Item number #5 today is on two-time gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi's meeting on Tuesday with RNCC chair Michael Steele.
5. Former Washington state Sen. Dino Rossi (R) was in the nation's capital Tuesday and discussed the possibility of a Senate candidacy with Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, according to a source familiar with the conversation.
Rossi, who lost bids for governor in 2004 and 2008, is widely seen as Republicans' best possible candidate against Sen. Patty Murray (D) in 2010. Asked by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer recently about the possibility of a Senate bid Rossi said: "There are a lot of people making plans for my life. I have not said that I would never run for office. But I certainly haven't said I would."
Polling conducted in the race suggests that Rossi would immediately make the race against Murray competitive. A recent Rasmussen poll showed Rossi with 49 percent to Murray's 46 percent, a fact about which Rossi seemed well versed in the interview with the P-I. (NOTE: Democrats take issue with Rasmussen, which conducts its poll using automated interviews.)
Rossi isn't likely to make up his mind much before the state's June 11 primary, sources tell us. If he is in, Republicans will be credited -- and rightly so -- with expanding the playing field to take advantage of what looks to be a very favorable national landscape for the party. The two other Senate races where national Republicans are actively recruiting are New York where appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) is up and in Wisconsin where Sen. Russ Feingold (D) is seeking a third term in the fall.