WHW: Washington Governor To Campaign On Climate Change

Jay Inslee. Photo via U.S. Govt

Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced he is running for President, making the announcement in a live broadcast March 1 on Facebook.

Inslee, 68, intends to put climate change at the forefront of his campaign.

“We’re the first generation to feel the sting of climate change and we’re the last that can do something about it,” Inslee declares in a campaign video. 

The video, part of Inslee’s presidential campaign rollout, is titled “Our Moment” and shows Inslee walking the port in gray-skied, stormy Seattle.  

“We can do this!,” Inslee says in the video.

Inslee joins an increasingly crowded Democratic primary field with at least a dozen major candidates announced. As a governor, he is the first candidate with current state level executive experience to seek the presidency.

“Since Jay became governor in 2013, Washington state has expanded voter rights, provided affordable health care to 800,000 more Washingtonians, passed the Reproductive Parity Act, stood up to the president’s Muslim ban, protected LGBTQI Americans from discrimination, raised the minimum wage,  passed historic investments in public schools and infrastructure, and created one of the best clean-energy economies in America,” reads the bio on State of Washington’s Governorwebpage.

Colorado GovernorJohn Hickenlooperjoined the campaign on Monday. Only 20 candidates will be allowed on the debate stage, per Democratic National Committee rules.

Elsewhere, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg campaigned in Iowa on Monday. Buttigieg is the only gay candidate in the field. He will be featured in a town hall airing Sunday, March 10 at 9 p.m. on CNN.

Buttigieg, 37, is also promoting the release of his new biography, “Shortest Way Home.” In the book, Buttigieg writes of his undergraduate years at Harvard University and creation of the social website, thefacebook.com.

“In the privacy of my room, out of what I told myself was curiosity, I could even search which users were men whose profiles said they were interested in men. Still years away from facing the reality of my own sexual orientation, I had no practical use for the information, but I was impressed that some of my classmates had no reservations about putting it online in this way,” Buttigieg reveals, adding: “Only today can I imagine the comedy of traveling back in time to tap my twenty-one-year-old self on the shoulder and explain to him that one day he would use a Facebook-connected app on a phoneto be introduced to his future husband.”

In the book, Buttigieg writes of deploying to Afghanistan, volunteering for the 2000 Gore campaign (he was a driver), meeting his husband, etc.

LGBT Field Notes:

Jared Polis, Colorado’s Governor, is not showing his hand when it comes to the Democratic presidential field. In an interview with Chuck Todd of NBC News, Polis, a gay man, said he is looking forward authenticity from the candidates.  “Who is the best at establishing that relationship of trust with the voters?, Who do we think can win based on those personal traits and characteristics?,” said Polis, who described the party’s primary system as an  “open casting call” and “audition.”