Miloscia to battle Chopp for House Speaker

  • Jerry Cornfield
  • Tuesday, November 9, 2010 2:17pm
  • Local News

State Rep. Mark Miloscia, D-Federal Way, announced today he will try to unseat Rep. Frank Chopp, D-Seattle, as House Speaker.

“We need change. Our Democrat leadership has proved incapable of offering true hope to the people of Washington State and the vision and plans needed to address the growing problems we face during the greatest crisis in 80 years,” Miloscia said in a prepared statement. I’ve attached the PDF of the full statement.

” Not one significant piece of government reform has passed the last two years,” he continued. “The projected budget deficits have increased to $14 billion and the suffering and job losses for people have worsened. This failure cannot continue.”

Miloscia, who won a seventh term in the 30th Legislative District last week, does not mention Chopp by name in the statement. But is sharply critical of his party’s legislative leaders, including Gov. Chris Gregoire

“It is not enough for Democrats to win close elections; we must actually improve people’s lives. We only won because the voters recognized the Republicans also offered no solutions. The truth is that Democrats are failing the middle class and the voters don’t believe that government works for them.

The people of this state have sent a clear message that a new direction is needed from our state leadership. Unlike our Governor (“I don’t have a path forward, to be honest..”) and the current leadership, I do have a plan that will involve more legislators and citizens engagement, take us in a new direction, and bring responsibility and prosperity to our state.”

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