Over the weekend, the editorial board of the state's largest and most influential newspaper endorsed in this year's race for the governor's office.
The Seattle Times made its official endorsement based mostly on McKenna's executive experience in state government as attorney general.
He has spent his entire career in local and state government, having to work with Democrats as well as Republicans, and knows it inside and out.
For the past seven years he has held the second-highest management position in the state. He has a deep understanding of state issues. Ask him what should be done about state employee pension plans, environmental review of proposed coal ports, on and on, and he has a practical, detailed answer.
As for his opponent, Democrat Jay Inslee, the newspaper reasoned that, as a Congressman, Inslee "does not have the deep knowledge of what has been done and not done here, for what reasons, and by whom, and what the consequences have been."
McKenna , and still lives in Bellevue.
The endorsement has the McKenna camp ecstatic, which made it a featured item on the campaign's website.
While these newspaper recommendations don't always translate into an election win, they're usually telling. So we ask you, Patch users, what do you think about the Times's endorsement of Rob McKenna for governor?