OLYMPIA -- Dino Rossi is once again a state senator.
The King County Council voted today to appoint Rossi -- the former GOP standard bearer for governor in 2004 and 2008, and for U.S. Senate in 2010 -- to an opening in the Senate.
The 5th Legislative District Senate seat became open when Republican Cheryl Pflug accepted a gubernatorial appointment to the Growth Management Hearings Board, just days after filing for the office closed. The district has a pair of candidates, Republican Brad Toft and Democrat Mike Mullet, and the winner of the November election will take office as soon as the results are certified.
But in the meantime, the good people of eastern King County's 5th Lege District would be without a senator. Rossi's name was among those submitted by the GOP.
Rossi held the position before Pflug.
It's not clear how much senator-ing Rossi will get to do in his new/old seat. The Legislature doesn't start a regular session until January, and doesn't have a special session scheduled.
At least not yet.