Initiative guru Tim Eyman is calling Governor Jay Inslee a "lying whore" for his seeming willingness to back newly proposed transportation taxes, sparking a sharp rebuke from one of his biggest opponents.
Eyman sent an email to media outlets and supporters Thursday, warning of the "greatest onslaught of tax increase proposals in our state's history."
In the email, Eyman writes:
"Candidate Inslee repeatedly promised to veto any tax increase. He said no way to higher transportation taxes in 2013. Inslee said he'd grow jobs to generate more tax revenue. What a lying whore he turned out to be."
A frequent critic of Eyman's, Andrew Villenueve with the Northwest Progressive Institute, is urging the media "not to take the bait."
"This isn't news. Let the only response to this despicable commentary be from his opposition," he wrote in a response. "Eyman deserves to be called out for his inappropriate and disparaging remarks, but he does not deserve more headlines and on-air mentions by the traditional press. He has already shown he has nothing to contribute to a sane discussion about the value of public services in our state."
The Seattle Times points out Inslee never ruled out increased taxes for transportation during his campaign and did say he supports sending a transportation tax measure to the ballot.
Inslee's office did not issue any comment or response to Eyman's letter.