Washington Libertarian Review

Political commentary from the State of Washington with a libertarian perspective.

Monday, April 18, 2005

White House targets Cantwell - Vance predicts suit over I-872

According to the Seattle Times, the White House is already making plans to challenge Washington Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell. Its top choice is Dino Rossi.

If Rossi declines, candidates under consideration are former Represenative Rick White, Vance, and former Slade Gorton aide Mike McGavick. But the White House has told state Republican Chairman Chris Vance that it didn't want a "messy primary."

Vance told the Times that there will be lawsuits challenging the top-two primary system recently approved by voters. "We intend to nominate and name our candidate on the floor of the convention" in summer 2006, Vance said.

Meanwhile, Cantwell has already raised near 2 million for her reelection bid.

As with last year's governor's race, this could be a close one, and the presence of a Libertarian could tip the balance.


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