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.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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