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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

WA-03: Gregoire endorses Heck, Labor Council releases voting records

Full Disclosure: I am a supporter and volunteer for Senator Craig Pridemore's campaign to succeed Brian Baird as U.S. Representative in the 3rd District. My opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Pridemore for Congress.

Governor Gregoire weighed in on the 3rd Congressional District today, endorsing Denny Heck, along with Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, former Congressman Don Bonker of the 3rd District and former Governor Booth Gardner.

Though lauding the other Democratic candidates as "fine public servants", for some reason (perhaps a longstanding relationship from her days in the Gardner Administration serving with Denny Heck) Governor Gregoire was compelled to interject herself into a Democratic primary. It's disappointing to say the least that the Governor didn't wait to endorse until after the primary.

It will be interesting to see if Governor Gregoire's endorsement is helpful or a hindrance to the Heck campaign in Lewis County, Cowlitz County and parts of Clark County, where the governor is less popular in more rural areas.

In addition, today the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO released the voting records of the three leading Democrats and leading Republican on issues that matter most to working families. Among the Democrats, Senator Craig Pridemore came in first with a 98% voting record, with State Representative Deb Wallace trailing at 82% and Denny Heck a distant third at 72%.

Of course, Republican Jaime Herrera scored a 24% voting record.

It should be noted that according to the WSLC report, Senator Pridemore has only voted on the wrong side of working families (as perceived by the organization) once.

As it turns out though, the governor did more today than just endorse Heck. She also sent out a questionable fundraising letter (WAC 390-17-400 governs the fundraising activities of state officials) asking people to financially support the Heck campaign. An earlier e-mail version of the appeal which has since been sent to NPI, embarrassingly asks for financial support for "Danny Heck".

We at NPI hope the governor will avoid these kinds of distractions and return her focus to the important work of the legislative session.


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