In the last big fundraising event of his campaign for attorney general, Republican Reagan Dunn filled the biggest hall in Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center at 7:30 Thursday morning for a $40-a-plate breakfast.
Dunn and those who spoke on his behalf, including current Attorney General Rob McKenna, hammered away at a central theme: Dunn is a former criminal prosecutor and his Democratic opponent, Bob Ferguson, never was. (We covered Ferguson’s recent fundraiser here.)
Taking the stage to ELO’s “All Over The World,” Dunn pointed to Seattle’s rise in homicides this year and vowed to “turn those statistics around.” In touting his own experience, Dunn said Ferguson has never been the lead attorney in a jury trial. Dunn then shifted from crime and said as AG, he’d have the best agenda for job creators and proposed a task force to reform regulations that might be burdening business.
McKenna, who stepped on the stage to CCR’s “Up Around The Bend,” said as governor he’d want an ally like to Dunn to help ”shape the very culture of Olympia.”
Former U.S. Attorney John McKay, who hired Dunn in 2003, said he did a “tremendous job” as a prosecutor. Ferguson couldn’t match Dunn’s experience, McKay told the crowd — though in an earlier interview McKay told me Ferguson has “great integrity” and is “really smart.”
A recent poll showed Ferguson 13 percentage points ahead of Dunn, but master-of-ceremonies John Carlson noted that a third of the voters remain undecided and neither candidate was close to a majority yet. According to the latest state records, Ferguson has a slight edge in fundraising with $1.13 million in contributions to Dunn’s $1.08 million. Dunn said he has 18 smaller fundraising events planned before the election.