As primary ballots have hit mailboxes over the past week, so too have postcards instructing voters who live in the old 1st district and new 1st, 2nd, 6th or 7th, on how to vote in their congressional primary. Because Congressman Jay Inslee decided that focusing on his political career was more important than fulfilling his obligation to the constituents who elected him in good faith, a million dollars from the state’s overly stretched coffers have gone to printing the informative postcards (see attached). Additionally, perhaps you have seen the ads running on television starring famed travel guru, Democrat, and Jay Inslee supporter (see attached) Rick Steves (conflict of interest, anyone?). Payment for those came out of the state’s stretched coffers as well. Why? Because for people living in the old 1st, this election is going to be like an Abbot and Costello skit.
Something else to notice in the lead up to the primary is what you haven’t gotten in your mailbox. This year, voter’s pamphlets were not printed and mailed because of tight budgets. Cost to print and mail voter pamphlets so that everyone could be informed on the candidates? $1 million. Cost to the state to cover for the mess made by Jay quitting? $1 million. So $1 million to keep everyone informed or $1 million to explain an unnecessary mess to 1/10th of the population? Unfortunately, Jay made the decision for us.