Primary 2010 will be remembered as the election in which two candidates teamed up to run against each other - Republicans Clint Didier and Paul Akers in the race for the U.S. Senate - and, surprise, neither won. Or so Dino Rossi predicts. Meanwhile state Sen. Pam Roach ("crazy," "unhinged," "bipolar or something") was still found "Adequate" enough to run for office, according to the King County Municipal League. A few other lowlights of the 2010 prelims:
- Goodspaceguy campaigned for his 11th time by promising to "unsabotage" the economy by eliminating minimum wages and subsidizing the relocation of rich people to Washington state. He also backed more funding for his motherland, the 200 orbital space habitats orbiting earth.
- Former Navy Judge Advocate (JAG) officer Schalk Leonard refused to accept campaign donations in his race for the U.S. Senate, promising to "seek no fame or fortune." Fellow Senate candidate Bob Burr turned down donations too, his way of saying "The political system" he wanted to be part of "is corrupt to its core."
- After Sarah Palin twitted (right word) her support for Snohomish dairyman John Koster in the 2nd District U.S. House race, incumbent Rep. Rick Larsen complained that Koster was "opening his campaign war chest to a potential landslide of out-of-state contributions." Koster then noted that 65 percent of Larson's campaign donations came from mostly out-of-state PACs. Oh, then neverrrmind, said Larsen.
- U.S. House candidate newcomer Scott Sizemore admitted "my representational experience has typically been non-government to this point...If all I have to offer my country is a love of research, a proclivity for debate and an eternally candidate demeanor, then so be it."
- Perennial candidate Mike The Mover was upset at universities because "they pay coaches in the millions...hand out free scholarships to millions...while their main fans on Wall Street continue to vacation at Disney World & White Sulfur Springs (WV)."
- To the sounds of silence, Dino Rossi announced his Senate bid online, one visitor at a time. He pointed to skyrocketing unemployment, plummeting house values, wasteful stimulus spending, and Wall Street bailouts. Seeing this, "I knew I had to do something about it," he said. What, exactly, he couldn't say. But he'd see that health care is reformed "by something."
-Conversely, in a noisy eruption, Congressman Jim McDermott in a matter of a few days announced a new push to tax online gambling, issued a public apology to Indians, sent out a robocall alert to listen into his phone town hall meeting, unveiled a "new, user-friendly and dynamic" website, and sent out the first issue of his e-newsletter and, the next day, the second issue. And BTW, he'd decided to run for re-election.
- Mike Latimer ran for Senate on the stop-the-abortions, stop-the-homosexuals, stop-the-pornography, read-the-Bible ticket. "God is trying to get our attention," he said. "The catch is, we are tying his hands by our actions."
- State senate hopeful Leslie Klein promised to balance the budget with "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!!!" - unless you're a state bigshot. "If you are a state employee earning more than $100,000," he said, "please vote for my opponent."
- Will Baker, in his umpteenth campaign, pointed out that "Barack Obama is a black man and a very good public speaker," then said the No. 1 issue in the primary election was "the illegal and unethical election practices used by President Barack Obama" - then said the No. 1 issue was that Secretary of State Sam Reed "has canceled the entire 2010 printed Washington State Primary Voters Pamphlet." Baker said this in the 2010 printed Washington State Primary Voters Pamphlet.
- GOP state House candidate Ray Carter, in what was probably the most candid and realistic statement of them all, said, "There aren't any campaign promises here. An individual legislator doesn't have all that much power; in the minority party, even less. I'll do what I can."