Rep. George Nethercutt has decided whether he will run for the U.S. Senate. He’ll let everyone else know next Tuesday.
The Spokane Republican said he will announce his decision at a news conference near the end of a visit to Washington state that includes stops in Spokane, Seattle and Pullman - and maybe elsewhere, if the decision is to run.
Nethercutt has been considering for months whether to run for the seat held by Democrat Patty Murray. He has previously said he would make a decision in mid-June, mid-July, early September and late September.
This is the first time, however, he has gone so far as to set a date to make an announcement.
Nethercutt is scheduled to attend a publicity event for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Auntie’s Bookstore in Spokane on Saturday morning, attend an Eastern Washington University football game that afternoon and a state Republican Party dinner in Seattle that evening.
He said he did not plan to announce his plans at the party event.
On Monday, he will accompany House Science Committee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner on a tour of research facilities at Washington State University, and at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute.
Tuesday, he plans to announce “a new project” at a news conference in Spokane. He refused to say whether that project is a run for the Senate and didn’t know whether he’d be making announcements anywhere else.
Nethercutt, Murray, and Rep. Linda Smith of Vancouver, a potential GOP primary opponent for the Senate seat, all attended a hearing about a protection plan for the Hanford Reach area on Thursday in Washington, D.C.
Murray has one proposal for that stretch of the Columbia River, while Nethercutt and Smith back another plan written by fellow GOP Rep. Doc Hastings.
Nethercutt said his appearance at the hearing was not a sign he was running.