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October 29, 2008 at 3:13 PM

Governor’s race

Don’t vote for Dino

In my 62 years of political observation, I have never seen such a sleazy campaign as gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi’s.

Having acquired $1.6 million from Las Vegas casinos, including $300,000 from Venetian casino owner Sheldon Adelson, $3 million from the Republican Governor’s Association and another $7 million from the BIAW [Business Industry Association of Washington], it strikes me that running for office is all he’s done the past four years, while Gov. Christine Gregoire was working to place Washington in the category of No. 1 best-managed state in the country, per Forbes ratings.

Rossi’s ads are so twisted that he accuses her of taking tribal money to expand gambling, while she actually rejected the Spokane Tribe’s bid to take gaming off-reservation in 2005.

My builder friends are beginning to rebel against paying L&I [Labor & Industry] dues to the BIAW’s right-wing political machine, which supports causes they do not.

Don’t be fooled: Republicans talk about smaller government, but they really want to control it and send public money to their private friends.

Gregoire will always be my hero for holding big tobacco accountable for the terrible pain inflicted on vulnerable individuals.

— Dianne Foster, Bellingham

The right move

Folks, it’s time to look past the stem-cell attacks and the BIAW. The Seattle Times showed wisdom in its endorsement of gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi. Whether or not you adhere to Republican values, most of us want balance [“Rossi for governor,” Times, editorial, Oct. 19].

We’ve had one party in the governor’s office for 24 years, and we have a one-party majority in the Legislature.

We are lucky to have a credible, reasonable Republican candidate in Rossi who has a history of working well with both parties. There’s a good reason you probably know a Democrat or two who is planning on splitting their ticket for Rossi. This election, in this economic time, it’s the right move.

— Lisa Ivey, Bellevue

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