News Gov. Gregoire Has Not Endorsed Democrat Bill Sherman
posted by November 5 at 16:53 PMon
Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire is remaining “neutral” in the King County Prosecutor’s race.
I’ve already bashed Democratic state Sen. Adam Kline for endorsing the Republican in the race, Dan Satterberg.
But I was a little stunned to find that the Democratic governor has not enthusiastically endorsed a Democrat like Bill Sherman—a young, electable Democrat whom progressive voters in Seattle and King County are excited about. Gregoire needs a little traction in King County and getting behind a promising local candidate like Sherman could help. Or, more succinctly: Not helping the Ds win the KC Prosectuor’s Office could hurt.
I called the governor’s campaign outfit today and asked a simple question: “Where’s the governor on the KC Prosecutor’s race?”
Campaign head Kelly Wicker said this: “The King County Prosectuor’s race. The person I have to ask about that is on the phone.”
Okay, what? You guys don’t know right off the bat where the Democratic governor is on the King County Prosecutor’s race? You know—the race the State GOP just dumped $126,000 into?
Gregoire’s folks were pretty slow about calling me back, so I called Sherman’s campaign, and they told me that Gregoire has not endorsed Sherman—something about having to work with whoever wins.
Again: What? Part of a governor’s job is building his or her party. Gregoire’s party, if she isn’t clear on that, is the Democratic Party. If Satterberg wins, the governor won’t owe him any kind of explanation. She’s the Democratic governor. He was the Republican candidate. It’s kind of a no-brainer, unless you’re Christine Gregoire, I guess.