Update: Stonier Misses First Four Votes in the House

by lewwaters

Monica Stonier HatUnder performing just as expected, word is out that Monica Stonier, newly elected Democrat in the 17th Legislative District who narrowly defeated Republican Julie Olson for the seat left open when Tim Probst narrowly lost his bid to oust Senator Don Benton blew off the first four votes in the House, those vote being listed as “probably the most important votes this month.”

One was for an amendment to house rules to make the 2/3 majority vote for tax increases that 64% of voters approved part of rules. Stonier wasn’t there. The amendment failed along party lines.

Shortly after the vote, Tim Eyeman, who has sponsored the initiatives and got the petitions to the people for us to vote on the initiative, issued a press release that says,

“We now know that every House Democrat represents Seattle; not a single Democrat outside Seattle represented his/her constituents today. As was explained below, 10 Democrats are elected in Seattle and so it’s not surprising to see those 10 vote no today on the 2/3-for-taxes rule. So all eyes were on the 44 Democrats who were elected in legislative districts whose voters overwhelmingly approved I-1185’s 2/3. Were they going to vote yes on the 2/3-for-taxes rule and represent their constituents or were they going to represent Seattle too? We got our answer. Not a single one of the 44 non-Seattle Democrats listed below kept faith with their constituents. Not one.”

“Monica Stonier in the 17th, Rep. Morell in the 25th, Rep. Takko and Rep. Blaker in the 19th, Rep. Sullivan in the 47th, Rep. Seaquist in the 26th, and Rep. Haigh in the 35th, if those 7 had voted ‘yes’ today, it would have backed up their ongoing claim that they are a “conservative Democrat”, a “Roadkill Caucus Democrat,” a “different kind of Democrat.” Instead, their lack of support for today’s vote on the 2/3-for-taxes rule showed that there is only one kind of Democrat — a Seattle Democrat — when it comes to taxes.”

Over 39,000 voters in the 17th Legislative District, some 67% of the votes cast in the district she has struggled long and hard to grab a legislative seat approved I-1185 calling on the legislature to approve a 2/3 vote requirement to raise taxes. Monica Stonier, who ran on a ticket of she is better suited to represent the people in that district failed them in the very first voting in the House.

By not voting at all, she acted against the wishes of her constituents as we have seen other Democrats all too often doing. So much for her campaign pledge, “I will always be a strong champion for low taxes, independent thinking, and listening to you.”

Reportedly, Monica was “on campus” but not in her office and not voting. Speculation is she was told by the Seattle party bosses to sit it out. Her car was photographed in the parking lot at the time of the session today.

Even with the low expectations I had for Monica Stonier, I did not expect to see her so cavalierly blow off constituents in such a matter. Even though she personally opposed I-1185, constituents are owed representation that supports their views, not turns her back on them. Did you people in the 17th elect her to do the bidding of the party over your interests?

Keep Your Eyes On Your Own paper

UPDATE: Monica Stonier’s aid told the Columbian’s intern that she is out sick today with the flu. However, he car was photographed in the parking lot during session.

**Photo removed, confirmed to not be Stonier’s car. However, sources say she was fine the evening before and the belief she was ducking stands.**

Session began about 10:15 AM and as you can see, the photo was taken just before 12 noon. The car was reported gone in the afternoon after the session ended.

See also M.I.A. Monica at Reality Clark County

Feb 4, 2013: The Columbian’s Stevie Mathieu contacted me with she contacted Stonier who says, “that isn’t her car. She drives a silver Toyota Camry, and her parking space is in a different lot.” Stevie also said,  “The House Clerk confirmed that information.” Will update with more when received.

11 Comments to “Update: Stonier Misses First Four Votes in the House”

  1. she doesn’t answer her constituents email either…

  2. Just what we need: more cowards in the legislature.

  3. I would say, that she just gave us all a little rope to hang her with in the next election. But Dems around here have an abysmal record of not holding their elected representatives accountable, and letting them stay in office no matter what they do or don’t do. The Jim Moeller syndrome.

  4. I hate this because most people will say that the 17th got what they deserved based on their votes. However, WHY do WE have to get stuck with the results?

  5. Frank Chopp is no dummy, he gave all if the swing districts cover and still had the votes to kill the rule. Time will tell if it was the correct strategy

  6. I’m embarassed for her. This is exactly what people hate about politics. The self-serving gaming wasn’t enough, she’s caught lying about it… Damn.

  7. It’s a hell of a start. Talk about taxation without representation!

  8. Glad to see you immediately revised this post after the car hoax was uncovered. Obviously you were the victim of a smear campaign aimed against Monica. I hope you chastised whoever’s behind it because such dirty tricks undermine your real issue (the rest of the article.)

  9. …and she still hasn’t responded to two separate emails I sent. One was regarding SB 5090 (rejecting light rail over the Columbia) in which I asked her to co-sponsor a companion bill in the House, and the second email asking her if she supported or would oppose the effort to overturn I1240, and in the same email asked her about her stated opposition to Liz Pike’s idea of allowing teachers to protect their students at school. She hasn’t answered either email – although her assistant sent me an email asking for a contact number so Monica could speak with me about these issues.

    That was more than two weeks ago. Still nothing. Who knows, maybe she will contact me one of these days. Still, if you can’t rely on your own state representative to correspond with his or her constituents in a timely manner, what does that say about participatory democracy that Democrats always say they champion? Maybe she’s mad at me because I comment on this blog? We know how much the Democrats and The Columbian (but I repeat myself) love “Clark County Conservative” don’t we?

  10. Martin, the photo was not a smear campaign or deliberate, it was a honest mistake in that the source went to the wrong parking lot.

    They owned up to it immediately when it was pointed out with an apology. There was no ill intent, just an error in which parking lot she used.

  11. Craig, they’re as welcome as anybody to comment here, but for some reason avoid the blog, although I am sure they watch it ;-)

    I say that because I have been approached by some friends who are active Democrats and were asked to start a blog to counter this one, by party officials.

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