Would Jay Inslee even recognize the truth if it walked up and punched him in the nose? Which is sort of what it did this week when he lied about his reason for missing a ceremony to rename a post office for local Medal of Honor recipient Bud Hawk.
Giving credit where credit is due, Inslee was responsible for passing the legislation renaming the post office, but when it came down to a choice between showing some personal gratitude and respect for Mr. Hawk's extraordinary heroism or speaking to Puget Sound area business leaders, Inslee was M.I.A.
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Inslee asserts on tape that he was in Washington, D.C.
"I don't know if my opponent understands what it means to carry the hopes and dreams of the 650,000 people I represent to Washington, D.C., but it means standing up for them every single day and that is what I do.
I honored Bud Hawk by passing a bill and I honored you by voting in Washington, D.C."
Congressman Inslee was most certainly not voting on the day in question, February 26, 2010. A quick check of Congressional records shows that Inslee missed all six roll call votes taken that day.
So how does Congressman Inslee stand up for me when he's not in the other Washington voting? Apparently by speaking at a luncheon of local business leaders. You know, the kind of people who can make big contributions to his gubernatorial campaign.
It may be the case the Congressman Inslee wasn't lying intentionally. It may be the case that this ceremony honoring Bud Hawk was so insignificant to the Congressman that he just didn't remember what he was doing that day, but is that really any better?
Cross posted at It's Only Words