Under 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?
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.