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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

August 8, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Jay Inslee will skip Democratic National Convention

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee is skipping the Democratic National Convention next month.

Inslee earlier had said he planned to attend the convention, which runs Sept. 4-6 in Charlotte, N.C. But Sterling Clifford, Inslee’s communications director, confirmed Wednesday that Inslee has decided to stay in the state for campaign events.

“It definitely makes more sense to be campaigning here,” Clifford said.

A Democratic source told me Inslee had been angling for a speaking slot about green energy at the convention — and if he didn’t get that exposure, there was not much point in heading to Charlotte. Asked about that, Clifford repeated that Inslee decided to stay in Washington for campaign events that are a higher priority.

Inslee’s Republican rival, Rob McKennapreviously announced he would not attend the Republican National Convention, which runs Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Florida.

The decision to stay at home makes sense for both men: They’re not likely to attract many new votes in Washington at the partisan gatherings back east.

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