We have some exciting news to share today on this glorious first day of April.
As I mentioned a few days ago, on Saturday, NPI’s board appointed four outstanding individuals to serve as the founding members of our Advisory Council: Steve Zemke, Martin Chaney, Rob Dolin, and State Representative Luis Moscoso. Today, we’re pleased to announce that they will soon be joined by Dino Rossi of Sammamish, Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane, and Tim Eyman of Mukilteo.
While these appointments are still pending and must be confirmed at a meeting of our board, I’m already looking forward to working with Cathy, Dino, and Tim.
Now, you may be wondering: Why these three? What makes them uniquely qualified to sit on NPI’s Advisory Council? Well, the answer is simple. In Steve, Martin, Rob, and Luis, we have a stellar group of progressives who will give us lots of suggestions and ideas as to what we should be doing. It occurred to us that it would be helpful for our Advisory Council to have some ideological diversity. That way, we’d have a very good grasp of what we should not be doing, as well.
There are few people active in the Republican Party who are worse at governing than Dino Rossi, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and Tim Eyman. By consulting closely with them, we hope to become more familiar with the specifics of the right wing’s anti-government agenda, so we can better make the case against the destruction, dismantlement, and privatization of the public services that all Washingtonians depend on. Each of them has a great deal of experience to offer.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers, forty-four, is a member of the Do-Nothing House Republican Caucus, which specializes in theatrics and political choreography. Though it is not interested in helping the unemployed, students, seniors, small business owners, or working men and women, the caucus has managed to churn out a record number of fill-in-the-blank attack press releases since winning the majority in 2010. As the fourth-highest ranking Republican in the caucus, it was McMorris Rodgers’ job to present a response to President Obama’s State of the Union address this year that was almost entirely devoid of substance. And she delivered.
Dino Rossi, fifty-four, is a three-time candidate for statewide office who unsuccessfully ran against Chris Gregoire twice and Patty Murray once. Rossi was previously a senator from the 5th LD who chaired the Ways & Means Committee during the 2003 session. His most impressive accomplishment while in office was writing an unsustainable budget that made deep cuts to Washington’s health and human services and did nothing to address the state’s structural problems, such as its broken tax system. Since leaving the Senate, Rossi has perfected the technique of closing off sections of public parks with police tape for campaign events.
Tim Eyman, forty-eight, is a seller of incredibly destructive ballot measures intended to wreck Washington’s government and common wealth. Eyman has over a decade of experience using six-figure checks from wealthy benefactors to force public votes on ill-conceived schemes to sabotage Article II, Section 22 of our state Constitution, eviscerate funding for vital public services like education, and prevent the construction of Sound Transit’s voter-approved Link light rail system. Eyman is the state’s leading expert on fouling up the Revised Code of Washington with initiatives that blatantly violate the plan of government that our founders gave us.
I think you’ll agree, these individuals’ resumes speak for themselves. I’m confident we will benefit tremendously from their lack of wisdom, their terrible ideas, and history of poor judgment. These three could easily write a book on how not to lead, and we’d certainly consider working with them on such a project.
I’ll be checking back in next April 1st to let you know how this bold experiment went. We have high hopes and we’re excited about getting started.