Highly placed sources have informed me that efforts are underway to have Sarah Palin intervene in the current squabble between former Washington U.S. Senate candidate Clint Didier and Republican Senate nominee Dino Rossi.
Palin, if you recall, endorsed Didier just prior to Rossi’s entry into the race in May. SarahPAC gave Didier $5000 and Palin recorded a robo-call for Didier, but she did not campaign in the state for him.
Republican state party officials and electeds are busy behind the scenes trying to repair the rift. A close election between Rossi and Democratic incumbent Patty Murray is expected, and Didier’s 12 percent primary vote might be crucial.
More details as they become available.
Conservative Christians who voted for Clint Didier may be experiencing some buyer’s remorse right about now. Foul-mouthed Didier spokeswoman Kathryn Serkes told Publicola yesterday:
So is Dino saying, “Fuck you” to those people [who supported Didier]? “Fuck you, I don’t need your votes? I can win with 33 percent”
This was the second incident of F-bombing by the Didier campaign in the last few weeks. During the botched Didier-Akers joint webcast, staffers could be heard on-air referring to a “clusterfuck.”
Rossi, of course, said no such thing. He is simply refusing to submit to a laundry list of demands that Didier says Rossi must meet before Didier will endorse Rossi. Rossi understandably rejected those demands. Can you think of any other candidate that polled just 12% of the vote that successfully made any demands on a victorious candidate? This is not Czechoslovakia and Rossi isn’t Neville Chamberlain.
And by the way Ms. Potty Mouth, Dino doesn’t have just 33%:
The first KING 5 Senate poll for the 2010 general election shows Republican Dino Rossi is actually ahead of Democratic incumbent Patty Murray, 52% to 45%.
In most polls leading up to this week’s primary election and on primary night, Murray was in the lead. Primary election results placed Murray 13 points ahead of Rossi, but Rossi splitting the Republican vote with Clint Didier who got 12%, and Paul Akers, with 3%.
I agree with Caleb Hannan at the Daily Weekly. Rossi is better off ignoring Didier’s demands. In any case, this cannot end well for Didier and his Super Bowl ring-sized ego. And if Rossi loses a very winnable election with the U.S. Senate at stake, Didier may want to consider growing alfalfa in Uzbekistan.
Finally, here’s some advice to the Washington Campaign for Liberty, whose members backed Didier so vociferously. I generally respect the membership of the C4L, who other than a few crazies, are very thoughtful and intelligent. They realize that they can only advance their causes by forming coalitions with other groups.
Didier’s high school jock testosteroning, as echoed by cheerleader Jerkes, is making him radioactive. Take care you don’t get contaminated yourself.
Only 2/3 of the vote in the Washington “top two” primary election held yesterday have been counted, so things could change. But here is my initial take on the results:
For you Washington voters who haven’t mailed in your primary ballot yet, here’s a little reminder. U.S. Senate candidate Clint Didier is not only not “a true conservative,” he isn’t even a Republican.
Didier and his two top campaign consultants stopped by the offices ultra-lefty Seattle blog Publicola yesterday to pitch their message. To whom you might ask? (my emphasis)
His consultant, Simpson, standing behind a pair of dark sunglasses, was more chatty. He told us “everyone was in for a big surprise.” He said independents “like me aren’t with the Republican Party anymore and anti-war Democrats agree with Didier’s message.”
Can you imagine “anti-war Democrats” agreeing with Ronald Reagan? Neither can I.
Washington conservative Christian leader Joe Fuiten, pastor of Cedar Park Assembly of God in Bothell, founder of Positive Christian Agenda, and a director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington, has sent the following letter to reassure pro-life voters that Dino Rossi is indeed on their side. Rossi has been the target of ads from the Washington Life Coalition, an organization allied with the Clint Didier campaign, (and which is not a registered PAC, hello PDC?) that claim the Republican Senate candidate is soft on abortion.
You can read Fuiten’s letter below the jump: