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ELECTION: Is Inslee just on a book tour?

Letter by Connie L. Lowry, Puyallup on Sep. 14, 2012 at 9:37 am with 28 Comments »
September 14, 2012 10:01 am

Jay Inslee’s ads lead me to wonder whether he is running for governor or on a book tour. He is constantly touting the energy book he “wrote” – yet when you look at the book online you see it was co-authored.

This book was published five years ago. Why is he bringing it up now?

I would rather hear about more practical and concrete ideas as to what he is going to do to reverse Washington’s high unemployment rate, taxes on small businesses, our high gas tax, funding for education, the selling off of some of our state parks, etc.

I would like to hear why someone on a congressional salary at the time took money out of his 401(k) to have his home reroofed, as was reported on KIRO New Radio. It seems poor money management for someone making his salary to dip into your 401(k) for this type of home repair.

Inslee should tell us how he is going to manage the finances of Washington state and get our balance sheet in the black.

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  1. charliebucket says:

    You have a problem with how someone else chose to pay for their roof? Really?

    I am having trouble coming up with the right words that convey how I feel about this…..hmmm…..

    Drop the judgement and condemnation when you know nothing about the man’s finances except what you heard on talk radio and mind your own business, seems the closest to express what I mean.

  2. Huh? Poor money management is *not* a problem with someone who chooses to have access to three billion dollars of taxpayer money?

    Come on, charliebucket… maybe *you’d* better “drop the judgement.”
    It seems to me the LTE is just talking common sense.

    terry

  3. charliebucket says:

    The term “poor money management” is subjective. Without any details of Inslee’s finances or knowledge or facts about Inslee’s decision making considerations regarding his roof, how can anyone claim that he exhibited poor money management? I cashed in an IRA and took the tax hit, to help pay for an addition on my home so I did not have to take out a loan. The loan would have cost me way more in interest than cashing in my IRA. Not to mention we were expecting our 3rd child and we needed more space much more urgently at that time than we needed to sit on some of our retirement money for 40 years. So am I a poor money manager oh wise armchair economists?

    Potato, potata.

    Dislike Inslee based on his views or his politics or his congressional record, sure, but casting aspersions on the man because he paid for his roof in a way you don’t agree with, based on a talk radio program digging up things to talk about is, frankly, ridiculous.

  4. Ortingmom says:

    I think Charlie is right, it is a non issue

  5. charliebucket says:

    well Orting Mom, we agree about the roof.

    Actually, if I may, I think the PRINCIPLE of an important point is what is the real issue, at least to me. That we, as Americans, are so tuned in to “news” telling us what is important that we lose sight of a lot of things. Talk radio and news channels are trying to fill 24 hour airtime. So they are talking about a LOT of non issues, a lot of unfounded ‘what if’ scenarios and conspiracy theories and putting ideas into listeners minds that they would otherwise scoff at. Then a whole bunch of like minded people, or some overpaid entertainer pundit, agrees with whatever is being discussed and talks about it for 15 minutes like it is the cure to cancer, so it seems like it is important….

    This roof issue is a case in point, IMO. Some radio manager or pundit is sitting at her desk writing the day’s program, digging for SOMETHING, anything, new to talk about and comes up with (the oh so controversial and poorly managed way) **’how Inslee paid for his roof’.

    **You could insert a thousand obscure, irrelevant points being made on news shows and talk radio everyday for the roof topic….

    Sincerely, is this the kind of information people really use to decide who our public servants are?

    I am just saying.

    I will step off my soapbox now and bid you all a good day.

  6. This book was published five years ago. Why is he bringing it up now?

    Because outslee and the rest of the liberal kamikaze pilots wish it were still 5 years ago; Bush in power, dems control congress, plenty of green energy zombie/ lemmings who’ve not yet been sobered by reality, etc. In the whole of his less-than-distinguished career, he has nothing else to point to.

    15 years in the US house… one committee assignment. But a very impressive list of caucus memberships:

    Congressional Friends of Animals Caucus
    Congressional Internet Caucus
    House Medicare and Medicaid Fairness Caucus
    House Oceans Caucus
    United States Congressional International Conservation Caucus
    Congressional Arts Caucus

    Yup, that’s some important and relevant stuff there too.

