On taxes, all Democrat legislators are Seattle-centric clones

by | Apr 26, 2016

 In the Legislature in Olympia, there are 98 House members — 50 of them are Democrats.  Officially, 10 of those Democrats are elected to represent Seattle, while 40 are supposed to represent districts outside Seattle.  But when it comes to the 2/3 and letting the people on a constitutional amendment this session, all Democrat legislators are Seattle-centric clones. 

        When Rep. Ed Orcutt (R-Kalama) forced a floor vote this session on his legislation allowing Washington’s citizens to vote on a 2/3-for-taxes constitutional amendment, not one of those 40 Democrats from outside Seattle voted “yes”.  All of them disrespected their constituents and refused to join the Republicans in letting the people vote.

        Here are 2 Democrat legislators who are Seattle-centric clones: 

1)  Democrat Pat Sullivan from the 47th district — 70% of voters in his district support the 2/3. 

*  Democrat Chris Hurst from the 31st district — 73% of voters in his district support the 2/3. 

        Both of them had a clear mandate from their constituents to support Rep. Orcutt’s legislation (6 public votes, 6 voter approvals).  But neither one did.  Instead, they sided with Seattle.  They proved themselves to be Seattle-centric clones by arrogantly disrespecting their constituents.

        Pat Sullivan’s Republican challenger is Barry Knowles who nearly beat him in 2014 http://www.barryknowles.com/

        Chris Hurst’s Republican challenger is Phil Fortunato who almost defeated him in 2014 http://votefortunato.org/

        These 2 districts have voters who overwhelmingly support the 2/3 and want the chance to vote on a 2/3-for-taxes constitutional amendment.  They deserve to have representatives who support the 2/3 and support the people’s right to vote.  Knowles and Fortunato do, Seattle-centric Sullivan and Seattle-centric Hurst don’t.  

        If Pat Sullivan and Chris Hurst want to represent Seattle, they should move there.  But the 47th and the 31st districts are not Seattle.  Those voters want their representatives to represent them, not rule over them. 

LD 31 — http://www.two-thirds-to-raise-taxes.info/ld_31
Chris Hurst (elect his pro-2/3 challenger Phil Fortunato)

LD 47 — http://www.two-thirds-to-raise-taxes.info/ld_47
Pat Sullivan (elect his pro-2/3 challenger Barry Knowles)

       Voters need to know who these undemocratic Democrats are.  This is a critical effort that we will promote it from now until November.

       In addition, Jack, Mike, and our entire team are committed to protecting taxpayers with our follow-up initiatives “Tougher To Raise Taxes” and “Bring Back Our $30 Car Tabs.”  Without them, taxpayers are completely vulnerable to Olympia’s insatiable tax appetite.  

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