In most circumstances, who Karen Rispoli endorses for an office is not newsworthy. Who is this woman and why does it matter? What matters is that she drew 20% of the Democratic vote in last month's primary against incumbent King County Executive Ron Sims, and having thrown that support to Irons, it could help solidify a small anti-Sims crossover vote amongst fair-minded King County Democrats. The latest SurveyUSA poll showed Irons receiving more crossover from Democrats than Sims did from Republicans, and if this doesn't expand that difference slightly, it ought to at least strengthen the resolve of those Democrats who were already considering crossing over in November. Thumbs up to Ms. Rispoli for putting common sense over partisanship.
18 October 2005
- Name: TMW
- Location: Pasco, Washington, United States
I like to think that I'm a rarity in blogging, in that I'm a political nerd who doesn't have a partisan axe to grind in everything they write. I considered myself a Republican up until 2004 when I finally had enough of their bible-based politics, yet still harbour a deep dislike of the Democratic Party because of their ties to labour groups as well as their tendency to bloat budgets. Ideologically I'm somewhere between centrist and libertarian. On economics I fit neatly in the centre-right, while on social issues I can be fairly radical. And no, I'm not British. It's just that I can respect that they created our language and know how to write it properly.
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