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Democratic candidate for governor Jay Inslee serenades Tacoma Rotarians

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Sep. 21, 2012 at 8:49 am | No Comments »
September 21, 2012 9:41 am

You know how at Rotary Club meetings they always come up with silly ways to recognize members who are having a birthday?

OK, maybe you don’t. But trust us, it’s silly. Like having the birthday boys and girls put on silly hats or pose as game show contestants and answer silly questions.

You know, silly.

But Thursday at Tacoma Rotary 8 the leaders hadn’t come up with anything like that so they wondered if any of the celebrants had ever been sung to by a real, live candidate for governor. And when the answer was no, they made their guest speaker sing.

Jay Inslee, Democratic candidate for governor was game but let’s just leave it this way. He should not give up his day job, even if he had a day job.

When he began speaking though, the former congressman said he had an announcement – a pledge – that had not been made before on the campaign trail. If elected, he pledged to never again sing in public.

That caused campaign press secretary Jaime Smith to Tweet hopefully: “He didn’t happen to say that by ‘public’ he also meant ‘campaign office,’ did he?”

Rotarians, striving to approach the governor’s race as fairly and impartially as possible, announced that when Rob McKenna makes his own appearance before the club Oct. 18 he would be required to sing as well. Forewarned is forearmed.

If McKenna can pull off a competent performance and happens to win in November he has a chance to break a long drought in Washington state politics, giving the state something it hasn’t had since John Spellman left office. That’s right, he could be a governor able to carry a tune.

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