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What Will Dino Rossi Do?

The reports that Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire (D) may be on the short-list for Solicitor General to replace Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan raises all kinds of possibilities for who might replace her if she gets the nod.

The most interesting potential scenario: Could former state Sen. Dino Rossi (R) be in the running?

Rossi -- who lost to Gregoire in 2004 in the closest gubernatorial race in U.S. history and failed in a 2008 rematch -- has been slow-walking a Senate challenge against Sen. Patty Murray (D). Most observers believe it's a matter of when, not if, Rossi will run for that office.

National Democrats have been pushing out negative information on Rossi in recent weeks in an attempt to discourage him from running or damage him if he does. Republicans argue Democrats' aggressiveness against Rossi is evidence of how worried they are about facing him this fall.

The prospect of running for governor could be an appealing one to Rossi. He's made two past bids for the office, and serving in Olympia instead of Washington would enable him to remain close to his family (he has four children under the age of 19).

Before the prospect of a 2010 gubernatorial bid was on the table, Rossi said in March: "I could run for governor again, Senate, or nothing at all, and I'm comfortable with all three."

How the field would shake out depends largely on when Gregoire's seat would be officially vacated.

If she leaves before May 31, candidates would face a special election primary, then a general election in November to fill out the remaining two years of her term. If she left between June 1 and October 3, candidates would face off in a November all-party free-for-all to serve through 2012. And if she vacated her seat after October 3, Lt. Governor Brad Owen (D) would automatically fill out the remainder of Gregoire's term, although the state Legislature has the option to call for a special election in 2011.

A senior Democratic strategist said that if Gregoire's seat did become open, Rossi would likely toss his hat in the ring. "If she vacates the job by October 3, I totally see Rossi switching gears and running for that," the strategist said, noting that Rossi has repeatedly called Washington a "snake pit." (That could, of course, be wishful thinking from Democrats who don't want to see a Murray-Rossi matchup.)

But Republicans are skeptical that Gregoire is even in the running for the Solicitor General job at all. (A Gregoire spokeswoman told the Fix that the governor is "happy doing the job that she's doing here".) Several sources said they suspected that the White House and national Democrats were working together on floating Gregoire's name in an effort to make Rossi delay his entry into the Senate race, or to think twice about running at all.

"My gut tells me this is nothing more than a ploy to get Dino to think hard about running for the Senate," one senior Republican strategist familiar with the state's politics said.

Complicating things for Rossi is the fact that state Attorney General Rob McKenna (R) has long been eyeing a gubernatorial bid in 2012, and establishment Republicans in the state are strongly backing him. If Rossi were to switch races, he "would probably rub too many people the wrong way," the Republican strategist said. "I think once he's in, he's in," the strategist added. "He can't switch."

Democratic Reps. Jay Inslee and Adam Smith have been floated as possible contenders, as have Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon (D) and state Sen. Lisa Brown (D).

An Inslee spokesperson said neither the White House nor Gregoire's office had contacted them. A spokesperson for Smith said flatly that Smith is not interested in a bid.

-- Felicia Sonmez

By The Fix  |  May 13, 2010; 4:31 PM ET
Categories:  Governors , Senate  
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its remarkable that we now not only have a math whizz but constitutional scholars
her who have never stepped foot in a basic
law school class on constitutional law.
Boycotts are about as traditional and
historical as this nation. You can make
up your own facts but you certainly can't
create your own laws or constitional interpretations; that is why we have a judicial system. There is not one lawyer
in this nation that believes the nonsense
you just posted.

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 14, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Poor lonely Ped.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 14, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Shut your meth-addled mouth, burnout, Los Angeles can take its business wherever it pleases. Arizona passed a despicable law, that has consequences, to the tune of tens of millions in lost business.

First you scream that the Constitution forbids requiring people to buy insurance, now you say it requires cities to do business with states. You brain is seared. Go to a clinic and spend the rest of your life there.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 14, 2010 1:58 AM | Report abuse

Let me be specific


A State, or a local government, can not boycott the citizens of another State.


