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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hey, Senator Tom... Don't Let the Caucus Door Hit You on the Way Out!

Posted by on Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 3:37 PM

State Senators Ro_ney Tom and Tim Sheldon think they own Olympia or something. Senate Dems are caucusing this afternoon, presumably to elect Ed Murray the new Senate Majority Leader. That is, if Tom and Sheldon still consider themselves Democrats.

Democrats currently hold a bare 26-22 majority in the Senate, pending the outcome of the near-dead-heat race between Republican Don Benton and Democrat Tim Probst in LD-17. If Benton wins, that makes Tom and Sheldon kingmakers, at least in their own minds. They're demanding that committee chairs be shared between Democrats and Republicans, with no doubt a couple plum assignments for themselves.

But Murray appears to be having nothing of it:

“I think it would be more practical, if they don’t feel like they want to organize with the Democrats, that they organize with the Republicans,” Murray added, “because I really do feel like somebody should be in the majority.”

Right on, Ed!

And good riddance. Sheldon has always been his own weird thing, but Tom is a former Republican who's been nothing but trouble since glue-sticking a "D" next to his name in 2006. If in the wake of an election in which Democrats won the White House, the governor's mansion, and all but one statewide office, while holding onto control of the state House and Senate, Tom wants to switch parties once again, by all means go for it. Tom's two 48th LD House colleagues just won their elections with 69 percent and 61 percent of the vote respectively. Nothing would make me happier than to see him run for reelection in two years as a born-again Republican in this increasingly Democratic district.

Or, I suppose, Sheldon and Tom could just shut the fuck up and be satisfied with whatever committee assignments they get. Tom is reportedly angling for chair of the budget-writing Ways & Means Committee, but just keeping his chairmanship of the Higher Education Committee is more than Tom deserves, and more than enough bipartisanship for me.


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michaelp 1
That's the kind of leadership of the caucus I want to hear. Concise, but clear - pick a team.

Another great benefit of being represented by Sen. Murray!
Posted by michaelp on November 13, 2012 at 3:46 PM · Report this
Let's be accurate the GOP has two statewide offices (Lt. Gov).
Posted by Seattle14 on November 13, 2012 at 3:52 PM · Report this
"Share"? Interesting when DINOs want to share: when they're outnumbered.
Posted by sarah70 on November 13, 2012 at 3:58 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 4
I know some great folks in Shelton, but man, they keep electing that asshat Sheldon.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on November 13, 2012 at 4:12 PM · Report this
Rodney Tom is a very thought full guy who has a lot to offer. He care a lot about education reform and is truly a social liberal. He should stick with the Democrats but then loosen up a little bit.
Posted by Rich Nafziger on November 13, 2012 at 4:18 PM · Report this
Original Andrew 6
Does it really matter anymore? For years the Demonrats have fucked us over with all-cuts RepubliKKKan budgets, screwing over everyone from students to the sick and elderly. Regardless of who's supposedly in charge, the outcome is the same.
Posted by Original Andrew on November 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM · Report this
Yes, Tom does care a lot about ed reform but only the ed reform as defined by Bill Gates and company. Many of us want to see better outcomes for all children but not at the hands of those who will profit and those who only favor a couple of reforms.

He is not a good Dem and this end-run proves it.
Posted by westello on November 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 8
@5 - Well shucks, you're right. Let's give the guy a few more terms to find his center and show us all he has to offer.
Posted by MacCrocodile on November 13, 2012 at 4:28 PM · Report this
It would be INSANE for the Democrats to award betrayal with committee chairs.

Now let's see if they do it.
Posted by Charlie Mas on November 13, 2012 at 4:31 PM · Report this
Murray's been elected majority leader.
Posted by sarah70 on November 13, 2012 at 4:35 PM · Report this
Posted by MrBaker on November 13, 2012 at 5:05 PM · Report this
Good on you, Ed Murray. About time an adult took over in the Senate. Rodney Tom doesn't care about making our schools better, he just buys into the standard teacher bashing that's been in vogue. And he pouts when he doesn't get his way.
Posted by 1971 on November 13, 2012 at 8:52 PM · Report this
TheRain 13
Tom's already been a fuck-up as chair of the Higher Ed committee, and God help us all if he were able to ooze his way up to running Ways and Means.
Posted by TheRain on November 13, 2012 at 8:54 PM · Report this
Is it possible to not assign Rodney Tom to any committees at all?
Posted by Charlie Mas on November 14, 2012 at 1:23 AM · Report this
When I look at a Washington state ballot, I see "prefers X party" next to every name. Does this mean that Sheldon (and other DINOs) have the right to run under whatever "preference" would get them elected, and then proceed to caucus with the opposing party?
Posted by Furcifer on November 14, 2012 at 9:23 AM · Report this

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