OLYMPIA, Wash. – Dino Rossi is no stranger to statewide campaigns, having fallen short in two runs for governor. But now the Republican former state senator has his sights set on ousting Washington state's powerful senior senator, Democrat Patty Murray.
Rossi says he's optimistic in this third effort because he's not facing the "headwind" of the campaigns he had in the two prior presidential election years. More importantly, he says, is a growing frustration among voters.
National Republicans courted Rossi aggressively after polls earlier this year showed he would be competitive. He announced his candidacy with a video posted to his website, saying he decided to run because of concerns over the national debt, the health care reform bill and the stimulus package.