U.S. Sen. Patty Murray made it official this morning, sending a representative into the Secretary of State’s office to file paperwork for her re-election campaign.
Also filing are two newcomers, Republican Norma Gruber of Walla Walla and Schalk Leonard of Poulsbo, who will be listed on the ballot as having no party preference.
I can’t find a campaign Web site for either, but Gruber wrote a long and colorful post on Sarah Palin’s Facebook page in May. She takes fellow conservative Clint Didier to task for his campaigning style. The post begins:
Miss Palin: I want to point out that I, too, am a candidate for the US Senate in Washington State. You would like my conservative approach to defense, deficits, and other matters of national importance. You may be less enthusiastic about my views on some social issues. But I still think there is more room for diverse opinion under the Republican tent than under the Democrat tent.
Naturally, I have met Clint Didier. In fact, I just gave his people the benefit of my thinking on his milquetoast approach to campaigning. I actually asked when was it exactly that he cut off his brass? So far all he he seems to be doing is papering the state with pretty flyers that everyone throws away. If he has made a forceful, passionate statement on any subject I guess I’ve missed it.
Much of the rest of the post is not appropriate for the audience of a family blog.