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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Reflecting on Rossi

posted by on July 19 at 12:35 PM

Yet another dreamy national ranking for Washington state. And again, it makes Dino Rossi look bad.

A few weeks ago, Forbes magazine ranked Washington State as one of the top five states to do business in. Washington State’s ranking was 12 last year. The gold star helps deflate Dino Rossi’s reelection bid. He campaigned in 2004 on the argument that he’d be much better than Gregoire at improving Washington’s business climate. Forbes to Dino Rossi: “Sorry, dude.”

Now comes this study from the Center for Public Integrity (where I used to work), that ranks Washington #1 when it comes to disclosing information about our governor’s financial affairs.

Why does this make Rossi look bad? Because he’s currently the poster child for non-disclosure: Setting up a “nonprofit” so he can raise undisclosed amounts of money from undisclosed donors.

Footnote: On the business climate thing. Rossi may try to take credit for the state’s improved business climate by pointing to the Locke/Rossi budget from 2003. Problem is: the Locke/Rossi budget from 2003 represents the same “gargantuan” growth (according to the Republicans) as the Gregoire budget from 2007.The GOP’s been trying to ding Greogoire’s budget for being out of control. Can’t have it both ways, guys.

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I know it's a bit of a long shot, but if Rossi wins Laguna Seca on Sunday, I think he could really gain some momentum for the rest of the season. But Stoner and Ducati Corse are hot this year, I give you that.

Posted by elenchos | July 19, 2007 9:40 PM

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