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Mini-Jolt: Hobbs Scores Vets' Endorsement

By Josh Feit February 1, 2012

It's not much of a surprise that, the liberal veterans organization, endorsed state Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-44, Lake Stevens) for Congress (Hobbs is one of the six Democrats sparring for US Rep. Jay Inslee's open seat in the 1st Congressional District.)

Hobbs, a fiscal conservative (he teams up with Republicans on budget and anti-union votes) and a social liberal (he's the lead sponsor on major pro-choice legislation this session) is an Iraq War and Kosovo vet and currently serves in the Washington Army National Guard.

The news of the vets' endorsement undermines Darcy Burner, though. Burner, who heads, a lefty grassroots group that promotes liberals for Congress, is making an effort in the 1st (which has been redrawn into more of a swing district stretching from the blue Microsoft suburbs north to rural Whatcom county on the Canadian border), to temper her left wing image.

In a press release about her poll numbers yesterday, her campaign described her this way:
Burner grew up in Nebraska, the third out of five children in a blue collar military family headed by an Air Force veteran and public school teacher. Her brother served in Iraq. Now living in rural Carnation, she understands our rural way of life, American values, protecting our country, and standing up for our veterans who keep our country safe.

Today, said:
There are quite a few candidates in the race, but let me tell you why Steve has our endorsement. Steve’s experience in the community, in public service, and in the military give him the trifecta of experience that will make him an excellent representative for the people of the district.  ...

In addition to representing the people of the 44th State Senate district, as he has for two terms, .... Steve joined the U.S. Army Reserves in 1987 in order to serve his country and to follow the footsteps of a family tradition of military service. Because he was seventeen, he had to get his parents’ permission to join. After graduating from high school, Private Steve Hobbs shipped off to Fort Jackson, South Carolina, for basic training and later to Fort Huachuca, Arizona for his military occupation as an intelligence analyst. His military service spans many assignments and locations through-out Steve’s over twenty years of service.

The other Democratic candidates in the race are:  recent director of the state department of revenue Suzan DelBene, liberal state Rep. Roger Goodman, and small business entrpreneur Darshan Rauniyar, and former state rep Laura Ruderman. The main Republican in the race is Snohomish County Council member John Koster.

This morning's Fizz tracked the candidate's latest fundraising numbers and last week we covered their first group debate. Neither Hobbs nor Koster was there.
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