July 16, 2012
What Has Jay Inslee Accomplished As An Elected Official?
Very little. Who says so? Jay Inslee (or at least his campaign).
Don't believe me? Then take a look at his first campaign commercial, which you can
see at his web site. In that longish political
commercial, the former congressman lists two accomplishments, both of them
votes, votes on contentious issues, to be sure, but not anything that required any great amount of
work from Inslee.
And that's it. He has been in elected office, with one brief interruption, since 1989,
and the sum total of his accomplishments is that he voted right twice.
It's possible, of course, that Inslee will tell us about his accomplishments in later
commercials. So I looked up his entry in the authoritative
Almanac of American Politics 2012.
They gave him less than a page — and list no significant accomplishments, though
they do say that he is "telegenic".
Nor could I find any in the much less authoritative
Both references say that Inslee has "focused" on this issue, or that issue, but neither mention
any significant legislation, or investigations.
Younger voters may want to compare Inslee to the late
who did not have the same admirable family life as Inslee appears to have had, but did
accomplish a few things, even early in his career.
Cross posted at
Jim Miller on Politics.
(For those not familiar with Washington state politics: Inslee is the almost-certain
Democratic gubernatorial nominee. He will be running against Republican
Rob McKenna, a very smart guy, with
many accomplishments (and a very nice family). McKenna is currently a slight favorite.
It shows something about the weakness of the Democratic party bench in this very
Democratic state that Inslee is the best they could come up with.)
Posted by Jim Miller at July 16, 2012
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"What has Jay Inslee accomplished as an elected official?"
He has done exactly what Barack Obongo and Nancy Pelosi have told him to do.
"What has Jay Inslee accomplished as an elected official?"
Exactly what Nancy Pelosi and Obama told him to do. And not a whole lot else.
3. His job as Dem rep was to distribute largess from the House, which he did well when Nancy ran the show. Since the end of stimulus he hasn't done as weell.
You forgot to mention that McKenna is pro-choice.
NARAL says McKenna is "vague" on pro-choice:
But McKenna himself told the Seattle Times that he is "Pro-choice":
Apparently McKenna is not pro-choice enough for NARAL, but enough for the state establishment (R) to support him.
Is this the best the WA GOP can come up with?
McKenna: pro-choice, looking like Rossi 2.0
Finkbiener: voted for gay marriage
Dunn: supports gay marriage
And the State GOP asks for money. And we get mushy mealy mouthed unprincipled candidates who pander to loud demanding angry minority viewpoints.
Where are the principled mature adults that can say NO to pushy activists?
If WA State is going to go down the same toilet as CA, let it be done totally by the Dems. No point voting for a Dem wannabe....
6. Another goofy post from Jim. Simply checking Inslee's website shows a long list of accomplishments. As with any legislator, he is limited to sponsoring, voting, advocating, etc., and it's hard to measure the work involved in those activities.
Bruce - I am disappointed in you.
When I put up this post, I expected a few to disagree. But I also expected those who disagree to cite examples of Inslee's achievements.
If Inslee has some significant achievements as an elected official, what are they?
(Incidentally, I expected some of those examples to be proposals and positions, rather than achievements, much less significant achievements. Please avoid that error, if you do try to give us examples.)
8. @6: Another goofy post from Bruce. Simply checking ST's website shows no limits to the "Blank Check" they have. We're still waiting Bruce... Or can't you back up your goofy statements?
9. Well, he achieved making the old 1st district race a confusing mess while costing the taxpayers several hundred thousands of dollars they wouldn't have had to spend had he not bailed out of the 1st district seat in the first place. With accomplishments like that, I'd hate to see his failures.
Being "carpet-bagger extraordinaire".
I'm sure Inslee has the moving company on speed dial. If he fails in his bid for governmor he'll likely motor his way to California (to ferret-out a district full of stupid liberals; I hear there are lots of them in Cali).
11. Inslee called the Dave Ross show about five years ago, he was in Poulsbo talking to school kids about clean water. An outstanding accomplishment, clean water is very important you know.
12. Yes MattC, I too am in favor of clean water. I know other people who are, too. It is indeed a very important issue.
13. Yes clean water...and I'm certain those schoolchildren heard how those mean old Republicans want to poison their water. After all, we want our children to grow up to be good little Marxist robots, don't we?
14. Jim@7- I'm curious what you would consider an achievement by a legislator. In any case I didn't list his achievements because I found a list on his website (http://www.jayinslee.com/meet/accomplishments). I haven't followed his career so I have no idea whether this is accurate (obviously it's his website so it's at least slanted in his favor). But it seems a better place to start than a single commercial.
15. It shows something about the weakness of the Democratic party bench in this very Democratic state that Inslee is the best they could come up with.
And much the same can be said about RINO Rob, who bears for too many similarities to Inslee than differences.
16. I saw on the news that Washington State now has the largest business failure in the nation. Remember Enslee anounced when he started this journey that he wanted to take millions of dollars from the state pension systems and invest in new start-up business in Washington State. Typical liberal using other peoples money like Obama. Maybe he is counting on that for his resume.
17. Inslee has managed to get a pretty handsome paycheck while doing absolutely nothing. I'd call that quite an accomplishment. In his defense, he seems to have the complextion of a drunk. Those DC parties are a bitch. His sacrifice knows no bounds.
18. Inslee has managed to get a pretty handsome paycheck while doing absolutely nothing. I'd call that quite an accomplishment. In his defense, he seems to have the complextion of a drunk. Those DC parties are a bitch. His sacrifice knows no bounds.
19. Will vote for McKenna if he ends up on the general ticket, but in the primaries ... I'm going with my conscience this time and opting for Hadian.
Since I see no mention of Hadian anywhere here on this site, here you go
Please consider him.
JM: "It shows something about the weakness of the Democratic party bench in this very Democratic state that Inslee is the best they could come up with."
So true. Sad, but true. It is almost like the Democrats are conceding the race. Maybe they see the truth, which is why Democrats like Brian Sontag are supporting McKenna.
Hadian needs to start his campaign sooner for the next time.
McKenna will have a lot of clean up to do after the parade of free-wheeling spending Democrat governors have blown the state budget year after year and helped the inner cities deteriorate.
The old Republican guard needs to decide if they want to win elections, or whether they want to win an argument.
If you want Inslee in office, and another generation of Democrats, keep on with bad-mouthing every Republican who run for office who doesn't give you 100%.
24. Inslee is the biggest creep to run for governor -- even counting Queen Christine. Can't understand how he got elected, even in counties controlled by the Boeing airplane unions.
Since the smarmy one
has no discernible 'accomplishments', one can instead view his votes
on ACU issues
. Goose-egg. Zip zero nada for 2011, a big 4 in 2010, under 8 lifetime. Second only to Bahgdad Jim in the PRW.
Janet - It will end up being McKenna and Inslee in the general election anyhow, and I will bite the bullet and vote for McKenna then. In the meantime, the only feedback he will take notice of will come out of the primaries, and that is why my vote goes to Hadian.
I hope that down the road Hadian runs again, though perhaps for a different position.
27. I think it says something about our state that the 'republican' candidate for governor would be considered a democrat in most other states. Honestly, a RINO is far worse than a democrat.
I owe Jay Inslee a great debt of gratitude.
It was his 1990 op-ed about "Global Warming" that led me toward a lifelong inquiry into flaky science of anthropogenic created climate change.
Inslee was the first legislator I ever contacted and it was as result of his op-ed that I investigated all the nonsense.
29. Hadian is a former Muslim turned Christian. However, McKenna gets my vote. Hadian should run for another office next time like Lt. Governor, unless Finkbeiner wins this time.