WA House Majority Leader Cuts and Runs

Votes to raise taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars, then quits so she doesn’t have to face the voters in November. What a champ.

From The Seattle Times:

House leader Kessler won’t seek re-election

OLYMPIA — One of the state Legislature’s top lawmakers has announced her retirement.

House Majority Leader Lynn Kessler, D-Hoquiam, told House members early Tuesday morning that she will not run for re-election this fall. Kessler has been in the Legislature for 18 years and served in the majority leadership team for about a decade.

As majority leader, Kessler is the second-ranking Democrat in the state House. She represents a conservative, rural, blue-collar Democratic district, and says she worked to bridge the divide between rural and urban Washington.

The GOP sees Kessler’s seat as a pick-up opportunity, according to Publicola’s Josh Feit:

All three seats in the 24th are currently filled by Democrats, but this does seem like another opportunity for the GOP. So far the GOP has not announced a candidate.

They had been talking to folks to run against Kessler’s colleague Rep. Kevin Van De Wege (D-24), but will likely change the target to Kessler’s open seat.  “We’re talking to proven vote getters in the community,” says Kevin Carns, Director of the House Republican Organizational Committee, “school board, city council folks. We’ll be competitive.”

Lynn Kessler

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5 Responses to WA House Majority Leader Cuts and Runs

  1. Bill says:

    Kessler, Stupak, whoever. Correlation is not the same as causation. It just isn’t. It. Just. Isn’t. By the same logic you could call LBJ weak for leaving after enacting the Great Society. There were other factors. Psychology is not black and white, as “sexy” the blog post might be if it is.

    • Nick says:

      Stupak, Kessler, and dozens of other Dems around the country are quitting b/c they know they’d lose in November. Everyone knows that.

      • Bill says:

        And those are the assertions that make you a great pundit but an absolutely pitiful analyst.

      • Nick says:

        Right, because Bart Stupak quit to spend more time with his family. Absolutely.

        Bill, you have your own blog to tend to. Go see to it.

      • Bill says:

        Why would you turn away a avid reader? I find you very entertaining. Even though you do hold season tickets to quite possibly the most boring sport in the world.

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