it treats the least of us. If you don't get that I feel sorry for you.
  10. Cheney119er
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    Cheney119er - August 14, 2012 9:51 am
    Do you really want to discuss polygamy after your party nominated a mormon whose grandfather had to leave the country so he could have multiple wives? Yah, I didn't think so either. I guess that's the problem with not knowing many (or any) facts, you end up opening cans of worms, then having to eat the worms.
  11. Cheney119er
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    Cheney119er - August 14, 2012 10:17 am
    Fear is another brain disease prized by you republicans. Every plank of your platform is negative, anti-immigrant, anti-education, anti-tax, anti-government, anti-intellectual, the list is as long as your arm and it's all about fear, fear of the future, foreigners, regulation.The American people are optimistic and don't see anything attractive in your platform. Especially unattractive when Ryan/Romney come from inherited money, born on third and think they hit a triple. Cuts won't hurt them.
  12. TIGER
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    TIGER - August 14, 2012 11:03 am
    Thanks Jay Inslee. You're rendition of politics has convinced me to vote for Rob McKenna! Inslee has the same blathering rhetoric that his leader Barack Hussein Obama is crazily Blathering. We have a mountanous problem with the Economy, and all these two Democrats do is try to tear apart their opponent with lies, ans induendo's. Obama has not tried to help our desparate problem of no JOBS, because he and his radical Cabinet don't have the foggest idea what to do. So they just make up things.
  13. TIGER
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    TIGER - August 14, 2012 11:13 am
    Lux Interior: An excellent appraisal of the Democratic party hopefulls. Jerry Springer, Perfect! Cheney hasn't any facts to back up his odd idea's, but this is what Obama tells his underlings because he knows they will bite line, hook, and sinker! The Distruction of our Country is there in plain site if the people could open their eyes to the facts. But they will maybe understand what is at stake long after the changes are in place, and we have lost the war against the Hitler type takeover!
  14. Skoobie
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    Skoobie - August 14, 2012 12:11 pm
    Quit being jerks you guys. Cheney's gonna get a hand-cramp.
  15. OldIrish
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    OldIrish - August 14, 2012 12:48 pm
    Jack, where's/what's this alledged panic about Ryan? Ryan is controversial due to his radical agenda regarding the budget. That's more fodder for the Dems. Ryan might do well "revving up" the base but probably won't appeal very much to the undecideds...who are usually moderate.
  16. OldIrish
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    OldIrish - August 14, 2012 1:03 pm
    119er, Greed gets a pass in the USA as it's always carefully cloaked inside "free market capitalism". Any criticism of greed is anti-American. Conservs are taught to accept the very worst parts of capitalism with nary a whimper so as to avoid being viewed as anti-Amercian. Thus kneeling at the altar of greed has become one of the great American values we're so proud of. The greedier you are, and the more people you stomped on, the more you get to thump your true-blue, all-American chest :-)
  17. Cheney119er
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    Cheney119er - August 14, 2012 1:37 pm
    Just look at the electoral map, lose Florida and lose the election. Ryan's budget plan and medicare vouchers, reopening the perscription doughnut hole, they all spell losing Florida and the election. Nominate Rob Portman or Tim Pawlenty might have kept Florida in play, but now no way. Romney didn't even bring Ryan with him to Florida this week; wonder why?
  18. Cheney119er
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    Cheney119er - August 14, 2012 2:38 pm
    Facts? Well if you want to defend greed super. So you think that's not the prime mover of this society? Sorry did I say think, you need to give that a try.
  19. Horatio Bunce
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    Horatio Bunce - August 14, 2012 3:16 pm
    All Inslee seems to be able to do is criticize his opponent rather than offering substantive solutions to our deficit problem (which, of course, can be credited to the current governor and the majority party in the state legislature). "Two-thirds majority for tax increases ... gives too much power to a minority of legislators." No Jay, it controls the irresponsible spending of the majority party and protects the pocketbooks of the tax paying public.
  20. TIGER
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    TIGER - August 14, 2012 4:48 pm
    cheney; What the heck are you talking about "losing Florida?" Ryan will help carry Florida! You are listening to Obama, and his Thugs again. I am a senior citizen, and I support the Ryan the Ryan plan and reopening the prescription doughnut hole. You don't know what you are talking about! For Seniors, over 55 years old, there will not be any vouchers, we will continue what we have right now. You must stop listening to the Obama garbage before you go nuts. If you are around 55 years old,
  21. TIGER
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    TIGER - August 14, 2012 4:58 pm
    or older, there will be no changes! For those under 55, they will have a better plan then what Obama plans for you! Obama is the master of deception! As for the prescription Doughnut hole, we need it done away with. It wouldn't be there now if the Democrats would have kept their hands off it!. Come on, open your brain just a little, so you don't have to always repeat the Obama lies, and make a fool of yourself. The younger people will recieve something closer to what Congress gets now.
