After spending an inordinate amount of time lining up all the proverbial ducks to redefine marriage, the Governor is now furious and making threats because she is, "running out of time."
Why? Because she says the legislature can't get the budget done.
Where was her fiscal urgency during the first 45 days of this legislative session?
The Washington State Wire reported Friday that, "Furious Gregoire threatens to execute hostages." I suggest you read the entire story.
Eric Smith reported for the Wire, "A legislative impasse over the budget escalated to Defcon-4 Thursday as frustrated Senate coalition forces went public with a new budget proposal and threatened to run over the Senate Democratic Caucus a second time. A furious Gov. Christine Gregoire retaliated by threatening to hold bills hostage and execute them one by one."
Senator Joe Zarelli, Senate Republican budget chief, along with Senate Minority Leader, Mike Hewitt (R), and others created a bi-partisan coalition in an attempt to get a budget in place. They have now come back with a revised budget plan, that while not perfect, provides a reasonable solution to the fiscal free fall facing the state.
The Governor sees this bi-partisan effort as an end run around her own efforts to create a coalition to advance a budget that better reflects her own agenda. Apparently, the Governor has forgotten that while she is in charge of the executive branch, she is not in charge of the legislative branch.
"I'm trying to be restrained," she said last week. "I'm disappointed. I am frustrated..."
She is threatening...
"I have given them my message today. My message is I'm not signing their bills. If you keep making no progress, I will not sign your bills, and then time will run out, and I won't have any time to do anything but [veto]. I'm telling you the truth."
In a personal email, Senator Mark Schoesler (R) 9th District, summed it up pretty well--"The Governor reacted about as well as my young grandson might if I lift him off the pony before his "ride" is through."
Unfortunately, Governor Gregoire is not only leaving a legacy of standing against the teaching of her own church and assaulting the oldest most important human institution in history by redefining marriage---an effort that absorbed her and Sen. Murray's attention for the first month and a half of this session, she is now melting down in anger because the legislature is "running out of time."
God help us.
Thank you for standing with us as we stand for marriage.
Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.