To prepare for my gubernatorial bid, I have worked very hard to pretend that I’m a moderate Republican.
But I’m not who I say I am.
When I think Washingtonians aren’t looking, I spend my time catering to the interests of the Tea Party, attending rallies and solidifying my extreme right-wing base.
In my own words:
At an event lauding my politically motivated health care lawsuit, I told hundreds of Tea Partiers “I represent you.”1
As if that wasn’t bad enough, I have said that “no ideological divide” exists between the Republican Party that I represent and the Tea Party movement.2 I even credited Tea Partiers with “breathing new life into the Constitution.”3
Not only am I backed by the Tea Party, I have allowed my campaign to get a boost from the Koch Brothers’ financiers and George Bush’s “Architect” Karl Rove.4 With friends like these, I can’t hide the fact I’m not the moderate I portray myself to be.
1 AP, Seattle Times, March 27, 2010; Video: We The People, March 27, 2010.
2 Kathie Durbin, The Columbian, March 13, 2011.
3 AP, Seattle Times, June 13, 2010.
4 Publicola, Sept. 13, 2011; Josh Feit, Publicola, Sept. 14, 2011.