Gov. Jay Inslee gives Republican rep’s personal cell number to Gabby Giffords

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee’s office gave a state representative’s personal cell phone number to Gabrielle Giffords so that she could lobby for gun control legislation, according to KING-5 bureau chief Drew Mikkelsen.

The Seattle Times reports that Inslee asked Giffords to call holdouts against the legislation.

Gov. Jay Inslee has asked former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords to call a group of Washington state lawmakers who have not yet decided whether to support a contentious proposal to require background checks for all gun sales.

Giffords, a moderate Democrat from Arizona, resigned last January — about a year after being shot in the head at a supermarket near Tucson. She has since become an advocate for stricter gun laws.

Republican Rep. Maureen Walsh, a key vote against universal background check legislation, says her privacy was violated. Mikkelsen reports that the governor’s office has apologized.

Was it an honest mistake?

  • nc

    Be careful, Rep. Walsh, that you don’t make yourself seen as criticizing Gabby Giffords, no matter how justified. It’ll be a no win for you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.white.16 Joseph A White

      Yep. Giffords and the entire community of Newtown, CT.

    • Jim Denney

      Not to mention her gun bashing roadshow partner might come after you with his new AR-15.

    • Guest

      Besides her husband (Astronaut Mark Kelly) just purchased an AR15 down in Houston. Perhaps he has some hunting on his mind. Funny how the elitist want rules for us peasants, but not themselves.

  • Steve_J

    Should be expected from a two bit Democrat politician.

    • Lady 12

      He was so pathetic even the Seattle Times endorsed his opponent.

      • ked5

        for those not from here – the time is quite a liberal rag.

  • Lady 12

    Shame on you, Inslee! You are not fit to lead the state of Washington or any state!
    Rep. Walsh, do not back down no matter what. All conservatives in WA support you.
    Seattle Times, continue to do your job and report on real events as they occur. You are still far too biased to be respectable, but in this case, and in the case of endorsing Rob McKenna, well done.

    • Garth Haycock

      Rep. Walsh also has the support of conservatives here in Utah.

      • Lady 12

        And the conservatives in Washington are glad for that. Thank you.

      • Lady 12

        And the conservatives in Washington are glad for that. Thank you.

    • Paula Noakes

      Inslee’s embarrassing. McKenna was my choice, and would have been a much better, smarter governor. Puget Sound, thanks bunches.

      • Lady 12

        Yes, Inslee is embarrassing! I cannot believe anyone was brainwashed enough to vote for him, even among the lunatics in Washington state. Of course, I have difficulty believing Oblamea won as well.

      • Lady 12

        Yes, Inslee is embarrassing! I cannot believe anyone was brainwashed enough to vote for him, even among the lunatics in Washington state. Of course, I have difficulty believing Oblamea won as well.

      • 3seven77

        Inslee has always stuck me as a guy who is lucky if he can walk and chew gum at the same time. His single brain cell must be dying of loneliness.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

    Walsh should have every reasonable expectation that his personal contact information would be kept private and on a need to know basis. Trotting out the victims, no matter how sympathetic they are, is rather unseemly after a point. Hopefully, Walsh redirected Giffords and her staff to his official number..

    • Worship Dancer

      i would totally agree that SHE should not have to be concerned that the governor would be giving out HER personal phone numbers versus HER official state office number.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

        Gotcha, Worship. I stand corrected. Although, in light of all the recent gender identity stories, aren’t we perpetually told that gender is fluid and a cultural presupposition? 😉

        • Lady 12

          It would be in western WA. But Rep Walsh is from eastern WA, so she still knows that gender isn’t cultural. :)

        • Lady 12

          It would be in western WA. But Rep Walsh is from eastern WA, so she still knows that gender isn’t cultural. :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

        Gotcha, Worship. I stand corrected. Although, in light of all the recent gender identity stories, aren’t we perpetually told that gender is fluid and a cultural presupposition? 😉

    • Squirrel!

      I’m losing any sympathy for Rep. Giffords. She & her husband are USING what happened to her to infringe on everyone else & apparently at least he is a huge hypocrite! If they want to use what happened to her for a true purpose, then they should be going after mental illness. Shame on the both of them!

  • dthur1003

    I’ve had 2 family members MURDERED with guns but I’m more pro-gun now than I ever was…can I have Rep. Walsh’s personal cell number too !!!!

    • Lady 12

      Really? Not Inslee’s number?

    • Lady 12

      Really? Not Inslee’s number?

  • waltermitty2012

    In other words, Giffords was asked to take her best shot to convince Walsh to support stricter gun laws.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Ouch!

