Afternoon Jolt: Reichert Supports McKenna

By Afternoon Jolt June 8, 2011

Today's Winner: Rob McKenna

Attorney General Rob McKenna, who is announcing his candidacy for Governor tonight at Sammamish High School, can cross a potential opponent of his list already: US Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA, 8  ).

Reichert told that he was "excited" that "we have a great candidate for governor" in response to the McKenna announcement. He said "I’ll be there to help however I can."

Reichert's support indicates he won't be running for governor himself.

Reichert's name has been floated as a possible candidate for Governor in 2012. Recent polls even showed him beating US Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA, 1), the likely Democratic frontrunner, 46-44. (McKenna beat Inslee 48-41 in the same poll.) Politico noted last week that Reichert may postpone a run for Governor after  getting a coveted slot on the house ways and means committee.

Though McKenna will be the first Republican to officially declare a gubernatorial candidacy for 2012, Seattle Port Commissioner Bill Bryant, also a Republican, has expressed interest in running.
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