Washington Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee is a renaissance man of sorts. Or something. At the very least he likes art, and has taken to wooing potential campaign donors with the promise of monthly sketches straight from his trusty pad of paper and pouch of colored pencils.
As was detailed Monday on the Seattle P-I's "Strange Bedfellows" political blog, the Inslee campaign is urging potential donors to join "The J-Team," a group of monthly financial contributors that get the honor of saying they belong to something as obviously cool as "The J-Team," in addition to the privilege of opting out of future Inslee campaign fundraising emails.
But the kicker, at least for lovers of colored-pencil art, is this: J-Team members also receive a monthly sketch from Inslee.
From the "Strange Bedfellows" post:
In an e-mail sent last week, campaign manager Joby Shimomura invited potential supporters to join the "J-Team" and make monthly pledges to the campaign. She promised J-Team givers a pair of unusual gifts -- art and silence.
"Jay is a bit of an artist in his spare time and each month, he draws a special sketch just for the J-Team," wrote Shimomura. "You'll get it right in your in-box and if you're lucky, you'll be the one who receives the signed original from Jay."
Intrigued more by Inslee's artistic prowess than the fact his campaign is trying to attract financial contributors through the promise of less campaign fundraising emails, I decided to get in touch with Inslee's Press Secretary Jaime Smith.
"It's just sort of what he does when he's out and about," Smith says of Inslee's sketching, noting that the first J-Team sketch went out to supporter in March and depicted Lopez Island, a place Inslee had recently spent time. Smith also confirmed that Inslee's tools of choice are colored pencils and paper.
"Jay's actually very, very artistic," says Smith.
If sketches from Jay Inslee don't make you want to become a monthly contributor to his campaign for governor, I'm not sure what will.
Except, I suppose, the promise of less campaign fundraising emails.