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RE: Goodman's Cash Crop

By Josh Feit July 8, 2011

Here's a quick follow-up to yesterday's post about the group of candidates that are jockeying for US Rep. Jay Inslee's (D-WA, 1) seat.

State Rep. Roger Goodman (D-45, Kirkland), the drug reform candidate, called to say the $55,000 fundraising number I reported will jump to around $85,000 when he files his next report (they're due next Friday). He also says I'll see much broader support than just drug reform advocates.

I also failed to mention the Republican candidate, James Watkins. Watkins,  a Microsoft employee and a green Republican (he wants to use government to rein in greenhouse gas emissions), ran against Inslee last year, losing 57.67 to 42.33. He only reports $1,000 in receipts and major debt from his previous campaign.

Goodman took the opportunity to belittle his brand new Democratic opponent, former state Rep. Laura Ruderman, who boasted this week that her fundraising report is going to show $101,000 raised. "She's a fund raiser for a living," he said, "I'd expect more than that."

He also joked about Democratic State Rep. Marko Liias—another likely contender for Inslee's seat. (Liias is on vacation, and I couldn't reach him for this brief roundup. He has not filed any campaign finance reports  with the Federal Elections Commission yet.) "I want him to endorse me," Goodman said.
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