Monday, September 17, 2012

Rob McKenna (WA) - A Scott Walker Mini-me

This guy grabbed my attention because of what you find at the end.
But of course, I have to build a case.

He’s arrogant
He’s trying to make believe – he is all that  .
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna said Tuesday he will not release any of his tax returns, dismissing the matter as a distraction from important policy discussions.

McKenna, the state's attorney general, said he has disclosed enough information in the personal financial forms that candidates file with the state. He called the tax-return debate - both here and nationally - a "phony issue."

“Rob McKenna has told the tea party, ‘I represent you.’ He called the unionization of state employees ‘dangerous.’ He wants to put working families at risk by privatizing worker’s compensation. He keynoted an [American Legislative Exchange Council] event in Olympia, embracing the same far-right ideology as Scott Walker. The similarities are many, but the biggest difference is that Scott Walker won his race and Rob McKenna won’t,” said Inslee spokeswoman Jaime Smith.
And he did
ALEC Annual Meeting
Friday, August 6, 2010
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Workshop #10
The Tenth Amendment: Federalism and Restoring State Sovereignty
SPEAKERS: Hon. Henry McMaster, Attorney General, State of South Carolina; Hon. Rob McKenna, Attorney General, State of Washington (*); Hon. Tom Corbett, Attorney General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (*)
McKenna is an ALEC Tenther
Other ALEC-ers gives McKenna a little love:
½ way down the page you will find a picture of McKenna with Bob Williams - Bob Williams, Founder and Senior Fellow, Evergreen Freedom Foundation and who is on the ALEC Board of Scholars and has been a contributing editor for ALEC publications and served on various ALEC task Forces.  (By the way – this blog is sponsored by Evergreen Freedom Foundation – and is an ALEC member that served on the Public Satey and Elections Task Force).

In 2010 and 2009
Jason Mercier is the director of the Center for Government Reform at the Washington Policy Center. He serves on the Executive Committee of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force and is a contributing editor of the Heartland Institute’s Budget & Tax News.

Jason likes to write about McKenna’s prowess in the Seattle Post Globe

Sonntag announced that he is creating an Open Government Task Force with Attorney General Rob McKenna to continue this discussion. The purpose of the new task force is to study and make recommendations on the creation of an administrative board to rule on complaints of violations regarding the state’s open government laws. The task force meetings are scheduled for Oct. 5 and Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Attorney General’s Office in Olympia.

Whether it is the PDC or an independent open government ombudsman, citizens and government would benefit from an independent entity charged with enforcing the state’s open government laws while also providing training and assistance.

And McKenna gives a little ALEC love back
“Budget transparency is a laudable goal. Citizens need to be informed about the cost of government and where their tax dollars are being spent. I support the Washington Policy Center in its work to bring more transparency and access to our state’s taxpayers.” Rob McKenna Washington State Attorney General
Washington Policy Center is an ALEC member and serves on the Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force

McKenna must’ve read the ALEC “State Legislator's Guide to Repealing Obamacare”
OLYMPIA — Attorney General Rob McKenna today issued the following statement about joining a multi-state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the recently-approved federal health care measure, once it is signed into law.

“I believe this new federal health care measure unconstitutionally imposes new requirements on our state and on its citizens. This unprecedented federal mandate, requiring all Washingtonians to purchase health insurance, violates the Commerce Clause and the 10th amendment of the US Constitution.

“I’m concerned that the measure unconstitutionally requires all Washingtonians to purchase health insurance and places an extraordinary burden on our state budget by requiring Washington to expand its Medicaid eligibility standards in violation of our state’s rights guaranteed under the10th amendment.”

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Janelle Guthrie, AGO Communications Director, (360) 586-0725
Dan Sytman, AGO Media Relations Manager, (360) 586-7842

And here’s a little something, something     from Janelle Guthries LinkedIn Page
Janelle Guthrie, APR's Overview

Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations
Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna

Communications Director
Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna

Media Relations Director
Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna

Communications Director
Washington State Senate Republican Caucus

2004 American Legislative Exchange Council Volunteer of the Year

And ALEC gives McKenna a little love:

September 9, 2008 ALEC Press Release
ALEC Supports Separation of Powers and Supermajorities for Tax Increases in Washington Supreme Court ALEC’s brief supported the position of Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, whose office defended the supermajority requirements.

Inside ALEC July 2010
We support the efforts of those, including Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna, who believe the federal health care bill unconstitutionally imposes new requirements on states and its citizens.

The Scott Walker Mini-Me
And like Scott Walker – he wants to make Washington “Open for Business”

OLYMPIA (Jan. 29)—“We must no longer allow Washington to be one of the ten most expensive states in which to operate a business,” says Republican State Attorney General Rob McKenna, as he makes his case for why he should be elected governor this fall. 

The Tax Foundation report is one of many that measure corporate taxes, regulation and other factors in determining which states are the “best for business,” and Washington consistently ranks among the best. 
Even when it doesn’t need to be.

It’s a meme that continues today as gubernatorial candidate McKenna says our state’s high costs for workers’ compensation are why he supports allowing private insurance companies to sell workers’ comp coverage in Washington. (That idea was soundly rejected by the state’s voters, 59-41, in 2010.)
And he’s into “privatization”.

But – he says he’s not Scott Walker.
The first 20 seconds only, maybe

Anyone who was around when Scott Walker ran for governor – remembers Walker saying exactly what McKenna is saying on this tape.

But he sure looks like a Scott Walker mini-me.

From McKenna’s Issues page on his campaign website
Six Principles for a New Direction in State Budgeting
-         Restore the Legislature’s role in collective bargaining
-         Reduce lawsuit abuse
-         Introduce managed competition for state services
-         Promote performance to do more with less
-         Shrink general government through attrition
-         Save money on state health care costs

Anyone who has read Scott Walkers SB1and SB2 – can verify for you – that all though Walker never talked about it – he implemented McKenna’s six points in SB1and SB2.

If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck,  and walks like a duck – it’s probably a duck.

do you really want
a Scott Walker mini-me
in the governor’s office?

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