Twenty candidates will participate in the first Democratic primary debates on Wednesday and Thursday. But outside the top contenders, most candidates are complete mysteries. BTRtoday takes a brief look at the Unknown Dems of the 2020 primary.
Jay Inslee, 68, governor of Washington
Inslee is the half-woke dad of the Democratic primary. Climate change is his pet issue, and his recent record says he’s serious about it. Back in May, Inslee opposed two fossil fuel plants proposed in southwest Washington and signed bills banning fracking in Washington and “mandating the state reach 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045.” On Monday, he released a new, “aggressive” plan to address the climate crisis, which won him more plaudits. He also said it’d be a “fool’s errand” to negotiate with Mitch McConnell on climate change, which is a refreshing break from Dems obsessed with the idea of compromising with the uncompromisable GOP majority leader.
Inslee’s not without warts, though—he was “the chief cheerleader of the largest corporate tax break in U.S. history, $8.7 billion to Boeing” for their 777 plant back in 2013. He also opposes Medicare for all and would seek to expand the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) coverage.
Telling Bill Maher that Washington “has the best weed in the country” last year is probably Inslee’s press highlight to date. That sucks because it involved Bill Maher but rules because it pissed off this nerd from MyNorthwest.com.