*** YOUR DAILY DO’S, 5/11 *** Jessica Williams Nguyen
Oh, what a week. We were all surprised by the firing of FBI Director James Comey – almost as surprised as Comey himself. Or maybe we weren’t all that surprised, because it’s not as if President Trump behaves according to any kind of ideology of morality. Regardless, today’s Do’s are very much concerned with the fallout of the Comey firing.
1. James Comey, (now former) Director of the FBI, was fired yesterday. He found out via cable news. Long-suffering Press Secretary Sean Spicer hid in the bushes (yes, really) to avoid answering uncomfortable questions (i.e., his job). Trump’s administration offered a dizzying, unbelievable cornucopia of rationalizations for Comey’s firing; I think the funniest one suggested that Comey was too hard on Hillary Clinton.
Oh, and Trump gave an interview in which he suggested that he’s surprised by the meanness of our culture. Yes, really.
There are legitimate reasons for Comey’s firing, but Trump offered none of them. Most troubling is Trump’s own admission, via a released statement, that he’s happy not to be under investigation. One might be tempted to think that Comey was fired right after he testified about connections between Trump’s campaign/administration and Russia because he wants to avoid further investigation and any damning information that might be uncovered.
Regardless of the reason for Comey’s sudden unemployment, the Russian interference investigation must continue. The departure of Comey must not prevent the American people from learning the truth about collusion between a sitting president and a hostile foreign power. And make no mistake – a new FBI director does not have to mean and should not mean that the investigation ceases. It is critical that we continue to insist on a thorough, substantive investigation, utilizing the resources of the FBI and any other bodies available to us. Let’s talk about what we do.
First of all, it’s time to hit the phones again. Please call our local Senators – you can find their contact info at https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/and https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/ -- and ask them to request a special prosecutor to investigate possible malfeasance. Also, please consider contacting possibly sympathetic Republican Senators. Lindsey Graham, despite his bizarre recent embrace of Trump, still seems to posses a conscience. You can encourage him to listen to it here: https://www.lgraham.senate.gov/public/. John McCain also wields a considerable amount of influence in the Senate, and he appears to find Comey’s firing troubling. Please send him a note of support here: https://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/. Fellow Republicans Richard Burr (https://www.burr.senate.gov/) and Bob Corker (https://www.burr.senate.gov/) have also expressed concern.
In addition to burning up the Capitol phone lines, you might also want to support a national organization, like the ACLU, that can exert pressure on our legislators regarding this issue. The organization is encouraging concerned citizens to contact Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. You can do so (and read more) here: https://action.aclu.org/secure/demand-special-prosecutor.
2. Let's make some change and get more women on the ballot in WA!
Filing week is May 15-19. In order to be on the ballot, candidates need to file by May 19th.
There are elected positions throughout our state that are vacant because NO ONE ran and even more that were unopposed. This is bad for democracy. Choices and debate lead to better candidates and legislative outcomes. Here are the ~3000 positions up for election this year: https://www.sos.wa.gov/…/can…/Offices-Open-for-Election.aspx
As of today, women represent only 38% of those who have filed to run in WA. We've got some kick ass folks ready to help increase that number. All we need is YOU!!!
Today's Do has a big ask, big opportunities, and a story you need to hear (and share!)
1. Get more women on the ballot. Our own Melissa Taylor is working with groups like Emerge WA to get women on the ballot in all upcoming races. Emerge America had over 200 graduates of its program on the ballot across 16 states and 70% of those candidates won their race.
Become a candidate or encourage a friend or colleague. You can find all of the details on filing from your County Elections office. Online or via phone call, they're friendly folks!
Female candidates are asked to run an average of seven times before they do. Claudia Balducci, King County Councilmember, said that it didn't occur to her to apply for the Charter Commission that started her political career until someone suggested it. Then someone encouraged her to join the Bellevue City Council, from there she went on to be the Mayor of Bellevue and now holds a county-wide office.
2. Work for a candidate! Paid and unpaid positions are available for folks with campaign experience. Melissa has requests for campaign staff, particularly women and POC. Please post below or PM Melissa with anyone who you'd recommend be on the list. This includes campaign managers (FT or PT), treasurer, fundraiser, media, social media, field, volunteer management, etc.
3. Track and support candidates running for office throughout our state. Let us know who and how you're supporting in the comments.
Thank you for all that you do. #DailyDos
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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