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THURSDAY, AUG. 19, 2010, 4:52 P.M.

Didier to announce…something…Friday

Unsuccessful Republican Senate candidate Clint Didier will hold a press conference Friday morning in Seattle. To announce what isn't exactly clear.

Candidates who finish out of the winners' circle in the primary often announce within the week that they are endorsing the party's winner. It usually involves grasping the winner's hand, patting him or her on the back,  and announcing that "whatever our differences may have been during primary, they are minor -- miniscule, infinitessimal in fact -- compared to our differences with the incumbent." This is followed by a promise to do everything possible to see the former opponent who is now a trusted ally and valued friend, applause, kind words from the former opponent, smiles, more handshakes, raising grasped hands overhead and the blessing of party elders who   have prevailed upon the two former enemies to make nice and bury the hatchet for the good of the party.

So is that what's going to happen on Friday? ...

The press release doesn't give a  hint as to the nature of the announcement, but it seems likely that even if Didier does endorse Dino Rossi, it won't go that far.

First, the post-election message on his campaign website gives no hint of endorsing Rossi:“And you’ve told me your votes aren’t just an automatic ‘gimme’ because of the letter next to a candidate’s name.  Anyone who wants to represent you wonderful people needs to hear – no, make that really listen to - what you have to say.  To listen to the wisdom of the people, and to make commitments that will be kept.  You need to see some fire in the belly and some real conviction to get your votes.
“I’m going to make sure that your voices aren’t drowned out as we head into the election. I promise my supporters that I’ll be with you all the way to Election Day – and beyond." 

Second, the announcement is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in Seattle, and Rossi is scheduled to be in Othello at that time, so they can't do the shake hands, hug, wave maneuver.

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden is the Olympia bureau chief, covering the Legislature and state government. He also is a political columnist and blogger for Spin Control.

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