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Baird says birth of twins won’t keep him from re-election run

Associated Press

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Concerned about talk that the birth of twin sons might cause him to rethink his political plans, Rep. Brian Baird says he’ll seek re-election next year to a fifth term in Congress.

Baird, 49, D-Wash., said during campaign appearances Friday and Saturday in Vancouver, Longview, Chehalis and Olympia that he announced his plans unusually early because of the rumors in the 3rd District, which generally covers southwest Washington.

His wife, Rachel Nugent, gave birth to their sons 14 weeks ago.

“We were hearing through the grapevine, ‘Is Brian going to run now that he has twins?’ ” he said. “You bet we’re going to run…

“We’re not in full-time campaign mode by any means, but if somebody is thinking they’re going to have an easy time taking this seat, I want them to know, it won’t be easy.”

According to filings with the Federal Elections Commission, Baird’s campaign fund contained $676,103 as of the end of March. Baird said Friday he hoped to have $1 million to $1.5 million by mid- to late 2006 and “more if necessary.”

The only announced Republican opponent, Tom Crowson, an Olympia home builder who got 38 percent of the vote to 62 percent for Baird last November, said he has about $5,000.

“I haven’t been real good about asking for money,” Crowson said. “It’s going to take a strong Republican tide. I don’t think I can ever compete with a million-dollar campaign fund.”

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