    And for those who think being unable to pay for a new roof from one’s $174K (plus bennies) salary, or savings therefrom, is not a worthy question for a prospective governor I would ask what they think of inslee’s latest lying ad about McKenna supposedly voting himself a raise.

    Fact check time:

    http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019150645_truthneedle14m.html

    Makes you wonder how many times outslee voted himself a raise in the state legislature. And how many times did he vote to block automatic pay raises during his interminably long 19+ years of government employment?

  7. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    I bet inslee has a basement full of the books he could never sell so he must be selling them as he campaigns around King County.

    I heard he is offering a two for one special and still can’t move the rag of a book.

    Maybe a retitle of “How to lose $535 million on Solyndra”

  8. My point was CharlieBucket that if Mr. Inslee can’t handle his own finances, I don’t think the citizens of Washington want him to handle theirs’. After all a governor should have some basic knowledge of general accounting principles.

    Secondly, touting a book co-authored five years ago has to make you wonder what he accomplished in his tenure as a Congressman. Doesn’t he have anything in his congressional record that is more recent that shows he has the skills needed to be an exceptional governor?

  9. Careful Connie. Don’t corner charlie, he’ll accuse you of getting all of your information from FOX News, or some other fall back cliché commonly used by liberals as their message board white flags.

    Anyway, the concept of being able to manage ones own finances is largely irrelevant (for obvious reasons) in the liberal version of reality. They’re probably only wondering why outslee didn’t just take the money he needed from his neighbor… or charge it to his neighbors kids… and grand kids… and great…

    As to “skills”, one only need be so skillful as to be able to spell “democrat” on their party affiliation documents to qualify for any office in the minds of the charliebuckets of this state.

    Hope inslee has a lot of money left in his retirement fund (ex-congressman – rhetorical statement), I hear the capital building could use a new roof.

  10. LeePHilI says:

    ANOTHER right wing letter, Ms. Lowery?????

    Connie…tell us about the commercial citing the truth about McKenna lobbying for his personal raise.

    I think that will make for better discussion about who is running for governor than a book you claim is out of date.

    Seattle Times – McKenna did tell a state salary commission in January 2007 that he deserved a raise. The independent commission, which approves salary increases for officials elected to state positions, invited McKenna and other officials to offer feedback on the results of a new survey that looked at job responsibilities and pay.

    McKenna was earning $137,268 at the time. He did not say how much he thought he should get, but suggested “perhaps something more than 2 percent.”

    “This is the biggest law office, biggest law firm in the state — private or public,” he told the Washington Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials. “I think the salary is frankly too low for the position compared to comparable positions, such as the Supreme Court and the United States Attorney.”

    The commission gave him an 8.2 percent raise in late 2007 and a 2 percent raise in 2008, increasing McKenna’s salary to $151,718 over two years.

    I guess Rob’s $137K wasn’t quite enough to be courting the TEA Party back in 2007….oh wait…..he wasn’t courting them then….He was courting moderates like myself to vote for him for Attorney General.

    THERE is a real “personal finance” issue that affects taxpayers, Connie.

  11. nwcolorist2 says:

    The book promotion does make Inslee look like he’s struggling financially. And it’s a propaganda piece to boot.

    Amazon ranks the book as #614,644 on the bestseller list.
    http://www.amazon.com/Apollos-Fire-Igniting-Americas-Economy/dp/1597266493/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1347731002&sr=1-1&keywords=jay+inslee

  12. Connie…tell us about the commercial citing the truth about McKenna lobbying for his personal raise.

    Peehill conveniently ignores the conclusion of the Times piece, linked in a post a mere four comments above his. But then it’s a common loser tactic to cherry pick a portion of an article so as to stomp on context.

    For the benefit of the hills, let’s try the link again (you know, Larry, the one that the Seattle Times heads “Truth Needle: Two truths add up to false ad claim”, and gives your propaganda piece a “mostly false” rating):

    http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019150645_truthneedle14m.html

    Truth; it’s kryptonite to hills.

