Notable tidbits from Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna on Thursday, when he chatted with the editorial board of the Tacoma News Tribune. Three worth some attention here.
One: That Dino Rossi is definitely re-running for governor. No shock there, certainly, though the long-running coy routine has long since worn old. Two: That Republicans are a "damaged brand," and that will hurt Republicans generally next year, including Rossi.
Three: On his own campaign for re-election. McKenna hasn't been seen as at serious personal political risk, and we'd generally conclude he's in strong shape for re-election. (We also continue to see him as one of the strongest Republican prospects in Washington for top-tier offices, in a few more years.) But he and the board did discuss a bit one prospective race and opponent: Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg, who seems to be positioning himself for a move somewhere into the statewide ranks. Of him, McKenna remarked,"he's told other people he thinks I'm doing a pretty good job. I think I'm doing a pretty good job, too."