Politics A Race to Watch on Tuesday
Washington state has a Lamont/Lieberman primary of its own next week…at the state house level.
It’s the race in the 35th District (Mason County, Kitsap, Thurston & Grays Harbor). The “Democratic” incumbent is Sen. Tim Sheldon. Sheldon, who was first elected to the state senate in 1996, is essentially a Republican.
Sheldon votes with the GOP caucus on just about every issue: from nay on education funding, to nay on health care spending, to nay on improved car emission standards, to nay on stem-cell research, to nay on strengthening unemployment-insurance benefits…the list goes on…nay on raising the minimum wage, nay on lowering prescription drug costs, nay on family leave…
Here’s an article I did on Sheldon last year.
Sheldon even headed up Democrats for Bush in Washington state.
His Republican allegiance is especially galling to the Democrats because it undermines their claim on the majority. At 26-23, Sheldon’s faux Dem status knocks it down to 25-24. Voting with the GOP, Sheldon famously killed the gay rights bill in 2005.
So, Democratic interest groups (SEIU, Washington Conservation Voters, Progressive Majority) have set up a trio of independent expenditure committees with names like Seniors Who’ve Had Enough and Democrats Who’ve Had Enough, and they’re spending bank on mailing and TV ($200k so far) to take Sheldon out.
They’re getting behind Sheldon’s primary challenger, Kyle Taylor Lucas a public interest pr consultant and a member of the Tulalip tribe who was Gov. Locke’s Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs.
Moxie Media, the Seattle-based firm that also did the mail for Ned Lamont, btw—is doing Lucas’s mail. We’ll see if they do as good a job taking down Sheldon (the black and red mailer with a lackluster picture of Sheldon holding a sign that says “Had Enough?” blares: Vote No on Tim Sheldon, Leader of Democrats for Bush in 2004.)
Polling in August had Lucas trailing the longtime incumbent by about 7 points.