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March 8, 2007

A Democratic primary already shaping up in 8th CD

Posted by David Postman at 2:43 PM

A Draft Ross Hunter campaign kicked off this week to try to get the two-term three-term state representative to run next year against Congressman Dave Reichert, R-Auburn.

Hunter, D-Bellevue, is a retired Microsoft program manager. He considered running in the 8th Congressional District last year but cancer intervened. Hunter just told me he's healthy now, and at least open to the possibility of a Congressional campaign. He also said that his illness led him to be interested in a wider range of issues, including health care policy.

He knew the draft effort was in the works, but says he is too busy now as chairman of the House Finance Committee to give it much thought. "I'll think about it when we get to the end of session," he said.

The draft campaign's website includes what sure looks like a swipe at Darcy Burner, the Democratic nominee last year who came close to beating Reichert in November.

Frankly, we have too many democrats who lack new ideas and can only complain about George Bush. But, the democratic party needs to have a bold vision of the future.

That certainly is an echo of Republican criticism of Burner's campaign.

UPDATE: I was on the road most of yesterday and unable to follow up on this, but Stefan Sharkansky did, with the help of commenters here.

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