Does Jane Hague hate Chinese voters?

King County council member Jane Hague is, apparently, stonewalling the appointment of George Cheung to the King County Citizens Election Oversight Committee.

Cheung applied for the position at the encouragement of King County Elections Director Sherril Huff (via Publicola but my emphasis throughout):

Cheung says Huff urged him to apply because of his GOTV work with minority communities, particularly with Chinese voters who do not speak English. (After the 2000 Census, the federal government directed King County to pay special attention to language barriers for the growing Chinese, non-English-speaking population.) One spot on the committee designated as “representing the Chinese-speaking community” is currently vacant, and Cheung was slated to fill that spot.

Could it be? Does Jane Hague hates the idea of helping Chinese voters vote? It’s one plausible explanation.

I hope it’s wrong.

Cheung has impeccable credentials for the position. He is currently the Executive Director of a get-out-the-vote nonprofit called the Win/Win Network. And if that’s not enough…

During college, he interned with the Organization of Chinese Americans in Washington DC as a lobbyist to pass the Justice for Wards Cove Workers Act. He also worked as a project director for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination in charge of designing and implementing a study of potentially discriminatory real estate practices through over 200 interviews with Massachusetts homebuyers. He was also a civil rights investigator for the state governments of Rhode Island and Washington. As a consultant, George has worked for a variety of non-profit and government agencies including APIAVote, United Way of King County, Nikkei Heritage Association of Washington and Seattle Public Utilities. In his volunteer time, George is a board member of Equal Rights Washington and the Western States Center. He holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and B.A. from Brown University in Political Science.

Impressive! So…instead of hating Chinese voters, maybe Hauge is just intimidated by Cheung’s credentials?

Because unlike Hauge, Cheung completed his Bachelors degree. All the way. And then went on to earn a Masters degree. And he didn’t need to lie about having a college degree to launch his career.

Gosh…I hope Hague isn’t that insecure….

A third plausible hypothesis comes from this observation:

Cheung [is] a Democratic PCO in the 34th Legislative District….

Is Jane Hague holding up Cheung’s nomination because he is a Democratic PCO?!? Really? The same Jane Hague who said:

I have worked hard to bring people together – bridging partisan political differences and soothing personal animosities.
[…]

I “walk the talk” and I believe my bipartisan policy choices are reflective of my greater Eastside constituents.

She couldn’t be blocking the nomination for cynical partisan reasons, could she?

If not, what is it?

I refuse to believe the fourth possibility: that she’s just too goddamn drunk to get around to it.

Comments

  1. 3

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Republicans just don’t like the idea of voting, period. They want political jobs filled with appointees. Their appointees. For example, they think U.S. Senators should be appointed by GOP-controlled legislatures. They even like the idea of a Republican-controlled SCOTUS appointing the President of the United States. So why would they want a Democrat to serve on an election commission, when they would get rid of the election commission if they could?

  2. 4

    fu manchu spews:

    ahhh yes, typical progressive darwhyle. When they dont get their way, then play the imaginary racist card.

    get that haircut yet darwhyle – still out trying to impress the 19 year old gals?

    what a chump.

  3. 6

    mark spews:

    How about if you want to live here, learn
    “Engrish”. Better yet, close the borders,
    we have too much dead weight just with all
    the democrats who don’t work.

  4. 9

    spews:

    re 6: ‘Better yet, close the borders,

    The funny thing about closed borders is that they always end up keeping people in, not out. In addition, it would increase the size of government — which I hear you are against.

  5. 10

    Politically Incorrect spews:

    @3,

    Actually, the Senate was originally appointed by each state’s legislature. It was in the Constitution until, I beleive, the 17th Amendment came along, mandating the direct election of senators.

    Originally, the Constitution was written to provide much more power to the individual states. That, unfortunately, has been in decline since April 8, 1913.

  6. 11

    Michael spews:

    LOL…
    “Who wants to win the future by investing in harebrained ideas [like] solar panels and really fast trains?”

    Sara Palin.

  7. 12

    Puddybud, identifying the HA serial plagiarizing arschloch for what he is... spews:

    “Who wants to win the future by investing in harebrained ideas [like] solar panels and really fast trains?”

    You got it wrong Michael. Obummer did!

    Solyndra!

    It’s not his statements the administration will regret; it’s the loan guarantees. The President was celebrating $535 million in federal promises from the Department of Energy to the solar startup. The administration didn’t do its due diligence, says the Government Accountability Office. “There’s a consequence if you don’t follow a rigorous process that’s transparent,” Franklin Rusco of GAO told the website iWatch News.

  8. 13

    Michael spews:

    @12
    You say that like I like Obama or something…

    Palin’s statement was yet another example of how out of touch with reality she is.

  9. 14

    Puddybud, identifying the HA serial plagiarizing arschloch for what he is... spews:

    You say that like I like Obama or something

    You do and I don’t need a stinking crazed databaze to demonstrate it. All I did was to put forth Obummer’s love of the same and Obummer’s reckless spending of taxpayer dollars and Obummer trumpeting this “project”.

  10. 15

    spews:

    14. Puddybud, identifying the HA serial plagiarizing arschloch for what he is… spews:

    You say that like I like Obama or something

    You do and I don’t need a stinking crazed databaze to demonstrate it. All I did was to put forth Obummer’s love of the same and Obummer’s reckless spending of taxpayer dollars and Obummer trumpeting this “project”.

    09/05/2011 at 8:37 am

    Hey you mother fucking thread crapper…stay on topic for once.

    Asshole.

  11. 16

    who run Bartertown? spews:

    Everyone knows damn well Rujax isnt man enough to say that crap to anyone’s face in person.

    f-ing pussy that he is.