April 15, 2014
As Democrats push gender equality, will they push McBride out of 48th Senate seat?

State Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom's announcement yesterday that he was dropping his re-election bid due to family and health-related issues shocked the small coterie who intensely follow Olympia politics. Attention immediately turned to the political ramifications of Tom's decision.

For a Majority Coalition Caucus that is trying to maintain and expand on its 26-23 edge, Tom's dropout means races in the 28th, 30th, and 45th Districts are even more important. Democrats were despondent after Sen. Tracey Eide in the 30th opted not to run again, greatly reducing their hopes of taking back the chamber, but Tom's announcement gave them a boost in what is not presumed to be a strong year for them.

Tom had a previously-announced challenger, former Kirkland city councilmember Joan McBride. She has been campaigning for months and had raised more money than any challenger in the state before Tom's bombshell. Not surprisingly, though, the district's representatives, Ross Hunter and Cyrus Habib, are said to be considering which one of them should run for the Senate instead, with the presumption that McBride will be asked to downgrade to a House seat. According to Crosscut:

Habib speculated that Democratic leaders will likely huddle to figure out which of the three candidates should run for which of the three seats -- mulling over campaign cost estimates and who would be the best candidate going against a yet-to-be-determined Republican opponent. "The goal for all of us is to sit down and figure out how to regain the state Senate," Habib said.

The Seattle Times also talked to Habib (Hunter was apparently smart enough not to return reporters' calls yesterday):

Habib said a more high-profile candidate could help the party win the seat while saving resources for other priority races. He said he's "going to have a number of conversations today and tomorrow" with party leaders.

Some might consider it tone deaf for Democrats to steer McBride away to a lower-profile race when the prize of a Senate seat suddenly became easier for one of the district's male representatives to attain. In a year in which Democrats have been trying pretty hard to make gender equality their 2014 election theme, it may seem like 48th Democrats are sending the wrong message. They encouraged McBride when she was doing the difficult work of challenging Tom -- will they now ask her to get out of the way for Hunter or Habib?

**4-17 Update**
Rep. Ross Hunter, the dean of the 48th District delegation, announced he will not run for the Senate and instead run for re-election to the House. Rep. Cyrus Habib has told others he wants to run for the Senate seat. Publicola notes that not everyone is pleased with that idea:

Some party officials, however, have asked the King County Democrats to hold off on giving McBride their early endorsement at this coming Tuesday meeting, to make room for Habib...Habib's apparent machinations are reportedly annoying other Democrats, who don't like the idea of undermining McBride's run, particularly given that McBride stepped up to take on Tom at a time when no other Democrat would. (After Tom's announcement, Habib told PubliCola McBride was "courageous" for taking on Tom.)

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Habib runs the risk of angering female voters, female party members, who may see a boys-club aspect to Habib's potential move.

Posted by Adam Faber at April 15, 2014 01:14 PM | Email This
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1. .
Adam Faber the concern trolling Hack! asks:
will they now ask her to get out of the way for Hunter or Habib?

Answer: No.

Have you already given up on your King County Prop 1 conspiracy? :-(

Posted by: MikeBoyScout on April 15, 2014 02:42 PM
2. .
I encourage Adam Faber (HACK!) and the (un)SP peanut gallery to read another Crosscut article about the 48th Senate race now that King Rodney (R-Loserville) has quite suddenly and unexpectedly decided to 'spend more time with his family' - Politics in Washington: Ready for an explosion

Such gems as

Tom's decision was a complete surprise to his supporters. Alex Hays, who heads Mainstream Republicans .... says he was "floored." Hays also blamed Tom supporters for not rallying behind the 50-year-old lawmaker...Another key Eastside ally in the Senate sent around an email to fellow Republicans with the simple exclamation, "Oh shit!"
Adam Faber, did you get the Republican "Oh shit!" email?
Now the race in the 48th gold coast will be lacking in drama. The Democrats, who already had former Kirkland mayor Joan McBride against Tom, will now probably win, since Republicans are caught without a candidate.

Posted by: MikeBoyScout on April 15, 2014 04:43 PM
3. There is a nationwide trend for Democrats to be the "totalitarian party" - why keep hiding their inner desire ? They already were going to use the "war on women" meme and create their strawman arguments to vault McBride over the finish line in this race.

Dang those Crosscut articles - such a threat the totalitarian plans of the DEmocrat party. The Federal government's totalitarian desires has filtered to the state level.

