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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

October 10, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday briefing: Walsh R-74 ad; big squawk on Big Bird; Inslee, not quite a movie star

Good Morning:

UPDATED: to include comment from Jay Inslee spokesman Sterling Clifford:

State Rep. Maureen Walsh stars in gay marriage ad: Remember when state Rep. Walsh of Walla Walla gave that poignant speech in the House in favor of gay marriage? The video  went viral. It seemed like one day her powerful words would appear in an ad for something. Well, they have.  Walsh looks comfortable stating her position in the new ad for the campaign urging voters to approve Referendum 74 to allow gay marriage in Washington state.

Five-way slam: It’s getting very testy out there in the TV ad and video world. The News Tribune of Tacoma reported on a political ad — currently on the web — from the Washington State Republican Party that is unusual in that it hits five Democratic candidates for statewide office in one swoop.  I recommend the adjoining articles, too.

Brian M. Rosenthal says Inslee spokesman Clifford emailed Wednesday to note that what is asserted as fact in the web video (below) regarding Inslee is actually just an allegation made by his opponent, Rob McKenna.

Take a look.

Fowl politics: Tuesday the Obama campaign released an ad mocking Mitt Romney’s mention of Big Bird. The Republican candidate’s mention of the popular “Sesame Street” character in the first debate will go down in history as one of the most memorable  moments in that event. Obviously, the broader take-home point involved President Obama’s lackluster performance.  Bird politics gained new momentum later Tuesday  when the production company behind “Sesame Street” promptly asked the Obama camp to refrain from using its characters in campaign ads.  Romney, by the by, told a crowd in Iowa that the ad shows Obama is into the small stuff, not helping Americans with their everyday problems.

Here is the Obama ad.

From Brian M. Rosenthal:

Democrats better hope Jay Inslee is a better politician than actor. The News Tribune of Tacoma has dug up a film clip from the 2005 political thriller, “The Deal,” in which the now-gubernatorial hopeful offers two stilted sentences and a firm handshake in a brief cameo as a U.S. senator. The movie was not exactly a box office sensation. Here is a moment or two from  Jay Inslee’s brief career in film.


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