Ad Watch: Republican Bill Bryant is a Typical Republican Pushing Same Old, Stale Republican Policies Washington Voters Have Rejected Time and Time Again


New Bill Bryant Ad Claims Bryant is a Breath of Fresh Air and Non-Partisan – Ignoring That He's Given Thousands to National Republicans, Urged For Republican Control of Olympia and Refused to Condemn Fellow Republican Donald Trump

Seattle – Republican Bill Bryant is out with his first ad today in an attempt to distract voters from his refusal to rule out supporting fellow Republican  Donald Trump, claiming that he's non-partisan and would bring fresh air to Olympia.
 
The truth? Republican Bill Bryant is a partisan Republican who's given nearly $50,000 to national Republicans like George W. Bush and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has campaigned across the state for Republicans to control Olympia, and is offering the same old, tired Republican ideas that Washington voters have rejected time and time again.

Republican Bill Bryant is such a partisan Republican that for over a year now he has refused to criticize the Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump, even though he has made countless offensive remarks to women and minorities, and has put forward a dangerous policy agenda that would take Washington state backwards.
 
Meanwhile, Governor Jay Inslee has brought real change to Olympia. Because of Jay, Washington state is now investing again in education. Every child now has access to full-day kindergarten, he's lowered class sizes in the early grades, and for the first time in state history, we've shrunk college tuition for every student attending Washington public colleges, including community colleges and career and technical schools. After a decade of inaction in Olympia, Jay fought for and passed a much-needed bipartisan transportation package that will create 200,000 jobs and rebuild our aging infrastructure. And under Jay's leadership, we've seen massive improvements in the economy -- unemployment has gone down, over 250,000 jobs have been created, and Business Insider has ranked Washington state as the best economy in the nation.
 
"Republican Bill Bryant can't hide from the fact that he's a typical, partisan Republican who's given big bucks to George W. Bush, hasn't a bad word to say about fellow Republican Donald Trump, and shares a Republican policy agenda with Trump that would halt the progress we are making as a state. Republican Bill Bryant and the Republicans in Olympia, whom he desperately wants to hold power, have a conservative agenda that is out of step with Washington state values, such as keeping the minimum wage low, refusing to take common sense steps to reduce gun violence, and weakening Washington's landmark LGBT anti-discrimination law. Now is not the time for our state to go backwards with Republican Bill Bryant," said Inslee Communications Director Jamal Raad.

Title

Fresh Air

Media

TV :60

Date

7/13/16

Script

Facts

 

BRYANT: Sometimes you just need fresh air. Imagine if we had a governor with a fresh perspective, who made government better, not bigger. A governor who’s fiscally conservative, who believes you should be free to make your own decisions about your life. A governor who’s a conservationist.

 

 

Bryant Has Attacked Inslee For Fighting To Reduce Air Pollution

 

Bryant Said Inslee’s Focus On Capping Carbon Emissions Is Misplaced & It Should Not Be The Priority Of The Governor. In December 2015, NW News Network reported, “Bryant said the governor’s unrelenting focus on capping carbon is misplaced. ‘I think it’s a very personal agenda that he feels very strongly about,’ Bryant said. I do not think it should be the priority of the governor when we’re leaving so many kids behind.” [NW News Network, 12/09/15]

 

Bryant: Inslee’s Plans To Cap Carbon Emissions “Will Cost Us Family Wage Jobs.” Speaking at Washington State University in February 2016, Bryant said, “I do not believe that what Governor Inslee has proposed will affect climate change at all, but it will cost us family wage jobs, and if I believed that last week, I'm even more convinced of it after having talked about it with people all across this state, because his most recent proposals at the Department of Ecology that he wants to put caps, the only way that many of these companies in Washington State are going to be able to meet those caps is to reduce their production, because they're already using some of the most clean, efficient modern technology that exists.” [Bill Bryant, Washington State University Republicans Event, 2/04/16]

 

Bryant Criticized Inslee’s Proposal To Close Loopholes On Oil Companies. Speaking at Washington State University in February 2016, Bryant said, “What I said about the Governor's supplemental budget is that he proposed a lot of things like increases for teachers, and a few other projects, but he had no way to pay for it. He wanted to tax bottled water - which the voters have already rejected and the legislature wasn't going to go along with. He then got some closing the loopholes on oil companies that have already been looked at, and it's not going to generate the revenue. And if they do close them, the costs are just going to be passed on in increased heating fuel, which is going to fall hardest on the working poor and the middle class.” [Bill Bryant, Washington State University Republicans Event, 2/04/16]

 

 

BRYANT: I’m Bill Bryant and that’s the kind of governor I’ll be.  I built a successful business, operating on both sides of the mountains, helping farmers export their crops.

 

 

Bryant Built A Firm That Earned Millions From Federal Lobbying

2000: Bryant Christie Inc. Reported A Total Lobbying Income Of $360,000. [Bryant Christie Inc. Annual Lobbying, Center for Responsive Politics, 2000]

 

2001: Bryant Christie Inc. Reported A Total Lobbying Income Of $220,000. [Bryant Christie Inc. Annual Lobbying, Center for Responsive Politics, 2001]

 

2002: Bryant Christie Inc. Reported A Total Lobbying Income Of $210,000. [Bryant Christie Inc. Annual Lobbying, Center for Responsive Politics, 2002]

 

2003: Bryant Christie Inc. Reported A Total Lobbying Income Of $450,000. [Bryant Christie Inc. Annual Lobbying, Center for Responsive Politics, 2003]

 

2004: Bryant Christie Inc. Reported A Total Lobbying Income Of $513,000. [Bryant Christie Inc. Annual Lobbying, Center for Responsive Politics, 2004]

 

2005: Bryant Christie Inc. Reported A Total Lobbying Income Of $730,000. [Bryant Christie Inc. Annual Lobbying, Center for Responsive Politics, 2005]

 

2006: Bryant Christie Inc. Reported A Total Lobbying Income Of $760,000. [Bryant Christie Inc. Annual Lobbying, Center for Responsive Politics, 2006]

 

2007: Bryant Christie Inc. Reported A Total Lobbying Income Of $720,000. [Bryant Christie Inc. Annual Lobbying, Center for Responsive Politics, 2007]

 

2008: Bryant Christie Inc. Reported A Total Lobbying Income Of $140,000. [Bryant Christie Inc. Annual Lobbying, Center for Responsive Politics, 2008]

 

2009: Bryant Christie Inc. Reported A Total Lobbying Income Of $20,000. [Bryant Christie Inc. Annual Lobbying, Center for Responsive Politics, 2009]

 

2010: Bryant Christie Inc. Reported A Total Lobbying Income Of $40,000. [Bryant Christie Inc. Annual Lobbying, Center for Responsive Politics, 2010]

 

2011: Bryant Christie Inc. Reported A Total Lobbying Income Of $10,000. [Bryant Christie Inc. Annual Lobbying, Center for Responsive Politics, 2011]

 

 

BRYANT: At the Seattle Port Commission, I cut taxes and defended middle class jobs.

 

 

Bryant Fought Against Raising The Minimum Wage For Airport Workers


Bryant Opposed Raising Wages Across The Board At The Airport. In March 2014, The Seattle Times reported, “It's also clear the commissioners themselves disagree about whether wages should be raised across the board. Commissioner Bill Bryant, one of the more conservative members, said at the Feb. 11 meeting that he opposes it. ‘I will not support a one-size-fits-all solution that could undermine minority and women-owned businesses, or that could cause some people's hours or benefits to be cut, or that could reduce opportunities for folks that are already struggling,’ he said.” [The Seattle Times, 3/17/14]

 

Bryant: “I Will Not Support A One-Size-Fits-All Solution…” In March 2014, The Seattle Times reported, following the passage of Proposition 1 in SeaTac, Bryant said he opposed raising the minimum wage for airport workers to $15 an hour. “I will not support a one-size-fits-all solution that could undermine minority and women-owned businesses, or that could cause some people's hours or benefits to be cut, or that could reduce opportunities for folks that are already struggling,” he said. [The Seattle Times, 3/17/14]

 

Bryant Opposed An “Absolute $15 Minimum Wage For Workers At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.” In June 2015, the Auburn Reporter reported, “Bryant opposed an immediate, absolute $15 minimum wage for workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.” [Auburn Reporter, 6/11/15]

 

Bryant Voted To Lower The Salary Increase For Workers & Give A Massive Raise To The CEO

