With "professionals" like Suzi Levine running state government for Governor Inslee, what could go wrong?

Washington State’s recent admission that a Nigerian fraud scam was able to extract almost a billion dollars out of Washington State’s Employment Security Department should surprise nobody.  Stories like this (and more to come in the future) are partly a result of Washington State Governor Inslee’s appointment of unserious and incompetent people to run/manage/destroy these state agencies.  This is nothing new.  However, when these clowns are in charge, circus acts are sure to follow.  Serious and competent people are rare in the Inslee administration. 

The unimpressive façade of Washington State’s Employment Security Department conceals even less impressive bureaucrats who squandered a very impressive amount of taxpayer dollars (up to $1,000,000,000) on a Nigerian fraud ring. We can trust these guys – THEY are the professionals.

Many of us who have studied these agencies for years now are aware of the widespread, bumbling incompetence that plagues every corner of Washington State government.  The unfortunate truth is there are even more poorly run local governments to be found in Washington State.  The cities of Seattle, Olympia, and others provide plenty of examples of additional epic failures of local governance.  This race to the bottom has been in process for years.  Regardless of who “wins,” we all lose in the end. 

Who is really running Washington State government in the Inslee regime? ESD Director Suzi Levine & Governor Inslee

The Seattle Times recently committed an accidental act of journalism and looked closer at the appointed agency director, Suzi Levine, for the Employment Security DepartmentIt was clear from the article that she was underqualified, over her head, and entirely clueless about the disaster she is purportedly “managing.” She is just watching the disaster unfold just like the rest of us, and carefully drip, drip, dripping the bad news out over time, hoping that the tame media loses attention.  Her pre-disastrous tenure at ESD was a stint as a United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein in the Obama administration. Levine earned that prestigious position by being a successful political fundraising bundler (at least $2.4 million for Team Obama), and a frequent donor to Governor Inslee and his political friends.  She and her husband are no strangers to scams, having reportedly lost almost a million dollars to Bernie Madoff’s investment ponzi scheme a few years ago. Effective fundraising is a useful skill, but is poor preparation to run a dysfunctional and incompetent state agency.  This is true and obvious to most people, but skills and relevant abilities are low priorities for Washington State Governor Jay Inslee.  Inslee’s priority is political group think, political purity, and campaign contributions.  Hopefully, the Seattle Times will start looking at some of these other agencies and who “runs” them as well. 

Suzane Levine, part of Inslee’s green cash election machine

For now, however, the Nigerian fraud scam has mocked Washington State’s Employment Security Department and blown another billion dollar hole in Washington State’s budget.  Many state workers will be laid off directly as a result of this  incompetence, and the clowns “in charge” will move on to some other plum political appointment.  This is how it works in the political monoculture of Washington State. Keep in mind, there are also tens of thousands of green reasons Governor Inslee will NOT fire Suzi Levine for exposing the circus of clowns at the State Employment Security Department. Here are just a few local green reasons (Suzi Levine and her husband Eric made the following local political contributions over the past 12 years):

Yeah, Governor Inslee is not going to discipline this green money train for him and his friends, no matter how incompetent they are or how much tax payer dollars they waste.

Washington State Auditor Pat McCarthy saw no problems at ESD in the past

Of course, this fiasco wasn’t entirely the result of incompetence.  As I’ve said before, an ocean of incompetence can easily conceal  a mountain of corruption.  A significant challenge faced by voters who demand accountability in Washington State is the bureaucracy itself which is entirely incapable of policing itself.  Bob Ferguson, Washington State’s hyper-partisan Attorney General focuses state resources on suing political enemies and his office will be defending the corrupt state employees who enabled the theft of a billion dollars from the state taxpayers.  The State Auditor, Pat McCarthy, ran for office on a policy of cooperation with these agencies (we don’t want to step on anyone’s toes).  Her office signs off every year on their “audits” of ESD.  The State Auditor today functions as window dressing and part of the costume set for bureaucrats to claim they were “audited” and “passed without findings.”  The State Auditor will see no evil, hear no evil, and denies that any evil ever existed in the first place.  The group-think political coverup on this circus is business as usual – and the tame media will give them a pass every time. 

This has not been the first act in the Inslee clown show of government.  Earlier warm up acts included crowd favorites like these:

