Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, who is also a 2020 presidential candidate, bashed his potential rival Howard Schultz, saying the Starbucks CEO has been “almost totally” AWOL from policy in Washington state, The Hill wrote.
“He has never really engaged in public policy in my state,” Inslee said to New York Magazine on Tuesday. “AWOL — almost totally — from almost anything having to do with democracy or policy in our state. Doesn’t even vote over half the time… Here’s a guy who wants to be president of the United States who didn’t even deign to vote, what, five weeks ago?”
“In Howard’s life, voting is just for the little people,” Inslee added. “I don’t think his candidacy is going to soar.”
Schultz in January stated that he likes the prospect of a “centrist independent” run for president.
Democrats fear that Schultz running for president might help President Donald Trump win a second term.
Inslee announced on Monday that the campaign which was launched in March had raised $2.25 million in the first quarter of 2019.