Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sigh: now I might have to vote for Mike Briggs.

I've never been a big fan of Brandon Vick for the many reasons set forth in this blog... but this? This is beyond the pale and I now find myself in a position where I may very well vote for Mike Briggs.


I've stated repeatedly that I wasn't planning on voting for either one of them.  But this?

Vick is a state rep for many reasons... and all of them are the wrong ones.

Brandon, or "Lumpy" as he's known in Olympia, is all about Lumpy.

He's SUPPOSED to be all about US.

Unfortunately, for whatever the reason, people actually voted for this slug in the last election, instead of John Ley.

I say "unfortunately" because this is the primary thought process that motivates Vick: food.

 Originally published August 22, 2014 at 11:13 PM | Page modified August 23, 2014 at 3:34 PM
Some legislators have an insatiable hunger for free meals 
An anti-hunger activist finds the neediest of all are in the state Legislature. 
By Danny WestneatSeattle Times staff columnist 
Richard Hodgin is spending his retirement volunteering at food banks. So he sees his share of hungry people jockeying for a bite. 
Still didn’t prepare him for the Legislative Ethics Board. 
“Man, they really want their free meals!” Hodgin said the other day. “I had no idea when I got into this I would find it was the state legislators who so badly needed nutrition.” 
Hodgin is the fellow who filed an ethics complaint last year saying state lawmakers are taking too many free meals from lobbyists. Such freebies are supposed to be “infrequent,” state law says, but they are rampant — one senator last year construed infrequent to mean “62 in a four-month period” (about one free lunch or dinner every other day). 
Hodgin says he knows gratis steak dinners are hardly the biggest problem in democracy, not when billionaires are dumping unlimited cash into campaigns. But there was something about it that stuck in his craw. 
Hodgin, of Seattle, has been going to Olympia with a faith group to advocate that more money be spent feeding the poor. In the annual budget banquet, this is begging for table scraps. 
Yet the first time he was there, in 2013, the news broke that the state’s top lobbyists had spent $65,000 on free meals for lawmakers just that session, and nearly half a million on entertainment.

Then this year, he was there the day legislators gave themselves a 33 percent raise in their per diem expense rate, to $120 per day. 
“So here I am, getting emergency calls from feeding programs, about how they can’t handle the demand, and it just seemed like legislators were taking care of their own needs,” Hodgin said. 
So he filed a complaint. That was tossed on procedural grounds. But since then a state ethics panel has been tied in knots of agony trying to answer this question: How many free meals are OK? 
And I do mean knots. Here was the proposal before the panel last week: 
“Two meals per calendar year (or) three meals in even-numbered years and five meals in odd-numbered years (or) twelve meals per year (or) sixteen meals per year with a maximum of four meals per quarter (or) fifty two meals per year with a maximum of one meal per week.” 
What’s clear is lawmakers really want to keep the buffet train going. 
One, Rep. Brandon Vick, R-Felida in Clark County, actually argued that doing away with free food could have a chilling effect on constituent outreach. 
“I mean, do you meet with Constituent X if you know you’re going to have to pay?” he asked during a hearing. “Do you go out there on your own dime, and have the meeting anyway and leave frustrated?”
(I added the boldface.)

I met with hundreds of constituents while I was Marc Boldt's legislative assistant and I ALWAYS paid my own way.

So, you want action from Lumpy?  Troll a hot dog in front of him and he's your guy.

Otherwise, this clown is "frustrated."

I've never been a big fan of Briggs while he's been running his campaign.  But I've got to tell you, I'd rather have a hard core leftist in that seat who will actually DO something BECAUSE he's a representative then have Vick there with the feed bag, demanding that you fill it or otherwise, he'll be "frustrated" and YOU'LL be out of luck.


Lew Waters said...

Bad move on Brandon's part.

Lew Waters said...

I just sat through the entire boring as all hell 1 hour 32 minutes of the hearing linked to and the Seattle Times seems to have left out a few words Vick said leading up to their quote.

Namely, something along the lines of "might we one day get to."

Poor choice of words on his part, but not the declaration they indicate.