Resolution in Opposition to Rodney Tom’s candidacy for State Senate

Note: the 5th, 41st, 45th and 48th LD Democrats have passed versions of this resolution.

Resolution in Opposition to Rodney Tom’s candidacy for State Senate

WHEREAS in 2012 then State Senator Rodney Tom began caucusing with the Republicans and formed, with Republicans, the so-called Majority Coalition Caucus — despite having been elected as a Democrat;

WHEREAS Tom’s action did great damage to Democratic priorities, as evidenced by the fact that in February of 2013 he was censured by the state Democratic Party for “gross disloyalty” and “perfidious behavior”;

WHEREAS Tom was harshly denounced by the 5th, 43d and the 48d LD Democratic organizations, as well as by the Pierce County Democrats;

WHEREAS Tom is running this year as a self-proclaimed Democrat for the 48th LD State Senate position, despite having failed to even seek endorsement of the Democrats and despite his earlier betrayals;

WHEREAS Various Democratic organizations, including the 48th LD Democrats, have endorsed Democratic Senator Patty Kuderer for re-election;

WHEREAS The Democrats have a one seat majority in the state Senate;

WHEREAS A victory by Tom would put at risk the recent legislative successes by the Democrats in Olympia and would empower Republicans;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we, the 41st LD Democrats declare our vehement opposition to the candidacy of Rodney Tom and our deep regret that he is calling himself a Democrat.

(Resolution by Donald. A. Smith, June 13, 2018)


Rodney Tom is a Democrat in Name Only: he was censured by the Democratic Party for caucusing with the Republicans but is running again as a Democrat

Note: this is the version of the resolution passed by the 48th LD Democrats:


Resolution: Rodney Tom is not a Democrat

WHEREAS in 2012 then State Senator Rodney Tom began caucusing with the Republicans despite being a declared Democrat;

WHEREAS Tom’s action did great damage to Democratic priorities, to the extent he was censured by the state Democratic Party in February 2013 for “gross disloyalty” and “perfidious behavior” and denounced by the 5th, 43rd, and the 48th LD Democratic organizations, as well as by the Pierce County Democrats;

WHEREAS despite this past behavior, Tom is running this year as a self-proclaimed Democrat for the 48th LD State Senate position;

WHEREAS Tom has made no contact with, nor is he a member of the 48th Legislative District or County Democratic Party;

WHEREAS Tom has declared his refusal to caucus with Democrats should he win the Senate seat, thus imperiling the one seat Democratic majority in the state Senate;

WHEREAS a victory by Tom would put at risk recent bipartisan legislative successes in Olympia and would likely create another four years of gridlock;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we, the 48th LD Democrats, declare our vehement opposition to Rodney Tom again calling himself a Democrat.

Adopted by the 48th Legislative District Democrats this 20th day of June, 2018.

Joan McBride: I am a Democrat and a progressive

Former Kirkland mayor Joan McBride  spoke Sunday at the Legislative Action Committee meeting of the King County Democrats. Joan McBride

McBride is challenging Rodney Tom for the state senate seat in the 48th LD.

Contrary to rumors that had been spreading around facebook, Ms. McBride never was a Republican.  She is apparently a real Democrat and a progressive. She volunteered for the George McGovern campaign.  She recently married Margaret, her partner of 14 years   As mayor and city council member in Kirkland, she worked hard to support growth management, public transportation, and human services.  She was active in numerous civic groups (biography).

She said she’s running out of anger and a sense of betrayal at Rodney Tom’s kowtowing to the hard right Tea Party and climate denying Republicans.

“I am going to run as a Democrat. I am a progressive.”

Asked about her opinion of charter schools, McBride said that she supports any way that helps educate kids, as long as it doesn’t take money from public schools.   She said she you can’t evaluate teachers by the test scores of their students.

It’s not evident from her photo, but she has a sparkle in her eye and a good sense of humor. (See video below.) I got good vibes from her. With 16+ years of experience on the Kirkland city council, she is good with people.

Her website is



Environmentalists target Rodney Tom

Washington Conservation Voters is holding a canvass/door-to-door  On Tuesday, March 11 from 3PM to 5PM to in Rodney Tom’s district, the 48th LD, to inform voters of his bad deeds with respect to thwarting environmental legislation.     See details here.

They write:

As the Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Rodney Tom must be held responsible for his caucus’ decisions. This session, Senator Tom’s Environmental Committee Chair (Sen. Doug Ericksen, 0% WCV Lifetime Score) have: brought climate deniers in to testify, have proposed a Senate Budget that extends a loophole to out-of-state oil companies for millions of dollars and has even refused to hold hearings on environmental bills that passed the House in a bi-partisan fashion. These are bills that would have protected our community from toxic chemicals and volatile and hazardous oil trains!

