As we reported in Fizz this morning, former US Rep. Dave Reichert rival Darcy Burner is jumping into the crowd of Democrats capitalizing on Democratic US Rep. Jay Inslee's open seat and the redistricting dance.
Burner, a former Microsoft program manager, ran twice—in 2006 and 2008—against Republican US Rep. Dave Reichert in the district south and east of Inslee's. She came close in 2006 (losing 48.5 to 51.4), but lost 52-47 in her second attempt in 2008, an otherwise big year for Democrats.
She joins a crowded field of hopefuls including a trio of state legislators, a former state legislator, and a couple of unknowns who are doing surprisingly well in fundraising. Her candidacy could complicate things for leading fundraiser Laura Ruderman. Ruderman, a former state legislator, has capitalized on the fact that she's the only woman in the crowded field. Reichert's 2010 opponent, Suzan DelBene, the director of the state Department of Revenue, and also a former Microsoft exec, is another high-profile woman who has talked about getting in the race.
Last week, Fizz reported that Burner had a poll in the field testing the waters. We have a message in to Burner.
Burner currently heads ProgressiveCongress.org, a lefty grassroots group that promotes liberals for Congress.