This week on “The Impact,” host Anita Kissée interviews Sen. Curtis King, R- Yakima, and Sen. Steve Hobbs, D- Lake Stevens, about the Senate vote to fire Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson.
The senators offer their takes on the motivation behind the vote, their reaction to the fallout, what they’re looking for in the next candidate, and how they plan to move forward this session.
“We felt that it was time to turn down that confirmation,” King said in his interview on “The Impact.” “We thought we had sent lots of signals that we were unhappy with some of the things that had been going on and we felt that this was the best way to address it.”
King said he had written multiple letters to Peterson since 2013, expressing concern. He links to the letters in this post on his website. Hobbs said he had not seen the letters, and that the Democrats and the transportation secretary were blindsided by the move.
“No notice whatsoever,” Hobbs said during the interview. “If she was an employee, a private sector employee, she could have cause for wrongful termination. In order for anyone to improve, you have to know what you’re doing wrong.”
Also on the “The Impact” this week, an interview with the House General Government & Information Technology Committee Chair Rep. Zack Hudgins, D- Tukwila and Ranking Minority Member Drew MacEwen, R-Union. They’ll discuss recent bills that have moved through their committee.
Watch the full interviews tonight on “The Impact” at 10 p.m. (The 7 p.m. show will be pre-empted by Senate Law and Justice Committee work session).