It is readily apparent that the Federal Government is corrupted and FUBAR - not bacause of the Kock Bros. or George Soros and their money - its because the Federal Government is too F'in large and is a leviathan. Are you leftists hacks happy now - that FUBAR from the Federal Government reigns supreme ? The loyal opposition to this - GOP as a whole has hardly been a worthy opponent much of the time. However, they have done a good job in the State Senate (with the help of two conservative Democrats), but that might change.

Posted by: KDS on April 15, 2014 05:38 PM
4. should be Koch Brothers - LOL

Posted by: KDS on April 15, 2014 05:41 PM
5. I am confused what you're saying here, Adam. (If anything.) That the Democrats would be sexist for changing candidates in response to the changed landscape? Or that if they do change candidates, it would be evidence of their hypocrisy? Or that voters would wrongly interpret it as hypocrisy? Or that you're frustrated over the situation and just trying to change the subject?

Posted by: Bruce on April 15, 2014 10:01 PM
6. Bruce, your last question holds the answer. Adam is understandably upset, for the good reason the Democrats now have three viable candidates for the seat, against *no* Republican. Worse, as Crosscut notes, voters do not see Republican obstructionism in the same heroic light as do Adam and KDS. If we voters assert, yet again, that we want Democrats in control of our state Senate, we might elect a majority too large to be bought or bullied, leaving Adam's employment prospects bleaker than ever.

Posted by: tensor on April 16, 2014 08:35 AM
7. "I am confused what you're saying here, Adam."

You must be easily confused, Bruce.

Posted by: Uhh... on April 16, 2014 09:41 AM
8. "Some might consider it tone deaf for Democrats to steer McBride away to a lower-profile race when the prize of a Senate seat suddenly became easier for one of the district's male representatives to attain."

"I am confused what you're saying here, Adam."

I'd say it doesn't matter. Such speculation reveals much about Adam and the state GOP, but nothing whatsoever about Democrats. And it reveals nothing we didn't already know. I leave it at that.

"Democrats to be the "totalitarian party""

Of course, that comes from the putz who one day calls Obama a tyrant and dictator, then the next, an incompetent, bumbling fool.

If there was any truth to your totally lame "totalitarian, tyrannical dictator" bullshit, your stupid ass would have been locked up in a FEMA camp years ago. And yet here you are, spewing treasonous lies day after day to your little heart's content. In a totalitarian state ruled by a tyrannical dictator. LMFAO!! You are so damned stupid.

Posted by: Dr. Zatoichi, the Blind Surgeon on April 16, 2014 10:24 AM
9. @6 tensor on April 16, 2014 08:35 AM,
the Democrats now have three viable candidates for the seat, against *no* Republican.

Funny thing is that the Republicans never planned to have a candidate for the 48th senate seat.
Their best shot could not even be a "RINO". The WA GOP's only shot at the 48th was for King Tom to run as "prefers Democratic party" and hope the voters would be fooled yet again by King Tom's shenanigans.

And let's not forget Adam Faber's (HACK!) posts a while back trumpeting the senate campaign of a life long Democrat, member of the WEA, life long public sector employee RINO.

To say that the WA GOP has a weak bench is an overstatement. The WA GOP can't field a team in western Washington.

If Adam Faber were not such a lame HACK, his post would have succinctly and simply been "Rodney Tom's dropping his re-election bid - Oh shit!"

Nobody's buying what the GOP is selling.

Posted by: MikeBoyScout on April 16, 2014 03:49 PM
10. Boy, from all the crowing from the lefties on here you'd think the Democrats had a Senate majority in Olympia or were likely to have one after this election...instead of reality. They're down 23-26, and they probably will still be down come January.

Posted by: Uhh... on April 16, 2014 04:07 PM
11. @10 Uhh... on April 16, 2014 04:07 PM,
Let's stipulate your prediction of a 26-23 WA GOP senate majority.

What can this majority accomplish for the benefit of Washingtonians?

Or maybe you'd like to start with what the 26-23 WA GOP senate majority accomplished last session?

Fielders choice.

Posted by: MikeBoyScout on April 16, 2014 04:28 PM
12. "Boy, from all the crowing from the lefties on here you'd think the Democrats had a Senate majority in Olympia or were likely to have one after this election..."

Actually, the Democrats had one after the last election, too. We liberals have the additional handicap of opponents who will bribe, bully, and steal to grab what they haven't earned, but we shall overcome alll of that at some point.

Plus, a fink and liar now departs ignominiously under the cloud his own dishonorable actions have earned him. I revel in the poetic justice he's now getting, since he worked so hard to deserve it.

