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Clint Didier and Paul Akers, Rossi’s rivals, gang up

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on July 30, 2010 at 10:20 am | 7 Comments »
August 3, 2010 8:59 am

Clint Didier and Paul Akers made a joint announcement Thursday night that was beset by technical difficulties:

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The gist of it: Didier and Akers are staying in the U.S. Senate race, but they’re joining forces to do joint radio commercials.

“This is unprecedented,” Didier said in their online broadcast last night. “We are innovators, to say the least,” Akers said.

The pair of conservative Republican candidates have been struggling for oxygen in the race to knock off Democratic Sen. Patty Murray. Neither has the kind of money or name ID Murray or Republican Dino Rossi have. Rossi has been treating the race as virtually a two-person contest, leveling his fire at Murray.

They hope their forces combined can force Rossi to pay attention to them, challenging him to a debate.

They said establishment Republicans have been putting out the message behind the scenes that they can’t win. “People are pulling strings at every possible level to discount and marginalize Clint Didier and Paul Akers,” Akers said.

UPDATE: Didier consultant Kathryn Serkes says radio spots will start next week around the state.

The two have lagged Rossi and Murray in the money chase, but Serkes said Didier isn’t entering into this partnership because he lacks money. He’s been running radio commercials east of the mountains for a while, and started ads in Puget Sound the past two weeks, showing up on talk radio and other stations, Serkes said.

“This is not about pooling money. We’ve been on the air and we’ll be on the air,” she said. “This is about a message that they both wanted to get out there.”

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