Tuesday Jolt: Pflug Burns Rossi, Supremes Burn Cheap Smokes
Today's first loser: Newly appointed state Sen. Dino Rossi.
Although Rossi might look like a winner---the King County Council appointed the two-time Republican gubernatorial loser to the fill out the remaining five months of retiring state Sen. Cheryl Pflug (R-5)'s ter, yesterday---Pflug made it abundantly clear today that she isn't pleased with the council's choice.
In a 600-word letter to council members, Republican Pflug went so far as to endorse Rossi's Democratic opponent, Issaquah city council member Mark Mullet, saying that he would represent ordinary 5th District residents, "not just special interests and party bosses.”
Mullet is running for a full, four-year term against Snoqualmie business owner Brad Toft, a Republican. In her letter, Pflug accuses state Republicans of attempting to "play Godfather" by pushing Rossi's appointment through, making it more likely that the district will elect Toft in November because he, like Rossi, is a Republican.
“It was a foolish idea to start with, from which they progressed to unconscionable. They’ve essentially road-tested lies via push-polling in preparation for a negative campaign, and they’re trying to silence voices of opposition. That’s another reason that I am speaking up,” Pflug said in her letter.“I’m angry and appalled at the tactics of my former Senate Republican leadership."
She continued: "The people rarely know when they get sold out. In fact, the real heat usually comes for voting your conscience, especially when you have to stand alone. But unless our elected representatives stand firm against things like Medicaid fraud, bigotry, and creative accounting, we are absolutely headed for a future of serving our government -- not the reverse.”
Pflug, whom Gov. Chris Gregoire appointed last year to the state Growth Management Hearings Board, did not immediately return a call for comment on her letter, in which she also called Toft's behavior "egregious and disreputable."
Pflug, a moderate Republican, was one of just a handful of Republicans to vote in favor of this year's historic marriage equality bill.
Today's second loser: Cheap smokes (and cheap smokers).
The state supreme court rejected a lawsuit today by roll-your-own-cigarette machine operators, who argued that they shouldn't have to pay cigarette taxes because the sales taxes on roll-your-own cigarettes did not pass the state legislature with a two-thirds majority.
The supreme court ruled, essentially, that because cigarette taxes already exist, the tax on roll-your-owns didn't need a special supermajority vote.