Lauding him for his pragmatism, the Seattle Times editorial board has endorsed Republican Drew Stokesbary for the open state House seat in the 31st Legislative District. Which I suppose is to be expected, because Stokesbary is a Republican, whereas his main Democratic opponent is a local teachers union president. And if there’s anything the Blethenites hate more than a teacher or a unionist, it’s a teachers unionist.
But what the editors ignore, is that in addition to being a tax averse Republican, Stokesbary is also a bigot, a racist, a sycophant, and a lifelong asshole with absolutely no respect for our state’s voter-approved campaign finance and disclosure laws. This is a guy renowned for heckling professional golfer Curtis Strange, and for telling his immigrant classmates to go back where they came from. This is the kinda guy who complains about a teacher forcing him to read a book by a black author.
In other words, Stokesbary is an asshole.
And it’s not like he’s an especially qualified asshole, either. The Municipal League rated Stokesbary merely “adequate,” while his two opponents received a rating of “good.” And yet the editors claim that such adequate assholery is “crucial if deals are to be struck and gridlock avoided.” Oh please.
The truth is, the editors are infatuated with Stokesbary because he, like them, bizarrely believes the Washington Education Association to be “the most corrupt union in the state.”
Shorter Seattle Times: “We hate teachers unions.”