Washington State Sen. Mike Hewitt, a Republican from Walla Walla, took another shot at Gov. Jay Inslee and Inslee’s efforts to build the Boeing 777X wings here in Everett, where Boeing’s wide-body factory is located. Here is Hewitt’s full statement.
It’s the second high-profile shot Hewitt has taken.
But while Hewitt trashes Inslee, he was part of the Republican budget process that proposed eliminating funding for the Governor’s Office for Aerospace.[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s21gNbCYXk&w=420&h=315]
So what’s going on? Politics, a Democratic leader of the State House told us, when we ran into him at a restaurant recently.
“The Republicans want Inslee to fail,” the Legislator told us. So the Republican budget eliminated funding for the Aerospace Office, as well as the liaison between Olympia, WA, (the state capital) and The Other Washington (DC) on military matters, including Spokane’s Fairchild Air Force Base.
This is the second time we heard the state GOP was simply playing politics with Inslee. When the Republican budget was unveiled this spring, eliminating the Aerospace Office, one Legislator told us then, “They (the Republicans) are just messing with Inslee.”
When Hewitt took his first shot at Inslee, we responded with this post , sent a copy to Hewitt but did not receive a response from him.
Senator, It’s easy to complain-how about rolling up the sleeves and getting to work? Your statement yesterday is more of the same rhetoric, but I’ve not seen any proposals on your letterhead.
As I previously wrote, broadly, I agree with Hewitt. The records of Locke and Gregoire bordered on embarrassing for their benign neglect until Boeing moved its headquarters to Chicago, put the 7E7 (later named the 787) assembly site up for bid, selected North Charleston (SC) for the second 787 assembly line, threatened to put the 737 MAX elsewhere and now putting the 777X and 787-10 assembly sites up to the highest bidder.
And, as Sen. Hewitt notes, thousands of jobs are being moved by Boeing to other states. These are union jobs that are going to other, non-union states.
Hewitt says Gov. Inslee’s response to these job losses is inadequate. He’s right. More needs to be done, and we’ve written about this, too.
But where are Hewitt’s proposals? How about working together in a bi-partisan way for the good of Washington aerospace?
Or, Senator, is the good for the State and its citizens a back seat to partisan politics?