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State Sen. Baumgartner challenges Cantwell

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Oct. 3, 2011 at 9:52 am | No Comments »
October 3, 2011 9:52 am

Maria Cantwell has a Republican challenger.

The GOP has been trying to find a candidate to take on the U.S. Senate Democrat, and Michael Baumgartner of Spokane is the first to step up.

A 35-year-old freshman state senator has less than a year under his belt in the Legislature and little statewide profile, but has a resume that includes work as a diplomat in Iraq.

Baumgartner showed a tendency to work across the aisle in this term’s unusually bipartisan Senate. He voted for the state budget, and his main achievement so far is helping pass a bill with his name on it that merged the state’s back-office agencies, a top priority for Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire. The bill also took steps toward privatization of some of those agencies’ services.

Here’s his interview with King 5’s Robert Mak. Also today, Publicola previews one early line of attack on Baumgartner.

The announcement video:

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