DORI MONSON

Gov. Inslee could be in ‘early stages of another presidential run,’ political watchdog theorizes

Jan 17, 2022, 2:47 PM | Updated: Jan 18, 2022, 7:40 am
Inslee, climate, vaccine requirements, election fraud...
Governor Jay Inslee. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Washington Governor Jay Inslee is giving political watchdogs reason to believe he is considering a bid for the 2024 U.S. presidential election.

In November, the governor traveled to Chicago, where he reportedly had a number of appointments and fundraising efforts that are consistent with the early stages of a presidential campaign, The Washington Observer’s Paul Queary told KIRO Newsradio’s Dori Monson Show.

One of those appointments, per the governor’s calendar, was with an architect of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential victory, David Axelrod.

“He’s kind of an Inslee fan,” Queary said about Axelrod. “He said a lot of nice things about Inslee when he was running for president a couple of years ago.”

Queary referenced an interview that Inslee gave to Axelrod’s podcast, “CNN’s The Axe Files,” and a subsequent analysis of Inslee’s 2020 presidential campaign in which Axelrod is quoted as saying, “Jay Inslee didn’t find his lane, but he impressed me with his smart, earnest advocacy around climate change. He leaves with his dignity intact and reputation enhanced, which isn’t always true in presidential races.”

While that one calendar appointment in and of itself is far from definitive evidence that Inslee is ready to run for president, other indications point in that direction, Queary claims.

Inslee also met with Mark Devaney, chief technology officer of Lion Cave Capital. Devaney is a known Democratic party donor, with contributions listed under the Federal Elections Commission to political action committees for U.S. President Joe Biden and U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood.

“He met with one of the bigger political donors on the Democratic side in that part of the country,” Queary added. “When I look at this trip, I ask, why would he do that? Why would he go out of his way to go to Chicago, to do all these things that have [little] to do with being governor in Washington? It looks like the early stages of another presidential run.”

Queary also noted that the expenses related to these appointments were charged to Inslee’s 2024 reelection campaign fund, money which could be portioned for a presidential campaign. He referenced similar concurrent campaigns that were run at the county executive level in Washington state.

“Dow Constantine was basically running a shadow campaign for governor for a couple of years out of his reelection campaign for county executive,” Queary added. “You can just see that in the spending patterns. You’re buying polling. You’re paying certain kinds of consultants two, three, or four years before you’re actually running for election. You don’t do that unless you’re thinking about running for something else.”

Listen to the Dori Monson Show weekday afternoons from noon – 3 p.m. on KIRO Newsradio, 97.3 FM. Subscribe to the podcast here.

Dori Monson on KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM
  • listen to dori monsonTune in to KIRO Newsradio weekdays at 12 noon for The Dori Monson Show.

Dori Monson Show

Dori Monson

Menacing pitbull...
Dori Monson Show

Woman attacked by pit bulls near homeless camp: ‘These dogs have more rights than me’

With more than 12 vicious dog bites on her legs and “way too many” stitches to count, Amy Craven was released from the hospital this week following an 11-day stay to recover from an attack by two pit bull terriers near North Lake Union.
4 days ago
(Unsplash)...
Dori Monson Show

Dori: Former prison cellmate believes triple murderer is `not evil,’ should be freed

The 42-year-old case is back in the news after the Washington state Indeterminate Sentencing Review Board approved a summer release for Pauley.
5 days ago
(Unsplash)...
Dori Monson Show

Dori: Triple killer to be released unless Gov. Inslee overrules parole board

After 42 years behind bars, convicted killer Timothy Pauley, 63, has been approved for release by the Washington Indeterminate Sentencing Review Board.
6 days ago
Marysville School District...
Dori Monson Show

Dori: Parent permission for Marysville school clubs becomes `hot button’ over LGTBQ issue

The intent to the proposed policy change, Atchley said, is to assure that parents “have the ability to know where their children are at all times.”
10 days ago
OlyToys, Don Wolph's toy refurbishing business in Olympia....
Dori Monson Show

Dori: Olympia Toy-Restorer ordered by County to kick disabled friend off his property

Wolph told Dori’s listeners, Thurston County officials have told him he and his wife of 47 years must evict their friend because “she cannot live on my property for more than 30 days.”
11 days ago
Sound Transit employee records video of homeless individuals on light rail. (Jason Rantz/KTTH Radio...
Dori Monson Show

Dori: The Sound Transit rolling drug den

Onboard: a series of apparently homeless drug addicts, riding the train while smoking various drugs or passed out across the seats.
13 days ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Anacortes – A Must Visit Summertime Destination

While Anacortes is certainly on the way to the San Juan Islands (SJI), it is not just a destination to get to the ferry… Anacortes is a destination in and of itself!
...

Ready for your 2022 Alaskan Adventure with Celebrity Cruises?

Celebrity Cruises SPONSORED — A round-trip Alaska cruise from Seattle is an amazing treat for you and a loved one. Not only are you able to see and explore some of the most incredible and visually appealing natural sights on the planet, but you’re also able to relax and re-energize while aboard a luxury cruise […]
...

Compassion International Is Determined to ‘Fill’ a Unique Type of Football ‘Stadium’

Compassion International SPONSORED — During this fall’s football season—and as the pandemic continues to impact the entire globe—one organization has been urging caring individuals to help it “fill” a unique type of “stadium” in order to make a lasting difference in the lives of many. Compassion International’s distinctive Fill the Stadium (FtS, fillthestadium.com) initiative provides […]
...

What are the Strongest, Greenest, Best Windows?

Lake Washington Windows & Doors SPONSORED — Fiberglass windows are an excellent choice for window replacement due to their fundamental strength and durability. There is no other type of window that lasts as long as fiberglass; so why go with anything else? Fiberglass windows are 8x stronger than vinyl, lower maintenance than wood, more thermally […]
...

COVID Vaccine is a Game-Changer for Keeping our Kids Healthy

Snohomish Health District SPONSORED — Cheers to the parents and guardians who keep their kids safe and healthy. The dad who cooks a meal with something green in it, even though he’s tired and drive-thru burgers were tempting. The mom who calms down the little one who loudly and resolutely does NOT want to brush […]
...
Experience Anacortes

Coastal Christmas Celebration Week in Anacortes

With minimal travel time required and every activity under the sun, Anacortes is the perfect vacation spot for all ages.
Gov. Inslee could be in ‘early stages of another presidential run,’ political watchdog theorizes