Washington Congresswomen Pramila Jayapal (D-Seattle) and Suzan Del Bene (D-Kirkland) are touting a new anti-bullying campaign called "DCBullyBusters" which is attempting to discourage bullying in the upcoming election cycle which culminates with the November 6th, 2018 general election.
As Reps. Jayapal and Del Bene are prominently featured on the website for DC Bully Busters, along with the social media (hashtag) #BullyFree2018, the group's message states, "Please tell your midterm candidates, bullying isn't an American value."
Despite their admirable support for eliminating bullying from politics, it appears neither Congresswoman has condemned or spoken publicly against the political bullying going on in West Seattle against a small business owner who is encouraging residents to sign a petition to repeal the recently enacted $47 million annual employee head tax (EHT) to pay for subsidized housing and homeless services. The restaurant owner is being intimidated by pro-EHT supporters into dropping the repeal petition effort over a political difference. That intimidation is akin to bullying a classmate in school or an opponent in a political campaign. Only instead of an election campaign being on the line, in the case of the West Seattle restaurant owner, his livelihood is on the line.
We'll update this story if Congresswoman Jayapal, whose district includes the site of the West Seattle restaurant, or Del Bene make any public statements to regarding the local bullying as they advocate against bullying in the national political arena.
The other significant side of the restaurant boycott intimidation is that in 2014 several Seattle restaurant owners who opposed the $15 per hour minimum wage law were also subjected to boycott threats and intimidation by the labor union activist supporters of the $15 minimum wage law. So now this is the second time the boycott tactics have been used in Seattle's anti-business political push in the last four years.