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May 1, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach discusses the political climate and parallels to Washington State

Senator Daylin Leach Campaign Headquarters in Bryn Mawr, PA. (Photo by Derek Walker/UW Election Eye)

The political climate in Washington State may become similar to that in Pennsylvania should Rob McKenna become Governor of Washington State this fall. UWEE sat down with State Sen. Leach to discuss the similarities.

BRYN MAWR, Penn. — During our Pennsylvania road trip, we traveled to the 17th Senatorial District to interview State Senator Daylin Leach (D). Senator Leach served under Pennsylvania’s former Governor Ed Rendell (D) and has seen the dramatic changes in the State government under its current Governor, Tom Corbett (R).

The political climate in Washington State may become similar to that in Pennsylvania should Rob McKenna, who is currently favored to win, become Governor of Washington State this fall. McKenna has made promises similar to those Corbett made while campaigning:  Prioritizing education, putting cost cutting reforms into place in order to balance the budget, and managing state services.

We arrived at the Senator’s office to a flurry of activity. Volunteers were preparing to “Get Out The Vote” by canvassing neighborhoods and making phone calls. We asked Senator Leach, a self described liberal, to discuss changes he has seen under the new administration and to address issues that his constituents have faced since Governor Corbett has taken office.  Our hope was to shed light on possible parallels Washingtonians may themselves face should McKenna be elected.

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