  22. Sharky
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    Sharky - August 14, 2012 8:39 pm
    Did he really call train traffic, which BN has already said won't be a problem, an environmental concern? I've can only guess one of his staffers mentioned something about coal, the environment and trains and he got things mixed up. I agree with Horatio. Nothing of substance here. Makes me wonder why he even bothered stopping by for the interview.
  23. MarkSmith
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    MarkSmith - August 15, 2012 8:36 am
    it is nice to see people talking politicts, too bad it is the same two or three, I urge the rest of the voting population to weigh in and make sure you vote in Nov, or remember you will get what you didn't vote for.
  24. MarkSmith
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    MarkSmith - August 15, 2012 10:29 am
    we need some one who is interested in Washington State not Washington DC,
  25. Cheney119er
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    Cheney119er - August 15, 2012 2:11 pm
    Talk to TDN about the price tag they put on something that was free...ie access to online TDN. I know I would have never paid $12 per month, but I get the hard copy. They are the ones killing the conversation. We won't hear from most of you after your first 15 views are gone. Just more greedy money grubbing republicons that don't know the value of anything.
  26. DW111
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    DW111 - August 16, 2012 11:05 am
    Wow, Cheney, I think someone struck a nerve in you. Your hatred for Republicans is palpable. You keep talking of greed, but your quality of life is in the top 1 tenth of one percent on the Planet Earf. I don't apologize to anyone for my quality of life like Obama and the left. Inslee said he "does not support Tim Eyman-backed Initiative 1185 because it gives too much power to a minority of legislators". What he really means is it gives to much power to the "people".
  27. DW111
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    DW111 - August 16, 2012 11:16 am
    Several posted that they think Liberals have something wrong with them. A very prominent talk show personality actually wrote a book that was a best seller titled, "Liberalism is a Mental Disorder". People like Cheney, who I believe is very sincere in his beliefs, cannot separate reality from the fantasy of Liberalism. Inslee's said he believes the pick of Ryan, a Tea Party darling, to the Republican ticket increases his prospects of becoming gov. of Wa. bears this "fantasy" thought process.
  28. ExFleetSailor
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    ExFleetSailor - August 16, 2012 2:12 pm
    Inslee should do well in fund raising in King County, the linchpin of the Democratic Puget Sound bastion, which facilitates the subjugation of the rest of Washington State to a Democratic Executive Branch in Olympia, a part of a Washington State/Cowlitz County version of "trickle down" economic benefits which should be met with universal cries for serious change. We are at the southwestern end of a narrow state pipeline built by a Democratic legislature and executive. "Follow OUR money".
  29. OldIrish
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    OldIrish - August 16, 2012 8:33 pm
    Dw, "Prominent talk show personality" ? Would that be Letterman? Leno? :-). "Best Seller"? What does that prove? Dr. Suess had a best seller with "A Cat In The Hat"...11 million copies. Ten million copies of Mein Kampf have been sold. So....What are the author's credentials? I mean, other than writing something a book that sold well? Shoot, if I write a book called "Conservatism Is A Brain Disease", is it the title true just because it sells 2 million copies?
  30. DW111
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    DW111 - August 17, 2012 7:02 pm
    Irish, please read more Dr. Suess, it becomes you. My point is that Liberals, esp. progressive liberals have a distorted view of reality. Global warming, eat the rich, Obama blames all his problems on W. Ronald Reagan killed millions. Grandma will be thrown out in the street because of Paul Ryan, and it goes on and on. If I were a Liberal, and when Romney is elected, I know for a fact the oceans would boil within a year, and I would die of cancer the day after the election. We are all doomed!!
  31. ArtH
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    ArtH - August 18, 2012 2:20 pm
    30 years of Democrat governors is enough. Let's try something different, like a governor who isn't cozy with WA government unions who's salary, benefits and pension costs have squeezed out traditional government expenditures like roads, bridges and parks. Inslee wants to tweek WA's bloated, bureaucratic government, while McKenna plans to make WA more attractive for businesses. That means less bureaucracy& regulations, fewer Marbled Murolettes and more jobs. Realism, not environmentalism.
  32. chiffonette87
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    chiffonette87 - August 21, 2012 1:13 pm
    You just got served.
  33. watchman
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    watchman - October 13, 2012 6:32 pm
    Inslee is a giant Washington state disaster waiting to be elected by people that have swallowed his blatant lies and deception. He knows they'll find out -- but only after it's too late. Talk about not being who he says he is!!!
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