Tim Eyman campaigns for delegate with a special t-shirt
Tim Eyman stands outside the media room at the Washington State Republican Convention in Tacoma wearing his "Vote for Tim Eyman (Me)" t-shirt. (Photo: Peter Callaghan/The News Tribune)

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.

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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One reply on “Tim Eyman claims he’s running for Governor of Washington in Seattle-bashing manifesto”

  1. First, you got it 100% right about Sound Tran­sit Board Rules on ban­ning cam­paign­ing. I’ll leave it at that.

    Sec­ond, the thought of Gov­er­nor Don­ald J. “Tim” Eyman should scare the liv­ing organs out of every­one. We need a young can­di­date who will call Eyman out on his BS and not be some “OK, Boomer” type with the explic­it #1 goal of stop­ping Eyman in the pri­ma­ry. Even if the hero warfight­er does­n’t make it thru the pri­ma­ry, stop­ping Eyman in the pri­ma­ry has to be the pri­or­i­ty. Tim­my Eyman is one scary dude, and a man who can’t han­dle tough deci­sions nor accept coach­ing from the likes of a SecLands Hilary Franz or such high moral, intel­lec­tu­al caliber.

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