This morning, the National Republican Congressional Committee fired off the latest in a series of attack missives aimed at United States Representative Kim Schrier of Issaquah, a pediatrician who has effectively represented Washington’s 8th Congressional District since the weeks following the 2018 midterms.
While it’s not unusual for the NRCC to say bad things about Schrier, who they desperately want to defeat in 2022, this particular broadside was notable in that it also attacked NPI, and faulted Schrier for sponsoring our research!
Here’s the missive, attributed to NRCC operative Courtney Parella:
Kim Schrier is using her campaign dollars to reveal her true colors.
Schrier recently donated hundreds of dollars to [the] Northwest Progressive Institute, a radically progressive think tank that wants to raise taxes, restrict gun ownership, limit school choice, and automatically register criminals to vote…
Which isn’t that surprising considering she also supports Speaker Pelosi’s radical, socialist agenda 100% of the time.
Newsflash to the NRCC: Kim Schrier has been supporting NPI’s work for over three years, since before she was even in Congress. Not only is she a sponsor of our research, but she’s also spoken regularly at our events.
Unlike her predecessor, Republican Dave Reichert, Representative Schrier believes in accessibility, which is why she regularly hosts town hall events for constituents and goes to events like our Summer Anniversary Picnic. Representative Schrier believes our state and region need insightful research and imaginative advocacy to secure a better future for everybody. That’s a good thing, not a bad thing!
As for our legislative priorities– progressive revenue reform, gun safety, protecting public schools, ensuring everyone can exercise their right to vote — well, those are all ideas that our state needs to be successful, safe, and prosperous.
And they’re popular! We know because we regularly take the pulse of the Washington State electorate on the issues of the day.
Take gun safety. Our polling has consistently found broad support for laws that require responsible gun ownership. In fact, it’s one of the issues where we have found the most bipartisan agreement among Washington State voters.
And actual election results have corroborated our polling.
In the last seven years, voters have passed three consecutive gun safety initiatives offered by our friends at the Alliance for Gun Responsibility.
Or consider progressive revenue reform. We have six straight years’ worth of polling data showing that voters support levying a capital gains tax on the wealthy to benefit our public schools. There’s nothing “radical” about requiring the wealthy to invest in Washington’s future. It is an American tradition for people to pool their resources according to their means to get things done. Taxes have allowed us to accomplish some incredible things as a country — together!
Democratic socialism, incidentally, is also an American tradition.
While there is no universally agreed up on definition of socialism — it means different things to different people — the basic construct underpinning pretty much all forms of socialism is shared public ownership of resources, including the means of production. Medicare, Social Security, the VA, our national parks, and even our military are examples of systems that could be called socialist.
Republicans sure do love their scare words, but there’s nothing scary or radical about the values, principles, and policy directions our organization supports. They are as American as apple pie and as mainstream as the music of The Boss.
What is radical, though, is the anti-democracy agenda of the House Republican caucus. This is a caucus that — with very few exceptions — has become a cult loyal to the most dishonest, dangerous, and destructive person ever to occupy the White House: Donald Trump. The party’s very name has become a misnomer: it sadly doesn’t even want this country to have a republican form of government anymore. Instead, the party has become a proponent of fascism.
Consider the actions of Kevin McCarthy, the top House Republican, in the wake of the January 6th attack on the United States Capitol by a mob incited by Donald Trump and his many Republican enablers in Congress. It was apparent that day even to Republicans like Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger how low we had sunk as a nation and how close we had come to losing our democracy.
Instead of belatedly standing up for America’s future and the rule of law, McCarthy made a pilgrimage to Mar-a-Lago and re-embraced Donald Trump, siding with the very man whose actions had endangered himself, his colleagues, and the institution he serves over the United States Constitution and the American people. Then McCarthy engineered Liz Cheney’s ouster from caucus leadership, installing another Trump sycophant in her place as caucus Chair.
This is the man the NRCC is working every day to put into power as Speaker and second in the presidential line of succession. The NRCC answers to him and to his lieutenants, including Tom Emmer of Minnesota, the current NRCC Chair.
Of course, McCarthy can only take power if Republicans have a majority, which is why the NRCC wants so badly to defeat Democrats like Kim Schrier.
Since the new district lines haven’t been drawn yet, the NRCC can’t know if the 8th will even be a swing district in the 2022 midterms. But they’re betting it probably will be. And so, their operatives are under instructions to generate as many attack missives as they can against Democrats like Kim Schrier.
Even if they have nothing to work with, they still have to put out something.
Hence, this nonsense.
Sorry, NRCC, but that dog won’t hunt.