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Mielke Indecisive Rossi hurts GOPs chance to beat Murray

September 16, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Mielke Indecisive Rossi hurts GOPs chance to beat Murray | Filed in: ekyaaglzf.

first_imgClark County Commissioner Tom Mielke has created quite a stir within the state GOP with a memo accusing Republican Dino Rossi of “playing games with the Republican Party” by failing to make a decision on whether to jump into the race against U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat.“We have the ability to take this seat in the Senate away from the democrats (sic), but Rossi’s failure to make a decision has badly hurt our chances,” said Mielke in a widely distributed e-mail message sent Sunday.The two-time gubernatorial candidate “has hurt us all by waiting for no good reason, financial, political or strategic,” Mielke wrote. “All he’s done is anger a lot of the base because he refuses to make his plans public and that makes him look indecisive while a lot of us see this fantastic opportunity slipping away because of Rossi.”Mary Lane Strow, Rossi’s volunteer spokeswoman, scoffed at the contention that Rossi is hurting Republicans’ chances of capturing Murray’s Senate seat.“There have been a lot of candidates in the race for a long time and not one of them has caught fire yet, so that’s their problem,” she said in a telephone interview. “The implication is that he has been toying with the Republican Party. This has all happened quite recently, that Dino started thinking about getting into the race. He actually is being thorough in making this decision. He hasn’t been toying with anyone or drawing out this decision. No sane person would just jump into a statewide race like this.”Mielke has endorsed state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, in the Senate race. Benton himself has complained publicly that Rossi’s indecision is hurting fundraising by the 10 Republicans in the race.last_img read more

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