I’ve never paid much attention to Dave Reichert and his battles with Darcy Burner, mostly because I’ve never lived in the 8th District, but also because in my state of partial attention I’ve always thought of him as a basically harmless moderate Republican.
Now that serious transit initiatives are afoot in Congress, however, we’re getting to see who the retrograde thinkers are.
Let the record show that in the past week Mr. Reichert voted in favor of a Republican amendment to the stimulus that would have cut virtually every spending category, while authorizing an 120% increase in highway spending. Worse yet, he voted to strip Amtrak of $800 million in funding.
The rest of the Puget Sound delegation, all Democrats, helped to defeat these measures.