  13. LeePHilI says:

    The “truth” was that the two issues didn’t meet, if you read the article.

    That doesn’t change the point that McKenna DID LOBBY AND GOT HIS RAISE.

    You’ll note that I didn’t include the “12 cents on the minimum” wage issue, which was what the Time took exception to.

    Funny how you point the finger at me, when it’s you that is misrepresenting the issue.

    There is NOTHING FALSE about McKenna’s getting a raise. It’s public information. He lobbied for and got a significant raise on the taxpayer’s dime while union employees were making concessions on wages, benefits and took no raise.

    So…back to my point. Insless’s book is a non-issue, McKenna’s raise IS AN ISSUE to taxpayers.

  14. LeePHilI says:

    “taxedenoughintacoma says:
    Sep. 14, 2012 at 8:34 pm I bet inslee has a basement full of the books”

    Yeah…he doesn’t have a right wing blog to purchase them to use for promotional tools. I’m sure Jay’s problem was that his book was more than four chapters.

  15. LeePHilI says:

    Clamato loves to point the finger at others for personal guilt.

    The closing line to the Times article says it all:

    “But because the ad makes it seem as though both were occurring simultaneously, we find the claim mostly false.”

    When you look at my comment I didn’t speak of two issues – just one. McKenna’s raise.

    Regardless of the truth/false of two issues occurring simultaneously, that doesn’t negate McKenna’s request for a raise nor the raise he accepted, while rank and file labor conceded raises, benefits and layoffs.

    Nothing changes the fact that McKenna got the raise that was requested, while others did without. The very people that he has asked to vote for him did without while McKenna took care of himself.
    Clamato needs to take my comment in context before accusing me of what Clamato itself is guilty of……misrepresentation of an issue.

  16. LOL, Three posts worth of back-peddling. Nice. Yeah, you probably want to paper over that stuff as soon as possible, Larry.

    When you’re done trying to figure out how to tie velcro shoes, Larry, kindly tell us again; what was the headline of the Times piece? What was it’s purpose?

    The “truth” is that outslee’s add is false, period.

  17. LeePHilI says:

    No back peddling here. Not one false word from Insless either.

    Quote….word for word from the Seattle Times.

    Seattle Times – McKenna did tell a state salary commission in January 2007 that he deserved a raise. The independent commission, which approves salary increases for officials elected to state positions, invited McKenna and other officials to offer feedback on the results of a new survey that looked at job responsibilities and pay.
    McKenna was earning $137,268 at the time. He did not say how much he thought he should get, but suggested “perhaps something more than 2 percent.”
    “This is the biggest law office, biggest law firm in the state — private or public,” he told the Washington Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials. “I think the salary is frankly too low for the position compared to comparable positions, such as the Supreme Court and the United States Attorney.”
    The commission gave him an 8.2 percent raise in late 2007 and a 2 percent raise in 2008, increasing McKenna’s salary to $151,718 over two years.”

    Then, of course, there is this issue….

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna says he will not release any of his tax returns, calling the matter a distraction from important issues.
    McKenna said Tuesday that he has disclosed enough information in the personal financial forms that candidates file with the state. He called the tax-return debate a “phony issue.”
    Democratic rival Jay Inslee released five years of tax returns last week. Inslee’s campaign has been calling on McKenna to release tax returns.

    As the Seattle Times said….what is false about the ad is the claim of simultaneous issues.

    Of course, I didn’t speak to the other issue, so it has nothing to do with my comment.

    Clamato lied about my comment. Nothing new.

    I wonder what else Clamato lies about? Number of monikers, perhaps?

    A tax return would confirm how much money the State of Washington paid McKenna. Yeah…let’s avoid the truth as much as possible. What else is McKenna hiding? What other payrolls is McKenna on?

  18. Clamato lied about my comment.

    Where?

    Now that you’ve back-peddled all the way to the end zone wall, you got nowhere else to go – So time for lies, fabrications, and deflections. “Nothing new”.

