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Tag: Suzan DelBene

Aug.
8th

Self-funding candidates move on to general election

Congressional candidates Suzan DelBene and Bill Driscoll are headed to the general election. And if first-night results hold up, Troy Kelley will edge out fellow legislator Craig Pridemore for a spot in the November contest for state auditor.

What do Medina Democrat DelBene, Tacoma Republican Driscoll and Tacoma Democrat Kelley have in common?  All of them are leaning heavily on their own bank accounts, which allowed them to establish a presence on TV that their rivals lacked.

Kelley, a former executive with First American Title Insurance Co. who went on to found his own document-recording company, kicked in $240,000 of his own money. Driscoll, a

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Nov.
30th

DelBene lands on her feet as new Revenue chief

Suzane DelBene

Fresh from her unsuccessful campaign against Congressman Dave Reichert, Suzan DelBene has landed a job with the Gregoire administration. The Democrat and former tech executive will head up the state Department of Revenue and its new mission of simplifying the tax code.

Incidentally, the press release announcing DelBene’s appointment came from Scott Whiteaker, formerly DelBene’s campaign communications director, who is now on the governor’s communication staff.

Here’s the announcement:

Gov. Gregoire appoints Suzan DelBene to be director of Department of Revenue

Agency to focus on simplifying tax system, collecting out-of-state taxes, launching interest/penalty waiver initiative
 
OLYMPIA- Gov. Chris Gregoire today appointed Suzan DelBene to be director of the Washington State Department of Revenue.
 
DelBene will lead the Department of Revenue as it simplifies the state’s tax system – a priority the Governor listed in her recent executive order to improve the way government serves small business. Washington’s sales tax is made up of a flat state rate of 6.5 percent and local rates, which are spread across 300 sales tax location codes. There are also more than 50 B&O tax classifications, and 39 cities with their own B&O tax rates, exemptions, deductions and thresholds.
 
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Nov.
2nd

8th District: DelBene’s final press release?

With Republican incumbent Congressman Dave Reichert having an easy go-around this Election Night, the campaign for Suzan DelBene — notorious for its barrage of press releases throughout this election season — just distributed what looks to be its final missive to the media.


DelBene Concedes Election in 8th Congressional District

(Renton, Wash.) — Suzan DelBene has conceded the race for Washington’s 8th Congressional District.

“It has been a privilege to run for office in the 8th Congressional District,” said DelBene. “While we did not win tonight, our campaign’s volunteers and supporters should be proud of the time and

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Nov.
2nd

8th Congressional District: Reichert holds comfortable early lead over DelBene

No debates. No cash advantage. No problem.

Not so far, at least.

In his fourth bid for Congress, Republican incumbent Dave Reichert held a comfortable lead early over first-time campaigner and Democrat Suzan DelBene in the race for Washington’s 8th District seat representing eastern King and Pierce Counties.

After the first ballot drops Tuesday, Reichert, the former King County Sheriff from Auburn, held leads in both King and Pierce Counties over DelBene, a high-tech entrepreneur and former Microsoft executive from Medina.

Reichert was expected on-hand at tonight’s GOP Election Night party at the Bellevue Hilton.

“We’re very optimistic about the early returns,” Darren Littell, his campaign spokesman, responded in an email after the first returns.

If trends hold, Reichert, 60, is headed for victory despite a strong negative campaign mounted against his record by DelBene, 48, who sunk $2.3 million of her own money into the race. In all, she was out-raising Reichert $3.8 million to $2.3 million as of the last campaign finance reports.
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Oct.
25th

Political Smell Test: Reichert’s “WhoisSuzan” site and DelBene’s stimulus support

The claim:

Republican Congressman Dave Reichert has launched a website, whoissuzan.com, that attacks his challenger for the 8th District U.S. House seat, Democrat Suzan DelBene.