Some of the Homeless/Addict camp residents in Washington State could be better served by a functioning mental health system
  1. Losing Federal Accreditation by Western State Mental Hospital, and failing in almost every conceivable way to fix  the widespread problems at this institution.  This cost the state $53 million and more in Federal grants.  This also has led to a mass departure of staff (who actually want to work at “accredited” institutions).  Of course, lost in this Inslee light show are the patients who are obviously not getting the help or treatment they need and are allowed to early release into the cities, neighborhoods, and homeless/addict camps to spread their own special joy in the local communities. 
  2. Early release of 3,200 violent felons back into the community by the Department of Corrections because of a “computer glitch.”  A glitch which was known, but not fixed by bureaucrats for a decade as they just mocked the “justice system.”  At least two people were murdered in Washington State as a result of these early releases and many more were victimized by this violent felon early release project.  Inslee fiddled and ignored this scandal, refusing to meet with victim’s families, and only reluctantly making a few token firings in the state bureaucracy. The Inslee administration recently released about 1,200 Covid inmates as well, but only violent assault and mayhem have resulted from that policy choice so far.
  3. Inslee habitually sticks the people of Washington State with the bill for his own personal resume-building agenda.  In 2012, when Inslee dropped out of Congress to run for Governor, he stuck the taxpayers with a $1,000,000 cost for the special election for his suddenly vacant Congressional seat (even though he had promised the voters he would not drop out in the middle of that Congressional term).  More recently he stuck the taxpayers of Washington State another $2,000,0000 +/- for this aborted and obviously hopeless campaign for President, which was more about enhancing Inslee’s resume (and fundraising donor list – see the ESD director resume above to close the loop on the value of having deep pockets surround you). 
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee – Talk to the Hand

Governor Inslee has never shown much concern about the harm he has inflicted on the state.  Few consider him a policy wonk or even very knowledgeable about what the State of Washington is doing under his “administration.”  I have interviewed state employees who were required to make reports directly to state Governors.  They have told me, first hand, that when they would make policy presentation updates to former Governor Gregoire, she would look at them, engage, and ask questions.  When they made presentations to Inslee, he would just sit there, ignore them, and play with his phone.  

The state bureaucracy is, at best, running on autopilot, and at worst creating the perfect environment for more incompetent clown shows like sending $1,000,000,000 to Nigerian fraud rings while stiffing genuinely unemployed workers in the state.  In Olympia, the circus is always in town. Governor Inslee has many more clowns in the upper echelon of state government sure to entertain us in the future with more performances to follow.  


Background articles and documents:

Lacamas Magazine – “Washington Unemployment Check Fraud Case Expands to nearly $1 Billion”

Seattle Times – “How Democratic Party fundraiser and former ambassador Suzi Levine came to run embattled state unemployment system”

Rantz: “After losing hundreds of millions, Inslee must fire unemployment commissioner”

Jay Inslee’s Washington caught paying unemployment benefits to criminals in jail

State has recovered $300Million in unemployment benefits stolen by scammers, ESD official says

If we MUST wear masks

Recall of Yakima Councilman for calling Governor “tyrant” fails in court

They can’t arrest us all , so they will bankrupt us instead – Inslee’s plan to suppress insubordination

Nigerian fraud ring helps Washington State lead nation in Unemployment Stats

Governor Inslee’s absurd civilian code compliance plan (CCCP)

The Federalist – May 18, 2020 – “The Covid19 Tracer Training Course is a guide to suspending rights”

May 12, 2020 – Letter from 11 Republican Legislators addressed to Attorney General William Barr asking for review of potentially unconstitutional enforcement of Washington State laws/rules

ACLU Letter to Governor Inslee – May 4, 2020

Interview with Rep. Jim Walsh (LD19) about budget cuts and Inslee’s emergency powers overreach

PDF file (146 pages) of the first public records act request of the complete snitch list

Corona Virus lawsuits against Governor Inslee – the list.

Governor Inslee risks children by waiving background checks for childcare workers

Complete list of Governor Jay Inslee’s emergency proclamations – official website

Proclamation #20-31 “suspend background checks for childcare workers”

A sign of the times

Original Declaration of Emergency February 29, 2020

Rantz: Governor Inslee releasing sex offender, gang members from jail over Coronavirus

Tahoma schools childcare worker faces multiple molestation accusations

Do these politicians and bureaucrats even care? Washington State rebellion grows

A good day for a little rebellion against Governor Inslee

Federal Lawsuit filed by Josh Freed against Governor Inslee April 21, 2020

Federal Lawsuit filed by Clint Didier against Governor Inslee May 1, 2020

Federal Lawsuit filed by Drew MacEwen against Governor Inslee May 5, 2020

Lewis County Superior Court – Simper v. Inslee – May 5, 2020

Herman: Inslee reverses course, now against sanctuary counties

Dori: The wussification of our kids continues in Seattle schools

MyNorthwest: Washington Ferry Ridership Craters

Port Townsend Free Press “Snohomish County Sheriff Refuses to Enforce Governor Inslee’s Shut Down Order”

Washington State Governor Inslee turned us all into armed homeschooling preppers

The top 6 Games Government bureaucrats play when faced with budget cuts – the video

The Top 6 Games Government bureaucrats play when faced with budget cuts

Herman: “Shared sacrifice” is the biggest lie Jay Inslee has ever told”

Source Docs for Suzi and Eric Levine Political Contributions:

