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    Rodney Tom talks about the sometimes-petty Olympia scene he's leaving

    The maverick Majority Caucus Coalition leader has pointed remarks about both parties.

    Democrat Rodney Tom shocked Olympia when he joined with Republicans to take control of the state Senate and surprised everyone again last month with his decision against seeking re-election this year. 

    The Senate Majority Leader sat down to talk about the personal factors behind his departure and the realities of politics in Washington state. He says his priorities changed instantly when he found out his 85-year-old father had been hit by a car. Tom suggests that former Gov. Christine Gregoire would have found a way to bring about a transportation package this year, something that eluded Gov. Jay Inslee and lawmakers. And he tips his hand on who he would like to see succeed him as the senator for the 48th Legislative District's Bellevue, Kirkland and Medina residents.

    For exclusive coverage of the state government, check out Crosscut's Under the Dome page.

    Robert Mak is a principal of Seattletopstory.com and a longtime broadcast reporter in Western Washington.

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    Posted Sat, May 3, 8:17 p.m. Inappropriate

    If you could get an interview with the horse he rode in on, that would be a real scoop.


    Posted Mon, May 5, 5:38 a.m. Inappropriate

    Hey Robert, when can we look forward to your report on how a return to one party rule is good for Washington State? Perhaps a retrospective of how the previous three decades of Democrats in charge have left Washingtonians with Budget Surpluses, Fully Funded Education, World Class Transit and Transportation Systems and affordable housing.


    Posted Mon, May 5, 7:53 a.m. Inappropriate

    Great to see Robert Mak and his excellent reporting! And, Crosscut is doing some of the BEST political reporting in town.

    Posted Mon, May 5, 9:23 a.m. Inappropriate

    Great piece! And ditto re: Robert Mak.

    Ross Kane
    Warm Beach


    Posted Mon, May 5, 3:49 p.m. Inappropriate

    Petty would be Tom and Hatfield getting up and walking out of a Ways & Means hearing in the Senate a couple years ago because Tom's pet bill in the House wasn't going anywhere.

    Petty is looking back at you in the mirror, Tom.

    Mr Baker

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