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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

It's Time to Teach Senator Ro_ney Tom a Lesson

Posted by on Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Representative Deb Eddy thinks I'm unhelpful. Yesterday, when I suggested that Senate Dems might want to express their ire at Senator Jim Kastama's betrayal by withdrawing their endorsements of him in his run for Secretary of State, Eddy took issue with my call for party discipline, responding on Facebook that "with commentary like this, I wouldn't be looking for Sen. Kastama to vote for any Democratic budget."

Uh-huh. As if the real obstacle to progress in Olympia is bloggers like me. If only political commentary was still the exclusive reserve of writers handpicked by wealthy daily newspaper publishers, our budgets would be in perpetual balance.

But undaunted by criticism (as always), I have another suggestion for Senate Democratic leaders seeking to restore order to their caucus: It is time to yank the chairmanship of the Higher Education Committee away from Kastama co-conspirator Senator Ro_ney Tom (_-Medina).

While not himself issuing a call to action, I think Bill Lyne of the United Faculty of Washington State lays out as compelling an argument as any for relieving Tom of his committee chairmanship:

Senator Tom was particularly quiet Friday night. His support for the Zarelli budget is particularly disheartening for those of us in higher education. We’ve always hoped that Senator Tom, as chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee, would somehow see his way clear to genuinely supporting our state’s outstanding universities and colleges. In the budget that Senate Democrats presented last week (the budget that people actually got to read and testify about), Senators Ed Murray, Lisa Brown and Derek Kilmer showed a lot of leadership and courage in finally proposing no more cuts to education. As Senator Tom sat down with his Republican pals to write the coup budget, we would have hoped that he would have insisted, as the chair of Higher Education, that another $38 million not be cut from an already decimated system. As the 25th and deciding vote, you’d think he could’ve gotten at least that in the deal.

The Democratic budget defended higher education from further cuts. The Republican budget, for which Tom was the 25th vote, slashed another $30-plus million. Tom didn't just betray his fellow Democrats. He betrayed the colleges and universities his committee oversees, and the tens of thousands of students who attend them.

If the Democratic leadership wants to hold off on disciplining their wayward caucus members in the hope of luring them back into the fold, fine. But I can't think of a more fitting punishment for Tom than to pull his chairmanship of a committee he failed to serve faithfully.


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venomlash 1
SENATOR Tom? Moar liek UNCLE Tom, amirite?
Posted by venomlash on March 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM · Report this
"But undaunted by criticism (as always), I"

what a fucking blowhard
Posted by Reader01 on March 6, 2012 at 2:07 PM · Report this
I'm guessing Reader01 (#2) is generally humor impaired. But it might be a defect that only arises when they read Goldy.
Posted by Warren Terra on March 6, 2012 at 2:13 PM · Report this
I actually do wish you'd run yourself, as you hinted the other day. I think it's a great next step for you. But it does take fundraising work, and look what happened trying to make a living with HA, here you are at the Stranger.

But if you could maybe take some lessons to get over that hurdle I bet you'd love being in the thick of it yourself. It pays 42 grand a year, but you work for Keck, that can't be much more, right?
Posted by gloomy gus on March 6, 2012 at 2:13 PM · Report this
pfffter 5
Well, Senator Kastama can forget about getting my vote (as well as a whole state full of other Democrats, probably) after he pulled this bullshit.

Posted by pfffter on March 6, 2012 at 2:34 PM · Report this
@2 - he means it in exactly the same way Rush Limbaugh does - it's not an act
Posted by Reader01 on March 6, 2012 at 3:13 PM · Report this
RR Anderson 7

Posted by RR Anderson on March 6, 2012 at 3:31 PM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 8
So why do you keep spelling his name 'ro_ney tom' ?
Posted by Dr_Awesome on March 6, 2012 at 4:16 PM · Report this
From an earlier post:
Ro_ney Tom (a man who doesn't even deserve a "D" in his name, let alone next to it)
Posted by Warren Terra on March 6, 2012 at 4:46 PM · Report this
MrBaker 10
Deb Eddie, it doesn't matter if Goldy is "not helping", you can only help those that want to be helped.
Tom clearly is beyond help.
This is not his first incident.
Posted by MrBaker on March 6, 2012 at 4:59 PM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 11
Got it, thanks.
Posted by Dr_Awesome on March 6, 2012 at 5:53 PM · Report this

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