Saturday I attended the Snohomish County Democrats “Phantom of the Opera Gala”. In the spirit of the opera many of the Ladies wore beautiful black gowns or sequined dresses except me. Not knowing the opera I wore Fall colors. Oops.
I was thrilled to meet so many of our elected officials that were in attendance. Our State Senator Mary Margaret Haugen encouraged me to visit the next session of the State legislature in Olympia this winter.
WA State Attorney General Candidate Bob Ferguson addressed the crowd. As usual Ferguson was applauded when he said his first priority as Attorney General would be to withdraw WA from participation in a lawsuit initiated by Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna. If successful the lawsuit would block the new federal health care legislation. ....Candidate Ferguson's family has deep roots in Everett. His grandfather owned a meat market in the location where we were now dining at the Comcast Center.
US Congressman Rick Larsen gave the keynote address. He believes in the will of the people over the will of the Tea Party e.g. “We must keep the light on at the end of the tunnel” to get through hard times. Congressman Larsen thus voted against H.R. 2587 that curbs the National Labor Relations Board's legal authority. Congressman Larsen argues that “Congress should not be attempting to influence the NLRB process for political gains.”
Congressman Larsen is worried about Republicans from other States targeting the State of Washington for the 2012 elections. Democratic WA State Candidate Jay Inslee’s campaign for governor will be the most targeted race in the country. Larsen's own reelection opponent has received $600,000 from mysterious out of State sources. Our Democrat State Senator - Mary Margaret Haugen - however, has won elections against great spending odds because she is a great speaker and has a good ear for the “will of the people”. Congressman Larsen also has demonstrated these same talents at various events I have attended. So I still hope the mysterious donors are wasting their money.
|Given the serious challenges and outcome of the elections in 2012, it is no wonder that our elected officials - US Congressman Rick Larsen (left) and State Senator Mary Magaret Haugen - look concerned even at the Gala.|