When Rep. Dan Kristiansen meets someone, he hopes they dont ask about his job.
Put politician next to anyones name, and they might as well be carrying the plague, he said.
The Snohomish Republican and House minority leader doesnt care much for the politics of politics. Hes a conservative who isnt afraid to work with Democrats or at least consider what they have to say.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say House Republicans have been less combative since Kristiansen took over as leader of the caucus in April when Chehalis Rep. Richard DeBolt stepped down for medical reasons.
I think the minority has this tendency to react to whatever the majority is doing, Kristiansen said. As I took over this role last April, what I wanted to do was help in leading the state, not just reacting to what the majority is doing.
But some in the Republican Party say Kristiansens approach wont help the GOP win a majority in the House.