Two weeks after telling Chris Daniels of KING5 News that he had no interest in running for office, disgraced initiative promoter and admitted liar Tim Eyman abruptly reversed course today, declaring that he will be a candidate for Governor of Washington State in 2020 at a meeting of Sound Transit’s Board of Directors.
“For twenty-one years, I’ve put initiatives on the ballot and voters voted on ’em, but the people we elect refuse to listen,” Eyman groused.
“Therefore, I am running for Governor in 2020,” Eyman declared.
“I am running against Jay Inslee, Seattle’s current governor, and I think the voters of this state deserve somebody besides Seattle-supported monstrosity…”
At that point, Eyman was interrupted by Redmond Mayor John Marchione, who admonished Eyman that campaigning is not allowed from the mic during the public comment period. Eyman tried to continue reading the monologue he had prepared, but his mic was cut off. Security then escorted Eyman away from the microphone as a few of Eyman’s fans yelled out in protest: “Let him talk!”
Eyman would, of course, go on to do plenty of talking before the day was over… with television reporters, radio reporters, and print reporters.
Sound Transit’s rule against campaigning from the mic predates today’s meeting and was instituted to prevent the public comment period from becoming a platform for campaign-related activities, which are not germane to Sound Transit’s work of building a regional transit system that knits the region together.
Eyman later released a crude manifesto bashing Seattle, Inslee, the Washington State Legislature, and even the Washington State Supreme Court.
“We have a Seattle Legislature, Seattle Supreme Court, and Seattle Governor,” sneered Eyman. “Shouldn’t there be some representation for all the people outside Seattle? I’m sick of Seattle calling all the shots, getting everything they want, and no one standing up to them and saying ‘It doesn’t always have to be your way.’ ”
“I make you this promise: support me in this effort and I’ll give you a race for governor like you’ve never seen before.”
Following Eyman’s declaration, I observed in a statement released by NPI’s Permanent Defense project that Eyman is an incessant liar and that his word is worthless; therefore, we will not consider his statements today as anything more than a joke or a silly stunt until he files a C1 (declaration of candidacy) and F1 (Personal Financial Affairs Statement) with the Public Disclosure Commission.
Eyman has a long history of flouting our public disclosure laws, so we will see if he files his C1 and his F1 on time, and correctly. He has two weeks, as of today, to get his paperwork in, or he will once again be in violation of Chapter 42.17A RCW.
Six years ago, my friend Joel Connelly of The Seattle Post-Intelligencer wrote a column titled Why Tim Eyman should, at last, run for public office.
In it, Joel mused:
Tim Eyman keeps no thought or invective to himself. Emailed press releases from him pour forth daily, giving his judgments on public servants (Governor Inslee is a “lying whore”), recounting the history of past Eyman initiatives and demeaning “bureaucrats,” “special interests” and the ubiquitous “they” and “them.”
The profiteering initiative mercenary regally addresses his “thousands” of supporters, defines his unique role as putting a “spotlight on issues” otherwise ignored and lectures the press on its duty to report the truth. Eyman is, of course, a self-confessed liar.
Why hasn’t this guy displayed the cojones, at some time in a thirteen-year public life, to put his own name before the voters, assume public office and help govern?
Emphasis is mine. Six and a half years after Joel wrote those words, it appears that “Citizen” Tim might finally be becoming “Candidate” Tim. Should Eyman file as a Republican, and edge out the lesser-known Republicans who have already declared against Jay Inslee (including Loren Culp and Phil Fortunato), the Washington State Republican Party could go into the general election with a Trump/Eyman ticket.
Two narcissistic, mean spirited con men on the same ticket. What a prospect.