D.C. Could Use Dino Rossi

D.C. Could Use Dino Rossi

Sunday, February 18, 2018   

Published in "Safety Valve: Letters from Readers", Wenatchee World

Wenatchee, WA –

"Recent attacks on Dino Rossi are unfounded and baseless. A recent letter claims that Dino Rossi is a partisan legislator (”The wrong man for the job’’, Feb. 8 Safety Valve letter). Nothing could be further from the truth.

Here’s one fact that the author leaves out: Every single bill that Dino Rossi ever got passed into law had to make it past a Democratic governor, and most were also passed by a Democratic House. In 2003, when he balanced the largest budget deficit in state history without raising taxes, he got Democratic Governor Gary Locke and the Democratic House to sign onto his fiscally responsible budget.

He worked with Democrats and Republicans to protect us from chronic drunk drivers, to ensure that repeat child molesters were prevented from re-offending, and to restore salmon hatcheries and environmental preserves. Dino knows how to work with people who are different than him without compromising his principles — something D.C. has in short supply.

This letter claims that the Legislature started passing more bills because Dino left, but the author seems to have missed the fact that the Democrats took control of the entire Legislature, and that they can pass whatever bills they want. It’s easy to claim to be bipartisan when you don’t need anyone from the other side to pass your bills, but Dino has done the real work of forging consensus and unifying people.

Dino was a strong voice for bipartisanship while in the Legislature and worked well with legislators from all parts of the state and from both parties. That’s why he has endorsements from elected Democrats, Republicans and non-partisan officials — they’ve worked with him and know he’s the real deal.

The attacks on Dino Rossi’s strong record of bipartisanship and fairness are laughable. In every campaign he’s ever run, Dino has had the support of grassroots and elected Democrats. Republicans and Independents. That’s because he walks the talk and solves problems. If you ask me, D.C. could use more of that."

-Jim West