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Spin Control

But will he dance `Gangnam Style’

Former Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna will headline an Oktoberfest fundraiser in Spokane next month for state Sen. Michael Baumgartner.

McKenna lost his bid for the governor's office two years ago but produced perhaps one of the campaign season's most memorable moments when he and his wife, Marilyn, joined a Washington Korean Association dance troupe performing Korean pop star Psy's over-the-top video hit Gangnam Style, which at the time was sweeping U.S. pop charts.

The former AG holds his own to the very end but Marilyn, who joined in from the sidelines, is clearly the better dancer.

No word from the Baumgartner camp on whether McKenna will be reprising an Oktoberfest version of the crowd pleaser, though.

The fundraiser comes as Baumgartner prepares for the final November push in his race against Democratic challenger Rich Cowan for the 6th Legislative District seat. Baumgartner already is leading in the money race, having raised $410,520 to Cowan's $216,147 according to the latest campaign finance reports.

Tickets for the Oktoberfest fundraiser range from $40 to $320. Lederhosen optional.

David Wasson oversees coverage of politics and state and local government and assists with editing on the City Desk.

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