Gov. Jay Inslee was able to raise more than $3 million in the second quarter of this year. He’s still far behind some of his fellow Democratic candidates in the race for president in 2020. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins has updates on fundraising totals, as well as possible decisions Inslee may need to make regarding his status in the presidential race.
“They’re trying to put a positive spin on these numbers,” Jenkins said of Inslee’s campaign, which has noted the totals are more than any other governors in the race. “When you stack those numbers up and you look at it, he’s clearly at the bottom of the pack.”
Some candidates are raising four and five times as much in the same amount of time.
Because he lacks money, Jenkins said, Inslee is looking at other ways to stay in the headlines.
“Inslee is earning media, as they call it,” Jenkins said, pointing to the governor’s recent comments about appointing soccer star Megan Rapinoe as secretary of state if he makes it to the White House. “The chances that she’s going to be secretary of state are as good as the chances that he’s going to be president.”
Listen to the full conversation to hear more about that “signature Jay Inslee moment,” his effort to latch onto former Vice President Joe Biden, and Inslee’s likelihood of qualifying for the “next big test” amid the upcoming round of debates.