November 3, 2004


Ross concedes defeat to Reichert in 8th District (CHRIS McGANN, 11/03/04, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER)

Republican Dave Reichert's reputation as King County sheriff, combined with ample advice and money from national operatives, prevailed in his bid for Congress in the 8th District.

Dave Ross conceded his 8th Congressional District race Wednesday morning.

Appearing on KIRO Radio in Seattle, his longtime venue as a talk-show host, Ross congratulated his opponent and said he intended to remain "an independent voice for common sense." Ross said he had called Reichert to concede.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting but thousands of absentee ballots to be tallied early Wednesday, the top cop famous for his decades-long, successful hunt for the Green River killer led Ross 52 percent to 47 percent; Libertarian Spencer Garrett had 2 percent. [...]

Democrats viewed Reichert, who opposes abortion, gun control and ending the Bush tax cuts, as too conservative for a district that includes everything from trailers in rural Pierce County to mansions on Mercer Island. But Reichert's victory continues a lock on a seat that Republicans have enjoyed since the district's creation. He will succeed Republican Rep. Jennifer Dunn, who is retiring.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 3, 2004 4:51 PM

Ross was the guy who kept his day job on the radio for months after he announced he was running.

(And McDermott got his usual 80%)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 3, 2004 5:09 PM

Too bad Dunn didn't run against empty suit Patty Murray. I liked Nethercutt but Eastern Washington rarely beats Western Washington.

Posted by: pchuck at November 3, 2004 5:10 PM

Ross is an interesting case. He billed himself as a moderate Democrat, and he had a legitimate case to make. But the man must be remarkably impressionable, because by the end he was a typical partisan hack, perhaps due to a hard-fought primary in which his pro-abortion credentials were questioned.

Case in point, his website contained a explanation of how he was both liberal and conservative. Except that the entire "conservative" section revolved around opposition to the Iraq War. So very moderate.

Meanwhile, the state party didn't even bother putting up a real challenger in my district, content with two or three attention getting wins like Reichert.

Posted by: Timothy at November 3, 2004 5:18 PM

Well, I guess he also gets to go back to doing those little "Chip Talk" breaks on the XM Radio talk channels now.

Posted by: John at November 3, 2004 5:54 PM

You are right, he became a Democrat hack. He started flip-flopping on issues as soon as the special interest money hit. Perhaps he can go back to being independent minded on the radio, but I bet he remains the "new" Dave Ross.

Posted by: Pat H at November 3, 2004 8:13 PM

I'm glad Nethercutt lost because he is one of those Main Street Republicans like Hagel and Luger who would sell our enemies the rope by which they hang us.

It is great to see someone who defends gun rights winning. At least he understands the Constitution.

Posted by: Bart at November 3, 2004 10:17 PM

Bart, I have always liked Nethercutt but it was based mainly on his defeating Foley in 1994. I was turned off by his warming to Castro and Cuba.

Posted by: pchuck at November 4, 2004 10:58 AM