Olympia's iconic liberal state legislator Brendan Williams gave a hot farewell speech to fellow Thurston County Democrats over the weekend that is worth noting. His message was no more sparing of Republicans or fellow (compromising) Democrats than what the self-styled "Progressive Democrat" offered in three terms as state lawmaker.
In fact, he spoke of a new "gilded age" in America and also indicted his own colleagues for their votes to approve state budget cuts that he opposed. Go here for the full transcript, posted this week at the Thurston Democrats web site. An excerpt from his Kennedy Dinner address:
Williams also ripped Democratic lawmakers for refusing to cut their own expense pay at a time they were voting to furlough state workers. And he objected to what he considered a caving in to the oil-refining industry on a toxic substances tax that would have helped pay for storm water projects needed by cities and counties:
Williams said "political timidity" was to blame for the Legislature's killing of jobs and environmental bills.