Politics Boy Wonder
posted by July 9 at 11:12 AMon
There’s a bit of a buzz about former Stranger political writer Sandeep Kaushik.
Although, Kaushik was hired away from us in summer 2005 to revitalize County Executive Ron Sims’s office (which he seems to have done…have you noticed how bad ass Sims has been in the last year), Kaushik seems to be successfully transitioning into an up and coming political consultant.
After trouncing the Seattle Times-backed estate tax repeal as the spokesperson for the anti-920 campaign in 2006 and then knocking down the viaduct rebuild as part of the No and Hell No effort earlier this year, Kaushik may land a gig consulting in one of the top-10 U.S. Congressional races for campaign 2008.
Kaushik showed up as spokesperson for Darcy Burner over on Postman’s blog this morning, and Kaushik tells me while he hasn’t formally singed on with the Democratic hopeful in her do over to beat Republican Dave Reichert, he is in discussions with Burner.
I’m a Rodney Tom fan myself (and wasn’t so impressed with Burner last time out), but with Kaushik, Reichert’s gonna need more than his great hair cut to pull this one out.
Says Kaushik: “Darcy’s gone from zero to 60 in the blink of an eye. With $200K raised and $185K in the bank, she’s already 9 months ahead of where she was last time. She came achingly close to beating Reichert last time and this time she’s going to finish the job.”
She lost by 7,500 votes out of more than 250,000 cast. With 2008 being a presidential year and one where the Dems are psyched to boot, Reichert, who voted for the surge, does face a stiff challenge.