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Marie Gluesenkamp Perez – Washington’s new Democrat making news!

Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, Southwest Washington’s new rep in Congress.
Credit: Daniel Kim, The Seattle Times.

A new WA voice calls out Democrats as the party of the rich, from within

Washington’s new Democratic congressional sensation Marie Gluesenkamp Perez sure doesn’t dance around when she’s talking about her own party’s core ailment: its elitism.

* Editor’s note: Congressional Democratic Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez covers District 3, encompassing areas south and west of Yelm’s city limits.

Excerpt from The Seattle Times:

Washington’s new Democratic congressional sensation Marie Gluesenkamp Perez sure doesn’t dance around when she’s talking about her own party’s core ailment: its elitism.

Asked in a recent interview whether Democrats are struggling with “class diversity,” she answered: “Abso-[bleeping]-lutely.”

“How [bleeped] is it that we don’t respect or listen to people until they have a college degree?” she went on, on the national podcast Pod Save America (a political show hosted by former Barack Obama aides). “That’s … shame.”

These bleeps are not your typical parlance of Congress — not in public interviews, anyway. It was a blunt way of expressing how emphatically she thinks her own party has become America’s enclave of the rich.

Gluesenkamp Perez is one of only five Democrats in the U.S. House who represent areas carried by former President Donald Trump in 2020. One of the others, Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur, has been passing out a chart lately showing all 435 congressional districts in the nation, ranked by median income.

It shows the sea change that’s taken place in politics in recent years — both nationally and in Washington state.

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