With a federal PAC in place, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is exploring 2020 options. Can he compete in a field that includes Bernie Sanders, Beto O'Rourke and Kamala Harris?
He’s running? Really? Wait, seriously?
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has made news in recent weeks by stepping toward a potential presidential run in 2020. His odds would be long, and he’d be the first major presidential contender from the Evergreen State since Sen. Henry “Scoop” Jackson ran in 1976.
But Inslee is definitely exploring the possibilities, forming a new political-action committee after ending his stint as chair of the Democratic Governors Association. He said in an interview this week he’ll make a decision before the Legislature ends its regular session in April.
Most Read Local Stories
- Homelessness divided a small Western Washington town. And then the fighting started.
- As Bering Sea ice melts, Alaskans, scientists and Seattle's fishing fleet witness changes 'on a massive scale' VIEW
- Light rail hit by another violent incident with Westlake gunman still at large; police release video
- Police release video of suspect in deadly Westlake Station shooting
- Police had a citizen set up a sting to buy back his stolen stuff. Then, they didn't show up. | Danny Westneat
In Episode 96 of The Overcast, politics reporter Jim Brunner discusses Inslee’s prospects with KNKX reporter (and weekly Overcast collaborator) Simone Alicea.
Points of discussion include:
- How does Inslee intend to make the existential threat of climate change a major 2020 issue given the defeat of a carbon fee he backed?
- Could he sell the historically large Boeing tax breaks he championed to a liberal Democratic primary electorate?
- Does he have the reputation or infrastructure in place?
- What does this mean for the 2020 governor’s race?
Support the locally owned, independent journalism that makes this podcast possible. Visit seattletimes.com/support