Voters in Tom's District Back Up His Anti-Tax Position
Only five legislative districts statewide rejected Tim Eyman's anti-tax measure, all of them in Seattle. Dissident Democratic state Sen. Rodney Tom's LD supported the anti-tax measure by 60 percent.
Renegade Democratic state Sen. Rodney Tom (D-48, Medina), has been defending his alliance with senate Republicans to form a GOP-controlled coalition that's against raising taxes to solve the $1 billion K-12 funding crisis and $900 million budget deficit, by saying he's in sync with his district.
As evidence, Tom has argued that his positions on the recent ballot meausures—from gay marriage (yea) to the two-thirds requirement on raising taxes (yea)—match the votes of his legislative district, the 48th in the Eastside Microsoft suburbs.
The Washington Secretary of State's office released the returns by district today, and Tom is correct. (He also points to his support for charter schools, which also passed in the 48th.)
Tim Eyman's I-1185 is the key piece of evidence for Tom's case, though, because it demonstrates his district's animosity towards raising taxes. Eyman's measure passed by 60 percent.
In fact, Eyman's measure only failed in five of 49 legislative districts statewide—all of them in Seattle. The measure was walloped in Seattle's 36th LD (Queen Anne, Ballard), 37th (Southeast Seattle), 43rd (Capitol Hill, Wallingford), and 46th (North Seattle). It also lost in the 34th (West Seattle), but the margin was closer there, 51 to 49. The 34th, which includes Burien, is represented by three of the legislature's most liberal members—Sen. Sharon Nelson and Reps. Joe Fitzgibbon and Eileen Cody.