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The wooing of Dino Rossi…..

Republicans have had their eye on Dino Rossi (shown) since late March. | AP Photo

[ Washington Senate hopeful Dino Rossi left D.C. in late March feeling reassured that he would not want for national support if he entered the race. ]
Daniel was very up on getting Washington State Senator Dino Rossi, a Republican,  to run against US Senator Patty Murray, who is a Democrat…..

Rossi was very iffy at first….citing family and Washington ‘bad ‘rep as reasons NOT to run…..

But Rossi always posted good polling numbers when other Republican’s didn’t…

The GOP asked to run…..


Rossi has jumped in…..

I saw this post in Politico and have posted it……

With the Senate still wrangling over a groundbreaking health care overhaul, about a dozen Republican senators — nearly one-third of the GOP conference — took time out from their hectic schedules in late March to talk to an out-of-towner about his family and their governing priorities if they were to retake the majority in November.

The out-of-towner in question wasn’t some wide-eyed, camera-wielding tourist. Rather, he was a prospective star Senate recruit considered essential to GOP hopes of expanding the general election playing field and winning back the upper chamber — Dino Rossi.

The goal was to persuade Rossi to challenge three-term Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). And Senate Republicans were ultimately successful, with Rossi eventually announcing his bid in late May — about two months after his red-carpet treatment in the Capitol.

The episode provided a window into the sometimes elaborate courtship process that takes place during candidate recruitment, with Rossi leaving D.C. feeling reassured that a Senate career is not mutually exclusive with having a family and that he would not want for national support if he entered the race.

His would-be colleagues compared his potential candidacy with that of Republican darling Scott Brown’s winning Senate campaign in Massachusetts and cast the 2010 crop of GOP Senate candidates as a sort of dream team that could fundamentally alter the ideological composition of the U.S. Senate.

“When I went there, I wasn’t all that convinced that if they got the majority, they’d actually do something, because I don’t need to be part of any club,” Rossi said in an interview with POLITICO.


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  1. My former co-worker MATH BUDDY

    always thought having lost an election in the past was a positive thing for a candidate

    Comment by Timothy Leal | June 11, 2010 | Reply

  2. I agree with him…

    But I think Rossi has lost more than 1…….

    Comment by jamesb101 | June 11, 2010 | Reply

  3. Jefferson lost the Presidential election of 1796.

    Jackson lost the Presidential election (but won a popular plurality) in 1824.

    Lincoln failed to win election by the Illinois legislature to the U.S. Senate in 1858.

    Theodore Roosevelt lost the election for Mayor of New York in 1886.

    FDR lost the Vice Presidency in 1920.

    JFK failed to win the Democratic Vice Presidential nomination in 1956.

    Nixon lost the Presidency in 1960.

    Reagan lost the Republican Presidential nomination in 1976.

    George H.W. Bush lost the Republican Presidential nomination in 1980.

    — But there are a host of candidates who never lost an election before attaining their highest office, and of course thousands more who lost and either quit running or kept losing (Taft, Hoover, Dewey, Stevenson, Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy, Quayle, Gore, ….)

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | June 12, 2010 | Reply

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