We need to set the priorities straight in Olympia and there is only one more opportunity left this session. Washington Conservation Voters is going door-to-door this Tuesday to talk to voters in the 48th District about closing the Big Oil Tax Loophole.

Combined with Tom’s squashing of a bipartisan bill, SB 6313 to help the homeless (see Rodney Tom harms the homeless) and the Senate’s opposition to a transportation bill that would fund Metro Transit, Rodney Tom has given more than enough reason for voters to kick him out of office.

Rodney Tom harms the homeless

Rodney Tom hurts the homeless

From Publicola (third item):

Word is Sen. Rodney Tom (D-48, Medina), head of the Republican-dominated Majority Coalition Caucus, wanted the bill killed to snub ardent low-income housing advocate and speaker of the house Rep. Frank Chopp (D-43, Wallingford).

Bill co-sponsor Sen. Hobbs tells Fizz: “Tom told me and Sen. Benton that he told Angel to stop the bill in committee.”


I’m baffled as to why Tom wanted to kill this bill,” Hobbs concludes. “It was bipartisan. And wasn’t that why the MCC was formed?”

Rodney Tom lives in Medina, opposes $15 minimum wage

Rodney Tom lives in Medina, opposes $15 minimum wage

See Dems plan minimum-wage hike; Senate leader dumps on it.

Noisy protesters should target his house in Medina.  I’m thinking of the raw, Seattle area protesters who like to get arrested.

I wonder if  such people would be willing to get involved in what might seem to them to be partisan politics.  For example, if the Democratic Party were sponsoring the protest, I bet that some of them (Occupiers, Socialists) would boycott the protest.  This is sad, because the Republican Party (and ex-Republican Rodney Tom) are greatly obstructing progressive legislation.

The apparent hostility between Democrats and those further to the left is the defining problem of the progressive movement and the Democratic Party.

SLOG has an announcement for a rally in support of the $15 minimum wage. “Sterling Harders, vice president of SEIU 775NW; Dave Freiboth, executive secretary of King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO; Kshama Sawant, Seattle City Council member; Socialist Party member of the Irish Parliament for Dublin; Robby Stern, former co-chair of McGinn campaign; fast food workers and employees at the airport, and others who are being booked right now.” More Dem speakers would be good?

Surprise finding: What's blocking Bertha, the tunnel boring machine?

Matt Preedy, deputy WSDOT viaduct replacement program administrator, and Chris Dixon, project manager with Seattle Tunnel Partners, announced today that engineers had discovered what’s blocking Bertha, the giant tunnel-boring drill stuck beneath Pier 48 on the Seattle waterfront:  Rodney Tom and Pam Roach of the Senate Majority Coalition.

What's blocking Bertha, the tunnel boring drill: Rodney Tom and Pam Roach of the Senate Majority Coalition

Engineers discovered that Tom (D-48th LD) and Roach (R-31st LD) had sabotaged Bertha by inserting rocks in its gear mechanism.

This is fitting news, since the Senate Majority Coalition has been blocking passage of the Democrats’ transportation passage, including funding for Metro Transit. Tom and the Republicans are holding the transportation package hostage to their demands.  They want to overturn the prevailing wage (more union busting), weaken environmental requirements for road projects, and exempt transportation projects from the sales tax (thus further starving the general fund).  And they won’t allow King County to institute a local funding option for Metro.

Nor will Tom and the Republicans close tax loopholes.

A certain Democrat State Senator told me that Pam Roach is perhaps the most powerful person in the legislature, because she regularly blocks bills for consideration. Like the Tea Party Republicans in the US House, Roach makes sure to veto any measure that might help the middle class and the poor.

By the way, the wikipedia article on Pam Roach has the following story about her infamous temper:

In 2010 fellow Senate Republicans banned her from the Senate Caucus after colleagues told her she had repeatedly mistreated staff and should get counseling to manage her anger. Republicans barred her from the caucus room, though she could still vote on the Senate Floor.[6]

Despite Roach’s attempts at appeal, the disciplinary sanctions against Roach were maintained for almost two years, until they were abruptly lifted in February of 2012, when the Senate Republican leadership wrote a letter to Sen. Roach inviting her back into the Republican caucus.[7] Not long after Roach was invited into the Senate Republican caucus, Senate Republicans- joining with three Democrats- utilized an obscure procedural motion to wrest control of the budget writing process from the Democratic caucus and pass their own budget. [8] However, in Roach’s absence, even with the votes of the three Democrats, the Republicans would still come up one vote short of being able to pass their budget on the floor of the Senate. In one interview, Roach said, “I was the 25th vote (for the GOP), and my caucus finally did the right thing.” Her return to the caucus room prompted Mike Hoover, a GOP staffer who had been verbally abused by Roach in the past, to sue the Washington State Senate for $1.75 million for creating a hostile workplace by readmitting Roach back into the caucus room.[9]

In September of 2012, the Washington State Senate reaffirmed their sanctions against Senator Roach. [10]