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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.


June 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , | 3 Comments