".. instead of reality. They're down 23-26, and they probably will still be down come January."

The Republicans can only out-spend opponents to eak out tiny majorities in low-turnout elections for so long; again, we shall overcome.

As Crosscut noted, progressives are fired up by the $15/hour minimum wage debate; as MikeBoyScout just asked , are Republicans going to run on the record they've complied in our state Senate? We liberals suncerely hope they will.

Posted by: tensor on April 16, 2014 05:17 PM
13. First off: Re: Councilman Phillips (from Randy Pepple)

"King County Councilmember Larry Phillips has been using taxpayer resources to help his friends campaign for a $60 car tab increase and a sales tax increase. He apparently isn't anxious for the public to know what he's up to, given the way he's taking his sweet time to respond to public records requests about his dealings with his pro-tax hike campaign buddies.

We believe this is the type of information that everyone needs to know. We also believe they are hiding more, so we're going to keep searching and we'll let you know what we find."

Sad, but typical. Another reason to vote NO on Prop. 1

Posted by: KDS on April 16, 2014 06:37 PM
14. @8 - "Democrats to be the "totalitarian party""

Of course, that comes from the putz who one day calls Obama a tyrant and dictator, then the next, an incompetent, bumbling fool.

If there was any truth to your totally lame "totalitarian, tyrannical dictator" bullshit, your stupid ass would have been locked up in a FEMA camp years ago. And yet here you are, spewing treasonous lies day after day to your little heart's content. In a totalitarian state ruled by a tyrannical dictator".

LMAO ! Besides foaming at the mouth when wrote that, you lack coherence, but its good for a few stupid laughs. You set up a straw man about Obama (who I was not referring to BTW) - I was talking about the Democrat party the whole time. You had no argument anyway, just a lot of foaming at the mouth and silly bigoted attacks. You are chasing your tail and make no sense, but its still sickeningly funny. Spewing Treasonous Lies ? Do you have a problem with the 1st amendment, as the leadership of the Democrat party does ? Yup, actions speak louder than your paper mache words. Kindly stick your rhetoric nonsense where the sun don't shine, then have a nice day.

Posted by: KDS on April 16, 2014 06:48 PM
15. @13 KDS on April 16, 2014 06:37 PM,

And if you had Adam Faber (HACK!), Randy Pepple and Rob McKenna saying it, you'll have brought the old gang of 'campaign buddies' back together again with the same predictable result.
Please, keep searching, but in the mean time feel free to maintain the old gang's political credibility with repeated allegations of impropriety without one scintilla of substantiation.

Posted by: MikeBoyScout on April 16, 2014 07:59 PM
16. @15 - MikeBoyScout at April 16, 2014 07:59 PM

Any reason to doubt that Phillips wasn't stonewalling by not responding ? I would say he was using public money to campaign for Prop. 1. It's Philips using public money that lacks ethics and should piss people off.

I could pull the leftist ploy and ask that you prove that he wasn't doing what he is accused of, but that isn't worth putting up that vapid argument. All that matters is that Prop. 1 fails. If it passes, its because the collective IQ of the electorate is still remedial. I won't project to the 2016 Gov's race and don't know if McKenna will run.

Posted by: KDS on April 16, 2014 08:29 PM
17. The Democrat leadership is channeling "totalitarian". At the same, GOP leadership (i.e. McConnell, Boehner, Cantor) are two-faced. As long as this continues, we as a country are FUBAR in the Federal Government. Unless, the GOP gets new leadership in 2014-15.

Posted by: KDS on April 16, 2014 08:50 PM
18. Any reason to doubt that Phillips wasn't stonewalling by not responding ?

Learn to read. Phillips responded to Adam's vast and pointless fishing expedition by giving it the respect it deserves. Adam will have his trivia to read, and if any of it can be ripped from context and hacked into an attack piece on Phillips, Putney, or anyone associated with them, Adam will oblige. I have little doubt you'll be favorably impressed with any such result.

I would say he was using public money to campaign for Prop. 1.

Um, who cares? As MikeBoyScout already told you, all you're doing is repeating the cheap talk of an embittered political loser.

It's Philips using public money that lacks ethics and should piss people off.

The only person we know to be wasting public money on campaigning here is Adam, who abuses the Public Disclosure Act on grinding his armory-full of dull axes. I'd really like to get a price tag on the amount of money Adam's disruptive and useless request of Phillips' office will cost us taxpayers here in King County.

...ask that you prove that he wasn't doing what he is accused of...

Which you already did, at the top of your comment. Well, at least such transparent and tiresome hackery fits well within the spirit of an Adam Faber post.

