Inslee

Gov. Jay Inslee appears in a CNN Town Hall in early April. 

OLYMPIA — Washington state voters have not elected a Republican as governor since 1980, but GOP leaders said Thursday that Gov. Jay Inslee's failed presidential bid gives them hope that they can deny him a third term next year.

A day after ending his nearly-six month race for the White House, Inslee made it official on Thursday that in 2020 he will seek a third four-year term as governor. If he wins, he would become the first governor to win a third term since Don Evans, a Republican who served from 1965 until 1977.

In an email to supporters the morning after ending his nearly-six month race for the White House, Inslee said: "I want to continue to stand with you in opposing Donald Trump and rejecting his hurtful and divisive agenda, while strengthening and enhancing Washington state's role as a progressive beacon for the nation. Which is why I'm announcing today my intention to run for a third term as Washington's governor."

Rep. Drew Stokesbary, an Auburn Republican who is weighing a run for governor, said the state spending has ballooned under Inslee's watch, he has proposed billions of dollars in taxes, and drug use and homelessness "has gotten really bad" in downtown Seattle.

"Jay has been more focused on running for President than solving the issues here at home," Stokesbary said.

In his re-election announcement, Inslee

under Inslee's watch Inslee's pursuit of the presidency -- which ended after he failed to qualify for a town hall event on climate change because he couldn't reach two per cent in the polls -- showed that governor "isn't his first choice of a job."

If Inslee wins, he would become the first governor to secure a third term since Dan Evans, a Republican who served from 1965 until 1977.

Washington voters have not elected a Republican as governor since 1980. John Spellman, a former King County Executive, did not win re-election in 1984.

So far, two Republicans have announced bids for governor, state Sen. Phil Fortunato and Republic Police Chief Loren Culp of eastern Washington.

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(3) comments

wa7uhr

No, No, No..... A worse horror there is not.


Cinebarbarian

Jay's illusions of grandeur ran up the State budget by well over $600,000.00 (his own numbers) for his mandated Washington State Trooper's Security Detail. O'll Jay, being the staunch democrat he is has no apologizes about the budget increase that was necessary to pay these armed troopers to keep him safe. Even with billionaire buddies donating millions, Jay still stuck the Washington State taxpayer with his security bill. WHAT A JOKE FOR A LEADER!


BAB50

Inslee's security detail was paid for by WA taxpayers or the campaign I thought that only official state business was covered by taxpayers only.[thumbdown]


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