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Monday, December 10, 2012

Two Conservative Dems Defy Voters, Cross Over to Give Republicans Control of the State Senate

Posted by on Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 1:27 PM

You know that potential state senate coup I'd been writing about, the one in which two conservative Democrats cross over to give Republicans the majority? Well, today it happened:

Two conservative Democratic state senators announced today they will join with Senate Republicans to form a “majority coalition caucus” in which they say power will more or less be split between the two parties.

The coup, which has been rumored since Republicans gained a seat in the Senate in last month’s election, would install one of the conservative Democrats, former Republican Rodney Tom of Bellevue, as the body’s majority leader and the other, Tim Sheldon of Potlach, as the president pro tempore.

Of course, nothing's settled until the Senate is gaveled to order. "We continue to hope that we will come to a mutual agreement between now and January 14," apparently-dethroned Senate Majority Leader Ed Murray (D-Seattle) told me by phone shortly after the Republicans' press conference. But Sheldon had been offered the same president pro tempore slot by the Dems, and Tom couldn't possibly get a more prestigious or powerful gig than Majority Leader, so it's hard to see what Murray could offer to bring them back into the fold.

No doubt editorialists will laud both Tom and Sheldon for their "bipartisanship." But both were elected as Democrats. Something to remember the next time anybody prattles on about the "will of the voters."


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Christampa 39
I feel vindicated by the fact that all of my posts are unique, while all of yours are that same mumbling scream that autistic people make when they've run into something that confuses and frightens them.
Posted by Christampa on December 13, 2012 at 5:57 PM · Report this
Christampa 38
Posted by Christampa on December 13, 2012 at 5:52 PM · Report this
17 of your past 20 posts have been stalker bitching. You follow me through the threads I post in and post crap. Keep on stalking, bitch, but doesn't it get a little tiring, ya pathetic "progressive" hosebag?
Posted by Mister G on December 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM · Report this
Christampa 36
I know you are but what am I?
Posted by Christampa on December 13, 2012 at 1:45 AM · Report this
Howdy, "progressive" stalker bitch!
Posted by Mister G on December 12, 2012 at 1:03 PM · Report this
Christampa 34
Yes, that is a right and proper comeback.

Takes one to know one!
Posted by Christampa on December 11, 2012 at 8:46 PM · Report this
And #32, you're mad because they're not yours?
Posted by Mister G on December 11, 2012 at 6:28 PM · Report this
Frank Blethen's vodka distiller 32
#31 likes to play with feces.
Posted by Frank Blethen's vodka distiller on December 11, 2012 at 6:13 PM · Report this
#27, you do whine! Maybe you could join all those wingnuts who want to secede because the Kenyan communist beat the Mormon?
Posted by Mister G on December 11, 2012 at 1:57 PM · Report this
I see the "progressives" remain butthurt, but too bad. Taxews won't get raised this session. Waaaaaaah!
Posted by Mister G on December 11, 2012 at 12:06 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 29
Shorter Mr-Gee-I'm-A-Prick:

"No, YOU shut up!"

Wins all the internets.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on December 11, 2012 at 7:03 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 28
Oh look, Mister G is back after being wrong about every single thing he said during the election.

Still dumb as ever I see.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on December 11, 2012 at 6:20 AM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 27
@26 - god, your herp is never ending isn't it? Have you thought about teaming up with SRotU on the Seattle Times comment section?
Posted by Pridge Wessea on December 11, 2012 at 4:40 AM · Report this
Stop whining, #24
Posted by Mister G on December 11, 2012 at 1:41 AM · Report this
I remember when you were telling me that there wasn't much corruption in Washington State.
Posted by The Raven on December 11, 2012 at 12:45 AM · Report this
@23: You are denied last post, spammer.

