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Archive for June 2004

Another White House veteran pays a visit…

If nothing else, the U.S. Senate race between George Nethercutt and incumbent Patty Murray is bringing in a steady flock of big-name boosters.

Last week, President George Bush had a dinner fundraiser in Spokane for Nethercutt.

Next week, former First Lady Hilary Rodham Clinton will have a lunch fundraiser in Seattle for Murray.

And this is June — the election’s not ‘til November.

Lesson learned…

All the recent talk about Ronald Reagan’s optimism was apparently not lost on the Bush campaign, which on Tuesday issued a “statement regarding John Kerry’s pessimism.”

It said that Kerry’s unfairly talking down America’s growing economy.

Most interesting declined-to-comment we’ve heard in a while…

“If I thought I could be more articulate off-the-cuff, I’d be happy to talk with you.”

-tax foe Tim Eyman, referring a reporter to his written statement, rather than taking questions.

Campaigning whole-hog…

“I am the only candidate in this race who rides a Harley-Davidson.”

-former insurance commissioner Deborah Senn, who’s now running for attorney general.

Labor poetry about Wal-Mart:

“Attack! Demoralize! Destroy! Create and exploit the working poor!”

-the refrain from a poem about Wal-Mart by a labor activist at the state Democratic convention.

On to the “City of Destiny”…

With the state GOP convention wrapped up (and carted home in delegates’ souvenir canvas tote bags), it’s the Democrats’ turn.

Republicans were happy last weekend to take pokes at former Veep Al Gore, saying he’s gone from boring to angry.

On Friday, we’ll get a chance to see if that’s true. Gore is the big-name speaker at a “gala banquet” at the Democratic convention.

Hell as hockey…

“I will fight for lower congressional spending until hell freezes over. And then I will crawl out, stand up and fight on the ice.”

Reed Davis, a Republican running for Sen. Patty Murray’s job. Davis, jilted by the state GOP leadership, had to make his party convention speech at a Friday spaghetti feed in Bellevue.

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