Calling St. George

Wow, it feels like years ago that I wrote these words rather than a matter of months.

Chuck DeVore may look like your run of the mill Assemblyman from California, but I assure you, he has the heart of a dragon-slayer. Chuck has chosen to take on the daunting task of defeating Barbara Boxer in 2010 and giving conservative Californians a voice in the U.S. Senate…If you’re at all interested in politics, you probably know that Washington’s own Barbara Boxer, Patty Murray, is also up for re-election in 2010 and I’m left wondering, where’s our dragon-slayer?

Here in Washington, we’ve been waiting patiently for St. George. It’s not that we have a shortage of candidates and potential candidates as Michelle Dupler writes in the Tri-Cities Herald.

Candidates who want to block a fourth Murray term include Seattle chiropractor Sean Salazar, who has family in Pasco and Kennewick, and former Tri-Citian Craig Williams, who ran for Congress against Democrat Jay Inslee in 1994 while Inslee represented central Washington and the Tri-Cities.

Add to the mix Clint Didier, a native of Eltopia and current Connell High School football coach, who announced at a recent Tea Party event that he’s forming an exploratory committee to study the feasibility of running against Murray.

A fourth opponent, Rodney Rieger, is from Marysville.

(A fifth candidate, Wayne Glover, of Spokane Valley, was not mentioned in the Herald article.)

Five men, all lacking one or more of the elements that would comprise a successful candidate. Last December, I wrote:

To mount a serious challenge to an entrenched incumbent like Patty Murray, a Republican challenger will need to be well-organized, well-financed and well-known. By starting now, that challenger could build grassroots support and momentum to carry into the campaign cycle. I don’t know who that challenger will be, I just know – we need a hero.

st-george-and-the-dragon-t11244So I’ve been waiting…and waiting…and now, apparently, I’m not the only one who is tired of waiting. Andre Van de Hert has launched a Chris Widener for Senate 2010 campaign on Facebook.

I admit, Chris Widener may not be a household name yet, but the organization he founded, Positively Republican, has gained over 150,000 Facebook followers in just ten months. That tells me there’s an audience for the upbeat conservatism he’s promoting.

What’s more, his background as a speaker and author will go a long way towards getting that message out there in a way that the average voter can understand, as well providing him with a ready-made, well-developed network of potential supporters.

I think this is an excellent development that represents the first real opportunity to stop Patty Murray from winning a fourth term as Senator from the State of Washington. If you’re interested in supporting a strong, viable challenge to Patty Murray in 2010, I’d encourage you to stop by Chris Widener for Senate 2010 and join the group to encourage Widener to run.

I hope he likes the role of hero.

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2 responses to “Calling St. George

  1. Mr_Write

    I joined Chris’ Facebook page.

  2. Mr. Widener’s entrance into the race would have been very welcome, even by myself, but only several months ago. There is also a Clint Didier who has been mentioned as considering entering the race.

    At this point conservative Republicans risk doing what they did to lose the first two elections to Senator Murray – diluting the ticket into defeat.

    I have an obvious interest in saying this, but wouldn’t it be better for Clint and Chris to put their support behind one of the current candidates rather than dilute the candidate pool?

    Republicans defeated themselves with more than 4 candidates on the primary ballots in the 1992 and 1998 elections against Senator Murray. We can’t defeat her if we are divided again.

    Imagine if the 13 original colonies had broken up into 4 groups, each fighting their own war of independence? There was a reason an early American flag said “Unite, or Die”.

    It’s very late to be exploring the possibility of entering this race, and the risk of dilution is very real, but every person has to follow their own conscience so I wish Chris well if he decides to run, and if he doesn’t I wish for his support to consolidate the race early and present that united front.

    – Craig

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