Dr. Kim Schrier
Dr. Kim Schrier

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.

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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