‘Insleeisms’ abound during governor’s recent trip to Vancouver

Sometimes Washington’s new Gov. Jay Inslee has a unique way of putting things — so much so that he’s earned himself a spoof Twitter account called Jay Inslee’s Genuis, and the Twitter hashtag #Insleeisms.

Those Insleeisms were alive and well during the governor’s trip to Vancouver on March 22, when he used his sometimes quirky phrasing to advocate for the Columbia River Crossing project.

Here’s one of the Democratic governor’s Insleeisms on transportation options for the bridge-replacement project:

“Some people like chocolate ice cream, some people like strawberry, some people like single occupancy vehicles, some people like SUVs, some people like buses, some people like light rail.”

Inslee on the need to move forward with the CRC as planned in order to secure federal funding for the project:

“You get to the Saturn V, it’s all juiced up and ready to go, and the rocket fuel’s on board, and the liquid oxygen’s coming off and it’s coming down the the countdown. You’ve got one of two options: You go or you don’t go.”

“I saw what happens when communities miss when the merry-go-round goes around.”

Inslee on economic competition:

“I eat competition for breakfast.”

Inslee while taking questions at a press conference:

“I respect the peanut gallery!”

Inslee’s basketball metaphor for the CRC:

“There’s three seconds left in the game and one guy wants to run, you know, a jump shot to the right side and one guy wants to do a hook shot to the big guy, and you’ve only got one shot. You’ve just got to take the shot.”

“This is a last-second shot for our team. We’ve got to take it, because there’s no other shot available to us. You’ve got one jump shot, even if it was a 20-percenter, take it. So that’s kind of the way I look at it.”

Trivia buffs: Did you know the Saturn V traveled seven times the speed of sound?

Stevie Mathieu

Stevie Mathieu

Stevie Mathieu is a political writer at The Columbian. Contact her at 360-735-4523 or stevie.mathieu@columbian.com or www.facebook.com/reportermathieu or www.twitter.com/col_politics.

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