Dino Rossi has proven several times he's not great at getting elected. But that may not stop him from returning to state government, as Republicans are reportedly considering recommending Rossi fill the State senate seat being vacated by GOP Sen. Cheryl Pflug at the end of the month. The seat would be familiar to Rossi, as it's the same one he held from 1997-2003.
With Pflug poised to assume a job on a growth management board she was appointed to by Governor Christine Gregoire, The Olympian reports that Rossi's party is weighing the idea of asking "the three-time unsuccessful statewide candidate " to jump back into action, a temporary appointment that would mean 18 weeks of legislative duties.
From The Olympian:
"I told them, if you need me to do it, I'll do it," Rossi told me. "It's not something I'm seeking."
He would serve just 18 weeks in the Legislature, and wouldn't even take part in a session -- unless state revenue forecasts go south, in which case the budget-writing skills Rossi has been touting for eight years might be put to the test. "If they did need budget help," he quipped, "I imagine I could help."
Rossi would serve only until an actual election fills the seat for real. Thanks to Pflug's unexpected departure, the race in the 5th District seems unusually wide open - with relatively unknown Republican Brad Toft battling Democrat Mark Mullet.
More from The Olympian:
State GOP Chairman Kirby Wilbur said Republicans are considering Rossi for the temporary job but have decided to rally around Toft in the election, and have dissuaded others from running write-in campaigns. Rossi doesn't want to run as a write-in and couldn't anyway, he says, because after the election, redistricting will move him into the 45th district from the 5th.
Ultimately, as The Olympian notes, the decision will be made by the King County Council, which will select Pflug's successor from a list of three potential fill-ins submitted by Republicans.