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How the National Republican Senate Committee bagged Dino Rossi

Ken Vogel of Poitico peers behind the curtain on Washington state Senate candidate Dino Rossi, with plenty of fascinating details. One of the ones that jumped out -- the role Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) played in recruiting the two-time near-miss gubernatorial candidate to run against Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.)

Rossi seemed to pay special attention to the encouragement he received from Brown, whose stunning January special election victory in Massachusetts stripped Democrats of their 60-vote filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. In a telephone call and also during a March meeting on Capitol Hill, Brown urged Rossi to run by comparing dark blue Washington state to even darker blue Massachusetts.

According to Rossi, Brown’s message was: “If it can happen in Massachusetts, certainly it can happen in Washington. There is a new day out there.”

The passage of health care reform soothed a lot of Democratic angst about Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley's botched Senate bid against Brown. But we're going to look back from November and see a number of Republicans who either won or drove the Democrats to the wire, having gotten into their races, basically, because Coakley didn't want to stand outside Fenway in the cold, shaking hands.

By David Weigel  |  June 11, 2010; 9:58 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Election , NRSC  
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