Just so no one quibbles with me.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 14, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

We need a list of everyone who is boycotting Arizona - because it is UNCONSTITUTIONAL TO BOYCOTT A STATE.


It is discrimination under the "Privileges and Immunities" clause.

All those cities should be brought up on charges.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 13, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Calumet Park, IL is naming a street after Obama.

It is a dead end.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 13, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

sorry the multiple posts was a computer error only

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 13, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Terry Goddard now leads Jan Brewer 48-42% in Arizona Governor's race as of May 5,2010.
How can that be since all conservatives here claim how popular the profiling bill 1070 is in Arizona? Could it be because Arizona has lost $50 million in business so far and counting in a state that was already struggling economically before the bill was signed into law. Don t believe me, visit Az and talk with small businessmen there. Austin City Council just joined LA and other communities boycotting Arizona along with the upcoming upcoming Allstar game. Way to go Governor you have created an economic crisis for your state of epic proportions and apparently learned zero when Arizona refused MLK day losing $300 million and almost bankrupting your beautiful state.

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 13, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Terry Goddard now leads Jan Brewer 48-42% in Arizona Governor's race as of May 5,2010.
How can that be since all conservatives here claim how popular the profiling bill 1070 is in Arizona? Could it be because Arizona has lost $50 million in business so far and counting in a state that was already struggling economically before the bill was signed into law. Don t believe me, visit Az and talk with small businessmen there. Austin City Council just joined LA and other communities boycotting Arizona along with the upcoming upcoming Allstar game. Way to go Governor you have created an economic crisis for your state of epic proportions and apparently learned zero when Arizona refused MLK day losing $300 million and almost bankrupting your beautiful state.

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 13, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Terry Goddard now leads Jan Brewer 48-42% in Arizona Governor's race as of May 5,2010.
How can that be since all conservatives here claim how popular the profiling bill 1070 is in Arizona? Could it be because Arizona has lost $50 million in business so far and counting in a state that was already struggling economically before the bill was signed into law. Don t believe me, visit Az and talk with small businessmen there. Austin City Council just joined LA and other communities boycotting Arizona along with the upcoming upcoming Allstar game. Way to go Governor you have created an economic crisis for your state of epic proportions and apparently learned zero when Arizona refused MLK day losing $300 million and almost bankrupting your beautiful state.

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 13, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama decided to dump all the outrageous stuff this week

- Cut terrorism funding for New York


- Raise part of the bill for health care


- Nominate someone who is not "openly gay"


- Bring the opium dealer Karzai in to showcase Obama's failed Afghan pull-out attempt


- Send out Eric Holder to say that they will not say the words "radical Islam" - even though they almost killed hundreds of people in New York and Detroit.

- Send out Eric Holder to criticize the Arizona law, without reading the 10 page law.

Unbelievable - I guess Obama thought that the media would be more preoccupied with the oil spill and whether Kagan is GAY.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 13, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Ribs at Tony Roma's should be even better.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 13, 2010 8:53 PM


those ribs come from Arizona raised cattle.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | May 13, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Please DO NOT forget that the CBO now says health care is $115 Billion MORE

And there are other costs coming.


Can we RE-VOTE THE HEALTH CARE because the numbers were wrong ???

If you took out a loan at the bank, or you sign anything - and it turned out to be $115 BILLION MORE - YOU WOULD SAY THE CONTRACT IS NOT VALID, RIGHT?

OBAMA LIED.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 13, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe


I guess your little trip to jail or the insane asylum didn't cure you of your unhinged racism and unprovoked attacks.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 13, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

@Suzy: muchos Americanos pueden leer Español muy bien. Porque no? Es una lingua muy facila.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 13, 2010 9:13 PM


Eric Holder no es uno de ellos

Posted by: SuzyCcup | May 13, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

I got hungry, hence the pretzel. Can't hunt down "turrorists" on an empty stomach.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 13, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Broadway's just fine. This pretzel's is great. Ribs at Tony Roma's should be even better. I'll take care of those Tuurrorists you and Phalin are so worried about. Relax.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 13, 2010 8:53 PM

Broadwayjoe, I told everyone you were protesting the Arizona law by holding a one man hunger strike in Madison Square Gardens. What happened?

