I received the following e-mail earlier today. Next year will be an exciting and busy year in Washington State for Democrats. It can well be an exercise in playing musical chairs for those looking at new opportunities to challenge themselves. Marko Liias is a welcome addition to those interested in playing the game and keeping politics interesting.
|Marko 2012 Exploratory Committee
As a friend and supporter, I am writing to share some exciting news with you – and ask for your advice.
In the past few months, many people have asked me to consider running for Congress in the 1st District, in the event Congressman Inslee does not seek reelection. While there are many things left to sort through, I want to let you know I am seriously considering this possibility.
As someone that was born and raised in our community, it has been an honor and privilege to serve as a city councilman and now as state representative. I am proud of what we have accomplished together these last few years. With your help, I have stood up for our community, leading on critical issues like education, transportation and environmental protection.
But, as I have worked hard in our state capital, like you, I have been dismayed and disappointed with what I see happening in our nation’s capital. The best interests of the American people have been ignored as a Republican majority has pursued their ideological agenda with ruthlessness.
This Congress has attacked women’s fundamental right to make their own reproductive choices. The new majority would dismantle important environmental protections that keep our air and water clean. And, rather than fighting for Main Street businesses, this Congress wants to continue to give out tax breaks to Big Oil and billionaires like Donald Trump.
We need to send someone to Congress that will stand up for Washington families. Someone that can move beyond the tired old ideas of the past and help lead our country in a better direction. In short, we need to send a fresh, progressive voice to Congress.
While I won’t decide whether to formally enter the race until Congressman Inslee announces his own plans, I do think it’s important to start this conversation now. We have a unique opportunity to change the course of our country, and I am excited to hear your thoughts.
Thank you for all that you do.
All my best,