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.”