As I’ve told everyone who’s contacted me, my focus is on marrying and starting a life with my beautiful fiance, Priscilla Jones (slideshow of the proposal here!). I’m very excited for that journey to begin. I also want to say that I appreciate all of the kind words I’ve received from folks all over the country. They’ve meant a great deal to me. Below is the full statement that I’ve shared with reporters, as well as a few links to some of the stories about the topic.
“My immediate focus is on marrying the woman of my dreams on September 10.
I have spoken with leaders in this state and my former White House colleagues about the idea of running for the United States Senate. I’m flattered that individuals I worked with to defeat the disastrous state income tax proposal last year believe that I could provide a positive voice for Washington in the U.S. Senate.
Washington, DC, is broken. Voters of this state are hungry for principled leadership which addresses the serious fiscal crisis that politicians like Sen. Cantwell have caused. Sen. Cantwell and her allies in our nation’s capital are busy burying our children and grandchildren in a blizzard of debt. This has got to stop. Rather than tackle the big issues of getting Americans back to work and putting our economic house in order, it seems the only jobs program in Congress is the one where they try to preserve their own. We deserve better.
In the coming weeks, I’m going to continue to plan my wedding with my lovely fiancé, Priscilla Jones. After September, I’ll work to grow my business and will consider this opportunity to be a constructive voice for Washington.”
On Friday, June 17, 2011, on Marco Island, Florida, Priscilla Jones and I were celebrating our six month anniversary, as well as Priscilla’s birthday. I surprised Priscilla with a marriage proposal on the beach. She said yes!!
On Thursday, June 9, I joined good friend John Curley on his KIRO FM Radio program to discuss Alec Baldwin’s commentary on the fate of Rep. Anthony Weiner. We also talked about the mass exodus of the Gingrich for President campaign staff. I join the show at the 11:58 mark in the audio below.
Yesterday, I was a guest on the Fox News “America Live” program. I joined host Martha MacCallum to discuss the fallout from Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner’s admission that he had been lying to the world about his Twitter scandal.
Last week, the POLITICO Arena question of the day was about the lackluster jobs report (just 54,000 jobs created in May) and how that would impact Obama’s reelection chances in 2012. Below is my response. More of my Arena posts can be seen here.
One year ago, I wrote the following in response to a similar POLITICO Arena question:
Prior to the credit market freeze in September 2008, the highest monthly unemployment rate during President George W. Bush’s two terms was 6.3 percent. The overall average monthly unemployment rate during his 8 years in office was 5.3 percent. The tax relief President Bush signed into law pulled America out of the recession he inherited in 2001 and spurred six years of uninterrupted economic growth and a record 52 straight months of job creation.
President Obama’s policies to deal with economic challenges have been diametrically opposite to his predecessor’s. Obama’s higher taxes, job-killing government intervention and massive deficit spending have sent us down a destructive fiscal path. His policies have failed based on his own yardstick. President Obama has not held unemployment under 8 percent as his administration promised would happen if the massive $787 billion government spending package was adopted by Congress.
Those sentiments hold true today, 12 months later. For President Obama to have a shot at reelection, there must be a real recovery that drops the unemployment several points. We vote with our pocketbooks, and billfolds have been pretty thin for far too many Americans during Obama’s time in office.
On Wednesday, I joined John Curley in the studio from 7 to 10 p.m. for his nightly radio show on KIRO FM. We talked about a range of topics, from the scandal involving Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) to baseball. In the 8 p.m. hour, we discussed the resounding victory of Defeat 1098 over last year’s proposed state income tax and Sarah Palin. The audio is below.
On last night’s John Curley Show on KIRO 97.3 FM Seattle, John and I discussed the public relations mistakes made by President Obama during his trip to Europe. We also discussed President George W. Bush’s faith and the role that played during his time in office. Our discussion begins at the 18:20 mark.
Last week, I joined my friend John Curley in studio for a discussion about how the Obama press office took the highly unusual step of banning the Boston Herald from participating in the local press pool because they didn’t like the Herald’s coverage during Obama’s previous visit to Boston. John’s show can be heard nightly on Seattle’s 97.3 FM KIRO. Our discussion begins at the 16:50 mark in the audio below.
Today, Karen Travers of ABC News penned a story for the web about President George W. Bush’s decision to decline President Obama’s invitation to visit Ground Zero with him. She examined President Bush’s consistent commitment to not engage in the politics of the day. Her story can be found here – “Bush, True to His Word, Lies Low After Bin Laden Killing.” My comments from the piece are below.
Some Bush aides acknowledged that Bush’s returning to the spotlight could reignite the arguments over his administration’s policies on terrorism, but they also said that a day like today is not the time to have those debates.
Scott Stanzel, who served as a White House deputy press secretary and worked for Bush for nearly a decade, said the policy discussion is “unavoidable.”
“That would be a natural discussion. It’s a discussion that’s ongoing even without President Bush attending the activities today at Ground Zero or doing any interviews about this,” Stanzel said.
President George H. W. Bush was defeated in his bid for reelection by Bill Clinton and he held his tongue during Clinton’s two terms in office. In recent years, the two have developed a warm friendship and even joke about Clinton being part of the family.
Stanzel said that “absolutely without question” the former president was influenced by the example set by his father.
“President Bush has patterned his post-presidency with his father’s time in mind,” Stanzel told ABC News. “I don’t think there is anyone out there who would say that President George H. W. Bush wasn’t gracious to President Clinton. Former presidents can be a resource for each other.”
Stanzel said Bush appreciated that his predecessors took the same approach, showing respect to the current occupant of the Oval Office.
Former President Jimmy Carter has been an exception to that unwritten club rule, publicly criticizing both the Obama administration and Bush administration on foreign policy.
Today’s POLITICO Arena question was “Should President Bush have gone to Ground Zero?”. Below is my response.
When President George W. Bush was preparing to leave office in January 2009, he frequently told reporters that he was looking forward to being out of the spotlight. He firmly believes that former presidents owe it to their successors to exit the stage and not continue to be participants in the news of the day.
President Bush’s statement congratulating President Obama and the men and women who carried out the mission to bring Osama bin Laden to justice was fitting. It is appropriate that President Bush plans to visit ground zero on the tenth anniversary of the attacks and his decision to politely decline today’s invitation was also proper.