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“Governor Inslee Integrity Day”?

Jim Boldt, President of Duckabush Communications/Public Affairs, wrote the following commentary on Sen. Baumgartner’s new proposal to designate April 1, “Governor Jay Inslee Integrity Day.”


Sometimes it’s nice to have a little levity at the capital. Especially during the last week or so when the pressure of the clock brings friends and enemies together to do the public’s business.

I guess when you sprinkle a little partisan give-and-take on it, it gets a little flavorful.

Now that Senator Baumgartner has announced, or at least everyone knows, he’s not running for the legislature this fall and will seek a higher paying, closer-to-home county treasurer’s job, it seems he is a little freer to let go. And, then add to this the silly, almost unintelligible comment by the Governor that if he vetoes the public records secrecy act, SB 6617, it will meet with a sudden and certain override. (How many years do you have to be around the capital to know that vote counts can change, in what, thirty seconds? Some people should never be trusted to count votes.) Add to this that he vetoed it!

So we are hoping the Senator’s introduction of the concurrent resolution was truly, totally based in a demand for some humor, some “steam-letting” of cutoff week. This SCR 8408 is merely a paradoxical and faint praise of integrity based on the April Fools designation.

If passed, the entire State Senate and House will concur that praise of the Governor’s integrity is merely an April Fools joke, and thus, not an acknowledgment at all. Shame on them, right?

SCR 8408

WHEREAS, The legislature recognizes Governor Jay Inslee for his exceptional personal integrity, and who is a man of trust and a profile in courage;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, By the Senate of the state of Washington, the House of Representatives concurring, That April 1st be designated “Governor Jay Inslee Integrity Day”; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a copy of this resolution be  immediately transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to the
Secretary of State.