Politics One More Column for Susan Paynter to Write
posted by November 9 at 14:58 PMon
Last March, Susan Paynter, who has since retired from her longtime gig as a PI columnist, wrote this:
I wanted to ask Rossi about all of that and more this week. As governor, where would he stand on issues such as domestic partnerships? Same-sex civil unions? Unfettered pharmacy access to the Plan B morning-after pill? Even the record number of appointments of women to key state posts that Gov. Chris Gregoire has made? Three times I called his office at Forward Washington. Eventually an answer came. “He hasn’t made the decision to run,” Forward Washington’s Sarah Dorn told me. “When he does make that decision — and I’m not sure when he will — he’ll be happy to discuss it.”
Rossi is now officially running for governor, and given yesterday’s District Court decision suspending the state pharmacy board’s rule that Plan B had to be made available to customers, Rossi’s opinion about Plan B has is pretty relevant.
Rossi still won’t return my calls or e-mails (I guess he didn’t like that I asked him about S-CHIP). So, please Susan Paynter, come out of retirement for one more column. See if Rossi is happy to answer your questions about Plan B like he told you he’d be.
During his time as a Senator in Olympia, Rossi voted to fund abstinence-only education programs; voted to allow insurance companies to deny women coverage for birth control pills; and voted against allowing the State Dept. of Health and Human Services to provide contraception to poor families.
I’m scheduled to talk to Gov. Gregoire this afternoon to get her reaction to the Plan B ruling.