Janelle Cass’s bubble has to burst soon.
After losing election to the Edmonds City Council last year, Cass wants a seat in the state Senate from Legislative District 21, stretching from Edmonds to Everett. It’s like someone who didn’t get the job asking for a promotion.
Her opponent is Marko Liias, one of the more respected legislators in Olympia, but that’s no problem. Cass has adopted the Rossi/Culp strategy; lose elections but gain name-recognition and cash from wealthy right-wingers for your next campaign.
Cass supporters are paying for a tsunami of yard signs, photo-ops, videos, newsletters, mailers, and ads on Seattle stations, so voters from Vancouver to Port Angeles can hear her name and talking points. When she loses, she will probably run for governor.
Her talking points? Things everyone wants: “resolve” homelessness and drug addiction, reduce crime, improve mental-health care and schools, lower gasoline prices, support first responders, clean up the environment and water quality, replace Mukilteo’s Highway 525 bridge, etc. And cut taxes.
Of course, she doesn’t say how she will do all this while cutting taxes.
Who funds her campaign? Why did they choose a losing city council candidate? Perhaps because they believe Cass really will deliver a tax cut for the wealthy, who think they don’t need things like roads, bridges, public schools, social services, mental-health care, ferries, prisons, police and fire departments, environmental protection, parks, etc.
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