Tim Eyman makes pretty good hay knocking around legislators, so why are the three Democratic legislators in his district not facing any opposition? (I know this is my second post on the same article this morning. Sue me, I’m unimaginative).
I know Eyman has used the excuse before as to why he doesn’t run for office that he is more effective running initiatives, but isn’t this also true:
Competition “is a very important part of the process. It makes us better public servants to be questioned and challenged,” he said. “And I have seen a number of times when somebody is not expected to have a chance and they end up winning. That’s not happening much anymore because they [the parties] don’t field candidates.”
Critics contend the lack of competition can lead to a less-responsive Legislature because politicians who don’t have to worry about getting kicked out of office are less likely to listen to their voters.
If what Eyman wants is a more responsive legislature, wouldn’t it be important for people to run against office holders?