Its the law Inslee says of state patrol security on campaign trips

first_imgOLYMPIA — Washington law requires the State Patrol to provide security for a governor even when he’s out of state campaigning for president, Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday.Inslee, who leaves Tuesday on a week out of state during which he is primarily on the presidential campaign trail, defended the extra $3.4 million proposed for the upcoming state operating budget to cover the increased personnel for his security detail.“The law doesn’t have exceptions for what activity, whether it’s going to a ballgame or church or a national park,” Inslee said. “That law is being followed.”During the Senate debate over the general operating budget last Thursday, Republicans tried to redirect that $3.4 million with an amendment that would have removed that amount from the State Patrol budget and spent it on breast, cervical and colon cancer screenings.“He should not expect the hardworking taxpayers to shoulder the cost of additional security,” said Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, who proposed the amendment.When President Trump attends political events, taxpayers pay for the security, countered Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle. It’s rare when a politician from Washington rises to the level of prominence to run for president, he added.last_img read more