Clint Didier Needs To “Man Up” And Endorse Dino Rossi
All is fair in love and war, but former NFL player Clint Didier needs to stop acting like a petulant child and endorse Washington GOP Senate nominee Dino Rossi.
This year Rossi has a real chance to defeat incumbent Sen. Patty Murray in an overwhelmingly Democratic state. However, if this opportunity is going to reach fruition it is going to require the GOP nominee to garner the vote of nearly every conservative voter in the Evergreen State.
Didier, a political neophyte, made a good showing in the “jungle primary,” garnering 12 percent of the vote – connecting with a good portion of conservative voters in eastern Washington, voters Rossi will need come November. Now that the primary is over, Didier needs to realize that the welfare of his state and his party take precedence over his now defunct candidacy.
It’s not the substance of the requests from Didier that are troubling, it’s the timing and presentation. If Didier’s supporters were looking for a candidate who could say no to the backroom dealing in D.C., it would be ironic indeed for Rossi to kick off his campaign by cutting a deal with Didier, whether it’s based on a pledge, retiring campaign debt, or other reasons. No, if Didier truly wants to push his ideas, he needs to jump in behind Rossi and earn his influence.
For Didier to remain relevant in politics, he needs to endorse Rossi and campaign like heck for him – rather than trying to trip him up. If Didier cares about his supporters and the principles he supported during the primary, he’ll stay in the game and support the team.
Ford O’Connell and Steve Pearson are the co-founders of ProjectVirginia and CivicForumPAC.