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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Roger Goodman Drops Out of 1st CD Race

Posted by on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

State Representative Roger Goodman (D-Kirkland) announced today that he was dropping his bid for the open seat in Washington's 1st Congressional District, and would instead run for reelection to the legislature.

"Having campaigned hard in this huge, new 'swing' congressional district, and working under the brutally relentless pressure to raise the startling amount of money now needed for congressional campaigns, I have decided to continue representing my constituents in the State Legislature," Goodman wrote in a prepared statement.

Neither the announcement nor the timing came as much of a surprise. Goodman had worked the district hard, but was having trouble keeping pace in the Democratic fundraising race dominated by Suzan DelBene, Laura Ruderman, and Darcy Burner. He was also the only 1st CD candidate out of eight who would have had to give up an elected office in order to continue to run.

As for the rest of the field, it's hard to argue that Goodman's exit doesn't favor Burner. Both Goodman and Burner have run aggressively liberal campaigns, potentially splitting that segment of the Democratic base, with Roadkill Senator Steve Hobbs staking out a more conservative position, and DelBene and Ruderman jostling near the center. With Goodman out, Burner will find it easier to differentiate herself from the rest of the field.


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How many times will Burner have to lose before you quit pimping her?
Posted by Reader01 on April 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM · Report this
MrBaker 2
Gosh Goldy, what doesn't work in Darcu's favor, I mean, other than you, of course.

How is that calling Obama a Republcans working in her favor.?
Posted by MrBaker on April 12, 2012 at 7:59 PM · Report this
Goldy 3
@1: Three. That said, how many times must DelBene or Heck lose before establishment Dems stop pimping for them?

@2: Well, if Ruderman had dropped out, or Hobbs, I suppose that wouldn't have worked in Darcy's favor.
Posted by Goldy on April 12, 2012 at 9:05 PM · Report this
Cascadian 4
I live in the 1st district. If I judge the candidates on their own, without regard to electability in the district, I like Burner the best. But this is a Republican-leaning district now. Hobbs probably has the best chance but I just can't go there. It's either Ruderman or DelBene for me.
Posted by Cascadian on April 12, 2012 at 9:34 PM · Report this
It's not a republican leaning district at worst it a swing
Posted by Seattle14 on April 12, 2012 at 9:41 PM · Report this

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