Democratic candidate for governor Jay Inslee is coming back to Olympia on Sunday to attend a private campaign fundraiser with seats as costly as $1,000.
Rival Republican Rob McKenna’s campaign, which can’t raise money until lawmakers leave town under the state’s campaign financing freeze for state officials, has taken shots at the event. The fundraiser also earned Inslee a tut-tut from liberal Seattle political columnist Joel Connelly of Seattlepi.com.
In a post, Connelly quoted statements from an Inslee fundraising letter, which said in part: “Today, the system is too often rigged against the middle class: Big corporations write the laws, benefit from tax loopholes and then rack up large profits — all while working people continue to struggle … As governor, I won’t tolerate that … The people of Washington should not stand for a governor who caters to powerful special interests in Olympia. We need a governor who will stand up for the middle class.”