PDC Report#100929741 – 9-10-2019 – $8,000 – Governor Jay Inslee

PDC Report #100450743 – 2-9-2012 – $7,200 – Governor Jay Inslee

PDC Report #100440380 – 12-9-2011 – $1,150 – Governor Jay Inslee

PDC Report #100424465 – 8-10-2011 – $250 – Governor Jay Inslee

PDC Report #100944905 – 11-11-2019 – $1,000 – AG Bob Ferguson

PDC Report #100472397 – 7-1-2012 – $250 – AG Bob Ferguson

PDC Report #100287803 – 10-10-2008 – $5,000 – WA State Democrats

PDC Report #100482457 – 8-6-2012 – $5,000 – WA State Democrats

PDC Report #100245530 – 3-10-2008 – $4,000 – WA State Democrats

PDC Report #100245969 – 2-13-2008 – $750 – WA State Democrats

PDC Report #100488700 – 9-10-2012 – $600 – WA State Democrats

PDC Report #100291311 -1-12-2009 – $250 – WA State Democrats

PDC Report #100255210 – 6-5-2008 – $195 – WA State Democrats

PDC Report #100540444 – 8-23-2013 – $1,000 – WA Alliance for Gun Responsibility (Anti-2nd Amendment)

PDC Report #100540446 – 8-23-2013 – $1,000 – WA Alliance for Gun Responsibility (Anti-2nd Amendment)

PDC Report #100260487 – 7-7-2008 – $3,400 – Governor Christine Gregoire

PDC Report #100252123 – 5-12-2008 – $2,000 – Governor Christine Gregoire

PDC Report #100259616 – 6-30-2008 – $1,000 – Governor Christine Gregoire

PDC Report #100648406 – 7-19-2015 – $700 – Seattle City Councilman Tim Burgess

PDC Report #100522758 – 5-10-2013 – $700 – Seattle City Councilman Time Burgess

PDC Report #100503956 – 12-10-2012 – $700 – Seattle City Councilman Tim Burgess

PDC Report #100403406 – 3-4-2011 – $250 – Seattle City Councilman Tim Burgess

PDC Report #100754012 – 4-3-2017 – $1,000 – Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

PDC Report #100674189 – 1-9-2016 – $1,000 – Failed Auditor candidate Jeff Sprung

PDC Report #100685453 – 3-10-2016 – $1,000 – Failed Secretary of State candidate Tina Podlodowski

PDC Report #100266261 -8-8-2008 – $2,200 – Reuven Carlyle (WA State Senator 36th LD)

PDC Report #100245052 -3-9-2008 – $1,000 – Reuven Carlyle (WA State Senator 36th LD)

PDC Report #100377076 – 9-7-2010 – $800 – Reuven Carlyle (WA State Senator 36th LD)

PDC Report #100839975 – 6-24-2018 – $100 – Reuven Carlyle (WA State Senator 36th LD)

PDC Report #100490542 – 9-24-2012 – $62.50 – Reuven Carlyle (WA State Senator 36th LD)

PDC Report #10078476 – 9-4-2017 – $2,000 – Manka Dhingra – (WA State Senator 45th LD)

PDC Report #100332411 – 11-1-2009 – $500 – King County Executive Dow Constantine

PDC Report #100518640 4-2-2013 – $500 – King County Executive Dow Constantine


  1. No its not a bloody circus because if it were a circus it would be professionally run and very well organised like all circuses are.😡

    • Yeah, you are right. I shouldn’t be insulting clowns or circuses by comparing them to the pathetic excuse we have in our local government today…

  2. Whether you agreed with — or even liked — Gregoire, she was an incredibly bright and hard-working governor. There is talent in the D ranks, which should lead people to QUESTION WHY the Establishment is trying to give Inslee an undeserved 3rd term? (Not that he deserved the first two.)

    WHO is gaining WHAT from a lazy, unengaged, empty-suit governor who — believable rumor has it — spends most of his days living on Merritt Island while un-elected staff run the show?

    WHO are the staff running the show? WHAT are their angle and unofficial payout?

    I don’t care for Trump either. He and Inslee are 2 sides of a coin. The voters should hold them BOTH accountable.

  3. I have an awful feeling that the “delay” in payments are simply a way to collect the interest off of the federal monies, so they can claim they recaptured this money. As I said before this is far more than just a Nigerian group scam via an Equifax breach because Equifax has never had all of the information you need to file an uneployment claim. Anyone who has had to apply KNOWS the mind numbing amount of info that you need just to establish an account. Because these funds are coming from the feds I don’t see how Levine has the authority to withhold anything, so I hope that whoever is filing suit is demanding that these monies are paid back in full with interest. I’m so tired of waiting, of being ignored and of the idiotic nitwits running this circus.

  4. You were too kind with your comment of “dropped out” of Congress.
    He literally quit on the people of Washington for the self serving purpose of campaigning for himself. QUIT !!
    Jay is actually a two time quitter.
    You know what they say about quitting, Once you quit it’s easier the next time.


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