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Dino Rossi a possible fill-in for Pflug

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on June 14, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
January 28, 2013 6:30 pm

Dino Rossi may go back to public office, and he won’t need to get elected to do it.

Republicans are considering recommending the three-time unsuccessful statewide candidate for a temporary appointment to his old state Senate seat, which GOP Sen. Cheryl Pflug vacates June 30.

“I told them, if you need me to do it, I’ll do it,” Rossi told me. “It’s not something I’m seeking.”

He would serve just 18 weeks in the Legislature, and wouldn’t even take part in a session — unless state revenue forecasts go south, in which case the budget-writing skills Rossi has been touting for eight years might be put to the test. “If they did need budget help,” he quipped, “I imagine I could help.”

Gov. Chris Gregoire appointed Pflug to a $92,500 per year job on a growth-management board, which outraged her fellow Republicans who had not been notified they would need to find another candidate. The move left just two candidates in the race — Brad  Toft, a Republican and political unknown, and Mark Mullet, who now seems to have a better shot than any other Democrat has lately in the 5th district.

State GOP Chairman Kirby Wilbur said Republicans are considering Rossi for the temporary job but have decided to rally around Toft in the election, and have dissuaded others from running write-in campaigns. Rossi doesn’t want to run as a write-in and couldn’t anyway, he says, because after the election, redistricting will move him into the 45th district from the 5th.

The King County Council will name a temporary successor, picking from three names submitted by Republican activists.

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