PubliColaTV: An Interview with State Sen. Rodney Tom

By Bryce McKay August 10, 2010


State Senator Rodney Tom (D-48, Eastside Seattle suburbs) is running for reelection this year, and he sat down with PubliColaTV to talk about his record, his plans, and his opponent. Tom's in a hot race with GOP challenger Gregg Bennett, who has raised a whopping $323,000 with $76,000 currently on hand. Tom has raised $143,000, with about $69,000 on hand.

Tom’s campaign message has focused on the budget and education (as has Bennett's). And Tom has been boasting about getting the 520 replacement project going despite opposition from powerful House Speaker Frank Chopp (D-43, Seattle) who had issues with the westside landing. Tom has some colorful descriptions of Chopp—think Jason from Friday the 13th Parts 1-5 million.

Tom, vice-chairman of the senate's budget committee, was actually bounced from the budget negotiations this year by senate majority leader Sen. Lisa Brown (D-3, Spokane) after he voted against the budget.

Tom was first elected to the state senate in 2002 as a Republican. In 2006, he ran for reelection, but he switched to the Democratic Party.

We did a PubliColaTV interview with Tom's GOP opponent Gregg Bennett last month. (And a Bennett outtake on social issues too.)
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