Dino Rossi speaking at the 2010 Washington State Republican Party Convention.
Dino Rossi will win the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat incumbent Patty Murray in Washington state. There are a number of reasons for this, but I will focus on just three of them in this post. While at the Washington State Republican Party Convention, I attended a meeting with two senior aides to the Rossi for Senate Campaign, and will share some insights here.
Dino’s message will win the voters over. In the last two years, unemployment has skyrocketed, while federal spending (along with record debt and deficits) are threatening our entire financial system. Voters know that our government in Washington D.C. is out of touch, and that what the current politicians are doing is simply not working. In fact, it is making things worse.
By contrast, as a State Senator, Dino Rossi addressed what at that time, was the largest deficit in Washington State history. He balanced the budget without raising taxes, and worked in a bi-partisan way to achieve that solution. Rossi will do the same thing in Washington D.C., to help balance the budget, reduce our debt and deficits, keep taxes low, and also help set the conditions for the private sector to create much-needed jobs.
Rossi has the legislative and private sector experience needed to get our country, and our economy, moving in the right direction again.
Dino Rossi Campaign Manager Pat Shortridge speaks while Campaign Senior Advisor Lew Moore looks on.
Pat Shortridge: Senior Advisor and Strategist to the Marco Rubio Campaign; Campaign Manager, Rossi for Senate
Dino Rossi has hired Pat Shortridge as his Campaign Manager. His expertise in running campaigns of national significance is making people take notice nationwide. When Shortridge started working on the Rubio Campaign in Florida, in April 2009, Rubio was polling 3% in a poll with a 4% margin of error. This meant it was possible for Rubio to be in the negative!
Following active participation on Facebook, and other grassroots efforts (joined by 912 groups, the Tea Party, and others that care about freedom), Rubio changed the face of Florida politics. His opponent abandoned the Republican primary, and in Shortridge’s words “is floundering around out there as an independent.”
Rossi had over 50,000 individual donors to his last campaign, and it is a sure bet that Shortridge will leverage technology and grassroots support to get Rossi’s message out to the maximum number of voters possible.
Lew Moore: Chief of Staff to former Congressman Jack Metcalf, National Campaign Manager, Ron Paul 2008
In addition to Pat Shortridge, Rossi has the support of Lew Moore, who revolutionized campaigning with the insurgent candidacy of Ron Paul in 2008. Lew Moore, like Shortridge, has experience and expertise in using technology to sometimes by-pass the old media, and communicate directly with voters.
Moore pointed out that Rossi is a product of the grassroots, having started out as a Precinct Committee Officer. He has known Dino Rossi since the 1990′s and has always been impressed with his passion and potential. He said Rossi is as far from a conventional beltway Senate candidate as a person can get. He is supporting Rossi because he understands the job market, and has private sector experience that the U.S. Senate needs as it deals with the federal budget and economy.
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