KTTH OPINION

Rantz: State official misused tax dollars for future campaign for Governor

Apr 2, 2023, 6:00 PM | Updated: Apr 3, 2023, 6:36 am

Hilary Franz...

Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz announced she was running for Governor in 2024 (Washington State Department of Natural Resources)

(Washington State Department of Natural Resources)

The Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands abused her office by spending tax dollars to promote her future campaign for Governor.

Commissioner Hilary Franz released a press release to respond to news that former President Donald Trump is being indicted. Armed with the keyboard shortcuts for copying and pasting, Franz said what virtually every other Democrat has said. She says we’re “a nation of laws” and that we must ensure “our laws are applied to everyone equally, no matter what positions they have held or how wealthy they claim to be.”

Though the indictment is a clear case of political abuse targeting the Republican front-runner for president to weaken his campaign, Franz said the George Soros-backed Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg “has taken a stand against the abuse of political power on behalf of our nation, values, and democracy.” To troll conservatives and anyone else with respect for the legal system, she pretended that the grand jury acted “without bias.”

Obviously, Franz can’t cite the laws allegedly broken. She likely couldn’t even detail the allegations from the case beyond using headline buzzwords like “hush money.” But why in the world is Franz offering comments on the Trump indictment? It’s about her political future.

Rantz: Dems defend WA Supreme Court’s racist capital gains tax ruling

Who cares what Franz has to say about Trump? Future voters

Franz is the Commissioner of Public Lands. Her office and role have quite literally nothing to do with Trump or any of the underlying legal issues at play. So, who cares what she has to say about this? She thinks her future voters will.

A loyal Democrat, Franz would never challenge Governor Jay Inslee and face his notoriously vindictive attitude toward those who challenge him. But if he doesn’t run for re-election, she’ll happily jump in. Indeed, she’s wanted to run for Governor for the last several years, and that’s why she took on the commissioner role to begin with. She wanted a statewide job to establish her resume for her future race and she doesn’t hide her intent.

The commissioner believes she needs to establish her anti-Trump bona fides to assuage the aggressively progressive Seattle voter base. It’s not easy to do that as commissioner since she’s wholly disconnected from most national political figures and policy discussions. With Trump in the news, she sent out the uninspired press release, hoping to be picked up by media so that when potential voters Google her when she runs, they’ll come across her disdain for Trump. She doesn’t care if it hurts her relationship with conservative rural leaders she needs to work with on issues her office actually oversees.

Rantz: Dem bill cuts English reading and writing requirement for public safety jobs

This is misuse of public funds

Franz used tax dollars, government property, and at least one state employee to help her future gubernatorial campaign. You’re not allowed to do that.

Washington state government officials are prohibited by law from using their office or state resources for political campaigning. Both Revised Code of Washington 42.52.180 and 2.17A.555 make this clear. Violation of these laws can result in penalties and fines. Of course, in this case, she’s violating the spirit of the law. She can disingenuously claim this is within her purview. But even attempting to justify this as anything more than politicking would be mocked. It likely explains why her spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.

Her attempt to earn media coverage wasn’t even successful. As of this writing, there doesn’t appear to be a single media outlet that printed her comments. Her tweet with the same message earned mostly ridicule from people wondering why she thinks anyone cares about her hot takes. Was it worth abusing the office when your stunt didn’t even work?

Listen to the Jason Rantz Show on weekday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on KTTH 770 AM (HD Radio 97.3 FM HD-Channel 3). Subscribe to the podcast. Follow @JasonRantz on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook. Check back frequently for more news and analysis.

Jason Rantz on AM 770 KTTH
  • listen to jason rantzTune in to AM 770 KTTH weekdays at 3-7pm toThe Jason Rantz Show.

Jason Rantz Show

KTTH Opinion

faith doubt co-exist...

Michael Medved

Medved: Faith and doubt can increasingly co-exist

With all the animosity and arguments currently tearing at our country, are Americans increasingly confused about fundamental questions of faith?

2 days ago

Sedro-Woolley High School (Listener submitted photo, obtained by The Jason Rantz Show)...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Rumors flare as LGBT flag replaced American flag at HS

When parents and students saw the American flag replaced with an LGBT flag at Sedro-Woolley High School, they were outraged.

2 days ago

equity director racist...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: Equity director fired after racist comment about Mexicans

The state's first Office of Equity director was ousted after complaints of racist remarks and using a "White supremacy" metaphor.

5 days ago

Federal Way Walmart...

Max Gross

Gross: Federal Way resident fed up over repeated Walmart crimes

Multiple police responses have been needed at the two Walmart locations in Federal Way. One incident was reported as an aggravated assault.

5 days ago

LGBT Pride...

Jason Rantz

Rantz: WA Fish and Wildlife LGBT Pride tweet saved my life

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's LGBT Pride tweet saved my life. Its leaders deserve the credit they're asking for.

6 days ago

amazon workers walkout...

KTTH staff

Suits: Amazon employees ‘make it sound like they’re being discriminated against’

Amazon employees participated in a walkout Wednesday in response to their frustration over the company’s return-to-office mandate.

9 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Education families...

Education that meets the needs of students, families

Washington Virtual Academies (WAVA) is a program of Omak School District that is a full-time online public school for students in grades K-12.

Emergency preparedness...

Emergency planning for the worst-case scenario

What would you do if you woke up in the middle of the night and heard an intruder in your kitchen? West Coast Armory North can help.

Innovative Education...

The Power of an Innovative Education

Parents and students in Washington state have the power to reimagine the K-12 educational experience through Insight School of Washington.

Medicare fraud...

If you’re on Medicare, you can help stop fraud!

Fraud costs Medicare an estimated $60 billion each year and ultimately raises the cost of health care for everyone.

Men's Health Month...

Men’s Health Month: Why It’s Important to Speak About Your Health

June is Men’s Health Month, with the goal to raise awareness about men’s health and to encourage men to speak about their health.

Internet Washington...

Major Internet Upgrade and Expansion Planned This Year in Washington State

Comcast is investing $280 million this year to offer multi-gigabit Internet speeds to more than four million locations.

Rantz: State official misused tax dollars for future campaign for Governor