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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Jay Inslee to Step Down from Congress to Campaign Full Time for Governor

Posted by on Sat, Mar 10, 2012 at 11:38 AM

According to campaign insiders, US Representative Jay Inslee (WA-01) will announce that he is stepping down from Congress to focus full time on his campaign for the Washington governorship, confirming earlier speculation. Inslee's resignation will be effective March 20th.

As for the timing, campaign insiders tell me that this wasn't an easy decision for Inslee, but that the recent partisan meltdown in Olympia pushed him to make the move sooner rather than later. No doubt Republicans will attempt to spin this as an act of desperation or a sign of weakness, but with two recent polls suggesting Inslee has climbed into a tie, it seems more an effort to take advantage of the momentum Inslee already has. In any case, it's got to be seen as bad news for Inslee's Republican opponent, Rob McKenna, who has up until now enjoyed the advantage of being able to campaign full time, while Inslee has had to split his days between here and the other Washington.

This is shaping up to be the most hotly contested gubernatorial race in the nation, and it will take a full time campaign to win, so no doubt a lot of Dems will be relieved to hear today's news.


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Phoebe in Wallingford 1
Looks weak considering Michele Bachmann kept her congressional seat while running for president.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on March 10, 2012 at 12:40 PM · Report this
TheRain 2
Her attendance was absolutely pathetic while she tried to do both, the Congress and the Presidency are both focused on national issues, and Minneapolis-St. Paul is an easier commute to DC than Seattle is. If anything, choosing to give up the position shows his commitment to running for Governor.
Posted by TheRain on March 10, 2012 at 12:54 PM · Report this
@1, I almost admire your refusal to examine your own thoughts before typing them out for us here. Bachmann's campaign was one long lesson in what not to do if you care about winning office.
Posted by gloomy gus on March 10, 2012 at 1:09 PM · Report this
Zotz 4
@3: Continually clueless.

I assume she's real, but her comments have the feel of a satirical algorithm that renders up a 90 year old republican crone. But you never know, there's a few still kickin'.

Posted by Zotz on March 10, 2012 at 1:20 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 5
@3, @4: Did I provide commentary? No, I simply stated that if a presidential candidate can multitask a congressional seat, a gubernatorial candidate should be able to do the same.
So let me substitute John F. Kennedy who won the presidency while staying in Congress as a Senator.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on March 10, 2012 at 1:43 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 6
Re @5: I meant commentary about Mrs. Bachmann's performance.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on March 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM · Report this
Timrrr 8
But back to the subject at hand...

Any speculation yet on who could be appointed to fill Inslee's seat for the remainder?
Posted by Timrrr on March 10, 2012 at 2:33 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 9
@7: According to KOMO, his seat will remain vacant until the November election, leaving his constituents will be without representation.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on March 10, 2012 at 2:36 PM · Report this
Yeah because that one Democrat in the House, splitting time between coasts, was going to make such a difference between now and November.
Posted by madcap on March 10, 2012 at 2:42 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 11
Inslee was a minority democrat in a majority republican house, in one of the most polarized congresses in history. Pretty much any congressional vote he might have taken between now and November would have been like pissing in the wind.

This was a smart move.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on March 10, 2012 at 2:57 PM · Report this
Goldy 12
@8, There will be no appointment or special election—Inslee's seat will remain vacant. That said, his offices will remain open, and constituent services will continue to be provided.
Posted by Goldy on March 10, 2012 at 3:08 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 13
@12: Constituent services? Greatly diminished without his vote in the House.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on March 10, 2012 at 3:33 PM · Report this
Phoebe: Barack Obama was roundly criticized by Republicans for NOT giving up his Senate seat while running for president, thus depriving his constituents of a fulltime senator.

Stop being such a hypocrite.
Posted by bigyaz on March 10, 2012 at 6:26 PM · Report this
The big question - will anybody notice he's gone?
Posted by delbert on March 10, 2012 at 7:04 PM · Report this

What? What's that? I'm running for Governor...? Let me sleep for another 10 years...snooze, snoze, grevetch.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on March 10, 2012 at 9:58 PM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 18
@14: My comments are party agnostic in relation to keeping a congressional seat while running for another office so I am not being hypocritical.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on March 10, 2012 at 10:12 PM · Report this
Thank goodness he promised not to resign the seat.

What a liar.
Posted by bornhere on March 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM · Report this

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