Dino Rossi, the Republican candidate for Governor in Washington, sent a letter to his opponent, Christine Gregoire, urging her to join him in calling for a re-vote.
“The uncertainty surrounding this election process isn’t just bad for you and me — it is bad for the entire state. People need to know for sure that the next governor actually won the election,” Rossi said Wednesday evening, reading from a letter he sent to Gregoire.
“A revote would be the best solution for the people of our state, and would give us a legitimate governorship,” the letter added.
It’s not that his suggestion doesn’t have some merit. Essentially this election has no winner, no matter how many times we recount it there is no way to be confident in who won. The problem is, this is a complete flip-flop from his earlier call for Christine Gregoire to concede despite his own razor thin margin in the initial count and mandatory machine recount. It’s also a complete flip-flop from his previous position that his opponent should concede because a long election process was bad for the people of the state.
Suffice it to say, Rossi’s previous comments sound about as genuine as JLo’s marriage vows. He wasn’t interested in what was best for the people, he was interested in winning. Where are those great moral values now?
I should also point out that the state Republican Party opposed an effort by the Democratic party to have the improperly disqualified ballots in King County counted. Now that the counting of those (and improperly disqaulified ballots, misplaced, etc in other counties) resulted in a “win” for Gregoire, Republicans are considering legal action and have been requesting that other counties go back, in violation of the law since their results have been certified, and reconsider more ballots.
In contrast, Democrat Christine Gregoire’s position has been consistent throughout. Counties should make every effort to count all valid ballots. A hand recount should not have been done if it was not going to be done in all counties. And before the hand recount even began, before those notorious King County ballots were even “discovered,” she said she would not challenge the results if Rossi won the hand recount.
I challange anyone to come up with a reasoned defense of Rossi’s actions throughout this whole election process. I must say that I am glad I finally chose to vote for Gregoire. Rossi almost pulled the wool over my eyes, almost convinced me he wasn’t the kind of politician who would say one thing and do another for nothing better than his own ambition.
On the other hand, I am proud of my vote for Sam Reed, Republican Secretary of State in Washington. He has proven that there is hope for the Republican party, that there are members of the GOP who do believe in fair play and values and following the law.