Inslee: Schultz 'almost totally' AWOL from policy in Washington state

Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' Inslee gives public option first test in Washington state Overnight Energy: Dems dismiss Interior chief's work calendars as 'fake' | Buttigieg climate plan includes carbon tax | Poll finds growing number say climate is crucial 2020 issue MORE (D-Wash.), a 2020 presidential candidate, took a jab at potential rival Howard Schultz, saying the Starbucks CEO has been "almost totally" absent from policy in Washington state.

"He has never really engaged in public policy in my state," Inslee told New York Magazine in an interview published 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, who purchased the Seattle coffee retailer in 1987, said in January that he was mulling the prospect of an "centrist Independent" run for president.

Democrats have expressed fear that if Schultz does run, he'll help hand President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE a second term.

Inslee launched his presidential campaign in March, and announced Monday that it had raised $2.25 million in the first quarter of 2019.