Posted by: SuzyCcup | May 13, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

@Suzy: muchos Americanos pueden leer Español muy bien. Porque no? Es una lingua muy facila.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 13, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

To return to the question: What will Dino Rossi do?

Answer: Don't care.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 13, 2010 8:12 PM

...he has a 16-oz pop bottle stuck up his rear end

Posted by: Noacoler | May 13, 2010 8:21 PM


Broadwayjoe may not care but Noacoler cares. How else would he have found that coke bottle?

Posted by: SuzyCcup | May 13, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

"Oh, this one isn't Cillizza, I didn't even notice. Birds of a feather.

****

Posted by: Noacoler | May 13, 2010 6:52 PM"
____________________

I think our gracious host has left the building... :)

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 13, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Not only that. He admitted he hasn't read the Arizona Immigration Law, even though he wants to file suit. In his defense, it is 10 or 15 whole pages long. Remarkably inept.

Posted by: Brigade | May 13, 2010 7:43 PM


He didn't read it because he thinks it's written in Spanish.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | May 13, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Broadway's just fine. This pretzel's is great. Ribs at Tony Roma's should be even better. I'll take care of those Tuurrorists you and Phalin are so worried about. Relax.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 13, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Excerpt from memo to Fix interns (allegedly)

pg. 2:

Find articles, no matter how biased or dubiously sourced, which cast BHO and his Administration in a negative light.

Provide free ad/mentions for as many GOP wannabe candidates nobody knows or cares about as possible.

Mention Pawlenty or Phalin at least twice a week and suggest, notwithstanding all polling evidence to the contrary, they would be competitive against BHO in 2012.

Provide at least two mentions per week of the Charlie (BHO's Health Care Reform is the same as Bush's Iraqi War) Cook Political Report with some large quotes from it if possible (since I guess that's the only way anybody will read any of it).

Do not criticize any of the anti-BHO racist proxy agendas such as the tea baggers, the tenthers, and the birthers.

Don't discuss any of the hot political topics of the day (e.g., Teabaggers' spit attack on Congressman Cleaver and the passage of the Arizona racial profiling law) until weeks after anybody's interested in them. (Don't get into that Supreme Court nomination until mid-June.)

Make sure you mention that any scientific poll conducted by Research 2000 that's favorable to BHO was done for the "liberal" Daily Kos but do not comment on the (alleged) bias or methodology issues of Rasmussen polls.

pg. 3:

No matter what lunatic posters like 37 and Mooned/Zouk say, allow them to waste endless cyberspace with senseless bigoted junk and...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 13, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

broad___joe


What do you say about Obama CUTTING TERRORISM FUNDING TO NEW YORK TWO WEEKS AFTER A TERRORIST INCIDENT.... ON BROADWAY ???


This is getting a little ridiculous, don't you think?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 13, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

broad____joe


I thought they weren't going to let you out of jail until tomorrow.


What happened ?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 13, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Ladies and gentleman-a, the next-a governor-a of the state-a of Warshington-a, DINO ROSSI-A!!

(thin scattered applause)

http://americanelephant.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/dino-rossi-palouse.jpg

The kind of smile that usually means he has a 16-oz pop bottle stuck up his rear end

Posted by: Noacoler | May 13, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

I understand the confusion but...

The Washington Post serves, not the state of Washington, but the city of Wsahington. You know the city whose residents voted for BHO and his agenda about 20 to 1 and in general don't fit within the teabaggers' preferred demographic.
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To return to the question: What will Dino Rossi do?

Answer: Don't care.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 13, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler wrote,
"I think the Attorney General of the United States of America has a staff who can summarize the salient points for him."

I hope so. It's pretty clear this scissorbill can't figure much out on his own.

