Politics

Leavitt flexes for Inslee

On July 26, Gov. Jay Inslee finished his day in Vancouver by shooting hoops with Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt at the Boys & Girls Club at the Jim Parsley Community Center. After a warm-up, they played H-O-R-S-E with kids. Inslee’s team won.

Here’s a video by web producer Paul Suarez:

Afterward, I asked Inslee how Leavitt stacked up against other mayors when it came to basketball. Inslee, who served several terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, said he has played basketball with presidents, vice-presidents and senators – but Leavitt was the first mayor to share the court with him.

Inslee praised Leavitt, who then interrupted the discussion. Inslee also gave Leavitt an out for the loss, saying the mayor has simply been too busy as a public servant to work on his game (or something along those lines; you can hear me saying, “Oh, is that your excuse?”) Then — and I didn’t realize Suarez was filming, but I’m so glad he got this on tape — Leavitt said he’s just been spending too much time in the weight room. And then he flexed. He flexed for the governor.

Oh, yes, he did.

Well … at least Leavitt kept his shirt on?

 

Stephanie Rice

Stephanie Rice

I cover Vancouver city government. Reach me at stephanie.rice@columbian.com or 360-735-4508.