    I wonder what else Clamato lies about? Number of monikers, perhaps?

    ROTFLMFAO!!! I’ve just been potted by king kettle!

    As to deflection, here’s how you spell hypocrites with a “D”:

    http://watchdog.org/56473/seiler-democrats-touchy-about-releasing-their-own-tax-returns/

  19. charliebucket says:

    the point remains, clowery, that YOUR idea of what is poor money management is SUBJECTIVE. Just because it does not sound like you would use your 401K to re-roof your house does not mean it is poor money management to do so.

    To claim that it is, indicates that you think you have the corner on the market of what is right and wrong, FOR EVERYONE ELSE.

  20. LeePHilI says:

    Nothing changes this:

    “Seattle Times – McKenna did tell a state salary commission in January 2007 that he deserved a raise. The independent commission, which approves salary increases for officials elected to state positions, invited McKenna and other officials to offer feedback on the results of a new survey that looked at job responsibilities and pay.
    McKenna was earning $137,268 at the time. He did not say how much he thought he should get, but suggested “perhaps something more than 2 percent.”
    “This is the biggest law office, biggest law firm in the state — private or public,” he told the Washington Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials. “I think the salary is frankly too low for the position compared to comparable positions, such as the Supreme Court and the United States Attorney.”
    The commission gave him an 8.2 percent raise in late 2007 and a 2 percent raise in 2008, increasing McKenna’s salary to $151,718 over two years.”

  21. LeePHilI says:

    An entire blog of Democratic names and not one ounce of proof of anyone refusing to release tax returns during a campaign, yet pretending that is what the subject is.

    What a pile…….

    Classic Conservative Obsfucation

    Meanwhile:

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna says he will not release any of his tax returns, calling the matter a distraction from important issues.
    McKenna said Tuesday that he has disclosed enough information in the personal financial forms that candidates file with the state. He called the tax-return debate a “phony issue.”
    Democratic rival Jay Inslee released five years of tax returns last week. Inslee’s campaign has been calling on McKenna to release tax returns.

    I noticed the blogger didn’t address the Washington Gubernatorial race, which is what we are talking about on this forum.

  22. averageJose says:

    Watching Larry of Oly back peddle is comedy gold I tell ya.

  23. You don’t “Reid” so well, Larry. And your long-winded replies continue to be very revealing of your tenuous… positions. There was a lengthy list of top democrats who either refused, or did not respond to Mr. Seiler’s inquiry as to their willingness to also release 5 years of tax returns as they had requested of Mr. Romney. But since you’ve obviously included the caveat “during a campaign”, we’ll play along and just limit to those who are currently campaigning for reelection:

    Jon Tester
    Nancy Pelosi
    Steny Hoyer
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    Steve Israel
    Allyson Schwartz
    Jim Himes
    Jared Polis
    Donna Edwards

    HTH

    Bet the list would be A LOT longer if he’d contacted all of the democrat office-holders who are currently campaigning.

    Next deflection?

  24. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Inslee ia another socialist democrat who has earned removal from office – never to hold public office again!!

  25. LeePHilI says:

    “But since you’ve obviously included the caveat “during a campaign”

    Are we still talking about the Inslee-McKenna race? Are you sure you don’t want to change to the Reagan campaign of 1980?

    I asked Reagan to provide his tax returns during that race….

    Since I was such a high profile journalist – part owner in a weekly newspaper – I can’t understand Reagan ignoring me….

  26. Interesting… my completely innocuous response to hil1 @ 6:59 has disappeared.

  27. In a nutshell, I merely pointed out that a good journalist would not have needed to make a call to Reagan requesting him to release his tax returns since he, unlike his opponent in that election, made one year of returns available. A good journalist would have know to call Carter, not Reagan, with such a request.

    And a good and truly unbiased journalist wouldn’t be attempting to take the narrative of this thread away from the fact that inslee can’t seem to manage his own bloated government salary by pointing out the fact that inslee is lying about McKenna in a number of his ad buys – especially the one for which I provided the fact-check link calling it false.

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