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October 7, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Governor’s race

Rossi is another West

Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi certainly shares a lot of the same dangerous economic ideas with his Republican ally George Bush. They both favor deregulation, cutting education and health programs to pay for tax cuts for big corporations.

These strategies won’t work in Washington state

But Rossi reminds me of another politician from our state Senate: the late Jim West. They were both conservative state senators, leaders in the state Republican Party, and chairmen of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Both West and Rossi took great pride in their shameless cuts in health services for poor children and their tax breaks for corporate campaign donors. They also ran the most offensive and dishonest campaigns anywhere in this state.

West once tried to run for state office, but, like Rossi, he was defeated. It’s time for the citizens to stand up and vote against Rossi one more time. We have seen the damage Bush did as president and West did as mayor of Spokane; we don’t need to see the damage Rossi can do as governor.

— Christopher Katke, Spokane

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