Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA, 7) came to the Capitol Theater in Olympia Jan. 10 to moderate a discussion on alternative energy. Instead, he encountered a crowd of about 20 angry protesters, who confronted him on his yes vote on a House bill reiterating American support for Israel.
Inslee was reportedly respectful of the protesters, but drew the line when they demanded he answer each of four loaded questions they included on a handbill (sample question: "Do you believe that it is unjust to put 1.5 million innocent civilians under siege, supposedly to punish a few 'terrorists'?") A protester described Inslee's justifications of his vote as "abstract meanderings."
The Israel resolution, passed by the House on Jan. 9 with a 90 percent majority, "recognizes Israel's right to defend itself" while "supporting the Israel-Palestine peace process." The rest of the Washington State delegation voted in favor of the resolution, sorta. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA, 7), who voted "present," drew ire at this conservative blog, and Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA, 3) abstained.