I want to thank Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman for her efforts to preserve the Washington presidential primary.
During 1988-89, 200,000 Washington citizens from both political parties helped pass an initiative to require this election. In 2008, when the leadership of the state Democratic Party sought to repeal the primary in favor of a caucus, the Thurston County Democrats asked not to end the presidential primary so that everyone would have the opportunity to participate in the selection of the Democratic nominee for president, not just party activists.
This year the majority of the Washington Senate cast a 36-12 bipartisan vote to hold the presidential primary in March. Unfortunately, the leadership of the Democratic Party did everything in it’s power to derail this election. The Democratic leadership decided to select national presidential delegates based upon the caucus system.
Democratic House members argued that an election to help select a president is a waste of $11.5 million. Keep in mind, these are the same legislators who have been fined $60 million for not doing their jobs and just accepted an 11 percent pay raise.
Come March, the great majority of Washington voters will skip the caucuses. In May, a million Washington voters will cast a ballot in the primary.
Hopefully, the insiders who run the Democratic Party will read the primary results and get the message: Rather than have our votes “delivered,” Washington voters prefer to make their own decisions.