The double-digit list of Republicans wanting to take on U.S. Sen. Patty Murray is being winnowed down now that Dino Rossi has entered the race.
Art Coday announced today he has dropped out to endorse fellow Republican Rossi.
The medical doctor, who handles mostly Medicaid and Medicare patients, built his campaign with criticism of the federal health care bill and calls for more limited government, endearing himself to some conservatives. He spoke at tea party rallies and sounded like one of several potential threats to Rossi from the right.
But he said today “the stakes are too high” to miss the opportunity to defeat Murray. He immediately announced his candidacy for a different job, an open state House seat in the 32nd District, where Democratic Rep. Maralyn Chase has stepped aside to run for Senate.
The Spokesman-Review reported Wednesday that another candidate, Orting plumber Ed Torres, was throwing his support to Rossi.
Here’s Coday’s full release: