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Rob McKenna Gets Seattle Times Endorsement For Washington State Governor

The state's largest newspaper says the Republican nominee has a deep understanding of state issues, more so than Democratic candidate Jay Inslee.

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?

Jerry Gropp Architect AIA July 04, 2012 at 12:25 AM
@Jeff Lebowski We'll probably get to see is this of yours is true- "McKenna represents integrity and decency. He would represent the state well, maybe less King County". J-
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA July 04, 2012 at 09:25 PM
. What I was saying was that McKenna will probably be elected. Jeff- I've seen nothing that would disqualify him in my many office yrs. on Bellevue's Main Street. J-
Jon H July 05, 2012 at 06:30 AM
This sort of 'take my ball and go home' attitude in politics is really silly. I'd hate to know how Carol deals with any form of conflict in her life. It appears from her political preferences that she does not tolerate anything other than strict adherence to party dictates. Calling the Seattle Times a right-wing rag; must not be reading the same paper. Further, Rob does represent this state as AG. It is no more your state than mine, so to make such statements is just lacking in any sort of rational contemplation. Finally, I'd like to say that Carol's statements are the reason why I choose to not use my last name on a public forum. It is clear that people with this sort of mentality exist and would likely use that bigotry against someone in a business or employment situation. I may hold political views contrary to many in this region, but as long as there is debate and mutual respect, it doesn't matter. Close minded bigots on the left and right threaten this balance.
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA July 05, 2012 at 04:53 PM
@Jeff Lebowski: Wearing any kind of a "pro" t-shirt is a walk-around blog/comment. J-
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA July 05, 2012 at 10:30 PM
@ Jeff Lebowski: Nothing at all wrong with that. As you may have noticed, I'm on record about a lot of things- mainly architectural. J-

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