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Inslee, Baumgartner, Driscoll endorsed by their former opponents

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Sep. 4, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
September 5, 2012 4:21 pm

While Republican Rob McKenna was reeling off endorsements from Democrats today, such as a Suquamish Nation lawyer and several education-reform advocates, Democrat Jay Inslee was touting the support of defeated Democratic gubernatorial candidate, cigarette-tax advocate (and Southwest Washington sensation) Rob Hill.

It gave Inslee’s campaign the excuse for an eye-catching subject line to its e-mail — “Rob endorses Jay for governor” — and it got me wondering which other failed candidates have endorsed their primary opponents.

Apparently not Shahram Hadian, the most prominent Republican rival to McKenna in the gubernatorial primary.  He posted a campaign update yesterday, a plea for money to cover $3,000 in campaign debt, but McKenna’s campaign said it hasn’t heard from him. A call I put in today wasn’t returned.

I doubt McKenna will complain about the absence. He’s trying to showcase his bipartisan appeal in a blue state, not explain his differences from a candidate who wants to fight Shariah law and gut state environmental regulations.

The closest Republican runner-up in the U.S. Senate race (no, it’s not Mike the Mover) was Art Coday, another candidate now left seeking donations to close out his campaign fund. But unlike Hadian, he has endorsed his former GOP rival, Michael Baumgartner, in his race against Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell.

Sixth Congressional District Republican candidate Jesse Young gave a full-throated post-primary endorsement to the GOP’s Bill Driscoll, who also received well-wishes from other losing GOP candidates Doug Cloud and David Eichner in his general-election contest against Democratic state Sen. Derek Kilmer.

Congressional candidate Stan Flemming didn’t mention victorious GOP rival Dick Muri in his concession statement; Brad Shannon is working on an item on endorsements in the 10th congressional district.

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