The HA Readers’ Choice: Sharon Tomiko Santos

Speaking of bullshit polls, HA readers have spoken, and Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos was the clear choice for the incumbent Seattle Democratic state representative who most deserves a serious challenge. (You know… not counting Speaker Frank Chopp.)


Sharon Tomiko Santos (37th)5142%
Mary Lou Dickerson (36th)4033%
Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney (46th)3025%

Huh. Of course, Santos is my representative, which makes this kinda awkward. Personally, I get along with her just fine, and have always found her accessible. Plus, I have a couple of fond memories of her verbally beating the crap out of Cheryl Chow (in the hallway outside a school closure town hall), and Terry Bergeson (to her face at a 37th LD endorsement meeting). When she’s on, she’ on.

But at least as of lately, Santos hasn’t been on nearly often enough, her voice virtually silent during recent legislative sessions. Her lack of production aside, Santos has also earned her reputation as being less progressive than her district, serving as an advocate for payday lenders, and an opponent of environmental causes. And while she talks a very good talk on tax restructuring, she doesn’t seem to have the will or the way toward getting there.

But perhaps what most qualifies Santos for a serious intra-party challenge is her role in the House leadership, where she serves under Chopp as Majority Whip. No, challenging the Speaker himself isn’t all that viable, but challenging one of his lieutenants is, and even a close race, if not a win itself, would send a very loud message to Chopp and the rest of the leadership that we’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore.

So, sorry Sharon, nothing personal, but I can’t argue with my readers’ choice.

Comments

  1. 1

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Bimbo Alert: GOP Gov. Mark Sanford has admitted he went to Argentina to cheat on his wife, and has resigned from his position as chair of the Republican National Governors Conference. We can also assume his rumored 2012 presidential aspirations are over.

  2. 2

    Huh? spews:

    To RR @ 1 – I guess when his staff put out a press release that said he was “hiking the Appalachian Trail”, they made a huge typo… they meant to type he was “having the Argentinian tail”!

  3. 3

    Piper Scott spews:

    The poll numbers say less about the three legislators and more about how few people actually hang out at HA.

    You run a potentially explosive topic like this, and all you can get are 121 responses???

    Holy crap, you could have at least opened up the voting to sock puppets and all the alter egos used by HA Happy Hooligans to post under assumed names, which would have added a few.

    Or did you already?

    In any event, 121 isn’t statistically significant enough to warrant anything…unless calculating your net worth in dollars.

    Dog bites man…

    The Piper

  4. 4

    Marvin Stamn spews:

    3. Piper Scott spews:
    sock puppets and all the alter egos used by HA Happy Hooligans to post under assumed names, which would have added a few.

    Or did you already?

     
    Already did. How else could they have gotten 121 votes.
     

    In any event, 121 isn’t statistically significant enough to warrant anything…unless calculating your net worth in dollars.

     
    Ouch. That’s gonna leave a mark.

  5. 5

    Max spews:

    All I know is that Santos’ record on public transportation is terrible.

    Is that Piper Scott guy losing his mind? Didn’t that clown move to Olympic to work for that short right-wing kook?

  6. 7

    40-year Democratic Voter spews:

    Ummmm, if I were in Piper Scott’s shoes, I’d be way busy spending all my free time figuring out how to fix my Party, or or how to replace it with something more viable, something that works.

    I’d have no time to troll the other side offering gratuitous comments; no, not much time at all. Makes me wonder if he’s giving up. (And he’d hardly be the first. Very little traffic over on Sound Politics these days.)

  7. 8

    Piper Scott spews:

    @6 & @7…Max & 40-year Virgin…

    Thank you for offering to order my life for me, but at 59 I think I can handle the job. I come occassionally to HA to audit the HA Happy Hooligans, then bring them the truth. Lord knows, you do need it, often unpleasant thought the job may be.

    Why? In the words of Miss Maudie from the filmed version of To Kill a Mockingbird:

    “Some men in this world are born to do our unpleasant jobs for us…” I am one of them.

    Consider me an evangelist of sorts.

    The Piper

  8. 9

    Steve spews:

    “Consider me an evangelist of sorts.”

    Actually, I’ve long considered you to be a preening, pompous ass, but that’s just my opinion, of course.

  9. 10

    Marvin Stamn spews:

    7. 40-year Democratic Voter spews:
    Very little traffic over on Sound Politics these days.

     
    according to sitemeter…
     
    visits today
    horsesass – 1,310
    soundpolitics – 2,640

  10. 12

    40-year Democratic Voter spews:

    Marv @ 10, I meant postings, not visits. Virtually nothing on someone who should be a campaign favorite over there, Ms. Hutchison, for example.