Posted by: Brigade | May 13, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

I think the Attorney General of the United States of America has a staff who can summarize the salient points for him.

And oh, Republican presidents use teleprompters too.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 13, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

37th wrote,
"Eric Holder gave an unbelievable performance today on Capitol Hill - refusing to say that RADICAL ISLAM motivated the 3 most recent terrorist attempts here in the US."

Not only that. He admitted he hasn't read the Arizona Immigration Law, even though he wants to file suit. In his defense, it is 10 or 15 whole pages long. Remarkably inept.

Posted by: Brigade | May 13, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

It's not even worth it here anymore, with Poopy the Sandbox Filler on here every minute.

You ought to realize, Chris, he's only here to ruin your blog. Everyone else knows it -- which is why your traffic is down.

Posted by: drindl | May 13, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Eric Holder gave an unbelievable performance today on Capitol Hill - refusing to say that RADICAL ISLAM motivated the 3 most recent terrorist attempts here in the US.

Apparently Obama and Holder have not changed their tune.


They probably don't even want to use the word terrorism.

This is like wishing the war away by turning ones head.

The other thing : they are refusing to say words in English - but everything is still the same in Arabic.


This is absolutley RIDICULOUS.

This is just another example of Obama being completely out-of-touch with America - and Obama is going with policies which few people support.

For the most part Presidents should have policies which the American People know about, and support generally.

Obama is so ARROGANT HE DOES NOT SEE HIMSELF AS REPRESENTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.


Does Obama even realize that THESE POLICIES ARE NOT REPRESENTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 13, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Oh, this one isn't Cillizza, I didn't even notice. Birds of a feather.

Jay Inslee is my congressman, he's a good guy. I hope he gets it.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 13, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Chris, your crush on the GOP reminds me of a dog trying to eat peanut butter, the tongue going in and out, in and out.

For the tenth time: Dino Rossi is a joke. Look up "loser" in an illustrated dictionary and you'll see his picture. Nobody in Washington takes him seriously. You only see Rossi stickers next to faded Bush/Cheney stickers on beater cars from 1989 or before, or on pickups full of empty paint cans.

Stop fawning over anyone with an R after him name, it's creepy.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 13, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Dino rossi -- oh please. I see Felicia has the same biases as Chris.
'
National Democrats have been pushing out negative information on Rossi in recent weeks in an attempt to discourage him from running or damage him if he does. Republicans argue Democrats' aggressiveness against Rossi is evidence of how worried they are about facing him this fall.'

Worried? Maybe it's just that national Democrats have so much negative information to work with, ever consider that? Rossi is a loser. And speaking of losers... so sorry, folks but your boy Tim Burns is going down...


"A close primary race has divided Republicans in the late Rep. John Murtha's district and has helped Democrat Mark Critz take the lead in the special election to replace him, according to a Susquehanna Polling & Research survey. Critz leads GOP nominee Tim Burns 44 percent to 38 percent with one week to go. "

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/westmoreland/s_680706.html

Posted by: drindl | May 13, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Dino Rossi is going to run and win.

The democrats are facing an angry electorate - and they have ONLY THEMSELVES TO BLAME.

Read the comments of the democrats just on this blog - and you will see just a small part of the problem.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 13, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I think it unlikely that Christine Gregoire will be the SG pick. If Obama is going to nominate a female Democratic governor for the job it will be Jennifer Granholm.

Posted by: Gallenod | May 13, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Ok now that I was nice to the new hire...

Dino Rossi?

Haaaawwhahheheeeheheeahahahahahhahahahahahahhhahah....oh....lemme catch my breath...

Sorry, every time the Republican Rising! program veers off onto Dino Rossi as someone Washington Democrats worry about, I wonder what to think of the rest of the horse race stories we read.

Here is the scoop on Dino Rossi, two time loser. He is too much of a Republican machine insider for the tea baggers and too much of no mission accomplished for everyone else. Just talk.

He is dwindling in the polls too.

Sorry Felicia.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 13, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Felicia, nice job.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 13, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

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