‘We’re going to follow the law,’ Inslee responds to questions about security reimbursement

Questions regarding Jay Inslee’s campaign costs and his intentions of seeking a cabinet post continue to linger following the Washington governor’s announcement that he will no longer seek the presidency.

On Wednesday, Inslee ended his presidential campaign. Within a few hours, he announced his intention to run for a third term as Washington’s governor.

Throughout his presidential campaign, members of the Washington State Patrol acted as his security team and traveled the country with him, all at the expense of taxpayers.

4 News Now partner KOMO News asked Inslee about his intentions to reimburse the State Patrol and taxpayers on Thursday.

“Were going to follow Washington law and Washington law is that the Washington State Patrol provides security for the governor and we’re going to follow that law to the teeth,” Inslee told KOMO. “We’re going to follow the state statute that calls for the State Patrol on state funds to provide that service, so we’re going to follow that statute.”

WSP told KOMO the costs for overtime and travel from March through July add up to about $660,000. The state Republican Party believes the figure will be closer to $2 million.

“Other governors, Scott Walker and this year Steve Bullock, have chosen to reimburse the taxpayers from their campaign funds, something that Jay Inslee has refused to do,” Party Chair Caleb Heimlich told KOMO.

“Maybe I should make myself clear,” said Inslee. “We’re going to follow the law in the state of Washington and I think that’s a good thing to follow.”

“Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s right,” Heimlich said.

KOMO reported the state party announced it will deliver 5,000 signatures to the Governors’ office Friday asking him to reimburse taxpayers.

It has been believed Inslee was interested in a cabinet post up until this point. Inslee told KOMO his intention is to serve all four years if he is re-elected as Governor.

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