Posted by Furcifer on December 11, 2012 at 12:36 AM · Report this
#13, tough shit!
Posted by Mister G on December 11, 2012 at 12:30 AM · Report this
By the way, #20, now that the Republicans control the state Senate, the "two thirds bullshit" won't matter. Isn't that just horrible?! Ha ha ha ha ha! Whine on!
Posted by Mister G on December 11, 2012 at 12:29 AM · Report this
Oh come on. They need to be paid off. The same Seattle "progressives" who spread their legs for Chris Hansen and Paul Allen can surely find some crumbs for their tables. Come on McGinn, you have some city hall contingency funds, no?
Posted by Mister G on December 11, 2012 at 12:28 AM · Report this
watchout5 20
What's with these republicans in democrat clothing? I always knew there wasn't a big difference between the 2 parties but these kinds of tricks should be outlawed in some way. If you run as a XYZ you can't decide, even before you take your job, that you're not XYX, if that's the case there should be an automatic new election to signify such a drastic change from what happened. That way you can totally still make such a drastic change but the voters will have to be reminded of it. Wouldn't have mattered anyway with this 2/3rds bullshit, the people working in congress couldn't do anything even if they wanted, so now we can't even want to do better? Same as it ever was, same as it ever was.
Posted by watchout5 on December 10, 2012 at 11:34 PM · Report this
but but but you guys don't let perfect be the enemy of good we NEED to elect these conservadems because then we'll have the majority and pass what we NEED to
Posted by every fucking time, i swear on December 10, 2012 at 9:22 PM · Report this
sperifera 18
Rodent Tom was a Republican until that became a liability in his socially moderate Eastside district. Fearing that he couldn't be elected with an 'R' beside his name, he started playing with the cool kids, and started sporting the 'D'. I've known him since he was about 8 years old, and he's always been a sneaky little shit. Never liked him, even as an adult. This really shouldn't come as a surprise...
Posted by sperifera on December 10, 2012 at 8:33 PM · Report this
#15, tell us a about this "outrageous spending."
Posted by westello on December 10, 2012 at 7:50 PM · Report this
If Tom wanted to be independent, he should have run as one. He ran as a Dem, took their money and is now thumbing his nose at them. If he thinks the Reps are going to include him in their reindeer games, he's got another thing coming.

The Dems should shun him.
Posted by westello on December 10, 2012 at 7:49 PM · Report this

Social Moderates.

Fiscal Conservatives.

This is the New Face of Washington.

People who are talented, achieving and productive...who respect each others preferences, likes and dislikes.

But all of whom realize that outrageous state spending is not an answer to individual problems or liberties.

This is the real coalition that the crooks fear.

Don't mess with the 2/3rds.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on December 10, 2012 at 7:41 PM · Report this
passionate_jus 14
I'll be sending money to whoever runs against them in the 2014 Democratic primary.
Posted by passionate_jus on December 10, 2012 at 7:07 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 13
@12 - So you're saying that voters were fully aware they were going to caucus with the Republicans?
Posted by Pridge Wessea on December 10, 2012 at 6:52 PM · Report this
Kinison 12
Not really defying any of the voters if the voters knew they were conservative democrats to begin with. Not everyone votes for a person just because they have a D or R next to their name. If you dont like it, vote them out of office you live in their district, dont get upset because of the way Democracy works.
Posted by Kinison on December 10, 2012 at 3:42 PM · Report this
MrBaker 11
Kick them out, let the Republicans come up with their partisan budget in the Senate, the Dems in the House, reconcile them in the inevitable Special Session.
Posted by MrBaker on December 10, 2012 at 2:45 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 10
@ 6, It's one thing to vote like a conservative, but there's really no sense in calling yourself a Democrat if you won't caucus with the Democrats. Belonging to a club should mean playing by the club's rules. You can argue about whether that's the best way to govern, but you can't argue that these guys are being purely honest, or concerned with their constituents more than their own careers.
Posted by Matt from Denver on December 10, 2012 at 2:45 PM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 9
Pure desperation orchestrated by background national interests. Follow the money.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on December 10, 2012 at 2:26 PM · Report this
We aren't headed towards Wisconsin or Michigan, I suspect, but two more years of stalemate are very likely, given the Democrats own the state house and most of the offices of the state executive.
Posted by palamedes on December 10, 2012 at 2:04 PM · Report this
Tom's takeover is bad news for public education in our state. He helped cut $2.5 billion in K-12 funding, and instead of following the Constitution and amply funding our schools, he blames teachers.
Posted by Rich Wood on December 10, 2012 at 2:00 PM · Report this
The only people who elect their representatives on the expectation that they vote on strictly party lines are zealots like yourself.
Posted by Hutch on December 10, 2012 at 1:58 PM · Report this
Ro_ney Tom gives me the creeps! Litzow is icky, too. Pity upon those dependent on state government with those two in leadership! Michigan & Wisconsin, here we come!
Posted by 1971 on December 10, 2012 at 1:54 PM · Report this
How do we start a recall? Can we?
Posted by dak7e on December 10, 2012 at 1:53 PM · Report this
Are they still members of the Democratic Party? If so, can they be expelled from the Party?
Posted by digitalwitch on December 10, 2012 at 1:47 PM · Report this
Rodney Tom is dead meat. It's only a matter of how.

Tim Sheldon is a much tougher gent to remove - he's in a fairly conservative legislative district.

Posted by palamedes on December 10, 2012 at 1:45 PM · Report this
pfffter 1
Fuck those guys. I hope those guys get sent to the unemployment line in the next election, not that their little stunt won't do enough damage. Traitorous fucks.
Posted by pfffter on December 10, 2012 at 1:37 PM · Report this

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