The Moderate Washingtonian

Outlook on politics and elections in the state of Washington from an overall centrist viewpoint. My views tend to be libertarian in nature, but at the same time are largely nonpartisan.

12 December 2005

WA-5: 2006

Today's Joel Connelly column was about the third article i've seen in the past month to mention Peter Goldmark as a potential Democratic challenger to Rep. Cathy McMorris next year. I don't know much of anything about Goldmark, aside from his involvement in farming and Washington State University, and have a feeling he'll be another over-hyped Don Barbieri, but hope this isn't the case. McMorris has spent her first year aligning herself with the right edge of the Congressional GOP, and I have been less than pleased with her performance thus far. Perhaps with the national GOP troubles Goldmark will have a shot, provided he's more conservative than Barbieri in order to allow his candidacy to fly outside the city of Spokane, but we'll see. The thing that's sad is a reasonable, independent-minded Republican like Dave Reichert will almost certainly fall before a polar authoritarian like McMorris.


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