Working closely with Attorney General Rob McKenna over the last seven years, I’ve been amazed at his intellect, energy, compassion and overall leadership. He’s been a phenomenal Attorney General and he’ll make a great governor.
With the 2012 election looming ahead, it’s so gratifying to know others recognize this amazing leader themselves.
Just this week, he was recognized in two national publications as one to watch in 2012:
- National Journal’s Hotline On Call ranks him No. 2 in their list of 2011 Breakout Stars, saying “Can a Republican win statewide in the blue state of Washington — during a presidential year? Talk to the national Republicans bullish about the attorney general’s chances in the open governor’s race, and you’ll hear a lot say yes (you’ll also hear reminders that Mckenna ran ahead of President Obama in the state in 2008.) McKenna has polled well — leading Democratic Rep. Jay Inslee in a couple of live caller surveys. A key for his chances: crossover appeal. If he can get enough Obama voters, he may give Republicans a prized pickup next year.”
- Politico continues to rank the Washington Governor’s race as one of the nation’s most competitive, but they’ve downgraded the race from the most competitive to the 4th most competitive due to the strength of the McKenna campaign, saying Rob’s opponent “is shouldering two distinct burdens: discontent with outgoing Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire and the trappings of Washington. Inslee, who has never waged a statewide campaign, has trailed in every recent poll and faces an opponent with a genuine moderate sheen that fits the state and the moment.” They go on to note the most recent polling: McKenna 44 percent, Inslee 38 percent (SurveyUSA, 549 likely voters, Nov. 21-23)
We all know this will be a tough race–and we’re certainly not taking anything for granted– but stories like these continue to reinforce what McKenna supporters already know. Here’s to a great 2012!