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Attacking the non-candidate

Washington Democrats don’t fool around. A Republican who might (and underscore that) be a strong challenger to Democratic Senator Patty Murray, former gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi, has been mentioned and expressed some modest interest in the Senate race. That has been enough for Washington Democrats to launch the “Dirty Deals Dino for Senate” website, where the text begins, “People call me Dirty Dino because they think my associates are crooks and my deals are unclean.” And goes on from there.

There’s also a “follow Dino on Twitter” icon, which would suggest it’s Rossi’s (but isn’t, of course).

Not till you get to the bottom do you find it was paid for by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (with, you have to figure, a good deal of input from Washington state Democrats).

The idea, doubtless, is to discourage Rossi from running (and the guess here is that, partly because it would be such a late start, he won’t). But at this point, he’s still a private citizen. He has asked the DSCC to pull down the site. The DSCC responded with a suggest that “significant questions remain unanswered” about Rossi.

Maybe a few, too, about attack web sites aimed at private, non-candidate citizens . . .

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