The site, also referred to in some of Reichert’s TV ads now being aired, contains the web page, “Suzan’s Spending Spree,” which claims DelBene supports reckless spending policies, including a host of purportedly dubious stimulus-funded projects nationwide

Here’s the full text of the page in question:


“In an era of out-of-control spending and record high debt, Suzan DelBene has cast the concerns of Washington voters aside in favor of supporting the reckless policies being forced through Congress by Democratic leadership in Washington D.C. One such measure was the so-called “stimulus” legislation, which cost American taxpayers over $862 billion but was ineffective in growing the economy or keeping unemployment in check. Here are just ten of the projects Suzan supports:
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Oct.
22nd

Poll: Reichert still holding 7-point lead over DelBene

The latest KING-TV/Survey USA poll has Republican Congressman Dave Reichert still holding a 7-point advantage over Democratic challenger Suzan DelBene. The poll’s margin of error is 4 points.

Here’s the rest of the skinny:

In an election for US House of Representatives in Washington State’s 8th Congressional District today, 10/21/10, incumbent Republican Dave Reichert defeats Democratic challenger Suzan DelBene 52% to 45%, according to this latest exclusive KING-TV poll conducted by SurveyUSA.

Previous KING TV/Survey USA polls in the race had Reichert with a big, double-digit lead seven weeks ago, with DelBene fighting back to close within

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Oct.
22nd

The Suzan DelBene Cash Infusion

No, it’s not a Jon Spencer tribute band. The Suzan DelBene Cash Infusion is a self-supported campaign finance strategy in the waning days of Election 2010.

It consists of three parts: One high-tech entrepreneur with deep pockets, one perennially vulnerable Republican incumbent and $1.35 million.

The latter part is the amount DelBene, the Democrat and politcal newcomer trying to unseat three-term Congressman Dave Reichert in Washington’s politically fickle 8th District, just injected into her campaign, according to the latest finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

DelBene, the former Microsoft executive who helped launch drugstore.com, already had poured in nearly $950,000 of her own money prior to the latest reporting period, as reported earlier this month, That means the Medina businesswoman now has $2.28 million of her own skin in the game ($350,000 of it is considered a loan).

DelBene’s cash injection helped her to out-fundraise Reichert’s special interest donations, which outnumber DelBene’s by a 4.5 to 1 ratio in raw dollars. The cash blast also has quickly infused the Democrat’s depleted coffers with nearly $200k to work with (compared to more than $600k for Reichert) just before the final ad-buy frenzy typically seen in a tight Congressional race in the days before Election Day.

In all, DelBene’s own dough now comprises nearly 61 percent of her total campaign contributions.

Here are the latest details from the FEC reports:
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Oct.
20th

What’s in a name? Maybe everything in Reichert-DelBene contest

Earlier this week, we (along with many, many others) reported about an exchange at a candidates’ forum in Newcastle last weekend during which an audience member stumped Republican incumbent Congressman Dave Reichert with a question about the Glass-Steagall Act.

Reichert, trying to win his fourth term to Congress for Washington’s 8th District, replied he was “not familiar” with Glass-Steagall — drawing laughter (and seemingly some gasps) from the audience.

(Parts of the nearly eight-decades old banking reform law, which originally required commercial banks to separate activities from Wall Street investment firms, were repealed in 1999. In the aftermath of the nation’s recent economic meltdown, some lawmakers and candidates — including Reichert’s challenger, Democrat Suzan DelBene — have, in part, blamed the erosion of Glass-Steagall for the crisis.)

Is that Del Bean?

Seattle public radio station KUOW recently caught up with the woman — Judy Schwarz — who posed the question to Reichert.

In a news report that aired on the station Tuesday, Schwarz said she’ll probably vote for DelBene, a former Microsoft executive turned first-time candidate.

Only trouble is, when Schwarz revealed on air whom she’ll likely cast her ballot for, her answer tapped into what may be DelBene’s Achilles Heel: Name recognition.
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