2010: Bryant Voted To Lower The Base Pay Increase For Port Employees. In November 2010, Bryant voted to amend the 2011 Salary and benefit resolution, covering Port employees not covered by a collective bargaining agreement, to decrease the proposed pay range increase to 1 percent to 3.5 percent, down from 2 percent to 3.5 percent. The measure failed on a 2-2 vote, with one commissioner absent. [Minutes, Seattle Port Commission Meeting,11/09/10]

 

2011: Bryant Voted To Give The Port’s CEO A 9 Percent Raise –To $366,825 – While Increases For Other Port Staff Was Capped At 3.5 Percent. In March 2011, The Seattle Times reported, “Port of Seattle commissioners gave CEO Tay Yoshitani a pay raise Tuesday, to a base salary of $366,825 effective this year. The commissioners voted 3-2 for what amounts to a 9 percent increase. Raises for Port staff have been capped at 3.5 percent, according to Commissioner John Creighton…Yoshitani's previous pay, including deferred compensation, was $334,300, said Charla Skaggs, a Port spokeswoman…Voting for the raise were Albro, Rob Holland and Bill Bryant. Gael Tarleton and Creighton voted against it.” [The Seattle Times, 3/02/11]

 

Bryant Even Refused To Support A Resolution Honoring Public Employees

Bryant Did Not Vote In Favor Of Motion Honoring & Supporting Public Employees.In April 2011, Bryant abstained from voting on a motion “honoring and supporting public employees.” The motion read, “The Commission honors and respects the work of all our public employees, and will continue to call on them to carry out their duties and be creative about making the Port more transparent, productive, and efficient.  The Commission reaffirms our support for workers across Washington State to organize and to bargain collectively. We oppose any attempt to restrict or eliminate collective bargaining in the State.  The Commission reaffirms our commitment to a fair and respectful process and to bargaining in good faith with our public employees.” The motion carried by a 3-0 vote, with two abstaining. [Minutes, Seattle Port Commission Meeting, 4/12/11]

 

 

BRYANT: As your governor, I’ll bring a new perspective, not a partisan one, to innovate schools, and generate middle class jobs for Washington families. 

 

 

Bryant Is The Definition Of Partisan Republican…

 

Bill Bryant Has Spent At Least $45,00 Trying To Elect To Republicans. According to CQmoneyline and the Washington State PDC, Bryant has contributed $45,175 to Republican interests - $29,450 at the Federal level and $18,280 at the state and local level. Bryant has contributed $3,000 to President George W. Bush and $1,000 to Sen. Mitch McConnell. [CQ Moneyline & Washington State PDC, accessed 5/09/15]

 

      Bryant contributed $3,000 to President George W. Bush. [CQ Moneyline, accessed 5/09/15]

      Bryant contributed $1,000 to Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY).[CQ Moneyline, accessed 5/09/15]

 

Bryant: “It Is Incredibly Important That We As Republicans Keep Control Of The Senate.” Speaking to kickoff event for Republican candidate for Senate Lynda Wilson in May 2016, Bryant said, “It is incredibly important that we as Republicans keep control of the senate.” [Bill Bryant, Lynda Wilson Kickoff Event, 5/14/16]

 

Bryant To Republicans: “From The U.S. Senate To The Governor's Mansion To The Secretary Of State To The Attorney General To The Lieutenant Governor, We Will Be Washington.” In January 2012, the Aberdeen Daily World reported, “Republicans gathered in Ocean Shores on Saturday under the rally cry of ‘12 in 2012,’ hoping to win four seats they need to get control of the state Senate and the eight needed to control the state House…‘Let us help people believe that the American dream still exists and is within their grasp, that they can reach out and have greatness and opportunity,’ Seattle Port Commissioner Bill Bryant told the audience. ‘That is being a beacon and that will attract independent voters…We will provide that positive leadership this year and when we do we will not only carry King County but from the U.S. Senate to the governor's mansion to the secretary of state to the attorney general to the lieutenant governor, we will be Washington.’” [Aberdeen Daily World, 1/29/12]

 

…Who Won’t Even Rule Out Voting For Donald Trump


KIRO: “Bryant Won’t Say Whether He Is Endorsing Donald Trump.” On June 25, 2016, KIRO 7 reported, “Bryant won’t say whether he is endorsing Donald Trump.” [KIRO 7, 6/25/16]

 

NW News Network: “Bryant Said ‘We’ll Have To See’ Whether Trump Would Be A Good Partner For Washington State.” NW News Network reported, “In an interview with public radio Bryant said ‘we’ll have to see’ whether Trump would be a good partner for Washington state.” [NW News Network, 5/21/16] 

 

 

BRYANT: After 32 years of one party controlling the governor’s office, a fresh perspective would be healthy for Washington. It’s time.

