VIDEO: Gov. Inslee shares childhood White Center story at fundraiser
Gov. Jay Inslee held a last-minute fundraiser event at the historic Forest Ledge mansion in Seahurst Wednesday night, Nov. 2.
“$23,000 was raised at the event, more than organizers had hoped for, which shows that Forest Ledge continues to be the place to have a successful fundraiser,” White said. “Both Shelli and I are very happy Forest Ledge guests came and asked great questions.”
Inslee acknowledged his local roots to the crowd at John White’s home – he attended Shorewood Elementary School, before going to nearby Cascade Middle School.
For most of his youth, Inslee lived just three blocks east of Shorewood.
Before taking questions from supporters, Inslee shared a story about a (mostly true) experience he had while playing for the football team at Cascade.
“This is a big moment for me tonight, to be back here in Seahurst, and I’ll tell you why – it’s a moment of great personal vindication,” Inslee said. “I lived in White Center for most of my childhood, and I went to Cascade Junior High School, and I’ll never forget the day we were playing football against Seahurst Junior High School just up the hill, and it was a rainy day like this, late October, and I didn’t have good circulation in my hands and I came over to the sidelines, I said ‘coach coach I can’t feel my hands…I can’t throw the ball, I can’t even hold onto the ball,’ and the coach looked at me and said ‘You know Inslee you’re pathetic – I put you in as quarterback, and you come in here whining about cold hands. You’re never going to amount to anything!’ I looked coach right in the eyes and I said, ‘I tell you what coach – you can say that right now – but there will be a day when I’ll return to Seahurst as governor of the state!’ Some of that story is true actually…”
Here’s a video of Inslee speaking to the crowd of around 40 or so (running time 18:34):