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July 30, 2014 at 10:38 PM

More GOP campaign mailer intrigue

On Tuesday, we wrote about a GOP campaign mailer calling a Democrat state Senate candidate too Republican for his district. Today, we’ve got a brand new mailer. This time, the state GOP mailer praises its own candidate, Mark Miloscia, for “standing up to the party bosses and out-of-touch politicians.”

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Wait, what? Is the state Republican Party developing self-loathing issues?

Actually, no. Miloscia, running for Senate in District 30, used to be a Democratic state representative. It’s a morsel of information the Republican mailer conveniently leaves out. But Miloscia’s record combating his own former party is pretty extensive. Here are a few quick highlights:

In 2005, he was one of only three Democrats to vote against biotech research favored by former Gov. Chris Gregoire.

In 2010, Miloscia challenged Democratic House Speaker Frank Chopp for the speakership.

“Not one significant piece of government reform has passed the last two years…This failure cannot continue,” Miloscia wrote in a press statement at the time.

In 2012, Miloscia was again one of only three Democrats voting against a Gregoire priority, this time her budget.

Bonus round: In keeping with this contrarianism, Miloscia once proposed a hefty sales tax on pornography. House Democrats shot that one down in a committee hearing. Perhaps as state Senator, he’d bring it back?

Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest, State legislative races, State Legislature, Washington state Republican Party | Topics: mark miloscia, Washington State Legislature

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