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Early Jolt: Dan Evans for Dino

By Josh Feit October 27, 2010

Republican hopeful Dino Rossi scored big this week in his campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. PI columnist Joel Connelly has the scoop: Former Republican Washington Governor Dan Evans, a bona fide icon, is doing a robocall for Rossi.

Evans, who served as governor from 1965 to 1977 and as U.S. senator for 1983 to 1989, is probably the state's best-known modern political figure after Sens. Scoop Jackson and Warren Magnuson. Like Jackson, Evans represents Washington State independent, nonpartisan streak---which is why his endorsement is so useful to Republican Rossi.

2010 is supposedly about the Tea Party energy for Republicans, but not in Washington State. Republican voters rejected Clint Didier (as, wisely, did Rossi, who said no to Didier's petulant demand to sign off on his platform in exchange for an endorsement). Endorsements and testimonials by the likes of Evans are what counts in this race.

Connelly quotes the robocall:
"Our country is on an irresponsible fiscal path--- too much spending, too much debt, too many empty promises," Evans says.

"We need leaders in Washington who are willing to deal with our problems in a serious, responsible way. That's what Dino did as a budget writer in the Legislature, eliminating the largest deficit in our state's history without raising taxes and still protecting the vulnerable."

We have a call in to Rossi spokeswoman Jennifer Morris for more details. For example, how many calls are going out and which voters are being targeted?
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