 

 

Bryant Wants To Bring Typical Republican Positions To Washington State


Bryant: Chris Christie & Scott Walker Have “Both Been Able To Stand Up And Say This Is The Direction I Want To Take Our State. And That's The Kind Of Leadership We Need In Washington Right Now.”Appearing on John Carlson’s radio show in May 2015, asked about Chris Christie and Scott Walker, Bryant said, “I think they both provided leadership. They've both been able to stand up and say this is the direction I want to take our state. And that's the kind of leadership we need in Washington right now.” [John Carlson, KVI Radio, 5/ 18/15

 

Bryant Opposes Initiative To Raise Statewide Minimum Wage. In May 2016, The Everett Herald reported, “[Bryant’s] not embraced a proposed initiative to increase the statewide minimum to $13.50 an hour in 2020. He has repeatedly said he is ‘uncomfortable’ with an across-the-state hike because of its potential burden on businesses in areas where the cost of living is not as high as King County.” [The Everett Herald, 5/18/16]

 

Bryant Claimed The Reason Employers Were Hiring Fewer Full-Time Employees Was “Related To The Affordable Care Act.”At a Camano Island Republican Women’s Club event in March 2016, responding to an attendee’s claim that 80 percent of new jobs created were part-time minimum wage jobs because employers don’t want to hire full-time workers and pay health benefits, Bryant said, “That is largely a federal problem. It’s a federal problem. It’s related to the Affordable Care Act.” [Bill Bryant, Camano Island Republican Women’s Club, 3/29/16]

 

Bryant Said “Of Course” The Public Should Be Allowed To Own AR-15s. In January 2016, appearing on the Todd Herman Show, asked if the public should be allowed to own a AR-15, Bryant said, “Yes, of course. I support the Second Amendment.” [The Todd Herman Show, KTTH, 1/20/16]

 

Bryant Said The State Legislature’s Vote Against Overturning The Human Rights Commission Rule Was “Probably Not The Decision I Would Have Made.” In March 2016, appearing on KIRO radio, asked about the state legislature’s vote against overturning the Human Rights Commission rule protecting the right of transgender people to use the bathrooms consistent with their gender identities, Bryant said, “It’s probably not the decision I would have made, but it’s a decision that was made by a democratically elected government body. So it’s the decision.” [KIRO Radio, 3/9/16]

 

Bryant: “What’s Wrong Or Inadequate With The Federal” Voting Rights Act “That Would Require A State One?” Appearing on KIT in Yakima on April 29, 2016, asked about his thoughts on the Washington Voting Rights Act, Bryant said, “We have a federal voting rights act, and so what I'm confused about is what's wrong or inadequate with the federal one that would require a state one? Why can't we just make sure that we're implementing the federal one, and those are questions I'm asking as I get more and more into this issue.” [Bill Bryant, KIT Yakima, 4/29/16] 

 

Bryant Opposed Comprehensive Immigration Reform That Included “An Earned Legalization Program” & “Eliminated Current Family Barriers.” In May 2010, Bryant voted against adding language in a letter from the Port Commission to Congress that stated comprehensive immigration reform should, “addresses fairly and realistically the status of undocumented workers in the United States through an earned legalization program,” and “creates legal and orderly processes for workers and their immediate families to enter the United States, and eliminated current family barriers.” The measure passed by a 3-1 vote, with one commissioner abstaining. [Minutes, Seattle Port Commission Meeting, 5/11/10]

 

Bryant Attacked Gov. Inslee For Welcoming Syrian Refugees To Washington. In November 2015, Crosscut reported, “Gov. Jay Inslee, has grabbed headlines in recent days […] after forcefully stating his welcome for Syrian refugees […] Bryant has latched onto Inslee’s comments and is openly attacking him for being imprudent.” [Crosscut, 11/21/15]