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Extra Fizz: Democrats vs. Democrats

By Josh Feit January 6, 2010

In Morning Fizz we noted that state house Democrats are likely to face invigorated GOP challengers in 2010.

Now we're getting news that north Seattle Democratic state Sen. Ken Jacobsen (D-46) is facing a challenge from a Democrat—corporate accountability attorney David Frockt.

Frockt, 40, made his announcement this morning with a press release that boasts about his career taking on companies in the courtroom:
Throughout his legal career, Frockt has represented working families with a loved one who had died or was dying from cancer due to the effects of deadly asbestos poisoning.   He fought for justice for these families against corporate negligence and disinterest, seeking to hold these companies, some of the largest corporations in America, accountable for their actions. In doing so, David has earned the respect of both his colleagues and his opponents.  As a result of his work, David was selected a Rising Star of Washington Law by Washington Law & Politics Magazine on multiple occasions in recent years. David is also proud that his firm was part of a team that successfully prosecuted one of the country’s first predatory lending class action lawsuits.

"We represented working families,” said Frockt, “often union tradesmen—pipefitters, boilermakers and the like.   These people worked hard and played by the rules.  After putting in 20 or 30 years of hard work, all they wanted was to retire to a better life.  Instead, they received a diagnosis that amounted to a death sentence in six to eighteen months.  I fought hard for some measure of justice for these families, often against the most powerful institutions in this country - corporations like Dow Chemical, ConocoPhillips, and Bechtel.   I will bring the same determination to the State Senate.”

Sen. Jacobsen has been in the state house since 1982 when he was elected as a rep. He's been a state senator since 1998. He's currently the chair of the senate natural resources committee and is a member of the transportation committee.
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