Monday, Congressman Jay Inslee, a Democrat, announced his bid for Washington state governor in 2012. Attorney General Rob McKenna, a Republican, announced his three weeks ago.
“Who are you supporting?” people asked me.
My response is, “I am neutral,” which to some extent means, “I don’t know.” Neutral because the Northwest Asian Weekly doesn’t endorse any candidate until the general election. “Don’t know” refers to the fact that I don’t know the two candidates well enough to predict how and what they would do if elected, although I like both.
For neutrality’s sake, I did not attend either candidate’s event when he announced his candidacy. If I attend one, I should attend both.
I am surprised so many have already declared who their choice is! It’s a bit too early, isn’t it? One McKenna supporter said he needs to declare his support now; otherwise he won’t be able to get into McKenna’s inner circle. Doesn’t he realize that a politician has many inner circles?
Another friend told me that she is with Inslee because she rejects what McKenna represents, not because she strongly agrees with Inslee on issues.
One journalist told me that he thinks McKenna has already locked up the election. But that’s not how a journalist should view it. We journalists love to see a good fight. Never make fast assumptions. The race is still pretty much open. Anything can happen! ♦