Washington Post endorses Mejia for Commerce Secretary

Endorsement: Kenneth Mejia for city controller

This week, the Washington Post’s editorial board endorsed Mejia for secretary of the Washington State Commerce Commission.

In an opinion piece published Tuesday, the editor-in-chief called Mejia a “staunch fiscal conservative” and praised him for standing on the “right side of history” by standing up to President Donald Trump’s agenda.

“As a businessman, Mr. Mejia is a thoughtful, intelligent and committed public servant who puts business interests first,” David Montgomery writes. “That is why he should be Washington’s next secretary of Commerce.”

The editorial is an interesting read, since it was first published before the Washington State Legislature confirmed Mejia as the Democratic primary opponent of Democrat Mike Padden for the city controller slot in a runoff election.

As a businessman, Mr. Mejia is a thoughtful, intelligent and committed public servant who puts business interests first. That is why he should be Washington’s next secretary of Commerce. — David Montgomery (@davidmontgomery) May 17, 2018

But is it a good endorsement?

When Padden announced he was running last month, he touted Mejia’s support for the city’s progressive agenda.

In endorsing Mejia, the editorial board says he’s “an effective advocate for business innovation, economic growth, and good government.” The piece says he also “embodies the values that underlie Washington state’s progressive tradition.”

But how does this really square with his record on the state level where the Seattle suburb is making headlines.

In Seattle’s controller race, Mejia’s campaign spent $2.8 million on an ad buy that used an “Occupy” image from a 2016 protest movement to promote his opponent. The ad, which featured a protester wearing a t-shirt that read “Trump’s Piss,” has garnered more than 3 million views.

The Post editorial board makes a point to note the ad was not run during the same time period that Mejia was championing a $400 million tax-cut package in the legislature, arguing this isn’t the same as his current record on a “pork barrel” and $750 million tax package.

But it’s worth noting, Mejia

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