When it comes to Washington symbols, you probably can’t beat an apple for conveying state pride.
Before Gov. Jay Inslee delivered his annual State of the State address on Tuesday, his office secured hundreds of the new Cosmic Crisp variety of apples and had them distributed in the House chamber where the speech would be made. One was set aside for each senator and representative, and placed on the chair where each statewide elected official and Supreme Court justice would sit.
The new apples, developed by Washington State University, were partly a prop for a portion of his speech where he was “shining the light on how great Washington is.” Some of the people who helped develop the crisp red apple were in the gallery to wave when Inslee introduced them.
They also provided a laugh line later in the week at a news conference, when Inslee suggested the speech was at least successful enough that no one threw an apple at him. Considering the Republican criticism of the speech, it may be more accurate to say they were leery of wasting a perfectly good apple on such a long throw.
The fruit came to the governor’s office from PVM, the firm marketing the apple for WSU, state Agriculture Director Hector Castro said.