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.
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.