Joseph O’Sullivan / The Seattle Times
It was introduced as a discussion titled “The State of Our Democracy: Closing the Political Divide in WA.” But the exchange between the state GOP and Democratic Party presidents on Wednesday night was more from a bridge to nowhere.
Tina Podlodowski called the Republican Party’s claims of representing Washington residents a “joke” and accused its president of being linked to historic racism, misogyny and homophobia.
Caleb Heimlich accused Podlodowski of talking endlessly about Donald Trump and national politics to distract from local issues, and said rural Washington is turning away from Democrats even more.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle and Seattle CityClub, the Civic Cocktail hour-long virtual video conferencing event quickly turned into interruptions, blame and accusations on the former president, the integrity of the elections, the question of knowing. if the two main parties really represent the people, the nature of the truth and the definition of bipartisanship in good faith.
And it got personal, with Podlodowski saying Democrats had historic majorities in the Legislature and the most diverse Legislature, proof that their party better represents the people.
“It’s a joke, Caleb, when you start talking about how you represent everyone in Washington, you don’t,” Podlodowski said. “Historical misogyny, historical racism, historical homophobia – including yourself – the work you have done.
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