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The two Republican members of the state redistricting commission reach a split decision on who should win the new 6th Congressional

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on July 3, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
July 3, 2012 4:22 pm

They drew the lines.

Now they’re suggesting who should represent the residents within those lines.

Tom Huff, the Redistricting commissioner appointed by the state House Republicans, thinks Jesse Young should be the Republican candidate in the 6th Congressional District.

“I have been watching the race for Congress, and I believe Jesse Young stands out above the crowd,” Huff said in a press release issued by the campaign. “Jesse is a hard worker, has a great vision for our district and country, and will make an excellent Congressman.” Huff is a former state Representative and budget chairman.

Slade Gorton, who was the choice of state Senate Republicans, thinks that nod should go to Bill Driscoll.

“I’m impressed by Bill’s business background and his sense of duty,” the former U.S. Senator and state attorney general said in the Driscoll announcement. “Volunteering to be recommissioned and serving two combat tours in the Marines tells me he has the courage to deal with the political impasse in Congress.”

We haven’t heard, but we assume both Democratic commissioners will suggest a vote for the sole Democrat in the race, state Sen. Derek Kilmer.

Of the four, only Huff lives in the district and can turn his endorsement into a vote.

The reason these endorsements are flowing in right now is state law prohibits commissioners from taking part in politics during the length of their terms. Those terms all expired July 1.

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