Posted by: tensor on April 16, 2014 09:26 PM
19. "Besides foaming at the mouth when wrote that"

My, the things you pull from your ass, KDS. At least your always good for a chuckle, if not a laugh.

"You set up a straw man about Obama"

My God, you're so damned lame, KDS. Like you've never ragged on and on about our nation's President a tyrannical dictator before. Today you call his Democratic Party "totalitarian". Add it up and what do you get, KDS? The first thing one gets is "Totalitarian, tyrannical dictator". The second thing one gets is that you're a real stupe.

It's like your stupe friend, Amused. He repeatedly calls the president "nappy-headed". He repeatedly says he's "jive-talking". He repeatedly calls him "bongo". Point out that it's racist for someone to call our President a "nappy-headed, jive-talking bongo" and he's like, "I NEVER SAID THAT!!" That brings up the age-old question, "why are racist shits like Amused and KDS such damned cowards". Got an answer for that?

Amused and KDS. Or as I call them, Stupe and Stupe Too.

Posted by: Dr. Zatoichi, the Blind Surgeon on April 16, 2014 10:22 PM
20. @ 19 - You are blind - let us count the way. Obama is being played for a stooge by Putin. You sound like a stooge besides being a low information voter. You show yourself to be part of the problem so your foil is working, but are still amusing in a sick way without a coherent argument. LMAO !!

@18 - Keep defending the indefensible ! Your foil is not working all that well.

Posted by: KDS on April 17, 2014 07:23 AM
21. @18 - Keep defending the indefensible !

I'm in no way defending Adam's waste of taxpayer dollars via his abuse of the Public Disclosure Act. Do you care that he's wasting taxpayers' money on his trivial nonsense?

Boy, from all the crowing from the lefties on here you'd think a key Eastside ally in the Senate sent around an email to fellow Republicans with the simple exclamation, "Oh shit!"

There, fixed it for you; you're welcome. Please do let us know if this political insider's reaction remains difficult for you to parse.

Posted by: tensor on April 17, 2014 07:55 AM
22. Speaking of difficult to parse, there's KDS's triple negative @16: "Any reason to doubt that Phillips wasn't stonewalling by not responding?" I think he meant to have an even number of negatives. But it's inconsequential, really.

Meanwhile no one has tried to answer my question @5 of what the heck Adam meant in the first place. Uhh@7 implies the answer is obvious but doesn't deign to share it with us. Probably that whoever runs for the Democrats will be the wrong candidate of the wrong gender.

And now Adam is back with an update saying ... um, I still don't know what his point is.

Posted by: Bruce on April 17, 2014 11:19 AM
23. "And now Adam is back with an update saying ... um, I still don't know what his point is."

Of course, we know that he has no point.

"Habib runs the risk of angering female voters, female party members, who may see a boys-club aspect to Habib's potential move."

I see Adam responding to the GOP's "Oh, shit!" moment with a wishful-thinking blog post (by a member of the GOP Boy's Club with their all-out War on Women) wishing that somehow, some way, the Democrats might have a woman problem too.

Dream on, Adam. I somehow suspect your never-ending War on Women might possibly be more of a concern to the fairer sex than hearing that some unknown pol was pushed aside for someone with at least a measure of experience and name recognition.

Your base needs some meat to chew on, Adam. I say the coalition-controlled senate should pass shit to appeal to your wingnut base while you still can. Vote to close abortion clinics! Vote for secession! Vote to allow whites to shoot unarmed black teens wearing hoodies! Vote for a proclamation stating that America is ruled by a bumbling and incompetent, yet somehow tyrannical nappy-headed, jive-talking bongo dictator from a totally totalitarian political party. Sure, it's silly as shit, will never become law and sane people will laugh their asses off at you and turn away in droves, but red meat exists for a reason, Adam. Use it!

Posted by: Dr. Zatoichi, the Blind Surgeon on April 17, 2014 01:09 PM
24. Bruce, your confusion may originate in the artless hacking Adam did to the original Publicola article. Here's his version:

"Habib runs the risk of angering female voters, female party members, who may see a boys-club aspect to Habib's potential move."

Here's the original version:

"Habib runs the risk of angering female voters and female party members (not to mention members of the LGBT community; McBride recently married her partner of 14 years, Margaret, and has fought for domestic partner rights on the Kirkland council), who may see a boys-club aspect to Habib's potential move. "

If Adam's point was the trouble Habib is causing, or that McBride should be the candidate because traditional Democratic interest groups (as Adam sees them, anyway) would prefer McBride, it's difficult to understand why he deleted the parenthetical material.

