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Republican: Consensus forming around Rep. Dan Kristiansen as successor for Richard DeBolt

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on April 24, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
April 27, 2013 11:29 am

House Republicans could pick a new minority leader May 10, and their interim leader says a “pretty good consensus” is forming around Rep. Dan Kristiansen.

Rep. Dan Kristiansen
Rep. Dan Kristiansen

Interim leader Joel Kretz of Wauconda said he would back Kristiansen and would seek to serve as deputy leader if the Snohomish legislator is elected. That’s the same role Kretz played under Rep. Richard DeBolt, who stepped down as leader last week citing health problems.

Kristiansen, first elected in 2002, serves in what’s usually the No. 3 slot as caucus chairman.

Another legislator saying he will support Kristiansen is Rep. J.T. Wilcox of Yelm, who rose quickly to become House floor leader in his second term.

Kretz said the reorganization could take place before May 10 if lawmakers have a lot of spare time on their hands in a special session.

“There’s a pretty good consensus in the caucus right now that Dan would be (in) the right place, right time,” he said.

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