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

October 8, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Democrat-turned-Republican touts endorsements — from Democrats

Democrat-turned-Republican Mark Miloscia is touting his new endorsements — from Democrats.

Miloscia was a longtime Democratic member of the state House who announced a switch in parties when he began a bid as a Republican for state Senate this year in District 30, which includes parts of King and Pierce counties.

Now, Miloscia has made a webpage featuring a slew of endorsements by Democrats.

But the Democrats on the list aren’t all beloved party icons. Included are retiring state Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom and Sen. Tim Sheldon — two Democrats who have joined with the Republican minority the last couple years to form the Majority Coalition Caucus that holds control of the Senate. Another on the list is former State Auditor Brian Sonntag, who endorsed Republican Rob McKenna for governor against Jay Inslee and who in 2013 joined a conservative think tank.

“Mark Miloscia has been a fighter for government transparency and accountability his entire career while standing up for those less fortunate,” Sonntag said a statement released by Miloscia’s campaign. “As a Democrat, I trust Mark to fight for the principles he and I share.”

Miloscia’s Democratic opponent in the Senate race, Shari Song, is not impressed. She described the list as “so-called Democrats” and said Miloscia was trying to distract voters from his switch.

“A lot of Democrats are really upset that he betrayed them and switched on a dime,” she said Wednesday afternoon.

In July, we touched on Miloscia’s tenure as a Democrat, including his disagreements with former Gov. Chris Gregoire and his challenge of Rep. Frank Chopp for the House speakership.

 

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