Posted by: tensor on April 17, 2014 01:18 PM
25. .
Adam Faber (HACK!) says:
"Habib runs the risk of angering female voters, female party members, who may see a boys-club aspect to Habib's potential move."

And just how would this hypothetical angry female voter seek her revenge on Cyrus Habib?
Unlike the reported jockeying among Democrats for the house and senate seats in WA 48th, is the WA GOP even going to show up in the 48th?
Who are they?


Posted by: MikeBoyScout on April 17, 2014 04:45 PM
26. @6 I think they can do a lot with a Senate majority, but if the only thing they do is thwart tax increases, then they're doing great work.

@24, I read Publicola this morning and they didn't have the parentheses about McBride marrying her partner. They must have added that later.

@25, those crazy right-wing conservatives at Publicola said that, not Faber.

Posted by: Uhh... on April 17, 2014 04:52 PM
27. "I think they can do a lot with a Senate majority..."

Citation needed. (Unless passing go-nowhere bills against abortion rights, for making divorce harder to obtain, and to hurt gays counts as "doing" something, of course.)

Again, I sincerely hope they run on their great record of accomplishment.

Posted by: tensor on April 17, 2014 05:07 PM
28. Oh, which bills passed in the Senate are you referring to?

Posted by: Uhh... on April 17, 2014 05:12 PM
29. @26 Uhh... on April 17, 2014 04:52 PM,
I asked you @11 "What can this majority accomplish for the benefit of Washingtonians?"

and your answer is "a lot" without additional revenue.

No need to identify a lot of what, right?
A GOP majority in the WA senate will deliver "a lot".
Or in other words, nothing; which is exactly what the WA GOP senate majoiry delivered to Washingtonians in the last session - nothing.


Posted by: MikeBoyScout on April 17, 2014 05:49 PM
30. RE: Posted by tensor at April 17, 2014 07:55 AM
"I'm in no way defending Adam's waste of taxpayer dollars via his abuse of the Public Disclosure Act. Do you care that he's wasting taxpayers' money on his trivial nonsense?"

At this time you are defending the indefensible. What you claim is rich. Why do you advocate lawlessness ? That's what you are doing. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. IF Faber is wasting pubic money for his inquiry (which is suspect), then why are you capable of admitting that Phillips is abusing public money by his probable actions ?

So you are pitting Faber's request for public disclosure vs. Phillips probable use of public money for campaigning on Yes for Prop. 1 ? He has not responded yet, but if Mr. Phillips steps forward and proves his innocence then I'll retract my allegations of you defending the indefensible.

@22 - yeah, its a triple negative, but it makes sense if you read it again. It' just seems natural to respond to the left with negatives :)

Posted by: KDS on April 17, 2014 07:35 PM
31. "A GOP majority in the WA senate will deliver "a lot".
Or in other words, nothing; which is exactly what the WA GOP senate majoiry delivered to Washingtonians in the last session - nothing."

HA ! Only one opinion that resides in your leftist world. The State Senate saved the residents of this state millions by being more responsible about how they spend other peoples money. They slowed down the growth of government, which is a major accomplishment in this age or dysfunctional government. You, the trial lawyers and the unions are pouting about that - schadenfraude back at ya/.

Posted by: KDS on April 17, 2014 07:44 PM
32. @19 - Being the leftwing extremist you are, how do you account for Hairy Reid calling those who support the people at the Bundy Ranch, domestic terrorists ? and how do you account for Al Gore referring to those who don't buy his global warming claptrap as despicable ?

WTF ?? Sounds like Hairy and Al have been reading your comments.
They have become incredibly SMALL people.

Posted by: KDS on April 17, 2014 09:34 PM
33. "how do you account for Hairy Reid calling those who support the people at the Bundy Ranch, domestic terrorists?"

I would have described Bundy as yet another wingnut freeloading mooch, sucking on the gubmint teat even as he hates on America. As for your Tea-Bircher friends who hungered a shoot-out with the gubmint they refuse to recognize as legit, yeah, America-hating domestic terrorists. And you? You're just a no-info racist stupe who couldn't fire off a synapse even if it was to save your pathetic, meaningless life.

Posted by: Dr. Zatoichi, the Blind Surgeon on April 17, 2014 10:15 PM
34. @29, get out there with that pro-tax message you believe in. Make sure the voters hear about it a lot.

Posted by: Uh... on April 17, 2014 10:59 PM