January 8, 2005

TOO CLOSE FOR HIS OWN GOOD:

Republican Sues for Washington Revote (Sam Howe Verhovek, January 8, 2005, LA Times)

Brandishing allegations that dead people, felons and other ineligible voters cast ballots in Washington state's close election for governor, the Republican candidate filed a lawsuit Friday, seeking the extraordinary remedy of a new election.

Christine Gregoire, the Democratic state attorney general, last week was declared the winner by just 129 votes of the nearly 2.9 million cast. She will be sworn in Wednesday.

The candidate on the losing end of that certification, former state Sen. Dino Rossi, said he would petition a court for an unprecedented statewide revote, which he called the only way to fix the "certified mess" of the one conducted Nov. 2.

"Most Washingtonians don't believe this has been a valid election," Rossi said at a news conference, where he was joined by former Republican U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton in the call for a new vote. "They want a revote to make sure our state has a legitimate governor," Rossi said.


No, they don't.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 8, 2005 6:13 AM
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People were talking Rossi up earlier as a candidate for the Senate in '06 (or is it '08?), but that won't happen if he keeps this up. He's acquiring the patina of a sore loser which won't do his career any more good than it's done Gore's, and if he does get a revote he's going to get creamed because most people, conservative or liberal, don't like sore losers.

Posted by: Joe at January 8, 2005 10:18 AM

When the election was so clearly stolen though, how could you walk away?

Posted by: oj at January 8, 2005 10:20 AM

I'm just surprised Maria Cantwell isn't funding the GOP's legal battle for a re-vote, though the price of Real Networks' stock may preclude that strategy to eliminate a major challenge to her re-election in 2006.

Posted by: John at January 8, 2005 10:32 AM

Her campaign account is currently over $2 million in debt:

http://www.tray.com/cgi-win/x_candpg.exe?DoFn=S8WA00194*2004

Posted by: oj at January 8, 2005 10:38 AM

OJ,

She can probably raise that with a couple of weekend fundraisers headed by Jodie Foster and Rosie O'Doughnut.

The state courts will reject the revote and it will be old news when Rossi or perhaps Dunn runs against Cantwell.

Posted by: Bart at January 8, 2005 10:54 AM

she hasn't.

Posted by: oj at January 8, 2005 10:57 AM

The problem is that the Dems know they are in trouble. They've used the state's conceit that its politics are clean to their advantage for years, and now its come around and bit them in the ass, hard. Polls show that people of this state don't like being seen as living in a banana republic or western Philadelphia. (And it doesn't help to have Xine and her cronies, now that they got a count in their favor, telling obvious falshoods like that there's nothing worng with the procedures and that the system worked. Again, people of this state don't like being told they are stupid so plainly.)

The way Rossi and the GOP win this is to play on that conceit, that they aren't trying to overturn a result they don't like, but clean up a mess not of their making. Populism in a populist state. For example, it turns out that Sect'y of State Sam Reed, nominally GOP, a few years ago audited Cook County Elections and issued a report which said that shoddy procedures used were certain to lead to challenges. This mess has been years in the making, years when the Dems ran things, and for the GOP to now walk away because they are afraid to be seen as sore losers is to abdicate the responsibility they seek.

As for the courts, they too can read the polls, and I doubt that a lot of those judges outside Cook County's machine want to get sucked into this mess just to cover the Dems collective butts.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 8, 2005 1:30 PM

The polls currently show lots of support for Rossi's action. He hasn't even started spending the political capital he's earned yet.

Posted by: Timothy at January 8, 2005 7:42 PM

That's right. Rossi ran on a platform whose main theme was, that twenty years of Dem governors meant it's time for a change. 150,000 people who otherwise voted for Murray and Kerry agreed with him. There's nothing in his current actions that contradict that platform. If anything, this mess shows just how right he was.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 9, 2005 2:39 AM
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