      • waltermitty2012

        I guess I used a little too much buckshot in that one.

        • Lady 12

          I didn’t get it till you said that. Good one. :)

        • Lady 12

          I didn’t get it till you said that. Good one. :)

  • Charm4sure

    I don’t if or how compromised Gabby Giffords thinking is, but the last people you would want near you if you were compromised would be the Dems. If you were impaired the dems would pick the flesh off your bones and sell your organs if they thought they could gain a political advantage or make some money.

  • SickandTired

    Sharing the opposition party’s personal information with Lobbyists! That is Foolish, from a sitting Governor no less, Shame on you, Jay Inslee! By the way, Mark, Ms. Giffords Husband, was seen in an Arizona Gun Shop purchasing a handgun and a dreaded AR-15 Defense Rifle! I am sure it was to be used to set someone up for some type of easy purchase scam or something, but doesn’t look good for his and Ms. Giffords Stand on Government Take Away of Citizens’ God Given Rights!

    • redc1c4

      that’s okay: he lied when he said it was a personal purchase on the form, because he said later he bought it to give away.

      prosecute the straw purchase!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

        If only…Am I the only one who finds it ironic that he won’t be disposing of the gun similar to the one that harmed his wife and killed other innocents? His laser like focus on the AR-15 seems a bit misplaced.

  • Garth Haycock

    What’s invasion of privacy and undue influence when compared to making a law that violates the 2nd Amendment? #RegressivesSuck

  • redc1c4

    well, it’s not like she’s going to remember it.

    it’s sstill a douche move, but that’s a Demonrat for ya!

  • ratizbad

    Hey Demoidiots The law is: Please read the constitution when you anti Americans get a chance,That should inform you,of what is the law …Nothing else.

  • ked5

    inslee isn’t sorry – just sorry he got backlash for it.

  • beebop1952

    Wonder how thrilled Ms. Giffords would be if someone was giving out her private information?

  • $23629333

    “Was it an honest mistake”? Stop!

    When you’re on the side of the angels,* and you’re doing God’s work,** everything is possible, and permissible.

    (* or whatever the equivalent would be for a portsider)

    (** see footnote above)

  • QBallBrazil

    This State is “ruled” by some elite few in Seattle & Mercer Island. They just tried to impliment the “Sheriff can enter your house to make sure you are complying with proposed gun gun law”, until the Seattle Times found out…and the (D) sponsers played the “Um..duuur..we didn’t know THAT was in the proposed bill”.

    Inslee is a tool…and I guess this exposes me as to where I’m at.

    Its cold here in WA & there’s (D)ire Wolves chasing me.

    • Lady 12

      Yeah, even the Times was appalled by that bill. When the Times starts holding Olympia to account you know Olympia is WAY out of line.
      *By the way, I don’t suppose your (D)ire Wolves comment is a reference to LOTR Rise of the Witch-King, is it?

    • Lady 12

      Yeah, even the Times was appalled by that bill. When the Times starts holding Olympia to account you know Olympia is WAY out of line.
      *By the way, I don’t suppose your (D)ire Wolves comment is a reference to LOTR Rise of the Witch-King, is it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.jefferies.96 Richard Jefferies

    The once blue dog Gabby is becoming the equivalent of Cindy Sheehan, and is building in me the same level of contempt. I no longer give a hoot that she was shot in the head. Her personal Quixotic quest is becoming aggravating and I’m tired of the left’s MO of trotting out a victim ad nauseum to try and ram through some freedom grabbing agenda.

    • Kevin Krom

      I’m glad she’s recovering, but honestly, she’s now just another lobbyist and should be looked on as no better than the rest of them.

  • NRPax

    I’m too evil. The moment I knew it was her on my cell phone I’d be saying things like “I can’t understand you! Can you speak more clearly?”

  • $23639361

    DIM gov sez, “I apologize if any (EVIL) REPUBLICANS were offended that their personal information was given out to a citizen that’s not a resident of our state”

  • $23639361

    DIM gov sez, “I apologize if any (EVIL) REPUBLICANS were offended that their personal information was given out to a citizen that’s not a resident of our state”

  • Jim

    As a WA resident, I apologize for Jay Inslee. His suckage knows no bounds, and apparently no borders.

  • Jim

    As a WA resident, I apologize for Jay Inslee. His suckage knows no bounds, and apparently no borders.

  • j Ray

    Obama’s pull toy should shut up. Her husband is a hypocrite who rails against AR15’s, but then goes out and buys one.